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I Keep Being Attacked For Being Healthy I'm a teenager and I've been wanting to go vegan as soon as I heard about it and watched a few videos/documentaries about it. My parents won't let me go vegan as they think it is the most stupid idea in the world, no matter how many times I try to explain its principles to them. This year, I finally was allowed to stop eating red meat which I do think is an improvement- at least I'm taking baby steps! As well as becoming interested in vegan and cruelty-free living, I've been starting to adopt a much healthier lifestyle. I used to be pretty obsessed with milk chocolate, nutella, cookies etc, and for a few months now I've been avoiding junk food like the ones I've just listed and I've been eating a lot more protein, fruit and vegetables. This is making my parents FREAK OUT!!! They're starting to think I'm anorexic and that I will never grow properly, that veganism is having such a negative influence on my life and they just will not leave me alone. Every second of the day they're trying to stuff something down my throat and they tell me I don't eat enough at all (so not true, I eat more than my older sister I just eat the right stuff instead of junk now and I've always been petite with an extremely fast metabolism). I 'm not exaggerating, my mother literally forced me to eat a chocolate bar the other day...she forced me to eat milk chocolate against my will because I "was acting anorexic as I didn't eat much junk/buttery/non-healthy foods anymore". I honestly feel like my entire family is attacking me and they don't understand me AT ALL!! I just want to be healthier, and all they do 24/7 is scream at me and tell me as often as they can that the decisions I'm taking are idiotic. I just cannot take it anymore. All i want is for them to give me a chance at explaining my decisions and plans and stop putting me down so much. I've had enough of being scremed at and critizised for eating healthy and for eating intiutively - they just don't understand and I can't stand having to battle with my parents and grandparents and sibling and friends so much and so often...Anyone got any advice? Post Date: 02/19/17, Replies: 1
no views... please help!!!!!!!! Hi there, i just joined as i have recently started a youtube channel about veganism but have no comments, views , likes or subscribers so I'm asking everyone to come and join... if you would be a nice, thoughtful and kind person and do one of these things I would be v grateful to you and you and i can be bffs forever and ever... quick head on over now and start making my channel the most successful and biggest on youtube ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Post Date: 02/18/17, Replies: 2
Medical Herbalogy Supplementing one's diet with medical herbs is an important contribution to a vegan diet. Medical herbs can be correctly taken even when one is well to prevent future illnesses such as when using Reishi Mushrooms or when using them for sports augmentation or to assist with pregnancy or menstruation. It is important when beginning to always go to a state licensed doctor of Herbl Medicine. The field of Medical Herbalogy is divided into three fields, each is licensed by the state of California as well as other states for the practicing of medicine. The three classical fields of herbal medicine are Western Herbalogy which utilizes herbs from around the world available by growers who raise them with California and Oregon standard of organic farming, TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine which imports its herbs from China and Taiwan but you must explain you only want vegan medicine, and Ayurvedic Medicine which relies on herbs from India where you also must explain you only want vegan medicine. You can learn about herbal medicine for free on the web by listening to past and live shows of "The Herbal Highway" by Karen Sanders on KPFA in Berkeley. The past 20 or 30 years of shows are found on different web sites and players than KRFAs. The best book on the topic is: "The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine: The Ultimate Multidisciplinary Reference to the Amazing Realm of Healing Plants, in a Quick-study, One-stop Guide" by Brigitte Mars Post Date: 02/15/17, Replies: 0
What do Hindus eat? Food and drink that the Hindus avoid include meat, eggs, poultry, fish, caffeine, alcohol and very spicy foods, and strict Hindus also do not eat mushrooms, onions, leeks and garlic. Not all Hindus avoid meat, but most of them try to avoid beef. Post Date: 02/15/17, Replies: 3
magazine research Hi there, for the Research Skills unit at Glasgow Clyde College I am looking to determine whether there is a target market for vegetarian/vegan magazines with useful tips and guides. If you could please fill out the following survey it would be much appreciated. All responses are completely confidential and anonymous. Just highlight, right click and open link, thanks so much to anyone who participates, its for a good cause! :) survey.sogosurvey.com/survey.aspx?k=RQsXPYUXsSsPsPsP&lang=0&data= Post Date: 01/30/17, Replies: 2
