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Post by stripedysocks » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:41 pm

I haven't had meat in a week, I want to see if vegetarianism would be a good idea for me. So far, so good! I feel so much better in general, and even emotionally (battling depression so really anything that helps is good for me!)
I think vegetarianism will give me something to stand for, something to believe in. Plus, it's healthy as hell, so why not?! :P I'm excited, I hope all goes well for me with this :love2:

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Post by justanotherhater » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:49 am

stripedysocks wrote:I haven't had meat in a week, I want to see if vegetarianism would be a good idea for me. So far, so good! I feel so much better in general, and even emotionally (battling depression so really anything that helps is good for me!)
I think vegetarianism will give me something to stand for, something to believe in. Plus, it's healthy as hell, so why not?! :P I'm excited, I hope all goes well for me with this :love2:
I'm happy for you! I'm glad you feel better this quickly. It took me at least 2 weeks to feel better when I changed my diet drastically. :D

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Re: Vegetarians/Vegans

Post by Celestica » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:36 pm

Goat wrote:
Celestica wrote:does anyone have reccs for vegetarian receipe blogs
http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/
http://herbivoracious.com/
http://www.veggiebelly.com/
http://sidesaddlekitchen.com/
http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/

The last two are vegan-based blogs, but they have some awesome recipes. Side Saddle Kitchen is my personal favorite.
Thank you! :)

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Post by Angie V » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:08 pm

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stripedysocks wrote:I haven't had meat in a week, I want to see if vegetarianism would be a good idea for me. So far, so good! I feel so much better in general, and even emotionally (battling depression so really anything that helps is good for me!)
I think vegetarianism will give me something to stand for, something to believe in. Plus, it's healthy as hell, so why not?! :P I'm excited, I hope all goes well for me with this :love2:
I'm happy for you! I'm glad you feel better this quickly. It took me at least 2 weeks to feel better when I changed my diet drastically. :D
Same! I felt lighter but my body was NOT happy at first. I felt weak and I had to keep running to the bathroom often. But after about two weeks (just like you), it stabilized and I felt 100x better. :3
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Post by Angie V » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:10 pm

ussername wrote:I'd like to attempt a tofu scramble sometime, usually with tofu all I do is a basic stirfry or make desserts with silken tofu.
My mom actually made this for me the other day and it was really good!
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Post by stripedysocks » Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:57 am

justanotherhater wrote:
stripedysocks wrote:I haven't had meat in a week, I want to see if vegetarianism would be a good idea for me. So far, so good! I feel so much better in general, and even emotionally (battling depression so really anything that helps is good for me!)
I think vegetarianism will give me something to stand for, something to believe in. Plus, it's healthy as hell, so why not?! :P I'm excited, I hope all goes well for me with this :love2:
I'm happy for you! I'm glad you feel better this quickly. It took me at least 2 weeks to feel better when I changed my diet drastically. :D
Thanks! :D I wish my family would become vegetarian too, but they don't really understand. Maybe after my body is completely used to the vegetarian thing and they see how much healthier I am, they'll want to do it too. :D

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Post by Nadeshda » Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:46 am

I usually marinate the sh*t out of tofu, just because the ones that are sold where I live are incredibly bitter and sour. I usually switch up the marinade, but right now I have it marinating in tomato puree, teryaki sauce, orange juice, lemon juice, paprika, olive oil, coriander leaves and pepper. There have been times when I also used mustard and honey (or agave) along with ketchup, barbecue sauce, liquid smoke, cinnamon, tahini... plenty of spices, plenty of flavour and to make sure it's all flavored, I top off the marinade with water. Leave overnight or longer marinating and just pan fry. Sometimes I also heat up the marinade liquid and let it thicken for a bit and pour over the cooked tofu. YUM!

