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Oops I Ate Meat Accidentally eating meat wreaks havoc on the digestive system Post Date: 11/20/14, Replies: 4 11/20/14 4
Books for a young vegetarian? Hi there... I just found this site and am hoping you all can help me! My daughter recently decided she wanted to be a vegetarian. She has been doing great (i am a long time veg so she's not a stranger). I was wondering if anyone could recommend some books bout the importance of nutrition and making smart choices. She is 10 years old, so they would need to be geared towards the 'tween set. I just want to make sure she understands that yes, french fries may be vegetarian, but they are still "sometimes" food and that her body needs higher quality food to grow strong and healthy. Obviously, I will guide her... But she is an avid reader and fascinated with health, so figured this would be a good way to open up the dialogue between us. In any case, do books like this exist? Or do I need to start writing one? Lol!!! Thank you kindly for any suggestions. Post Date: 11/20/14, Replies: 4 11/20/14 4
Headache when switching to vegan? Hello lovely happy cow community! I'm a brand new vegan...four days. I've been a vegetarian for about a month, but the mountain of positive evidence for living a full vegan lifestyle have kept pilling higher and higher, and I finally decided that I couldn't ignore it anymore and needed to make the switch. In the change to vegan, I not only cut out dairy and other animal products, but also out refined sugars, corn bi-products, and most processed foods. Yesterday and today, I've had stomach pains and pretty severe headaches. Is this just part of the detox process? If so, any guesses on how long it should last? I drink plenty of water (10-12 cups/day), and I eat a wide variety of healthy, whole foods, so I really can't think of anything specifically wrong in my diet that could be causing these symptoms. Post Date: 11/06/14, Replies: 14 11/06/14 14
Avocados - food of the gods! Discover why avocados should be considered a food of the gods! Post Date: 11/02/14, Replies: 7 11/02/14 7
Alopecia Treatment !! I'm a new to this site. I joined since i have have a very good friend who is experiencing Alopecia. He lost his hair within the age of 15 and even though it grew back, he dropped it all again at the chronilogical age of 24. He is having a very hard time dealing with it. He seeks mental health treatment and the man is trying his best. Just like a friend, i feel helpless and also help him. If you have any information on what you think would be appreciated contained in being supportive, please let me know?? Post Date: 11/02/14, Replies: 2 11/02/14 2
Stomach issues since vegetarianism Hey there! I started going vegetarian for a project for Environmental Science class, and lately I've noticed that my stomach has been cramping on and off. It will go from mild to severe cramping. My doctor said it's because I'm overweight. I thought it was because of coffee, so I nixed the coffee. It still happens. Could someone please give me advice for what to do? Post Date: 10/28/14, Replies: 13 10/28/14 13
Organic vs Conventional Farming Howdy everyone, I am curious to hear some opinions on the pros and cons of organic farming compared to conventional farming. During the summer I work/cultivate for an organic farmer on my father’s land. My primary job is to cultivate soybeans, corn and milo fields after they have been planted. This process leads me cultivate the same field up to 3-4 times, depending on the amount of moisture. I feel that driving the tractor over the land that many extra times is harmful to the environment, plus it adds a lot of extra work. Conventional farmers would simply spray their fields once with fertilizer and later harvest the crop, decreasing the amount of fuel used. But, it is my belief that synthetic fertilizer is harmful to the farmers using it and the consumers when we eat it. My boss gets his fertilizer from organic cattle manure, which I think is a better option. I have read some articles stating that organic farm yields are much lower than conventional farms. I’m not sure if that’s true or not. If true, it would be difficult to feed the world’s population if every farm was organic. Any thoughts or comments? Matthew Lee Post Date: 10/28/14, Replies: 7 10/28/14 7
Vegan Protein Powders Many vegetarians and vegans have come to me and asked what they should be using to increase their daily protein intake given their strict dietary constraints. Soy has been a leading source of protein for years, but we have now found other protein alternatives that are great tasting and offer excellent amino acid profiles to form complete proteins without the health concerns associated with soy. Powdered protein products are now available on the market that can take the place of soy, including pea protein isolates, rice protein concentrates, and hemp protein powders. Pea and rice proteins typically contain 80-90% protein per serving, with an amino acid profile that is easily comparable to a standard whey protein powder. Hemp protein will contain an average of 50-70% protein, but is also high in naturally-occurring omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. These materials are excellent additives to take on their own as a protein shake, or they can be added to baked goods of smoothies to help meet daily protein requirements. Vegan protein powders can be found through select online retailers and in most wholefoods and nutrition outlets. Post Date: 10/24/14, Replies: 3 10/24/14 3
