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Hello! So I have been away from the boards for quite some time. But in that time I finished my first year of college, got a job at a natural foods grocery store, and yes............... I have become a Vegan. It has been one whole month!<br><br><br><br>
But I would also like to say that I am the only person I know that has gone Vegan. I don't have too many Vegetarian friends either...<br><br><br><br>
But I must share some of my concerns with you all, and I would very much value your input on any of them! First, my friends have all labeled me as "weird" and refuse to eat anything in my house. Second, I cannot often eat at anyone's house because they do not have Vegan-friendly foods. Third, fake meat is very expensive and cooking from scratch is very time consuming (college and work, not much time). And the last one I will mention is the nutrition aspect of it all. I have read so many books, but the fact is all the "Omega-3" and "Essential Fatty Acids" and "Complex Protein" etc info. is not sticking in my brain!!! AHHH!!!<br><br><br><br>
So is this just early-Vegan jitters or what? Have any of you struggled with these kinds of things?
 

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Well, you've been at the vegan thing longer than I have (today it is 3 weeks for me! Yay!), but I will tell you what I have found. Mostly it has not been that difficult to get what I need - learn your nutrient sources and you will be fine. Also, I have not much gotten into the meat-substitutes because I am a student (read VERY poor, as I'm sure you know) and can't afford it. I do indulge in a boca burger now and then, however. Heavy on the legumes and grains, and veggies and fruits, and drink soy milk and calcium-fortified OJ. I've also been taking a multi-vitamin. Anyway, just my .02 - what I've learned in the last 3 weeks.
 

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In answer to what you say about people thinking you are weird<br><br>
becoz of veganism, its not something you have to worry about here amongst other VB vegans...(unless of course you get voted for by the VB 'noterity' Awards for the "weirdness" catagory like I did... but hey thats another story).. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
Tell your friends that weird is subjective and that labelling people<br><br>
is foul play... Anyhow... Jitter ye not newly dawned vegan!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> We<br><br>
can all be weird together here at VB for those who wish, and with<br><br>
supportive people at every turn! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Nice to meet you segol!<br><br><br><br>
I went vegan my first year in college too. That was about 3 and a half years ago, and to be honest, I think the best thing that I did was join this community.<br><br><br><br>
I definitely didn't know any vegans, and I never had, and if it wasn't for all the vegetarians and vegans I talked to here, then it would have been much harder on me.<br><br><br><br>
When it comes to health, there are some things you need to do to stay healthy. Luckily, most problems won't turn up for a long time if you're missing anything, and as you learn and grow as a vegan you'll add new things to you're diet and then they'll never turn up.<br><br><br><br>
For instance, I take a b12 Vitamin, flax seed oil, calcium and vitamin D every day to 5 days (I'm not so good about it) but I didn't take anything my first year, but I've since added those things to my diet, and along with the food I eat, I doubt I'll ever have any problems come as a result of not getting those nutrients.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't worry about protein that much. Just <b>make sure</b> you eat a varied diet. That's very important. I ate potatoes, white bread, peanut butter, broccoli, white rice, and just a couple other things for probably 6 months, and it got to the point where my hair would fall out easily (I wasn't going bald by any means, but hair would come out on my comb and it had never did that before). Now I eat brown rice, tofu, broccoli and other vegetables, beans, pita bread, hummus, soydogs on sprouted rolls, and things that are just much healthier than what I was eating at first.<br><br><br><br>
But it took me a couple years to get to this point.<br><br><br><br>
When it comes to the "weird food" you're making I would focus on eating foods that seemed more normal when you're friends come over. Tossed salads, fruit salads, homefries, french fries, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, soda, 3 bean salad, orange juice, basically things that they also eat and won't find weird. You should pick up a vegan cook book and learn how to make great vegan cakes, cookies, and pies, and that'll get your friends to open up to veganism when they learn that it doesn't have to be boring. Don't expect them to hop on the bandwagon though, there's a good chance they won't.<br><br><br><br>
Don't worry about vegetarian meat being expensive, because it's not necessary!<br><br><br><br>
When it comes time to making meals, I usually like to go all out. When I was in college though, I just learned how to make fast meals. Cereal is so easy, as well as sandwiches. Pretzels, peanuts and dried fruit as fast snacks and healthy. It's easy to make a bean salad, just open up a couple cans of beans and add salad dressing. Also make a huge pot of rice, and store it in the fridge and use that for several meals throughout the week. Just add spices, sauces, vegetables or whatever to vary it.<br><br><br><br>
Lastly, spend time online reading about veganism, and talking to vegans. It'll be a great help.
 

