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06-24-2016 12:42 PM
Adrianne Gonzalez What foods make you mess up?
06-24-2016 11:29 AM
NadiaG What's the one thing that's not vegan that always makes you fail? I'll give you a vegan replacement for it!
06-17-2016 12:08 AM
georgiab Hey, congrats on your transition to vegan. I went the same way as you, i was vegetarian first, then went all in vegan. I thought i would miss cheese the most, but as it turned out i missed eggs.
I think the most important thing is not to be too hard on yourself. two steps forward, one step back is still progress! also very key to success is being prepared. I find that most people slip up on the path to fully plant based because they are not organised. They find themselves somewhere where there just isn't a vegan option, or perhaps be in a situation that is tricky or maybe embarrassing. So carry snacks, prepare in advance if you are eating out, if you are going to a restaurant call ahead and check out vegan options. if you are going to eat at a friend or family's house, you might want to eat a small meal in advance, so you won't be starving when you get there only to find out there isn't much to eat. Another option is to share the vegan goodness and take a dish that you can eat and share with others.
But again, back to the don't be too hard on yourself. If you make the occasional slip, this doesn't mean you aren't a success, just get right back on track as soon as you can. you will find in no time that all of this becomes second nature.
06-15-2016 03:14 PM
Thalassa4
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Originally Posted by MCallen View Post
Even then it can get expensive. I usually stock up on potatoes when they go on sale because they are $6.50 for a 10lb bag... and that last me a week. lol. I buy a lot of bulk beans and lentils and usually eat them whenever I remember to soak them (I am horrible at remembering to). I love Florida! I was there in 2009. Things are also a lot cheaper in the states compared to Canada. It's not all that cold during the summer, the winter is a different story. It is not possible for me to buy local all the time because we don't have regular access to a farmers market without it being hard to get to, so we end up having to pay the prices at the grocery store which has been creeping up because of the economy. Even stuff coming up from the states is going up at least $.50 per item. When you have a limited budget and even the cheap cheap items are going up faster than the wage you have less money for food and no help from the government so I can only imagine minimum wage and food deserts in the US!

I seen some videos from the US such as bananas only $.25 a bunch, substitution milk cheaper than actual milk and I am like, why, why does our food cost such much? lol. When you have limited income and food prices keep going higher it's tricky! I have only $50.00 or less (preferably less) a week for two people. And that is only because we have credit cards to cover our groceries. If we only had cash to pay for everything, we would not even be able to afford groceries.

I can't imagine what it is like for some other people with less income.
Why are you buying 4 lbs of bananas at a time? No, banana island isn't cheap, it sounds like you're doing the Freelee plan, which is more expensive for anyone, even Americans. I'm just suspicious because you're buying such large amounts of bananas and potatoes, stuff I've seen her hawk in her videos (bananas are fine in moderation, and potatoes are a good staple, but what diet are you following exactly?)

You don't have to soak lentils, or split peas, so could quickly make them without soaking. Rice is also usually quicker to make than quinoa, and so is whole grain pasta.

I don't claim to live in Canada, but people all over the world complain about how expensive Freelees diet is, unless you live in a tropical or sub tropical climate.

You can also stop buying juice, and stock up on canned, or frozen, vegetables and fruit, or produce available cheaply in your own region. Your staples should be covered that way, also buy oil instead of vegan butter for cooking.

I'm surprised you can't get government help in a place like Canada if you have to use a credit card just to spend 25 dollars per person, per week. Even on food stamps in the US, for the lowest income bracket, you receive close to 50 dollars per person (probably something more like 47 and change but yes).
06-15-2016 02:55 PM
Thalassa4 What is troubling?

I found that in my divorce with cheese, items which were actually more immediately critical than vegan cheese were olive oil, hummus, avacado (oh lord I ate so much avacado for a little while), and a homemade nutritional yeast sauce over pasta.

Vegan cheeses like Daiya were more important for very specific dishes like veggie pizza.

Is it over spending on vegan "meat replacement" or frozen dinner? Learn to make Buddha bowls with whole grains, pulses or tofu, veggies and a sauce or dressing, maybe with seeds or nuts. I love an easy tofu dish that I make which is more Westernized than stir fry, with fresh or canned tomatoes, fresh kale or spinach, Italian spices, canned or fresh mushrooms, and extra firm tofu. Serve with rice or toast.

Split peas are quicker to make than beans, just add onion or garlic, rosemary or thyme, carrots or potatoes, and serve in a big bowl with toast, or serve over rice or quinoa.

Peanut butter sandwiches are always quick, and so is an avacado sandwich with tomato and vegan mayo, or mash the avacado with drained canned chickpeas, lime or lemon juice, salt and cilantro or scallions.