Very new vegan here! Advice please :) Hi all! So a little back story, I have been a Vegetarian for 19 years and have recently (after much research and thought) decided to transition to a Vegan lifestyle. I have been contemplating this for nearly a year but then recently watched Forks Over Knives and yeah...that was all the motivation I needed. I started being vegetarian at 12 years old after seeing a horrific video in school about what animals go through. So I've always had that passion for animals but recently also became extremely interested in the health benefits as well. I live in the U.K now, i'm from the U.S. I have been here about 1 year now. I don't really have anyone here that can relate to why I'm going vegan, so I decided to give this website a try. I also don't really have a whole lot of people here to begin with, so it is a challenge anyways finding people to talk to. However, my husband is great and very supportive, as long as I'm happy and healthy he's cool with it. I have family in America that are Vegan and even the ones that aren't totally support me doing this. But I don't have a whole lot of that here. Anyway, now to the point! (yes, I swear there is one :) **Tonight I told my in-laws that I am going to be following a vegan diet, only because they kept trying to offer me damn chocolate cake lol. I started off by saying I'm not eating dairy and eggs now. Then someone said "you're not going vegan are you?!". As if I'm going to rob a bank or something. Then everyone at once proceeded to tell me how unhealthy it is and said to just wait and see how I feel in a year (meaning after a year as a vegan i'll be in bad shape). It was so upsetting because I know it's healthy but when I tried to explain it I basically get told I'm wrong, as if I don't know what I'm doing. It's literally as soon as the word "VEGAN" is used some people just think you're crazy and don't even try to hear where your coming from. I'm used to criticizm as a vegetarian but this is of course worse. I know this is a popular topic but how did you guys deal with people close to you not supporting your decision to go Vegan? Honestly, I just really needed to vent so thanks for reading my rant! :) Post Date: 01/30/17, Replies: 6
Veg Speed Date: events across US & Canada! Hi everyone, We are beyond excited to let you know about our new project: Veg Speed Date (vegspeeddate.com) is exclusively for vegan and vegetarian singles across North America. For our Valentine’s 2017 launch, we are putting on speed dating events across the United States and Canada! We have 40+ events and growing, in major cities all over, including events for multiple age groups, male/female and LGBTQ veg singles. And we are donating $1 of every U.S. launch ticket sold to The Humane League! We are currently running an early bird ticket sale until January 31! Our events are a great value, with tons of freebies and amazing raffle prizes, interesting talks and presentations at many events, and your chance to meet your veg love match! Check out all the events and how it works: vegspeeddate.com A bit more about our concept: Veg Speed Date is expanding on the unique vegan/vegetarian speed dating concept that Karine Brighten has refined over 5 years in San Francisco. We have thought through every detail to make sure people have a great time, don’t need to worry about feeling rejected, and have the best chance of making that special connection. Karine’s events have already resulted in life-changing matches for San Francisco vegans and vegetarians, giving rise to long-term relationships, marriages, and families. We can’t wait to start creating these kinds of love stories all over the United States and Canada! Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions: email: [email protected] Toll-free: 1(844)VEG-DATE Thanks for reading, The Veg Speed Date Team Post Date: 01/29/17, Replies: 2
Soups on restaurants menus need help I go out with my friends to restaurants on the weekends and I struggle with the menu especially for my 5 year old son. "What do you want today? Grilled cheese? Mac n cheese?" Bla! I know restaurants can help by simply doing one small act of catering to the vegetarian population. They need to leave chicken broth out of the soups that do not contain meat. I have been contacting restaurants through email to request this. It would be great to have others do the same. I literally lie in bed at night and stew over this. Haha. Help help help! Post Date: 01/27/17, Replies: 1
Can't lose weight...what's happening? Hello, so I have been dealing with compulsive overeating/emotional overeating for the past 3 and 1/2 years. I'm hopelessly still searching for a "cure" as nothing I've done so far has worked for me. Last year, I decided to go vegan because I found it easier to lose/maintain my weight (note: I now have a page full of reasons to adopt this lifestyle).When I went vegan, I was eating as much as I wanted and overeating at every meal and yes, I know this is extremely unhealthy but as I've said, I eat compulsively anyway so I'd rather eat healthy stuff. Anyway, even though I was doing this I was losing weight which was something I hadn't been able to do in a long time. Meanwhile, I was diagnosed with PCOS and my doctor had my parents force-feed me animal products again as she believed my missing periods were related to my new lifestyle. At the time, PCOS was giving me all sorts of unwanted symptoms and I wanted it gone ASAP, besides my doctor told me that I could become infertile if we didn't fix the missing periods thing...anxious