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#1 Old 02-08-2005, 09:09 AM
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I decided last night to go vegan finally, after 6 long years of being vegetarian. My fiance will also join me in this, as we both feel we aren't doing enough. I also get sick to my stomach and for some reason am becoming lactose intolerant. I would also like to lose a little weight and be more healthy overall. Are there any good brands of vegan foods for dairy substitutes? We had been eating Veggieslices for awhile now, but they still have lactose in them. Also, is there anything we should do to make sure that we are getting enough vitamins/minerals, and protein? Brian hates tofu, won't touch the stuff. I really want to find foods rich in nutrients. Any advice would be appreciated.
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#2 Old 02-08-2005, 09:16 AM
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Forewarned, is forearmed....vegan calories are still calories. You still need to watch what you eat if you want to lose fat. Also, many people lose weight when going vegan only to gain it back when they discover vegan treats/junkfood.

Check out the link in my sig for some helpful vegan health information.

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It has a better recipe section than most starter kits that

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#3 Old 02-08-2005, 09:28 AM
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Thanks. We went vegetarian because of the animals, our health, and the environment. I just don't feel like adding to the meat industry anymore by buying by products.
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#4 Old 02-08-2005, 01:48 PM
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Congrats Corrina! I hope your vegan adventure goes smoothly, and you and your S/O have a great time with it! (I know the dairy cows will appreciate it.)

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#5 Old 02-08-2005, 02:42 PM
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Good for you guys. I might be able to do the vegan thing (thinking about trying it for Lent), but my husband will never in a million years give up his organic eggs for breakfast. But, hey, we all do what we can, right?

You can marinate and sautee tofu so it tastes good, if your husband wants to try that. Is it the texture he hates? Have you tried scrambled tofu for breakfast? that's really good, Fantastic Foods makes a tofu scramble mix you put in with a package of tofu. It's a really good substitute for scrambled eggs.

Pizza with no cheese is great. Nachos with no cheese is great, too. I don't think there's any need to put cheese on those things, or pretty much any food. Once you get used to not eating it, it's easy to get on w/o it.

Good luck!
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#6 Old 02-08-2005, 06:21 PM
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congrats on your decision!

I would highly recommend doing some reading (there is a thread with recommended readings) The ones I endorse heavily are Being Vegan by Joanne Stepaniak and Becoming Vegan (Davis and Melina).

I wouldn't worry too much about dairy substitutes, but a few good ones include

Toffuti better than cream cheese and punkmommy's nacho cheeze sauce (the recipe is around here somewhere) When I was craving dairy, I found eating something rich and creamy would really help- like guacamole or even hummus.

There are tons of really great soy ice creams and sorbets for treats (not to mention homemade vegan baked goods).

Please make sure you take a multi vitamin that has B-12.

And be proud of yourself. Good luck!


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#7 Old 02-08-2005, 07:08 PM
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Thanks guys! I've tried the tofutti cream cheese and absolutely love it! As for the pizza with no cheese, is the crust made with any animal products that I should know of?
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