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So i've been vegetarian for a year and a half now and i'm wondering/starting to think about going vegan. Also, i live among a meat eating family. Those of you who are vegan, how long did it take/ how hard was it to make the switch? also, how easy/hard is it to make your own yummy vegan food?
 

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Well, I'm trying to go vegan. I've given up milk, cheese and I'm barely eating eggs. I'm planning on talking to my mom about that soon.<br><br>
Unfortunately, I can't cook... But my mom's a vegetarian (who's trying to go vegan) too, so she's the one who cooks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The only problem when i was going vegan was cheese ( with bread, pizza, or parmesan ) and the fact that milk and eggs are present in a lot of things.<br><br>
For cheese i just given up, and recently i discovered the vegan cheeses ( vegusto is my favourite, but there is like 5 other ones i think at least ), for the milk and eggs it was annying at the begining to check the ingredients, but with time you just know wich food is ok or not, and in some countries they are special labels like suitables for vegetarians / suitable for vegans.<br><br>
Cooking vegan food, well, it doens't change anything, if you like cooking, no problem, there are tons of recipe books, and on internet you can find websites, forums, mailing lists, google groups, yahoo groups, usenet groups, newsletters, youtube videos with vegan cooking shows... you can go to a restaurant for inspiration...<br><br>
for me i often just make a quick burger with like bread ( ^^ ), redwood bacon, vegan cheese ( the piquant one, but everyone has his own taste ), tomatoes, salad, onions, perhaps some chili, whatever you like. And hop in 5 minutes you made a perfect vegan burger yummmmmmmmmmmy !
 

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I love making potato-based soups. These are easy, filling and vegan. :3 Potato for each person, whatever veg you want, lentils or beans for protein and there ya go :3<br><br>
I'm hoping to go vegan more often in the new year. My only problem is that with my bf's family, they're all veggie but they eat so much dairy and processed food. My mum's omni and I think she'd freak a bit if I went fully vegan (I had weight problems a year ago, she's terrified of me losing any weight >.<), and my bf has to have dairy or he craves it in any and every form.<br>
That and I eat chocolate everyday. Always have, never had any health problems from it, but it's just that bit more expensive to get vegan chocolate. there are some nice artisan ones, but yeah. Expense. Anyway, I'm rambling, sorry >.>;
 

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I stopped consuming eggs first after being an ovo lacto vegetarian for about 6 years, then started to drink soy milk instead of cow milk and then tried to remove everything delivered from animals from my diet. Unfortunately, you have to take care of every product that you buy! I always read the ingredients and you have alot of ingredients that you are unaware of. For example E120 (in Skittles, M&Ms) is a color coming from louses.<br>
1 year later, I finally manged to identify most ingredients.<br>
Furthermore vegan meals were not that difficult to find. Vegan products can be found in every supermarket here (even vegan Burgers/Steaks etc).<br>
I personally think that you don't give up certain food, you just have to change your diet habits. After a while, it becomes pretty normal and you do it without thinking about it. Hope I could help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I was a vegetarian for 9 years before I went vegan, but that's because I didn't really know vegans existed until some months before I switched. After joining this board when I was 16 (I'm 19 now), I learned a lot and revamped my vegetarian diet because there was a lot I didn't know about (rennet in cheeses, carmine as a dye, etc.) and after thinking about stuff I read on here, I decided I wanted to be vegan. (also, me being a vegetarian included not wearing/using leather, suede, sheepskin, etc.)<br><br>
I personally didn't find it hard at all to switch. Though, I did stop drinking milk several years before because I didn't like it (though I still ate packaged foods with milk, and I only had ice cream every once in a long while because I didn't like the taste of most), and I also stopped eating eggs as themselves (still ate in packaged food or if it was mixed with something like soup and cake) because I cracked one open one day and saw lots of blood. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> And when I learned about rennet, I stopped eating all foods that had cheese with rennet, so my consumption of animal products probably wasn't really as high as a typical vegetarian. And I think I only had honey when I was eating things from Kashi.<br><br>
It took about 7-or-so months from the day I joined VB to the day I became vegan, but that's mostly because I didn't want to make it difficult for my mom, so I kept saying "when I'm 18 I'll go vegan". When I decided I didn't want to wait any longer (as well as a couple other reasons) I officially decided I was going to be vegan.<br><br>
It's also extremely easy to make delicious vegan food. There are countless vegan recipes on the internet that are there for the making (including here on VB), and one of my many favorites is <a href="http://www.findingvegan.com/" target="_blank">Finding Vegan</a>. (mainly because of the pictures <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)<br>
Over the years I've definitely gotten less picky about my food, and I'm now to the point where I would willingly try almost everything (as long as it's vegan, of course). Even if I burned everything and it tasted like a used tire I would still eat it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br>
(I still live with my family and they're all omnivores, by the way)
 

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Funny- I was veggie a year and a half before going vegan too, and I live with a meat-eating family.<br><br>
It wasn't too hard to do, veganism sort of happened, you know? I like it a lot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
I would never go back to being just veggie! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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It's hard for me to be a vegan because I love milk products so much. I practically find most salads unpalatable unless cubes of feta cheese were added. And yogurt with berries tastes soooo darn good.<br><br>
I never eat eggs though. Those poor chickens... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
However, I ALWAYS ALWAYS try my best to purchase organic milk from farms that treat their cows like proper living beings.
 

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Vegan cooking is super easy! im currently switching to vegan from american diet, but its really hard. Add me or message me, im emily <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> My fam is all meat eaters too. hardcore,lol.
 
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