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Question about what the major pitfalls and hidden non-vegan items are for a "baby vegan" (meaning me!)...I have been doing well diet wise, and I have the lists of animal derived products to use as I purchase things, but i am feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment! For those of you who have been vegan a while, what are the biggies I should be looking out for? I find I am almost OBSESSING over food..thinking about it all day and grocery shopping last week took me 2 stores and over 3 hours, not easy with little kids along for the trip!<br>
Are there certain common mistakes i need to be aware of? I did the obvious...removed all dairy and eggs from my diet, and am doing my best to make sure nothing i purchase has any animal products in it from this point forward...but so little is labeled vegan it is getting really overwhelming..or at least i seem to be making it that way...help?!
 

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congrats! and it sounds like you're doing fine.....food is an awesome obsession....hopefully healthy though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
next start looking for mono and disaccarides (sp?) they can be either animal or plant based....you won't necessarily know though unless you contact the company.<br>
Whey is a dairy componant too, to watch for in ingredients, and natural flavors can be anything-never know with that one!<br><br><br><b>ETA</b>: Not mono or disaccharides....mono and diyglycerides is what I meant...sorry....had just listened to a nutrition lecture.....
 

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I know how overwhelming it can be. I remember spending more than 30 minutes at a local organic store trying to find a granola bar without honey/dairy/eggs (I eventually did find one, yay <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">).<br>
Once you find products that are ok to eat, you no longer have to spend so much time searching for them - unless they change their recipe, of course.<br><br>
Try not to beat yourself up over mistakes. One thing that is tedious but true: don't automatically trust organic products or all kinds of fake meats. Sometimes they can contain dairy or eggs. Read every label of every product that is new to you.<br><br>
Also, you might want to buy more types of non-processed food, because they don't have endless lists of ingredients.<br><br>
Hope that helps a bit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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thank you..I knew about whey, its all the sneaky ones that get me! I have been buying mostly unprocessed stuff...FAR less than I used to for sure, but I do like to have some quick options around because I have 3 little kids and the oldest one is in gymnastics 3 nights a week and also a veggie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> so some days i just need a grab and go type thing for her or me...I have had to switch some brands for me, but labeling on that sort of stuff is easy..its things like a loaf of bread that make me stand in the aisle at the market totally overwhelmed...and i am so not in a place to be baking my own bread....lol..someday maybe..<br>
That "natural flavors" one aggravates me, as does picking up vegetable soups made with beef or chicken broth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I may need someone to hold my hand when I have to buy health and beauty items....
 
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