Snack on nuts or seeds if you think you haven't eaten enough calories or fat on a certain day, to make up for the nutrition quickly. This is better than potato chips, something I noticed a pattern with in my earliest days were overcompensating with chips when I didn't get enough calories or fat.

Steel cut or other oats are a good place to start, you can add dried or frozen fruit, or nuts. You can stir in canned pumpkin with spices, too. Or how about cocoa powder and stevia or maple syrup. Top with your favorite non dairy milk and voila.

For recipes and every day use I like to use unsweetened soy milk, but for beverages enjoy vanilla hemp milk or chocolate hazelnut milk.
06-14-2016 02:16 PM
MCallen
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Originally Posted by LedBoots View Post
For a healthy diet, whole grains such as oats, rice, whole grain bread, and beans, lentils, and potatoes are recommended staples. They are also very inexpensive compared with meats, fish, and cheese.

Buy fruits and vegetables in season and locally grown as much as possible for best taste, nutrition, and value. I know that is harder for you to do in frosty Canada compared with my Florida! 😂
Even then it can get expensive. I usually stock up on potatoes when they go on sale because they are $6.50 for a 10lb bag... and that last me a week. lol. I buy a lot of bulk beans and lentils and usually eat them whenever I remember to soak them (I am horrible at remembering to). I love Florida! I was there in 2009. Things are also a lot cheaper in the states compared to Canada. It's not all that cold during the summer, the winter is a different story. It is not possible for me to buy local all the time because we don't have regular access to a farmers market without it being hard to get to, so we end up having to pay the prices at the grocery store which has been creeping up because of the economy. Even stuff coming up from the states is going up at least $.50 per item. When you have a limited budget and even the cheap cheap items are going up faster than the wage you have less money for food and no help from the government so I can only imagine minimum wage and food deserts in the US!

I seen some videos from the US such as bananas only $.25 a bunch, substitution milk cheaper than actual milk and I am like, why, why does our food cost such much? lol. When you have limited income and food prices keep going higher it's tricky! I have only $50.00 or less (preferably less) a week for two people. And that is only because we have credit cards to cover our groceries. If we only had cash to pay for everything, we would not even be able to afford groceries.

I can't imagine what it is like for some other people with less income.
06-13-2016 05:38 AM
Fanny52154 Hi there! Welcome! That's not a big deal if you fail sometimes, maybe you need more time to find every alternatives I'm also lactose intolerant so to become a vegan that push me even better to take off all animal products Personnaly, when I see all the advantages in my health, my skin... I will never go back.

Good luck, I know that's not easy everyday
06-13-2016 03:55 AM
Naturebound
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Originally Posted by gjbz123 View Post
Hello friends!

So over a year ago I joined this site and became a vegetarian! And I kept trying to go vegan but I always failed. Anyway long story short, I'm going to try again! I went grocery shopping and bought lots of fruits and vegetables and I also got vegan margarine! And I already drink soy milk because i'm lactose intolront so that worked out. I'd just like some tips on how to stick to being vegan because I always mess up after a few days. Please and thank you
What has made you fail before? Was it the convenience factor? Expense? Finding stuff you like? Social pressure? I think we could help you more if we had a better idea of why it's been hard for you to stick to it.
06-13-2016 12:30 AM
chestnutjam
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Originally Posted by MCallen View Post
Unfortunately Canada is not as cheap as Europe.
You can't count all europe, since the country that i live in has quite low salaries compared to, say, germany. Maybe the price of such goods is much higher there, but their salary is also higher (that's why germans come here and buy incredibly expensive tourist restaurant foods that i see as a waste of money).
06-12-2016 07:57 PM
LedBoots
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Originally Posted by MCallen View Post
Unfortunately Canada is not as cheap as Europe. I was amazed when I went to the Netherlands last year at how cheap everything was. Right now 1 Euro is 1.44 cdn. Where I live in Canada, 4lbs of bananas cost about $5.00 CDN, juice is almost $9.00 for a 4L (up from $5.50 just a year ago), Broccoli is about $3 just for 1 head (which is only about a 1lb-1.5lbs.
For a healthy diet, whole grains such as oats, rice, whole grain bread, and beans, lentils, and potatoes are recommended staples. They are also very inexpensive compared with meats, fish, and cheese.