and in fear, I gave her "treatment" a go. By november, 9 months had gone by and I still hadn't menstruated so my mother took me to another doctor who prescribed me a bunch of supplements in an attempt to get my period to come and maybe solve my PCOS condition in the process. It worked at least when it comes to the first part. During 2016, I gained and lost weight (+3kg) more times than I can count and that messed me up in the worst ways. I figured I could go back to being a vegan and that's what I did as soon as I could. It's been 2 months now and I'm still overeating but I'm not losing weight, instead I keep losing and regaining weight just as before. I also feel like my body has changed...in a bad way...to be honest, it feels like it "malfunctioned" - it doesn't react the same way when I eat. It seems like it absorbs every bit of food I give it and turns it into fat. Now, I don't plan on abandoning veganism whatsover but I want to know why this is happening. Do you think it's because my PCOS might not be cured? Or is it something else? What can I do to solve this mess? I'm at my limit honestly... Thank you in advance Post Date: 01/27/17, Replies: 1
Glycerin in non-consumable products?? I am interested to where everyone stands with Glycerin and other animal ingredients in non-consumable products, such as soap, shampoo, creams etc etc How does everyone feel using them? Does it make someone not a vegetarian if they were to use them? Is it a complete no-go zone? Post Date: 01/24/17, Replies: 2
Survey help for a vegan e-store :) Hi all! Just wondering if anyone here can help me out with 5 - 10 mins of their time by completing a survey I'm doing. I'm hoping to open up an online store focusing on vegan fashion & beauty products and just trying to do a little market research. ** I'm from Melbourne, Aus and the store will only be delivering products within Australia (well, at this stage anyway :) ) Here is the link: https://goo.gl/forms/BCXzyMTDhERpPEet1 (done via Google forms). Thanks & have a happy week/weekend! Warm regards, Stacey Xo Post Date: 01/22/17, Replies: 2
vegetarian protein supplements Creating this topic to gather all information related to vegetarian/vegan protein supplements out there in market today Whey proteins are quite popular but does anyone know if they are fully lacto vegetarian or have traces of egg - especially the one by optimum nutrition ? Post Date: 01/15/17, Replies: 3
Vegetarian wabtibg to be Vegan Hi well I've been wanting to discuss this for these past days because I need help, I've been vegetarian for 8 months now, I wanted to start with a vegan diet but it wasn't possible due to the situation. My parents let me be vegetarian and it wasn't really a big deal to them, but recently I've been wanting to make my transition into being vegan I recently told my mother about it but it ended up really badly, she told me she accepted me being vegetarian but told me she will never let me be vegan and will never support me, today she told my dad about it and it ended up with them telling me they won't buy me anymore stuff like makeup, stuff I need and the already vegan food I was buying, they also told me it was all just in my head and that it's bad to be vegan and that its just a phase, I just feel really hurt right now and don't want to go back to eating dairy products the only dairy product I was eating was cheese it just doesn't feel right to consume dairy products but what should I do ? Post Date: 01/15/17, Replies: 2
Healthy vegan diet and shift work Hi fellow vegans, I really, REALLY need your help and sorry but this post is gonna be a long one. I've been vegan for 4 months now (transitioned from vegetarian which I've been for five years) and ever since the transition I felt amazing - no more headaches, I had more energy etc. However, a month ago I got a job which completely destroyed my diet and all that energy is gone and my headaches are back. So here's what's happening: I work 6h/day, 6 days a week (Morning shift: 6am-12pm, afternoon: 12pm-6pm, night: 12am-6am -- shifts last for a week), since it's 'only' six hours of work, we get no breaks and this is where my problems start. No matter which shift it is, I lose 2 meals of the day (usually I'd eat 4 small meals throughout the day, now I only eat two bigger ones). Not only am I bloated, I also feel weak, tired and I feel like my whole immune system is collapsing. I try to get 6-8h of sleep a day. Every morning I drink lemonade with ginger, eat a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and eat a fruit salad with a bunch of grains (I can tell you the recipe if you are interested). This meal has become kind of a habit ever since I went vegan and like I said I eat it every time I wake up. The second and last meal of the day is usually filled with vegetables/greens (mostly cooked (for some reason my stomach can't stand fried food or oil in general)) which I eat a few hours before sleep (bye-bye my habit of not eating 4 hours before sleep), And that's it. I feel horrible, I don't get nearly enough fluid in my system (I used to drink 10 glasses/day, now I'm lucky if I can drink two (I can't drink anything 'cause I'm so bloated). Also, I work in a warehouse so I either walk or stand for 6h straight. With all that in consideration I've lost 8.8 lbs (4 kg) in less than three weeks and even though I don't mind the weight loss, this is far from a healthy way of doing it. Not to mention I used to work out on regular basis, but now I have no energy to even think about it. So how do I fix this? I just want my healthy lifestyle back. I really hope some of you have experience that could help me and the others with similar problems. Thanks for the feedback! Post Date: 01/14/17, Replies: 5