Flatulence This topic is a little bit embarrassing. I started my vegan diet 1 1/2 year ago with a hydro-colon-therapy. And I have had no problems with digestions. A few weeks ago I recognized a lot of flatulence with bad smelling gas. Can anybody give me hints how to avoid this? Post Date: 10/21/14, Replies: 6 10/21/14 6
Vegetarian and Blood Sugar Hi everyone. I am new to the site and to vegetarianism. I have been in good health most of my life, but recently my doctor told me I was border line diabetic. I know how terrible this disease can be and it scares me to death. Right now I am own a brown rice diet. This is my 2nd day. I have used this diet occasionally to loose weight and clean my system. I read a book years ago titled: You Are All Sanpanku by George Osaka. It is a macrobiotic approach to general good health, and this diet has always been helpful to me. My question is; do you think this diet will lower by blood sugar levels? Do you have any suggestions? Thank you so much, Charlie Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 7 10/20/14 7
Skin care question? I have a question regarding my skin. I've been a vegan for about 5 months now. Almost the entire time my face has been broken out with acne. I've always had a problem with acne, but never to this extent! I thought that eliminating dairy would have a positive effect on my skin, but it seems to have made it worse! Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any suggestions of what I could add or eliminate from my diet? Without compromising my veganism of course! Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 20 10/20/14 20
Natural control of blood pressure I like any advice and direction that anyone could provide on natural ways to help lower high blood pressure. I'm a Vegan, and would greatly like to get off my pills and into natural and organic ways to keep my blood pressure down. I've just begun to use Yoga for stress reduction, and breathing for control, but anything additional I could do to get it under control would be greatly appreciated. Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 11 10/20/14 11
Reliable source of protein for vegan Hi,recently I have found out that legumes(except peanuts),soy,cereals,and some vegetables are moderate in purines which can cause uric acid so it is unlucky for vegans to have them in their diets every time.Those foods that are low in purines and high in protein are nuts, seeds and hempmilk only.Am I going to eat or drink only these foods to get protein everyday? Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 7 10/20/14 7
Hair Care My hair is so dry ... suggestions? Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 7 10/20/14 7
B12 Injections in GTA I know local pharmacies throughout the GTA carry cyanocobalamin. But I'm looking for either hydroxocobalamin or methylcobalamin injections that could be purchased in order to do intramuscular injections. I know naturopaths can administer them. Does anyone know of any store/website or natural health clinic here in Ontario/around the GTA that gives the right form of B12 to its clients in injection form? Post Date: 10/18/14, Replies: 0 10/18/14 0
A Diet of Sun Light and Water Have you been following the story of Navenna Shine? She's a 65 year old woman who lives in Seattle. She's trying to emulate an obscure group of yogis known as the Breatharians, who supposedly had the ability to live on nothing more than sun light. Ms. Shine is now 33 days into her diet and has lost 20 pounds. Her goal is to be on this diet for SIX MONTHS. What do you think? Post Date: 10/08/14, Replies: 12 10/08/14 12
How Do I Reduce Fiber without Reducing Pro I've been vegetarian for almost 9 months now, and have recently started getting cramped and bloated, with occasional constipation and rough stools. I believe this is because I'm getting too much fiber, but I'm having trouble finding ways to lower my fiber intake and still meet protein requirements. I'm male and weigh 193lbs, so I generally aim for 70g a day. Generally, I eat a lot of legumes, nuts, and whole grains, tons of veggies, and a good amount of eggs and dairy. I realize tofu is low in fiber, but I only rarely eat soy because my family has a history thyroid problems I generally don't eat much seitan, because I'm concerned with high intakes of gluten causing long term harm I know I could cut out some whole grains and eat simple grains and that would reduce some of my fiber, but also protein and other nutrients. I could eat more eggs and dairy, but that's not healthy either. So I'm still left with nuts and legumes being a primary protein source, both being really high in fiber. Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Post Date: 10/08/14, Replies: 6 10/08/14 6