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Good stuff in that post above.<br><br><br><br>
Especially the part about informing yourself. You're a student, so make the study of veganism as important for you as any of your subjects, especially when you consider how much more important it is than any one class you'll ever take.
 

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epski's right on that!<br><br><br><br>
There are two main causes when it comes to fallen vegans. Many vegans go crazy and get burnt out, the other is almost the opposite, the person doesn't know what they're doing at all. It's as important to stay chill as it is to not go overboard.<br><br><br><br>
Realize that veganism is a process, and that you'll learn as you go.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mikie</i><br><br><b>veganism is a process</b></div>
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Paste this on the wall above your computer or something.
 

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If you're cooking from scratch, you'll need to know some quick and easy cooking. Luckily, there's a whole bunch of recipes which fit this criteria:<br><br><a href="http://www.vegweb.com/food/quick/" target="_blank">http://www.vegweb.com/food/quick/</a><br><br><br><br>
As for being on your own, it is really hard to be the only veg*n you know, so stick around here for support. Your friends who won't eat at your house sound a little closed-minded. So cook fries (chips if you live in britain) since they'll be familiar with them. If you serve chips, you can't go wrong. (Or so they say.) Just try to make food which they'll be familiar with. Don't make food the focus of the night either. If you invte them round, have them round to watch a movie or something like that.<br><br><br><br>
Don't worry about protein. You'll easily be able to get enough. Soy products are full of it (aside from soy sauce) and it's in pretty much everything you eat. There's no need to combine amino acids either.
 

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By all means, <b>stay here</b>. I've tried going vegan twice, and though I wasn't successful in the long term with either of those attempts, this community has helped me in countless ways. The ideas to go vegan came from here, the support when starting out came from here, and the encouragement when I reverted to lacto-ovo came from here. VB is the place to be, for sure.
 

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Theres a lot of meals you can do that are pretty instant, and healthy! Pasta (whole wheats best) and canned sauce with frozen veggies, hummus and breads, PB & J, cereal...Making friends with the bulk section in your local store would be a good idea too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Chili, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Recipe books can easily be placed on hold at the library too, I've had one checked out for months now...*shhh* As long as no one else "holds it" you've got it, and can photocopy some recipes you like. it's also good to not be scared of the good fats, why? Umm, cuz their healthy...nuts usually have good ratios, for the whole fatty acid issue. It's important to make sure you get enough calories!<br><br><br><br>
Veganism is a journey, not a destination. I like that one too!<br><br><br><br>
Don't feel ashamed of your eating habits, your veganism. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I have a feeling then they'll be interested if you are happy about, that's always better then annoyed at you. Since they are your friends, they will accept you. mIne have done that with me-they think Im wierd, but hey. I can handle that!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Mikie had lotsa good advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hey! I just wanted to thank everyone for your posts, they proved very helpful for me! All's I have to say is that I found this message board, otherwise I really would be on my own. Thanks again everyone!!!
 

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ADVICE FROM ANOTHER CHEAP VEGAN:<br><br>
most breakfast cereals are heavily fortified.<br><br><br><br>
from what I've read flax seed oil and b 12 are really the only "vitamins" we lack generally.<br><br><br><br>
otherwise if you eat breakfast cereal, calcium enriched OJ etc. you should be fine.<br><br><br><br>
the omega 3 thing is a problem for EVERYONE (vegan and non vegan) because of the partially hydrogenated oils in chips and such. they threw the Omega 3 and Omega 6 balance off. flax seed oil will help with that.<br><br><br><br>
if you haven't already read it, I recommend the book BECOMING VEGAN. Its awesome. I didn't know ANYTHING about this stuff before I read that and it gave me confidence that this diet is completely healthy.<br><br><br><br>
I have been vegan since January so I'm quite a newbie myself. I never cooked a stitch in college but am doing some myself now. I would recommend doing simple things like adding TVP to your marinara sauce and pasta (cheap and easy) to get extra protein.<br><br><br><br>
isnt it dumb that people freak out so much about veganism? like not eating anything at yr house? its like "dude, my vegetables are the same as yours." RIDICULOUS. quite frankly I think many are more comfortable to dismiss it as weird so they don't have to confront the ugly truth of the meat and dairy industry. the old "I dont want to know" philosophy.<br><br><br><br>
I am the happiest little vegan on earth and I commend you for making the choice. For me, it just feels right.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
XOXO<br><br>
Beth
 
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