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I am curious as to how much of your diet is made up of vegan replacement foods, like soy cheese or soy milk, compared to how much is less processed like beans and rice. Even things like tofu or tempeh are processed. What foods are too processed to still be healthy compared with whcih are not? For example, is whole grain rice preferable to whole grain pasta because it is less processed? What about cereal and bread? TIA<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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I don't see anything wrong with tofu, just because it's processed. I rarely eat the meat substitutes, even though I find them delicious. I cook dinner every night and I consider the microwave stuff to be cheating (I'm strange). When it comes to bread and pasta, I just make sure that I eat whole wheat versions (as opposed to 'whole grain'). For an example, here's what I do:<br><br><br><br>
Breakfast: flax seed oatmeal<br><br>
lunch: cream cheese and olive sandwhiches made with toffutti (not as gross as it sounds)<br><br>
dinner: something made from scratch.
 

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I have been eating a whole foods diet more and more. The highly processed foods are an extreme rarity for me anymore. I no longer eat soy, but not for that reason, so I do not eat tofu.<br><br><br><br>
I also try to stay away from canned foods whenever possible. Right now the only canned I eat is tomatoes. I prefer to buy fresh local first, then fresh or frozen if it had to travel. The bean I buy are dry, I soak then freeze for use later (generally within the week).<br><br><br><br>
I feel better eating this way and the difference in my food bill allows for the purchase of organic produce. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't have any big problem with processed, "replacement" food. I have some kind of veggie pattie, veggie crumbles, or a serving of tofu about once a day. I also have a cup of soy milk once a day. I feel healthy eating the way I do, and it's what makes me happy. I think that's what really matters. Besides, I don't think anyone has died from veggie burgers or soy milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My breakfast usually consists of cereal with some rice milk, or a piece of toast with earth balance spread/smart balance light spread and some fruit (sometimes organic).<br><br><br><br>
Lunch varies. Most of the time, it's organic crackers, a hummus sandwich/wrap with some vegetables thrown in, and some fruit and apple juice.<br><br><br><br>
Dinner is usually where I have the processed stuff, like veggie burgers or veggie "chicken" nuggets. I agree with what Janie said about them, though, nothing wrong with it if it's in moderation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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We are such a PROCESSED society. Whatever is quick, easy and simple. And yes SeaSiren I agree,There is nothing better for you than REAL whole foods.<br><br><br><br>
We had better change the way we think and what kind of foods we tend to buy.<br><br><br><br>
Or else, Soylent Green, WILL be the food of the future.<br><br><br><br>
p.s. if you do not know what soylent green is, rent the old, old, old movie,<br><br>
"Soylent Green"
 

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Tofu slightly less than once a week.<br><br><br><br>
Fake cheese maybe once a week.<br><br><br><br>
Fake meat about once a week. Maybe twice.<br><br><br><br>
Almond Milk, three servings a week in protein shakes.<br><br><br><br>
Store bought hummus: About 16% of my daily intake.<br><br><br><br>
Homemade hummus: About 854% of my hourly intake.<br><br><br><br>
I try to eat as raw and unprocessed as possible, but when you cook for two and the other person like fake stuff and processed foods it's sometimes easier to just eat what you both like.<br><br><br><br>
Unless things like bread, protein powder, olive oil, soy sauce, etc. count as processed?<br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
TJ
 

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I eat a fair bit of processed foods I guess. I eat a lot of bread but it's almost always whole grain, I eat white pasta a couple of times a week, tofu maybe once a week, soy milk almost every day on my cereal. Now and again (anything from once a month to three times a week) I have some kind of over-processed veggie replacement food like linda mccartney sausages or pies, but less since I went vegan as a lot of the veggie substitues I used to eat have egg in. I add soy cheese to a lot of stuff when I have it in the house.<br><br><br><br>
Eating processed foods doesn't really bother me. I still eat a ton of good stuff like grains and beans and vegetables.
 

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I eat mostly whole foods, and the processed foods that I eat don't have any artificial ingredients. For instance, the soymilk I use has two ingredients: soybeans and water. The bread I buy is 100% whole grain with no preservatives, etc. I do eat an occasional Smart Dog and Tuno sandwiches at my local vegan restaurant, but pretty rarely. Have you ever looked at the ingredients on Tuno? The list is about a mile long. I usually cook with a variety of whole grains, veggies, fruits and nuts.
 

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For the most part, I eat a whole food diet. I do not eat bread or pasta. I avoid food products that contain flour, including veggie meat. I avoid canned food because of the high sodium.<br><br><br><br>
I eat tofu once or twice a week. I actually love tofu, but do not get the chance to eat it as frequently as I normally would (however, the soy controversy has been on my mind so perhaps that is a good thing!).<br><br><br><br>
I use soy milk only as a creamer for my coffee/tea or pour a few tablespoons in my oatmeal to give it flavor. A half-gallon of soy milk lasts me for a little over a month. A few times a month, I will have some soy ice cream, but I do not make it a habit. I try to buy organic food too, but organic does not always mean unprocessed.<br><br><br><br>
I began to practice a whole food diet when I became vegan. Like most new vegans, I always had the misfortune of eating a flour product that I thought was vegan only to find out later that it was not. These incidents were always troubling for me so to make life easier for me I just stopped eating bread, pasta, etc. Even though I am now an experienced vegan the thought of eating bread (which I used to love) worries me.
 

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A half-gallon of soy milk lasts me for a little over a month.</div>
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Wow. I didn't realise soy milk would last that long. Learn something new everyday, I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I haven't really measured how much processed vs. real foods I eat, but in general, I lean more to whole foods than I do processed ones. Every once in a great while, I'll get some soy icecream (Soy Decadance... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"> ) and even rarer still, I'll get a fake burger or a quickie meal.<br><br><br><br>
I have no problem with things like tofu or tempeh but I don't eat them often because I sorta forget to. Soymilk is in that catagory, too - I have no problems with it in whole, but I forget to buy it even though I love the stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
Pasta and bread I avoid as much as I can but only because those things flare me if I eat them on a regular basis. Corn tortillas don't mess with me, so I eat those, but flour will so flour tortillas are in the same catagory as bread/pasta (to me).<br><br><br><br>
Cereal, I haven't eaten in years, even before I became veg and it's kinda something I don't plan on bringing back if at all possible.
 
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