Blogilates Illegal Actions Against Vegans Well in case you didn't know recently a fitness youtuber blogilates has been getting alot of vegan youtube videos taken down. She has been doing this by filing illegal false copyright claims. Specifically she is targeting those who have made videos criticizing her. I was kind of surprised by this because the last couple of food videos she made were vegan recipes. But it's clear after this that she only made those video to capitalize on the "vegan trend". She only cares about money. I doubt she hates vegans or veganism. But she obviously cares about money more than ethics or animals if she is willing to break the law to try and silence voices within veganism. Her workout videos are crap anyway and her diet advice is terrible. More information in the video if you want to know some details. tinyurl.com/blogilatesveganism Post Date: 01/13/17, Replies: 4
Staying vegan while deployed overseas Hello, Are there any other vegans/vegetarians out there who are deployed, and finding it difficult to get enough food without animal products in them? Post Date: 01/05/17, Replies: 5
Barbados cuisine My hubby and I are planning for a 2 week long Barbados vacation. One thing that concerns us, both vegetarians is the local food. We are staying at a resort named The Crane, thecrane.com/ and even they offer Barbados cuisine. I have heard that Barbados is famous for the non vegan food variety it offers. We would like to know about availability and quality of vegan food in Barbados. Have anyone tried it? Is it good? How is the variety of vegan food available there? Hoping for helpful replies. Post Date: 01/05/17, Replies: 0
Liquids as the heart of feeding I've been using lots of liquids & find them easier to produce.Its not only easy what gets me but more scientific looking ideas of which I can share.Mostly juices of which carrot & apple ones are leading.Milk too but less.Anyone having similar stories or experiences? Post Date: 01/02/17, Replies: 1
fake meats...not impressed So I tried a lot of the fake meats to see if they would be good alternatives. So far I have not liked almost all of them. Which probably is good since they appear to be highly processed foods. I think my favorite so far is the Beyond Meat crumbles. But even these tasted a bit strange, but I will experiment with it a bit. However, I've made a lot of great soups with veggies and replaced the milk products with replacements and they have been really good. And smoothies are great now that I got a Vitamix blender. I also prefer almond milk to any other alternative. I guess I will stick to regular foods. Maybe these will work for some people, but so far to me they just taste like inferior food. Anyone have similar experiences on these? Post Date: 01/01/17, Replies: 10
Vegan Dog Mommy I have been vegan for four years now. From what I eat, wear, use as household products are all vegan and environmentally safe. One area I have not conquered is with my dogs. I still give them dog food that contains meat. I have three dogs and for one of my dogs I cook for her since she is not very healthy, and don't want to give her kibble. I understand that kibble is overprocessed and not very healthy for them. Since I have three it will be extremely expensive to feed three dogs canned food. Cooking for one dog, being vegan, I can only cook grains and vegetables and then when serving her the food, I add canned food which contains the meat. I want to cook for all of them, but I don't want to buy the canned food separate and then add to it, since a case is $30 or more, not cost effective with three dogs. How many vegans still feed their dogs meat and do you cook for them using animal products. I am not sure if I am ever able to do that. Post Date: 01/01/17, Replies: 3
Vegan Work Boots Hey everybody! I've seen this topic posted online in various places but all of them seem to be from circa 2011 with outdated links. I'm looking for waterproof black vegan-friendly boots. I've tried Doc Martens and they won't work for what I need. I work in emergency response so I can't have something clunky like Docs. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks! Post Date: 12/31/16, Replies: 1
