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Just Joined Hello everyone, I just joined today. Reason being is I need help with becoming more vegetarian. I say more because last time I just launched into being vegan and failed horribly. I was not prepared, so this time I want to go slow. What has brought this up is that, aside from meat being cruel, my body has seemingly decided that it does not like meat. I used to be a daily meat eater (I know, horrible,) but now just a bite makes me ill. Obviously I cannot continue with my current diet. So my main problem is that I hate most vegetables and tofu. I have issues with anemia (non serious, caused by folic acid deficiency) caused by my hatred of vegetables. I have tried, I really have, to get used to vegetables, but something about them my body rejects. So what are some things I could try that would fit my needs? Hate veggies and tofu, no food allergies, on a very tight budget. Thanks in advance. Post Date: 09/20/16, Replies: 3
Cruelty Free Shampoo/Body Wash After ten yrs of being vegetarian, I've decided to make the change to vegan! Household items & cosmetics being cruel free I don't have an issue with- I'm not picky; the whole switch has actually been easier than I thought it was going to be; especially with little support from my family. Anyway, I have color treated hair, so I do need a color treated shampoo that does not test on animals.. any suggestions? (I'm currently using Garnier Fructis which from my understanding, does test on animals) For body wash, my skin is insanely sensitive so switching body washes has me a bit worried. I'm currently using Vagisil Intimate Body Wash, so do you ladies know of any similar products that are cruel free? Again, like the shampoo I'm pretty sure they test on animals as well. Thanks in advance for the help, it's much appreciated! Tiffany Post Date: 09/18/16, Replies: 4
Coin-operated Veganism I spotted a "Green Rendezvous" vending machine last week at St Pancras Railway Station whilst waiting for the Eurostar train to Brussels. This machine was in the inner-waiting area for the train on the other side of check-in/customs. I must admit that I had already purchased sandwiches in the main terminus so did not use the machine but I was intrigued by the slogans of “Handmade, Organic. High Proteins, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Sustainable, Ecofriendly and Free Range.” I considered upgrading my existing lunch but didn’t quite fancy the sight of a salad in a jar. It just didn’t look that tempting – and how long had it been in the jar? And I wasn’t convinced that such a delivery method could really be called “Sustainable” or “Ecofriendly” using plastic jars to retail salad. During my 40 minutes waiting to board the train a lot of people strolled up to the machine, some even dug into their pockets for change. However, for one reason or another all walked away and the vending machine was not used once. On this basis I assume this business model is flawed. Has anybody else had experience of the Green Rendez-Vous? Post Date: 09/15/16, Replies: 0
I just joined. Hi everyone, I just joined here tonight, looks very interesting.Am just starting to go vegan, so have a lot to learn. I am 64 yrs old, better late than never! I live in Cambridge in beautiful New Zealand. Looking forward to learning as much as I can on here. Post Date: 09/12/16, Replies: 6
Vegan friendly destinations! Vegan festiva I love to organize reasonably-priced trips! I’ve traveled to 35 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, either alone or with small groups of travelers, and I handled all the planning and details. I’m overflowing with ideas for vegan travel. Please check out my web pages to learn about some of the exciting and endless possibilities for compassionate vegan traveling in small groups. My university degree is in geography, and I’ve held positions in the travel and tourism industry working for the Korean tourist office, a map and atlas publisher, Walt Disney Travel Company, and an Asian economic development organization. I’m a global citizen who is passionate about showing others a simple way of traveling. If you’re a new traveler, I’d love to show you how to travel confidently. If you’re an experienced traveler, then you can join our small groups to discover all the exciting new vegan places sprouting up around the world! vegjauntsandjourneys.com/ Post Date: 09/06/16, Replies: 0
Moral Mandate of Not Eating Animals Do you think that abstaining from eating meat (I am a vegan but will leave out milk and eggs here) is an objective moral truth, or do you think that it is a personal truth? (For example we can say that not killing humans for our appetites is an objective moral truth, whereas feeling called to become an artist is a personal truth) I know that for myself, I cannot physically eat flesh because to do so is a sin from a deep part within me. To hate non-meat eaters is to destroy the vegan ideal of compassion. Yet to be loose on a deep personal conviction by saying what will be will be in regards to others eating meat, is also in a sense to take away from your own convictions. So what do you think--is abstaining from meat an objective moral truth, or is it a personal path that people can choose to better themselves? Any thoughts welcome. Post Date: 09/06/16, Replies: 5
VegFest London 2016 Hi I am new to this forum and site. I am a vegetarian. I am considering becoming Vegan. I plan on becoming a volunteer at VegFest London 2016 on Saturday October 22nd and Sunday 23rd October. A great way to gain free entry and see the whole event. i look forward to discussions and learning from you all. Post Date: 09/01/16, Replies: 4
I'm new Hi. My name is Dom. A lifelong meat eater and a hater fruits and veggies. After seeing all the harm and destruction to the environment all the meat eating and producing does, I want to do my part for our environment and give up meat. I guess how do I go about it? Post Date: 08/27/16, Replies: 5
Took 30 Day Vegan Pledge Today Hi everyone Just thought I would share this moment. Today is my first day of my vegan pledge. I decided to take this step after joining Happy Cow yesterday and reading all the wonderful info here! Here goes! Post Date: 08/19/16, Replies: 4
Sprouts Farmers Market Plant-Based Sale! Hi, Veg*ns. I stopped by Sprouts tonight for a few items and ended up stocking up because they've got a great promotion going on right now... 35% off their stock of Silk, So Delicious, Earthbound Farm, Vega, and Whole Earth & Sea products through August 31st, 2016! This promotion was found in North Texas, and I hope it's nationwide. Go take advantage of you can. Post Date: 08/19/16, Replies: 0