Buy fruits and vegetables in season and locally grown as much as possible for best taste, nutrition, and value. I know that is harder for you to do in frosty Canada compared with my Florida! 😂
06-12-2016 07:27 PM
Militia Ink Hi! Congrats on becoming vegetarian and wanting to become vegan. Probably the best tip from me is to take it slow. When I became vegan, it wasn't sudden, it was quite a gradual process. I started with putting almond/soy milk in my cereal instead of cow's milk (which you've already covered), then stopped eating eggs for breakfast, then looked at packets to see if there was any milk and/or eggs in it, etc, etc. Make sure you tell your family your intentions, because I didn't, and me constantly cutting out stuff made it a little challenging for them. Also, try to do research on alternatives. For example, flax seeds and water is a good alternative to eggs when it comes to making veggie burgers, cakes, etc. There's so much on the market these days. Good luck!
06-12-2016 12:15 PM
MCallen
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Originally Posted by chestnutjam View Post
How is is hard? You just look at the cheapest stuff such as oats, dates, peanuts, fortified juices, bananas, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, lentils, spinach, broccoli. Where I live they cost from 1 - 4 euros per kilo, the most expensive being broccoli in supermarkets not human markets where they're twice as cheap (2 euros per kilo).
Unfortunately Canada is not as cheap as Europe. I was amazed when I went to the Netherlands last year at how cheap everything was. Right now 1 Euro is 1.44 cdn. Where I live in Canada, 4lbs of bananas cost about $5.00 CDN, juice is almost $9.00 for a 4L (up from $5.50 just a year ago), Broccoli is about $3 just for 1 head (which is only about a 1lb-1.5lbs.
06-11-2016 05:12 AM
chestnutjam
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Originally Posted by gjbz123 View Post
I'd just like some tips on how to stick to being vegan...
Have respect for creachies
(Don't take it personally! )
06-11-2016 04:51 AM
chestnutjam How is is hard? You just look at the cheapest stuff such as oats, dates, peanuts, fortified juices, bananas, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, lentils, spinach, broccoli. Where I live they cost from 1 - 4 euros per kilo, the most expensive being broccoli in supermarkets not human markets where they're twice as cheap (2 euros per kilo). All of those are nutrient-dense unlike strawberries or tomatoes. I know those two latter ones are good, but they're way too expensive for so little value they give. Not health but nutrient-cost-wise even snickers is tiny bit above strawberries in my chart. And snickers is heck of a crap compared to the ones I listed first. ^_^
06-11-2016 01:02 AM
Beets&Beats Yay!!! Welcome!
06-10-2016 09:53 PM
David3 Mercy For Animals has an excellent Vegetarian (actually vegan) Starter Guide: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/files/VSG.pdf . On page 13, it does a great job of summarizing vegan nutrition. It also has very easy meal ideas throughout.

Here are nutrients to focus on as a vegan: http://veganhealth.org/articles/dailyrecs

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06-06-2016 01:46 AM
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06-05-2016 03:14 PM
Aliakai
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Originally Posted by gjbz123 View Post
Hello friends!

So over a year ago I joined this site and became a vegetarian! And I kept trying to go vegan but I always failed. Anyway long story short, I'm going to try again! I went grocery shopping and bought lots of fruits and vegetables and I also got vegan margarine! And I already drink soy milk because i'm lactose intolront so that worked out. I'd just like some tips on how to stick to being vegan because I always mess up after a few days. Please and thank you
Congratulations on your decision to go vegan! It can definitely be hard, but you've laid the groundwork by being vegetarian, so at the risk of redundency congrats on how far you've come already.

My best tip: figure out what sort of non-dairy milks you like the best, then start gradually adding them to recipes that call for dairy milk. I wrote a guide to nondairy milk that details how different types can be used in cooking, as well as recipes for making them yourself to save money.

See cheeze replacements as their own foods and not necessarily as trying to be EXACTLY like what cheese tastes like. Explore agave and bee free honee and see which you prefer in cooking. Try out vegan versions of your favorite dishes, and make a list of things you already eat as a vegetarian that are vegan. It'll be longer than you think! Try to keep some convenience items like TVP, tofu, and canned/dried beans in your pantry for easy meals.

Milk and cheese are the things that most people have the hardest time with, as tofu with kala namak (indian black salt) pretty easily replaces scrambled eggs and flax and applesauce replaces them in baking as well.

Focus on what you CAN have, not what you choose to exclude, that's the biggest thing. If you see it as a culinary adventure and focus on what you're adding in, then you'll be more likely to stick to it in the long run.
06-05-2016 01:42 PM
gjbz123
I'm going to do it!

Hello friends!

So over a year ago I joined this site and became a vegetarian! And I kept trying to go vegan but I always failed. Anyway long story short, I'm going to try again! I went grocery shopping and bought lots of fruits and vegetables and I also got vegan margarine! And I already drink soy milk because i'm lactose intolront so that worked out. I'd just like some tips on how to stick to being vegan because I always mess up after a few days. Please and thank you

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