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Lately I've been seiously wanting to become vegan, but haven't been able to give up dairy yet. I know this has been said a million times, but does anone have any tips? Are most breads vegan? what should I be looking out for when I eat out?
 

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Whereabouts are you? In the UK nearly all wholemeal breads are vegan. I started by swapping cows milk for soya milk, butter for vegan spread and bought a few packets of vegan chocolate buttons as a treat. All 3 are easy to find in the supermarket & taste almost identical. Thats the easy part.<br>
Then it's just obsessive label reading I'm afraid. It surprised me how many things have dairy in, but I was also pleasantly surprised that all food has to clearly display if it contains eggs or dairy, because of allergies. Are you finding that most things you would usually buy have milk and eggs in?<br>
When eating out I'm usually able to find at least one thing on most menus that's vegan, or I can just ask for no cheese topping for example. Sometimes its easier to tell the waiter you have a dairy allergy. I've had a few rolled eyes when I say i'm vegan. Rude!<br>
Hope that helps, I'm new to all this myself so not claiming to have all the answers!
 

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Right now I live in Georgia in the US, and will be moving to Tennessee sometime next year. I'll admit it's been a challenge to be vegetarian when going to restaurants, but The supermarkets do have some nice selections. Like, yesterday I found the better than sour cream, and last week I found cream cheese substitutes, but there's not much in the snacks departments. I bought some wheat thins. I hope those are vegan. I guess I should check, lol. I also found out walmart sells soy yogurt! I got that too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Does it sound like I'm doing good?<br><br><br>
Wait, I'm an idiot. I just ate a box of annies mac and cheese and used soy milk so it would be "vegan" DOH! I told you I was new at this.
 

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I cant comment on specific products because we dont get them over here, but it sounds like you're doing great - dont be so hard on yourself! Even if you have a few slips, you're still causing much less suffering to animals than 99.9% of the population. Just carry on with the label reading and you'll start to get into a routine of knowing what you can and cant have.
 

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Lately I've been seiously wanting to become vegan, but haven't been able to give up dairy yet. I know this has been said a million times, but does anone have any tips?</div>
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Start with not buying milk and cheese and experiment with alternatives. You might not like the first brand you try but when you do find one you like, it's surprising how quickly you can get used to it.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Someone else to get the check. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> It's best to start thinking about the ingredients that go into your favourite vegetarian dishes and whether they can be veganised or not by the chef. Also begin to think outside of what you normally eat - try new things.
 

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Lately I've been seiously wanting to become vegan, but haven't been able to give up dairy yet. I know this has been said a million times, but does anone have any tips? Are most breads vegan? what should I be looking out for when I eat out?</div>
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I feel like Wheat Thins are vegan, but I'm not certain. I think Triskets are too, and possibly Ritz? Anyway, there are a lot of crackers and chips and cookies even in regular grocery stores that are vegan (though not necessarily great for you), you just have to check each label until you get used to what's vegan and what's not. I think most bagels are vegan, but you'd have to check each one. And there are plenty of breads that are, but I'm always overwhelmed by the bread section, it's hard to wade through all of it. Lots of cereals are vegan, and lots aren't...<br><br>
You seem to be finding a lot more than I did when I first went vegan, sounds like you are doing fine!
 

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I feel like Wheat Thins are vegan, but I'm not certain. I think Triskets are too, and possibly Ritz? Anyway, there are a lot of crackers and chips and cookies even in regular grocery stores that are vegan (though not necessarily great for you), you just have to check each label until you get used to what's vegan and what's not. I think most bagels are vegan, but you'd have to check each one. And there are plenty of breads that are, but I'm always overwhelmed by the bread section, it's hard to wade through all of it. Lots of cereals are vegan, and lots aren't...<br><br>
You seem to be finding a lot more than I did when I first went vegan, sounds like you are doing fine!</div>
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Triscuits and wheat thins are vegan diet foods, indeed.
 

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Love Triscuits with rosemary! So are Ritz, and most of the generics. Popcorn with nutritional yeast if you have it.<br>
Tried Daiya? Makes a great grilled cheese- the cheddar.<br>
One of my favorite foods that helped get me through was eggplant. Slice it 1/2 inch thick and saute- cast iron if you have it- in just a thin layer of olive oil and garlic. Makes a great sauce pureed with garlic, herbs.<br>
Never assume something isn't vegan just because other brands are. I've found vegan "funjum" at Trader Joes and store brands.
 

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Try to stick to whole foods. The more packaged foods you eat, the longer the ingredient list, the less food you make for yourself, the more effort it takes to be vegan.
 
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