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Post by Angie V » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:19 pm

i just bought this book called 'the vegan cookbook' (hahaha the title cannot be more generic) at tj maxx for $6. it's green and has an assortment of beans on the cover. if any of you see it, i recommend it! i've made a few of the dishes in there and they are really delicious and not difficult (i'm a terrible cook), and my non-vegan, meat-eating family loved them too and have requested more (:
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Post by Upnorth » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:37 am

Nadeshda wrote:I usually marinate the sh*t out of tofu, just because the ones that are sold where I live are incredibly bitter and sour. I usually switch up the marinade, but right now I have it marinating in tomato puree, teryaki sauce, orange juice, lemon juice, paprika, olive oil, coriander leaves and pepper. There have been times when I also used mustard and honey (or agave) along with ketchup, barbecue sauce, liquid smoke, cinnamon, tahini... plenty of spices, plenty of flavour and to make sure it's all flavored, I top off the marinade with water. Leave overnight or longer marinating and just pan fry. Sometimes I also heat up the marinade liquid and let it thicken for a bit and pour over the cooked tofu. YUM!
Another awesome thing to do is bread tofu with nutritional yeast and spices after marinating it, then fry :)

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Post by thrillah » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:51 pm

I eat vegan / raw a few days out of the week and I LOVE it. I haven't touched dairy in about 5 years and I never grew up eating red meat but do enjoy a good fish and chicken dish. I stay away from Soya too... is there anything else similar to tofu you guys could rec?

and just curious -- do any of you have protein shakes?

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Post by canaduh » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:21 pm

Changing over to vegetarianism was relatively easy to me. I've always had a phobia of undercooked meat so I rarely ate it so the transition wasn't as horrible as some of my friends described it. I also had my mothers support on it. I don't really like tofu, but I do like having other forms of protein such as peanuts and nuts. I'm actually debating on becoming vegan, though I will be waiting until I have a steady job since it's very expensive in my local grocer for vegan alternatives.

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Post by Nadeshda » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:52 pm

thrillah wrote:I eat vegan / raw a few days out of the week and I LOVE it. I haven't touched dairy in about 5 years and I never grew up eating red meat but do enjoy a good fish and chicken dish. I stay away from Soya too... is there anything else similar to tofu you guys could rec?

and just curious -- do any of you have protein shakes?
A good meat substitute you could try that is not soy based is seitan, which is made out of wheat flour. it is essentially seasoned gluten, so if you avoid gluten, don't go near it. Seitan's texture is way chewier than tofu and has more natural flavour to it, but you can still marinate it and cook it anyway you like. You can buy it premade or buy gluten flour and make your own - there are plenty of recipes online and you can add all sorts of seasings or spices that you like :) It's super easy to make too!

I have protein shakes regularly, but that's because I'm into heavy weightlifting (at least 3-4 times a week). I always have a shake after a workout, but when I wasn't lifting heavy, I'd only have one if I felt really tired or drained after a workout, or when I could feel I'd be really sore the next day. My shakes are whey-based, but I eat dairy. There are plenty of non dairy options, though :)

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Post by Lumi » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:30 am

canaduh wrote:I'm actually debating on becoming vegan, though I will be waiting until I have a steady job since it's very expensive in my local grocer for vegan alternatives.
I think vegan alternatives are relatively expensive almost everywhere in the world. :) I personally don't buy any of that stuff, but I guess it can be helpful if you like and are used to eating a lot of dairy products. The prices are absolutely ridiculous though!

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Post by sleep84 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:46 am

Oh My... I found Laura Verbichher facebook is

https://www.facebook.com/laura.verbich?fref=ts

Her blog is

http://fitgreenandgorgeous.wordpress.com/

I'm completely GONE. I'm obsessed with her now!!! :lol:
It's more of a fitness inspirational page, not for food freaks but for healthy and vegan stuff, I guess.

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Post by erfaewsfdes » Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:51 am

Don't know if this has been posted but a vegan recipe finder! - http://foodgawker.com/post/category/vegan/

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Post by charlavail » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:43 pm

I haven't had red meat or pork for like 2 years now. I don't know, I just stopped liking it. Same thing happened with seafood a couple months ago. I also don't eat dairy for my health.

I'm like an accidental vegetarian. I occasionally eat chicken though, but I'm starting to get sick of it as well...
Although I HATE tofu. In every way. I also hate that soy fake meat crap.

