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09-15-2009 05:24 PM
Pirate Huntress
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Not all natural flavors are animal based. In fact, most probably are not. I bought a can of kidney beans once and didn't notice it contained "natural flavors" and they tasted really weird, so I called the company and the natural flavors were --- cloves. No idea why there were cloves in beans, but it certainly wasn't animal derived.



So it's just a matter of calling the company.



Sorry for the scare. Anyway, I did some searching on cola, if it's veg*n or not.. I found a thread from here. http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=53955
09-15-2009 05:21 PM
mandab
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Originally Posted by Pirate Huntress View Post

Agreed. There are so many hidden byproducts.. One thing I really wouldn't have expected was natural flavors. =/ No more cola for me.



Really? Are you serious! I had no idea... I don' drink a lot of colas so it's not that big of a deal but do occasionally like to have some.



My husband will not be happy to hear this! He is addicted to colas!
09-15-2009 05:19 PM
rabid_child
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Originally Posted by Pirate Huntress View Post

Agreed. There are so many hidden byproducts.. One thing I really wouldn't have expected was natural flavors. =/ No more cola for me.



Not all natural flavors are animal based. In fact, most probably are not. I bought a can of kidney beans once and didn't notice it contained "natural flavors" and they tasted really weird, so I called the company and the natural flavors were --- cloves. No idea why there were cloves in beans, but it certainly wasn't animal derived.
09-15-2009 05:16 PM
Pirate Huntress
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I agree that is wrong... and that is how I get through the cravings for meat. Think about the torture those animals go through makes my stomach turn!



The thing that frustrated me the most is all of the hidden animals products!



Agreed. There are so many hidden byproducts.. One thing I really wouldn't have expected was natural flavors. =/ No more cola for me.
09-15-2009 05:08 PM
mandab I agree that is wrong... and that is how I get through the cravings for meat. Think about the torture those animals go through makes my stomach turn!



The thing that frustrated me the most is all of the hidden animals products!
09-15-2009 02:51 PM
Hollydew Definitely, an animal that was killed a week or more ago and you are eating the carcass. YOU'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING! If you crave meat, just think of the pain animals go through just so we can have sausages and chicken nuggets. It's just wrong.
09-15-2009 10:39 AM
WonderRandy it's pretty easy when you can get to the point of saying "That's not food. That's a corpse." That little jedi mind trick can make a world of difference.



good luck!
09-15-2009 10:25 AM
Kyo When I first became vegetarian I had meat cravings. I don't remember how long they lasted because it was so long ago. I think it was only a few months and it wasn't a big deal.
09-14-2009 03:34 PM
itsveggietime! I started reading labels early on and was surprised to find beef fat in things like my favorite orange Hostess cupcakes. I don't eat it anymore, and can say that I eat an awful lot of food everyday, but becaue of label reading, don't choose certain foods anymore, and have NOT gained weight, eventhough I'm eating tons of food, like when I weighed 200 pounds - just different food. I'm around 175 now.
09-14-2009 03:32 PM
Mojie Definitely take a deep breath, maybe a step back and take things at your own pace if you're finding it overwhelming. There's no rule that says that you have to get rid of all animal products in your diet in one fell swoop. Some people do and some don't.



You're much more likely to stick with veg*nism if you don't rush in and try to eliminate everything if you're not ready to. Taking your time and making the complete transition the way that works for you, whatever form it takes, is the right way to do it and you'll be better off for it in the long run.



It can be frustrating to not be able to break yourself of old habits as fast as you want to, but just remember it'll be the best decision for you (and the animals, since you'll be more likely to stick with it) in the long run.
09-14-2009 11:41 AM
penny79 yeah, take things at your own pace. it's all good.
09-14-2009 11:37 AM
mandab Thank you all for your encouragement and advice.



I'm the kind of person who tends to be very "gung ho" when it comes to starting new things. I drive other people and myself crazy! I should probably work on that.
09-14-2009 11:27 AM
amaroque Nothing more I can offer at this point but encouragement. You're doing the right thing!
09-14-2009 11:19 AM
Tofu-N-Sprouts What others have said ^^^



Take it slower, do what you can and step into things slowly. If eliminating "obvious" meat items is the easiest for you for a while, just do that, and work up to the whole "label-reading" thing when you're ready!! No matter what "level" you're comfortable with, you are still doing a HUGE HUGE amount of good for the animals out there!!!



As R_C said, after a while it becomes second nature. I've been vegan 5+ years and really don't even think much at all about "how can I eat vegan today"...it just happens. You'll get there.
09-14-2009 11:13 AM
Fyvel Ok, first of all, calm down. Step back and look at the big picture. If you take on too much at once, you're going to get overwhelmed and if you get overwhelmed you might go back to eating animals again. So take it at your own pace. Do what you can live with now. If that means just avoiding obvious meat without worrying about broths, etc, then so be it. Once you're comfortable with avoiding obvious meat, start eliminating other things. You don't have to do it overnight. Most of us did things gradually - and that's what works for most people (some people thrive on the cold tofurky thing, but most people don't).



Also keep in mind that if you make your own food, you know what's going into it. Stay away from the more processed foods. Buy lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains and beans. Learn how to cook if you don't know already. The best, healthiest food is what you make at home with whole food ingredients.



Also know that you have lots of support here!



Good luck!
09-14-2009 11:11 AM
GhostUser Animal products do slip in in the most frustrating places, I agree!! Trust me, it gets easier with time to read labels and find lots of yummy stuff that's animal-free.



There's lots of vitamins that are vegetarian and vegan, some specially made to be veg-friendly.
09-14-2009 11:10 AM
rabid_child You don't need to worry about everything at once. A lot of people find it easier to first get comfortable with eliminating all obvious forms of animal products from their diet, then when that becomes second nature, start worrying about the little things. Really, it does get easier. I've been veg for 15 years and at this point, little thought goes into food on a day to day basis. I just cook/eat food, it's normal, and not stressful. You'll get there, just take it one day at a time.
09-14-2009 11:03 AM
mandab I've recently become vegetarian (it will be one month in 2 days)



I didn't realize how hard this would be! I've always eaten meat and enjoyed it! I knew I would crave it and miss it for a bit and blah blah blah. I usually get over these cravings by watching Meet your Meat. So far I haven't slipped, knowingly anyway.



Anyway, while I knew it would be difficult for me to get through all of the "cravings" I also know my love for animals is strong enough to get me through it (I did become vegetarian after becoming more informed about the way the animals are treated ) What I didn't realize is how many animal products are in unassuming foods, even in the vitamins I take! A few days into it I didn't even think about reading labels, if was obviously not meat I would obviously eat it. After reading many posts on this forum I decided it would be a good idea to change that and have become more aware of what I'm putting into my body, but the more labels I read the more frustrated I become!



Seriously, WTH!!!! UGH! I guess this is mainly a rant but I'm sure many of you feel the same way!

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