Rawfoodist hair I started my vegan life with a help of the following site: (by the way, have you heard about it? To me, it's a good startup - although the assortment is quite low - I've tried tofu and stevia there - quite decent, I'd like to say) So, back to the subject: not quite a lot time passed when I moved on to rawfoodism - everything was ok - until I started to loose my beautiful hair. I noticed that todays' morning - was extremely surprised - read some forums and found out that it is a usual practice - please, recommend me what to do? THANK YOU! Post Date: 10/05/14, Replies: 3 10/05/14 3
In need of Vegan friendly Midwife/OBGYN We are 9 weeks and have found no one in support of our diet. Lab tests are perfect. Her health is perfect. We just need support a healthy / no stress environment. If anyone knows of any midwives or OB's that are in Vermont, preferably in Chittenden County. Thanks in advanced!! ~Nick Post Date: 10/05/14, Replies: 1 10/05/14 1
Going Vegan-best thing I've ever done! Going Vegan was the best thing I have ever done! I have lost about 15 lbs so far and it keeps coming off, :) . And it wasn't even intentional! I went vegan for the animals. Its great I love it. :) Post Date: 07/30/14, Replies: 6 07/30/14 6
Trying to lose 10 pounds! I've been a vegan for 8 years, granted I'm only 21 and I'm not overweight. I've been trying to lose 10 pounds, from 130 to 120. It's so hard to seek advice on the issue because all the online sources simply say, "don't eat meat, don't eat dairy, don't eat wheat, don't eat processed foods" easy, I do that. I have even been avoiding beans for calories sake. I have a vegetable smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, edamame / veggie burgers for dinner and fruit for snacks. How do I lose weight?? Post Date: 07/18/14, Replies: 8 07/18/14 8
Binge Eating Hi! As the title suggests, I've been developing that problem for almost 8 months now after I've become vegetarian or semi vegan now. I wonder why that happened since I never had any eating problems before. I can still maintain my weight and health by following raw foodism this far, but I can go back to vegetarianism because of binging. Does anyone have tips to break free from this? Thanks in advance. Post Date: 07/17/14, Replies: 5 07/17/14 5
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Prejudice Doctors So, I'm a vegan, have been for 4 years, and I got a blood test recently. The results came back and said I was not anaemic and not even deficient in anything. However, my doctor told me that being a vegan was "Not how humans are supposed to be" that we're "Not designed to be vegan" and has referred me to a dietician to discuss what I eat. Does the fact that my blood test was perfectly normal not show that veganism is a healthy lifestyle choice?! Does anyone else have this problem with healthcare? Should I complain or something? Help!! Post Date: 06/18/14, Replies: 10 06/18/14 10
HELP! I am soo confused! I have been vegetarian for over 7 years now, and I am now starting/trying to be vegan. I have been looking up things vegans can eat, vegan recipes, and hidden non-vegan ingredients. I have found 'vegan' recipes that use non-vegan ingredients! Like peanut butter or sugar. Some say to add soda instead of egg, but apparently soda isn't vegan either. I have found brands that were accidently vegan(on vegan sites) that also test on animals! I have also found brands that were accidently vegan(on vegan sites) that actually were not vegan! And this is all making it very difficult for me, please if you have any advice, I would love to read it. Post Date: 06/18/14, Replies: 10 06/18/14 10
Confused and Bewildered and discouraged I was going to start my first topic by writting "WTF", but wanted to be more reader friendly. Lol Anyway, just started eating primarily vegggie for 5 weeks. Juicing kale, granny apples, carrots, cucumbers and ginger for lunch (only) for past 5 weeks and but have not lost a single pound and my belly is still big, or maybe bigger! WTH (heck)! I change to monk fruit from sugar; been drinking green tea w/ lemon only, 1x per day; stopped eating red meat for 3 weeks straight; I even stopped eating bagels! In general, I've been eating healthier and expected to lose a lot of weight and belly by now. FYI, the juicing is without the pulp and not organic. I figured I still would have lost some weight regardless. Any thoughts what I may be doing wrong? Post Date: 06/18/14, Replies: 4 06/18/14 4
Got sick right afte becoming vegan. Right after I became vegan, I got sick. I don't think its relevant, but my family does, and I would like to prove them wrong, any subjections? Post Date: 06/18/14, Replies: 12 06/18/14 12

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