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Vegetarian turning Vegan?

Asked by Taciturnu (6033 points ) January 10th, 2010

I’ve been a vegetarian for many years, and finally have decided to take the next step into vegan-hood. I’m making the change by the end of this month. (I’m not going to beat myself up over any “slips” in the process.)

I would love to hear about any tips or pointers, any easy/economical/tasty vegan recipes (particularly if you know a great cheese substitute!), or just the general transition you went through.

Thanks!:)

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Trance24's avatar

Friends of Animals: Vegan Recipes
Vegan Cheese

There are a couple of sites I found just using google. There are tons and tons of websites on vegan recipes and on being vegan. Good luck!

nebule's avatar

wow…I don’t have anything to add as I’m a full blown meat eater at the moment…but I hope that one day I’ll have made the transition to vegetarian…I admire you guys so much xxx all the best with this xx

philosopher's avatar

I do not eat red meet only organic or minimally processed lean chicken, wild fish, vegetables , fruit, nuts, seeds and things that are naturally made.
I drink organic milk . I eat some cheese and soy cheese . I eat organic Yogurt.
I have an Autistic Son; it would not be possible for me to be Vegan. It would create stomach issues for him.
I follow a low Glyermic index . I eat little saturated fat.

ridicawu's avatar

I really have to recommend checking out Vegan with A Vengeance, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I’m not vegan, but if I were I’d be pretty happy to have this cookbook. I haven’t gotten a chance to see any of her other cook books, but she has some wonderful recipes [the Brooklyn Pad Thai recipe with the Fresh Mango Summer Rolls are to die for] in Vegan with a Vengeance. There are even helpful sites, blogs and advice through out the book. I feel like the book would really help any one who wants to make delicious vegan meals. I bought the book at Barnes and Noble and I believe they’re pretty easy to find at most book stores. Good luck! :)

IAmForeverYoung's avatar

I am doing the exact same thing, and after 10 days of veganism I am proud to say that it is VERY possible but I take calcium, flax seed oil, and vitamin D supplements every day, and I suggest you do the same simply because we wont get a lot of vitamins we need!

mattbrowne's avatar

Make sure you stay healthy. It’s not just about recipes. Your food needs to contain everything your body needs to stay healthy long term.

JLeslie's avatar

@IAmForeverYoung You should probably add B12. I say that to meat eaters also, because so many people I know are B12 deficient, but for many meat is their main source of B12.

@Taciturnu My sister has been vegan for years. I think it happened in stages. She eliminated dairy and cheese and later really concentrated on ingredients in packaged food, eventually changing her entire diet over. She also tried to buy less leather goods, but shoes became almost impossible, with few non-leather alternatives. She is vegan for animal rights reasons, if you want to be one for health reasons you might go about it differently.

Taciturnu's avatar

Thanks everyone! GA’s all around.

I do take a multivitamin with iron daily, with additional supplements of ones I’m not getting as much of, and I eat pretty well balanced. Having medical background, I’m aware of how quickly deficiencies can spiral out of control, so I’ve always taken care not to let that happen! :)

@Trance24 Thanks for those sites. Have you actually tried the recipes? I’m hoping to find some of the more palatable ones without trying them all out myself to get them. lol!

@ridcawu I will definitely check out that book! :)

@IAmForeverYoung Good luck to you! Did you go from vegetarian to vegan, or straight from an omnivore to vegan?

@JLeslie I’m doing it for both, actually. I went vegetarian for ethical reasons, but found I had a lot of health benefits from it as well. I imagine as long as I continue to balance my diet, I will continue to reap those health benefits. I will consider the switch in stages if cold turkey ends up failing- I had trouble with giving up meat in stages, but I imagine going cold turkey on cheese would be much harder for me. LOL!

JLeslie's avatar

@Taciturnu Pretty much everyone I know who gives up dairy feels better. I have gone with out dairy for long stretches and it is amazing the difference. Here’s what you do…no dairy for two weeks, then go ahead and cheat and see how you feel like crap, that will cinch it for you.

ridicawu's avatar

@JLeslie That’s so true. I had to cut out all dairy for two weeks to test if I was lactose intolerant [which I am but it’s a really minor case] and just cutting out dairy caused weight loss, higher energy, careful food picking and my stomach problems were drastically less. It was ridiculous.

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