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#1 Old 10-26-2009, 02:34 PM
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My name is Mike and I'm on my way to becoming vegan. I want to learn as much as possible before starting this new lifestyle. I'm an avid athlete, and I want to be able to confidently enter this change with proper knowledge in order to protect my body. I have been a vegetarian in the past, but currently eat meat 2-3 times a week. I want to stop, but first I need to know what to replace it with. I'm finding lots of great information online, but as a student I don't have too much leisure time to research this. If anyone could drop me a line to give me a hand that would be great! The biggest questions I'm dealing with are basically what do I have to stay away from and what do can I replace those food items with? I know that there are many different definitions of 'vegan', but I'd like to know the basics beyond meat(replace with beans, tofu etc.), dairy (a variety of soy beverages, etc), honey, refined sugar, as well as products such as leather, silk and furs.



Thanks for reading and any help you might lend me!
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#2 Old 10-26-2009, 05:00 PM
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Search through the threads and you will find a lot of good advice.
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#6 Old 11-16-2009, 03:08 PM
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It looks like you have already done some research.



There are a lot of hidden ingredients unfortunately such as gelatin which shows up in the most unexpected places.

Heres a link to a thread discussing the hidden ingredients: https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=71315



And here is a list of some basic substitutions:

https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=64454



And one more thread on basic things to have on hand:

https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=88163



Hope this helps a little.

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#7 Old 11-17-2009, 08:25 AM
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Hey there!

I see that you're from London, Ontario! I've been out there to visit my boyfriend's family and after some hunting for veggie food - I feel for you! I didn't have the best of luck, but then again, I probably don't know all the secrets that a local would.



My first tip for tofu - the freeze and thaw method. Makes the texture really awesome, especially if you're not used to tofu. Even omnis will like it this way.



Soy milk is great, but I've also won a lot of people over with chocolate Almond Breeze. It's goooood.



For reading, I would check out books like Becoming Vegan by Vesanto Melina, although PLEASE take it with a grain of salt. You don't obsessively count milligrams of each vitamin as an omni, so why would you as a vegan? I fell into that trap after reading that book, but it DOES have a lot of great info.



Best of luck, and welcome!
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hi and welcome. i used to live in Stratford and have been to London a bunch of times. you have more options there than i do here in North Bay as far as eating out goes. there is an awesome vegan restaurant called Veg Out that you absolutely MUST check out. sounds wierd but get the fish and chips, seriously! omg and the owner is super nice.

i think there's also a veg place on dundas but i don't think i've been there.

oh and if you haven't been to ben thahn you must, it's viet-thai with a really great selection of vegan stuff. i think there's 2 locations in london.



as for what to eat and what to avoid, hit the vegetarian and vegan sections and the food section, there's tons of info and recipes and ideas.

but basically as long as you eat enough calories in a day and a wide variety of natural foods, fruits, veggies, grains, etc, you will have enough of everything. the idea that vegetarians are nutrient deficient and starving to death is such b.s. the only thing you need to watch out for is b12 but if you eat any meat substitutes like veggie burgers, vegetarian chicken substitutes, that sorta thing, and any soy products like soymilk, soy dairy alternatives etc, they are all fortified with b12 and other stuff so you don't really have to worry about it.

just don't fall into the trap of relying on these convenient meat alternatives, they are very processed and full of junk (but still better for you than meat) but now and then they're great to include in recipes you loved before going veg so you don't have to miss out on anything you would normally eat.

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It looks like you have already done some research.



There are a lot of hidden ingredients unfortunately such as gelatin which shows up in the most unexpected places.

Heres a link to a thread discussing the hidden ingredients: https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=71315



And here is a list of some basic substitutions:

https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=64454



And one more thread on basic things to have on hand:

https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=88163



Hope this helps a little.



Whisper, you are always so helpful



Welcome Mike!

May you be held in compassion.
May your pain and sorrow be eased.
May you be at peace.

My Blog: www.allie4animals.wix.com/veganliving
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Hi Mike, welcome

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#11 Old 11-17-2009, 02:02 PM
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Welcome!

If you are looking for a good book to read then I would suggest "Becoming Vegan" By Brenda Davis. It has lots of awesome vegan health information and lets you know what you need to keep healthy!
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