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#1 Old 07-18-2015, 09:55 PM
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Red face Newbie Traveler here!

Hey beautiful and healthy people!

I've started traveling with my boyfriend as a vegetarian and after 7 months of traveling I decided to become vegan and start living a plant based lifestyle. My boyfriend is eating everything, but supporting me and my decision.
I am in the process of eliminating and adding foods. I've cut out seafood and all dairy except milk. I love sweet and milky coffee and it's too hard for me to resist it. Help!
I'm looking for a motivation, tips and friendly people (maybe travelers) who I could talk/discuss about happy, healthy, plant based lifestyle

Thank you,
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#2 Old 07-18-2015, 11:40 PM
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W e l c o m e !


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#3 Old 07-19-2015, 03:35 AM
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Hi Ness and welcome! What an interesting lifestyle! I've always admired people who can travel all over like that.

Hopefully someone will come along with an answer to your coffee. I am a black coffee drinker myself so I won't be of much help there. I have heard of people using soy milk in coffee. Some online vegan stores sell coconut based or soy based coffee creamers. Beyond that I don't know. Nice to have you here!
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#4 Old 07-19-2015, 06:45 AM
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I've tried natural soy milk with coffee, but when I mix them up it gets a weird texture.. Anyway, I'll keep searching. Thank you for the tips
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#5 Old 07-19-2015, 07:22 AM
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Welcome Ness, I understand because I hate raw coffee myself.. there is nothing to like about its taste as its mostly always bitter. What you could do as a start is to decrease the amount of concentration of powder, then add on the sugar cubes.. basically tweak it as much as possible to maintain a sweetness-caffeine balance. More powder just makes it much worse. I've also used a kind of concentrated palm-sugar essence to the coffee which spreads the sweetness evenly across and hence very usable for black coffee.

The trick is also in the temperature, since black coffee is essentially water, boiling hot is certainly not the way to have it.. it should be a bit more than lukewarm at best. Also it'll take a few months for you to get used to the thin consistency compared to milk. Again I say do not use much coffee powder since coffee is acidic and without milk (a neutralizer) it'll unleash all of the acidity in the stomach in the long run. You do have milk substitutes like almond, soy etc but they wont come close in taste, but you can try them all for a week each and see what combination truly appeals to you.
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#6 Old 07-19-2015, 11:00 AM
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Hi Ness,

It looks like your travels have brought you to Vietnam. Vietnamese markets usually carry a selection of fake meats, because Vietnamese Buddhist adherents are expected to be vegetarian 2 days per month (during the full moon and the new moon).

("chay" means "vegetarian" in Vietnamese)

You can find vegetarian and vegan restaurants all over the world, using this website: .

Here is a vegan nutrition guide that you might find useful (the nutrition portion of the guide begins on page 7):

Last thing: Don't forget to eat enough calories on a vegan diet. Not eating enough calories is a common mistake that we vegans make (see video below). You previously ate dairy products, which are typically high in fat and calories. Now that you're leaving dairy foods behind, just make sure to compensate by eating more beans, grains and nuts. You can use this website to estimate how many calories you need each day: . Then, just remember that nuts have about 800 calories per cup, boiled beans or grains have about 200 calories per cup, fruit has about 40-100 calories per cup, and non-starchy vegetables have 5-40 calories per cup.

(Don't let the title tool you. This video explains the importance of getting enough calories on a vegan diet):

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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
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#7 Old 07-19-2015, 11:21 PM
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I am so happy that I found this page!

Varun - I wish I could be in England now and Enjoy soy or almond milk latte ) I haven't seen these goods around my area in Vietnam, but I am not giving up! It is a good challenge to research more and learn new things. Thank you very much for your tips! I have started decreasing the amount of coffee and I hope to cut it off and stop craving for it everyday.

David - wow! You've done the whole research for me! Thank you very much! I am looking at those websites right now

I really appreciate the help

Thank YOU
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#8 Old 07-23-2015, 09:00 PM
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Hello Ness! My name is Anna, and I went vegan six months ago. While some days it feels like forever ago, other days it feels like I just started. I travel quite often too, but am ultimately grounded by my studies. I would love to discuss veganism with you!
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