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#1 Old 07-23-2017, 11:45 AM
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For health reasons I had to give up gluten, soy, peanut, and dairy. I have never been that big of a meat eater...it always kinda grossed me out. Just recently I found out I can no longer eat eggs...so here I am. I also have done a bunch of research on the health effects of going plant based. I have been eating strictly vegan for 6 days, and figured I would find a forum because a lot of recipes I find have gluten and soy in it. Gluten is not a problem because I have had to avoid that for years (Celiac), but soy is in a lot of recipes.
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For health reasons I had to give up gluten, soy, peanut, and dairy. I have never been that big of a meat eater...it always kinda grossed me out. Just recently I found out I can no longer eat eggs...so here I am. I also have done a bunch of research on the health effects of going plant based. I have been eating strictly vegan for 6 days, and figured I would find a forum because a lot of recipes I find have gluten and soy in it. Gluten is not a problem because I have had to avoid that for years (Celiac), but soy is in a lot of recipes.

Hi Troopwife1, and welcome to the forum.

Twenty years ago, nearly all vegetarian fake meats were all made from soy and/or gluten. That has changed. It's now possible to buy fake meats made from pea protein. "Beyond Meat" is one such product.

Vegan fake meats aren't nutritionally necessary though. Conventional vegan diets are based on legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, split peas), whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and smaller amounts of nuts and seeds.

Here is a webpage that does a good job of summarizing the vegan food groups. It is written by Brenda Davis, past chairperson of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association (the world's largest association of Registered Dietitians): http://www.brendadavisrd.com/the-vegan-plate/

Some information from that webpage:





And, here is a webpage that has very easy vegan meal ideas, with great illustrations: http://www.chooseveg.com/buildameal


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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."
- United Nations' World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/topics/diet/en/

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Thanks so much, David. I will check out those links. I don't really care about "meat substitutes" but I have been finding a lot of recipes use tofu. I'm new so maybe that is just first impression. I will check out the links you provided. Thanks so much.
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Thanks so much, David. I will check out those links. I don't really care about "meat substitutes" but I have been finding a lot of recipes use tofu. I'm new so maybe that is just first impression. I will check out the links you provided. Thanks so much.
What's the reason for avoiding soy? Wondering if you could eat tempeh, which is fermented.

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My Dr. has me on an auto immune diet because I have Hashimotos and my thyroid antibioties were more than 5 times higher than they should be (supposed to be 16 and were over 100)...he suggested no soy. I have followed the prescribed died for about 4 months, and my antibioties are almost in normal range...still slightly high.

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You can easily sub tofu for "chickpea tofu"- which is really more like polenta made with chickpea (besan) flour. You can find it in any Indian grocery and I guess it's now in most stores, or at least health food stores

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-...chickpea-tofu/

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Nice! Thank you, I will definitely get some! Actually, I will probably just make my own. I have been getting almost all my meals off of onegreenplanet.org.
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