Starting up vegetarianism or veganism
Posted by LilyBentley at 12/30/2012
Hello all :)
New to the happy cow, and looking at starting vegetarianism or if I can, maybe veganism.
I've spent a couple of days trying to make the move, but I find myself /really/ wanting to nosh, on, say, pork bits.
And I know if I'm always hungry then I will just never stay with it, so I am looking for some tips on staying full. I got myself some soymilk, but it makes me go yick, because it tastes powdery to me.
Vegetarian burgers are fine to me, as are the vegan mayo and rice cheese I got. :) So also if anyone had trouble transitioning, could you tell me what you did?
Some of the things I've seen working in food service helps the want to eat all the chicken, because I see a bunch of squicky things, but still... I'm used to meat 3 or more times a day... Help? T_T
I already figured out why I want to do it -- partially squick from seeing all the fatty parts of meat working in the food biz, partially as a health choice, and the rest of it being more conscientious about factory farms -- what the heck, world.
That's about how I'd figure I might go about it, taking just one or two things off my regular plate every week or so. Chicken I would have no problem ignoring because I grew up eating tons of chickens, so they don't really have any appeal to me, so that one is easy! :D
Eggs and pork make up most of my regular meat consumption, for now I'll take off the chicken and try to stick to just eggs if I feel I cannot do without.
I've noticed a ridiculous amount of animal products hanging out in foods that I wouldn't have expected, and it's a little creepy honestly.
But yesterday I didn't eat any (obvious) meat or animal products -- is it normal to feel a little wonky the first few days? I was hungry like I was, but also felt really, really tired, and it was kind of lame. I read it was pretty normal when switching diet from mostly meat to plants, but it still makes me feel like crud.
Also, I can't seem to find a clear answer -- are sodas okay? I would like to kick the soda habit one day as well, but I figured one step at a time was best, lest my body freak out and think I am dying or anything.
Add: :D My roommate has decided to give vegetarianism a try as well, so hooray for help.
You rock! I'm so happy to hear you're ready to give meat the boot. It will be among the best decisions you've made in your entire life. You won't believe how much healthier you'll be, how much longer you'll live, not to mention all the animal's lives you'll be saving.
It's totally normal to be craving pork bits or the like at first. Meat is addicting. If you give it up cold turkey, you'll find that it takes the body 2-3 weeks to "clear itself" so to speak and then you won't crave it at all any more. It's a weird physical thing that happens. It's like your body and taste buds re-set themselves. Stick to it for 3 weeks and you'll see what I mean.
Message me anytime! Best of luck to you & ur roomie! : )
Yeah, I've read on all kinds of stuff about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet, and it's helping to keep me from running off to McDonalds when I dream of my fatty crap diet.
Today was a little better, probably because I got more protein, I think. It wasn't fully vegan, but like yesterday, no obvious meat sources, unless eggs are qualified as meat. Ate some soy burgers.
I've happily noticed that it's a lot harder to climb up the calories to overconsumption too, which is a very nice thing to see.
Very helpful is that I work at a food stand at a public market, so it's super easy to go out and buy fresh veggies on a weekly basis.
And my roommate and I are gonna keep each other in check. :)
I went onto Omegle for a bit and got some neat ideas, fruit wise (when I wasn't being called stupid/gay/whatever for wanting to change my diet.) but not a lot of vegetables, which I am kind of picky about.
Hit up the local supermarket and picked up some clementines and a starfruit. I don't think I got a ripe one, but my roommate seems to like it, so whatever if it gets eaten. :D
I tried to find seitan but I didn't see any and don't quite know how to prepare it anyways. So if you have any ideas as to how to get my A vitamins and my fibers in a different way, feel free to tell me.
*shares crate of clementines*
Have you tried Vega? It's an all-in-one supplement that's totally vegan. You add a scoop of it to your smoothie or add a scoop to a glass of soy or rice milk. One scoop has 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals, 15 g protein, 6 g fiber, 1.5 g Omega-3, antioxidants, probiotics and greens. One scoop is the equivalent of 3 servings of vegetables b/c there's stuff like alfalfa grass, spinach, broccoli and kale in there.
When I first went vegan, Vega got me through some rough patches. When I'd have cravings for stuff I shouldn't be eating, I'd throw a scoop of Vega in some rice milk, blend it with a banana and I was good. Plus when I was first starting out it gave me peace of mind knowing I was getting the key nutrients I needed.