Feeling Alone Since Becoming Vegetarian Hi, I am a baby in the vegetarian/vegan/raw world having only started a few months ago... I've never been much of a meat eater except for junk food and always liked to think of myself as an animal rights advocate... after the realisation that I was a huge hypocrite in this area (haha) I immediately knew I had to become vegetarian... The change itself wasn't so hard given I had never really eaten much meat prior but the effect it seemed to have on the people around me was the most surprising... now don't get me wrong I expected some backlash but I really thought the people closest to me would be more supportive. My partner didn't really seem bothered about the change, except he had no-one to eat junk with anymore haha... his mother kept asking me daily if I wanted meat products and when I would remind her, she'd say something along the lines of "Oh you're still doing that then..." My father being a fisherman insisted that being a vegetarian meant I could still eat fish... and then I was of course told "I could do it if I could eat fish" and then "really? No fish?" My cousin whom is like a brother to me informed me that it was a "faze" and that I'd get over it... My best friend and her partner have continually asked "but don't you like meat?" Every.Darn.Visit... All that aside I've enjoyed being Vegetarian... and recently decided to have 2 days a week raw/vegan, no particular reason other than I'd already stopped dairy products after learning about what happens to dairy cows and their calves... (I love cows btw... so this was a big no no)... But I've realised recently that I've been feeling very lonely since becoming a vegetarian.... my partner refuses to have meals with me now... leaving me to cook and eat by myself... my friends don't invite me to dinner anymore... And just this morning (one of my vegan days) I suggested to my partner that I make him sorbet for breakfast (my new favourite breakfast) and he tells me that he feels like he's dating a completely different person... that he finds it hard to accept and remember that I'm vegetarian... that it's a turn off that I don't eat meat anymore.... Now my partner was the one person I thought didn't really mind the change as long as I didn't force it on him (which I never did. Never once did I mention his eating preferences.) So in the sense that he didn't mind, I thought I had that one shred of support... but now... I don't know any vegans/vegetarians... I used to love cooking for people and myself, now no-one wants a bar of it... I just don't know what to do... I just feel very lonely now... If you have any advice at all please send it... I'm sick of feeling like this and would appreciate the support xx I hope you're all having a fantastic day :) Post Date: 12/31/16, Replies: 6
Fitness for Vegans and Vegetarians Hello all, I'm new here but I'm a lifelong vegetarian (not vegan yet). I was thinking of starting a fitness business targeted towards vegans and vegetarians and I was hoping you guys could answer a few questions that would help me. 1) Do you have any fitness goals? Have you ever had a desire to improve your physique? Please state any goals you have or you've thought about in the past. For example; losing weight, putting on muscle, getting stronger, becoming healthier. 2) Regarding those goals, what do you find hard about achieving them? (The more honesty the better my friends) 3) Would you pay someone who could teach you and help you achieve those goals? 4) When you talk to your vegan/vegetarian friends and family about fitness and nutrition, like wanting to get in shape, diet or go gym etc.... what do they say? (The more exact the words the more help it is for me) I would really appreciate as many users answering these questions as I really want to make a difference in people's lives. Thank you! Post Date: 12/31/16, Replies: 8
Advice with unsupportive parents?? I was vegan for a year and was forced to stop since I lost weight. (Very depressed and anxious over that time frame because of isolation) and so yeah they said either I go eat meat or get sent to a hospital They called me anorexic and stuff and angered me because I'm clearly not, I can down a box of Oreos but morally do not want to consume meat or dairy. I've talked to them about it and it's a no go. They refuse and won't give me a chance. I am pretty educated on it but in that time period I had no appetite and YEAh. I feel like I lost my purpose and I care so deeply about animals. They won't buy me beans and stuff, I was lucky enough to get oats and my dad gets so mad even when I eat something like ricE!!! It's so Aggrivating and honestly I feel so lost, I hate I'm contributing to this. The only thing I can really do is not eat it, and try to find something later without them knowing because of their ways. I'm so passionate about this but they don't care and made up their minDs. Any advice? Talking to them isn't an option? And I'm only 14 so I can't get a job just yet :( Post Date: 12/30/16, Replies: 8
Health reason for a vegetarian diet. Carnivorous animals have the teeth that go with their digestive system... humans have the teeth of herbivores, and Nature knows best. Pam Lowick. Post Date: 12/30/16, Replies: 1
Vegan Wedding Hell- Just wondering if anyone could share tips for a vegan wedding in the NJ/NY area. My fiancee and I would love something outdoors spring/summer 2017. We are also on a pretty strict budget as we are attempting to save money for a house and are both teachers. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you! Post Date: 12/29/16, Replies: 1
Diet and Climate Change Hi, My name is Ben I am a final year anthropology student at the University of Sussex and am looking to do some research on peoples thoughts on diet (plant based or other) in relation to the environment and more specifically climate change. This is for one of my dissertations. If any one is interested in participating please post a comment or message me, it would be really helpful. Many thanks, Ben Post Date: 12/24/16, Replies: 1

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