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Post by Vojvodkinja » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:27 am

erfaewsfdes wrote:Don't know if this has been posted but a vegan recipe finder! - http://foodgawker.com/post/category/vegan/
Thank you!!! I much more prefer blogs than youtube videos and this is a darn good blog! :)
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Post by Moe424 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:19 am

Well, I'm not a vegan. :D But this seems like a good thread so, I was wondering what are the benefits are of changing your diet to vegan? I want to try it because of the animals mostly and the way there being treated. I might try to be a vegan for a day or two, and see how it goes from there! Thanks for any of your guys help in advance! <3
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Post by Schoko » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:31 pm

Moe424 wrote:Well, I'm not a vegan. :D But this seems like a good thread so, I was wondering what are the benefits are of changing your diet to vegan? I want to try it because of the animals mostly and the way there being treated. I might try to be a vegan for a day or two, and see how it goes from there! Thanks for any of your guys help in advance! <3
I've been vegan for the past 3 to 4 months (I was raised vegetarian; so the transition was relatively easy for me.) I've noticed a lot of benefits from switching over; especially concerning my energy levels. I have the opening shift at work so I have to get up 4:45 to get there on time. I am not a morning person AT ALL and I used to need coffee in the mornings to be fully functional. ;) I hardly drink any caffeinated drinks now because when I get up, I am alert and energetic. It sounds crazy but it truly makes a huge difference. I am also have a more even and temperate mood; not as many mood swings. I've also noticed that my nails and hair grow quicker as well. The health benefits you get from being vegan is amazing; you just have to watch what you eat carefully, so you get enough protein and healthy fats. :D So I say go for it! :love2:

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Post by Diorette » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:24 pm

I finally became one a week ago and I'm feeling so much better, even though I'm more of a ovo-lacto vegetarian and a pescetarian (I hate fish but I like shrimp).

I thought I could never be one and I tried months ago and couldn't resist eating meat but now I hate it, I don't know why I suddenly stop liking it.
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Post by Angie V » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:42 pm

Moe424 wrote:Well, I'm not a vegan. :D But this seems like a good thread so, I was wondering what are the benefits are of changing your diet to vegan? I want to try it because of the animals mostly and the way there being treated. I might try to be a vegan for a day or two, and see how it goes from there! Thanks for any of your guys help in advance! <3
I'm sure you can find a lot of medical reasons just on Google, so I'll skip that and tell you my personal experience (:

I became a vegan about two years ago. At first it felt bad (like the first two weeks) because I was not used to it (I did it overnight). I felt weak and I kept having to go to the bathroom. But then after that, I got used to it and I started to see the benefits. My skin cleared up a LOT. I never had really bad acne to begin with but I did have zits here and there and some bumps. Basically I'd have breakouts regularly (just not like a bunch at once). But now I'll get a small zit maybe.... every 5 or 6 months, if that. Can't remember the last time I had a white-head zit, it's usually just a red bump that goes away pretty fast. Other than that my skin is clear. Another benefit was just my body changing. I dropped 30-40lbs without trying. Granted, I was chubby when I became vegan (on the verge of being in the 'overweight' category). But yeah, I had a noticeable weight change, practically everyone I knew said something about it. And it came off FAST. I'm talking like 4 months. My body and my face showed it and I had to get a new wardrobe. I also became a lot more energetic and my sleeping patterns changed, too. I used to toss and turn in bed for hours, now it doesn't take me nearly as long to fall asleep. My digestion has improved as well. I can't remember the last time I felt even a little constipated (sorry for the tmi lol). That's all I can think of right now!
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Post by sleep84 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:35 am

I can add a couple more things that I know for a fact that happened to people I know (I'm not fully vegan, I cut back the big stuff but not small derivates).
If you suffer from painful periods: CUT BACK DAIRY. Trust me, it's like a miracle cure. Of any kind, milk, yogurt, cheese..
Asthma/allergies/seasonal allergies: get a TON better.
That being said, nothing is a miracle cure, idk if it's because I've been just a vegetarian for the past 10plus years.. ;) I didn't notice particular changes nor miracles, nor horrible effects, though! :D

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Post by Decayedbeauty » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:26 am

Moe424 wrote:Well, I'm not a vegan. :D But this seems like a good thread so, I was wondering what are the benefits are of changing your diet to vegan? I want to try it because of the animals mostly and the way there being treated. I might try to be a vegan for a day or two, and see how it goes from there! Thanks for any of your guys help in advance! <3
It really depends on how you go about it, very easy to still be vegan or vegetarian unhealthy. However, eating less animal fat will help your cholestrol levels go down if they are high. Plant fats are different that animal fats. You can go vegan a couple of days a week and see benefits...but once you just stop having meat or animal products for awhile it just goes away, and eating it sound gross. It can also be difficult to order vegan at resteraunts, eating vegetarian is fairly easy

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