I'm new here, and trying to come up with some vegan or vegetarian recipes that do not include soy, as I've been instructed by my doctor to stop eating soy products. I guess I have been in a convenience rut, and didn't realize how many vegan convenience foods I was relying on, and they are almost 100% soy-based. So, if anyone has any good soy-free products, as well as tips for what to do with them, I'd really appreciate it!
Posted by ahimsa32fa at 01/09/16 05:27:50Did your doctor give a reason for advising you to avoid soy products?
While he or she may have a valid reason, I do know that medical schools typically lean toward supporting the meat and dairy industries (they are often also ag schools) and the M & D industries have been discouraging the use of soy for a long time...
Posted by Robinwomb at 01/10/16 05:29:11I have hypothyroidism (have for 27 years) and I still consume soy, just not every day. Soy is fine but it can interfere with thyroid medications in the same way that calcium and coffee can. That's all. I have been consuming soy as a vegan for five years and I am actually on LESS thyroid med dose on average than all my years as an omnivore.
Stick with organic soy from edamame, tofu, tempeh, soy yogurts, and stay away from the processed soy in some of the commercial overly processed junk foods (crackers, cookies, commercial breads, candy, chips, mayonnaise, etc).
That said, if you stick to a diet of beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables it is very easy to go without soy. There are also many plant milks like almond milk, hemp, flax, oat, and rice milks. There are even soy free vegan mayonnaise like Just Mayo. If you can't find these products, make your own vegan mayo or bread. There are TONS of recipes online for making your own bread, mayonnaise, and other soy free stuff. I make my own flaxseed milk.
There is a commercial bread I know of that is soy free called Rudi's organic bakery bread. I find it at healthfood stores in the U.S. and also some larger more progressive grocery chains. They make english muffins, bread loaves, buns. There is a company called Stacey's that makes whole wheat tortillas free of soy and unwanted ingredients like palm oil or hydrogenated oils. Commercial breads are notorious for having awful ingredients in them.
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Posted by ForestNymph at 10/29/17 22:11:39I know this is an old thread, but I see this sometimes, and I think it might be because you're eating processed products which contain soy protein isolate? I had a complete physical and am in perfect health and eat soy all of the time.
That being said, you can trade out your soy milk for plain unsweetened almond, cashew or hemp, but soy still has the highest protein content. You could try Ripple, which is a pea protein based, soy-free vegan milk. What I usually do is mix it up...I usually have a container of soy milk, and another non-soy, such as hemp, flax or cashew milk, so that I'm not constantly drinking soy milk,
Hummus is your friend. You can even eat it for breakfast on bagel. It can be used as a layer on a sandwich for lunch, a dip for a snack, and there's so many different varieties. Don't like hummus? Try tahini dressings instead on a falafel wrap or on a salad, and add sunflower seeds. Plain chickpeas can also be mashed with an avocado, add some lime or lemon juice, salt, and fresh cilantro or dill (and/or scallions) and it's heavenly on a sandwich, or you could dip crackers or veggies into it.
Add mushrooms to pasta sauces or couscous or curries to add protein to dishes.
Add nuts to stir fries and salads. Add nut butters to noodle dishes and oatmeal.
Snack on seeds, alone or with dried/fresh fruit.
Try bean and lentil soups, eat more bean burritos, eat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern and Indian food, and you will naturally be eating legumes instead of soy.
As long as you don't have a gluten allergy, try seitan, it's vital wheat gluten based - you can make it at home, or buy it packaged in the store. I like it cubed in a "pot roast" type dish with vegan mushroom gravy, a dash of red wine, rosemary, and potatoes...it can be prepared quite a few different ways.
Instead of eating convenience foods with soy protein isolate, get your soy from edamame, tempeh, or from blocks of plain tofu cooked into recipes.
If you're dependent on processed foods, it might be a good time to ease off, that might be what your doctor is complaining about. Maybe eat them once or twice a week instead of once or more a day.