You can find it at most neighborhoods health stores. I know they have it at Whole Foods. or amazon:
My personal favorite is called "Gimme Lean" sausage by LightLife. It comes in a white tube. Fry up it up in a little olive oil. Here's what t looks like: http://www.lightlife.com/Vegan-Food-Vegetarian-Diet/Grounds
Cowgirl - I've eaten some of the Morningstar and Boca products even before I had the idea to kick real meat and I do like them, thanks for reminding me of them. :) I'll take a look for the sausage too, thanks!
We have a few Indian customers and he yells at them there is nothing wrong with eating meat. I wish he had a little respect for cultures and thoughts that were not his own, but he is too busy wallowing in dumb.
So... time for me to make all of my lunches I guess.
Yeah, time to whip up some PB&Js. If you like soups and noodle dishes, it's Dr. MacDougal's to the rescue! Have u ever tried these? They're pretty delish, portable and quick!
And ya might want to keep some protein bars around at work in case you need a quick pick me up. Or if you have a favorite kind of nut, it sounds boring but keep a bag of them around. If you're hungry or don't have time to eat, a handful of cashews, walnuts, etc cuts hunger fast and keeps you going.
That said, I'm always down for a good PB&J. Will take a look for the MacDougals when I go shopping again. Premade vegan burritos and I have made friends of late so it would be nice to have some other prepackaged vegan things to nosh on.
If all else fails I am lucky that my restaurant is right on the tail end of our city's public market, so I could go out and get fresh fruit or veggies at anytime. When I'm on my break today I intend to go out and get some eggplant and cauliflower, and maybe some other veggies if my tip money permits.
I love that you love Daiya cheese. You're such a natural at this! You're picking up this vegan thing no problem.
I still don't care much for tofu, but I want to give seitan a go~
I've gotten to try neat new fruits, too! :D
It's also nice to hear someone new to this comment on Daiya cheese. I haven't yet tried it but may add it to the grocery list.
My roommate wanted to try veganism but kept eating not vegan things! So today we gave away a bunch of our leftover meats, cheeses etc.
My fridge looks so healthy now!
Not a big fan of the Vegan Gourmet's cream cheese - anyone have other brand suggestions for a cream cheese? Also a cottage cheese, my roommate seems like she is going to miss that a lot.
I've lost about fifteen pounds so far, a very nice plus. And I'm actually getting all my nutrients as well.
First, to be vegan is not only a change of diet but a NEW VIEW.
Once you have possession of this view, you no longer wander around what meat you miss eating because you just don't want to eat something that someone had to give up his/her life to supply you!
With that in mind, eating a plant based diet is easy going.
There is a whole world of stuff you can make that's so tasty as Happy Cow is full of info. But I think even so, I see a lot stuff on Happy Cow that appeal to the sweet tooth and are not in the right direction.
If you find it hard to figure what's good to eat for meals and snacks, keep trying and keep making stuff for yourself till you find them. For me the transition was somewhat easy: I did a great tomato sauce which I can add to a lot of things I make e.g. a mixed grain cooked, pasta, pizza, even on food at home that somehow lacked taste and made tasty when added. I did a bunch of oatmeal cookies without butter or even oils using apple sauce and banana as a binder instead. They're so tasty I keep them in the frig as a snack when I get hungry between meals. You can have them at your workplace. Once that need for snacking is satisfied, you're on your way!
If oatmeal cookies ain't what you like, try something else along the same line. For sugar, use Splenda instead. It works fine.
For a drink, you can change the taste of soymilk by adding a few walnuts and some cashew nut milk (which is very neutral in taste and rich almost like cream ... blend a handful in the blender then add a right amount of water and blend till completely smooth) all blended together. The Chinese drink soy milk savoury (with a little salt) also, like a soup.
Keep trying (making your own stuff from whole food) until you come across several items you simply love. You don't need many items to make your vegan life enjoyable.
And finally, don't put too much emphasis on tasty food! As long as nourishing food is palatable, we should take that as a blessing and with this happiness in our heart, we move on to do useful things instead of wallowing in our desire for more sensory pleasures, which are bottomless pits and a waste of our efforts.
She explains so much about the vegan lifestyle. She is amazing!
Any ideas for greasy vegan goodness?
I haven't used it to make meat loaf before but I bet you could. Whatever u make with it is guaranteed delish!
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