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I am looking into either veganism or vegetarianism. if i tried going vegan, what can you eat in place of eggs and what do you eat as a vegan? what do you eat for protein?
 

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If you mean eggs for breakfast, then there is such a thing as "tofu scramble" that mimics scrambled eggs. In baking, there are different things that can be used to replace eggs.

Vegan sources for protein include beans, soy products, nuts and nut butters, and whole grains.

This website is a pretty good place to get information on vegetarian and vegan nutrition: http://www.vegsoc.org/page.aspx?pid=760
 

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what do you eat as a vegan?
Breads, cereals, pasta, grains, beans, legumes, fruit, vegetables, tofu, tempeh, and many different kinds of faux meats inc. faux fish. There's also junk food like chocolate, potato chips, candy, and vegan cakes and desserts.
 

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i had tried to go vegetarian once and the junk food is what killed me. what do you mean by faux fish? what is the differenc ebetween tofu and tempah? i think tofu is gross...and that website that dormouse sent is great
it has realy nice reference and good recipes, thank you.
as for going veggie, i have to start slow, isn't starting slow how oyu keep it up better?
 

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i had tried to go vegetarian once and the junk food is what killed me. what do you mean by faux fish? what is the differenc ebetween tofu and tempah?
Faux fish is food made to mimic the taste or texture of certain fish and sea animal products. I think there are some companies that produce things like that and there are also tons of recipes.
Here are the Wikipedia pages explaining tofu and tempeh. Here's also one about seitan.

Yeah, if you become veg*n (that means vegetarian and/or vegan), you can't just cut out the certain animal products out of your diet and leave it at that, and you definitely should not up the amount of animal products (assuming vegetarian) and junk food because those are probably the #1 reason you hear people saying "I tried to be vegetarian but I failed/got sick". Replace whatever is removed from your diet with vegetables, fruit, legumes, and grains and you should be pretty good. Living on Cheetos, Oreos, and cornflakes is not a good idea.


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as for going veggie, i have to start slow, isn't starting slow how oyu keep it up better?
Depends on the person. I went vegetarian in one day, and then I had the thought of being vegan in my head a couple for months (thanks to this forum, actually) but ultimately transitioned in one day. (and I've been veg*n for 12 years now)

Here are some other websites that might interest you.
http://vrg.org
http://vegansociety.com
http://pcrm.org
http://vegweb.com
http://findingvegan.com
 

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In terms of keeping it up, as long as you're sure about the decision and you research it well, it'll stick. I didn't do an awful lot of phasing out with omni to veggie or veggie to vegan, but I did do a fair bit of reading about substitutes and nutrition. Turns out I'd been doing the nutrition thing wrong all my life, as my mother had taught me that a good diet was all meat and vegetables.

In terms of egg substitutes; for baking/cooking, there are a number of things that replace egg. Oil, apple sauce, egg replacer and so on all work as excellent binding ingredients. For scrambled egg, there's scrambled tofu (I'm interested as to why you said it was gross), and a couple of days ago I made a spanish omelette with a tofu mix in place of the eggs. Went down really well.

For protein, beans and lentils are a good place to start. Mushrooms, faux meats, and nuts are also good.
 

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Green leafy vegetables. All whole foods have protein. Unless you don't eat enough calories, you won't have a problem getting enough protein.
 

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First off- vegans do not eat the same things! Just as you can't determine whether you'll like another omni's food choices just because you're omni, you can't assume things from vegans diet either.
Another thing is you're diet is really ingrained from the time you were an infant. If you've been eating meats, and limited ways of eating veggies, it takes some getting used to different tastes. Definitely takes time to change to change cooking and baking styles. It took me a good year to really feel totally comfortable with it all. For example, nutritional yeast is often used in a cheese sauce for things like pasta and vegetables. That was totally gross to me until recently. Beans and lentils however, have always played a big part in meals. For all the different beans, lentils, and nuts, seeds and grains and different ways to use them, the vegan diet will eventually become an incredibly creative and varied life. Now I look at what my friends eat and can't believe I ever thought being vegan would be limited.
Tofu is the most versitle food to me. It can be horrible, it can utterly delicious. Even people who've sworn they've had it all kinds of ways have tried things I make and wanted the recipe. It's all in preparation. I hate tofu that had been frozen, it changes the texture. Others swear that's the only way they can eat it.

Good websites have been listed. I'd like to add:
http://veganhealth.org/

Good luck, and come back!
 

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Don't feel like it has to be all or nothing right away. If you feel like going slowly will help you succeed, by all means take your time, do your research and go for it!! It is so worth it!
 
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