Do NOT buy Bic, 3M, and Scotch! These companies all test on animals! And they are very common household products. For example, Bic pens and lighters, and 3M tape and bubble mailers. For pens, buy Pilot instead. They do not test on animals AND all of their products are free of animal ingredients, making them completely vegan! Pilot pens are very easy to find in stores, and they even make permanent markers, but I have never seen their markers in stores so you might have to order them online. Still better than Sharpies, because Sharpies have animal ingredients (animal derived pigment)! For tape, and bubble mailers and packing materials, I'm not completely sure, but I have found no evidence of Duck testing on animals. I am not positive if their stuff is all vegan, but at least its better than supporting 3M and Scotch, because 3M and Scotch test on animals! So unless someone has better info, I suggest Duck for mailers and tape. And glue! Gorilla Glue and Elmer's are both vegan! No animal testing or ingredients! The BAD: Bic 3M Scotch Sharpie The GOOD: Pilot Duck Gorilla Glue Elmer's Post Date: 08/18/16, Replies: 20
Inspirational Vegans Hi Everyone! We are The Vegan Edition - a digital magazine on all things vegan whether it be vegan fashion, fitness, lifestyle, health or beauty. We post regular interviews with inspiring vegans from all different walks of life that are really interesting if you want to hear about different peoples motivation for going vegan and how they lead their lives. Our latest in conversation interview is with actor Gregg Lowe : theveganedition.com/in-conversation-gregg-lowe-actor/ feel free to check it out if you are interested. The Vegan Edition Team Post Date: 08/18/16, Replies: 0
Two life changing decisions Here's my own experience. I was 50lbs overweight scary blood tests etc etc...So I decided to go meatless and then vegetarian...This concurrently affirmed by love of the animal rights movement, Two life changing decisions on the journey for me: 1. I found a personal physician who is a vegan MD ! I can't recommend this change enough - I feel empowered and am learning so much about diet as medicine...In all honesty: I look forward when I have my annual physical 2. I volunteer at animal sanctuary. Seeing how beautiful and gentle cows, goats pigs and the like in open space is profound...The people who run the sanctuary are incredible too and I feel blessed that I can take part in a few hours of work on the farm when I can...In all honesty, this is really powerful therapy for me to be with animals in a place of such compassion, care, and warmth.. In any event, I strongly recommend both additions to your life, if possible !!! Post Date: 08/15/16, Replies: 6
The most violent animal I'm tired of the worn-out excuse of meat-eaters that humans are no less violent than the other animals. "All animals have 'enemies' or at least creatures that they fear in the natural world, and some predators are feared by many. Human, however, are an enemy to all living things, despite the fact that many of us claim to love nature and even a few selected species." -from one of my books Humans kill billions of non-human animals daily - in chemicalized factory farming, in research labs, by polluting the environment and clear-cutting forests...with barely a second thought about those lives. And yet we somehow convince ourselves that we're the most intelligent, most thoughtful and most deserving of all species. Post Date: 08/15/16, Replies: 6
New to the forum Hey guys, Just wanted to introduce myself to you all. New to the forum. Been vegetarian for 10 months. Wanted to meet some like minded people. Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 1
Vegan powered milk? Hello everyone. I've been a vegetarian for about 3 years but felt guilty about eating meat for years leading up to that. I've been procrastinating veganism the same way I did with vegetarianism back then. The road to veganism is definetly a process for me and I'm quite proud of how close I'm getting. I no longer buy any animal products at home and I'm finding it easy to keep healthy out of the house since discovering a few vegan brands such as ilumi that do gluten free vegan pot noodles that I absolutely love! Also I'm big into raw vegan baking so always have a little something in my handbag. However my biggest downfall is when somebody offers me a cup of tea, I can't drink it black and i always seem to accept and end up drinking cows milk. Not only do I feel a bit guilty drinking it but it leaves me with a terrible bloated tummy (my tummy has felt much better since following a almost vegan diet) Any advice on powdered vegan milk with a long shelf life that I could carry in my handbag would be greatly appreciated. I drink unsweetened soy milk at home so anything with a similar taste to that. I'm also on the lookout for a vegan cheese, I've got my eye on a cashew and nutritional yeast blend which I've heard is meant to be yummy on top of meals as an alternative to hard cheese. Thankyou for taking the time to read this. Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 3
New vegan Hello all Help been vegan for 8 days and can't stop trumping? Had a wee accident today too! Is this normal because it's early days and my body is adapting? Anyone else experienced this Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 3
An Article to Persuade Non-Veg Friends Hello everyone! I came across this TIME Magazine article and was surprised when I read its last few paragraphs, which subtly promote vegetarianism/veganism. I thought that it was a very interesting article to share with friends, especially those who eat meat. time.com/4443060/humans-early-tools/?xid=newsletter-brief"]time.com/4443060/humans-early-tools/?xid=newsletter-brief Post Date: 08/13/16, Replies: 1
struggling vegan Hi guys, So the gist of it is i need some support from fellow vegans. I dont know a single other vegan with whom i can talk about the the issues/ recipies and such.I have been mostly vegan for 2 years except i still make some bad choices involving cheese. I really would like to get more involved in activism and stick to a strict vegan diet to get healthy and feel like some support would help me do so. Where do you guys get involved with other vegans at? Post Date: 08/10/16, Replies: 5
How to deal with meat-eater & family? VG Hello, I am vegan for about a month now, and my family is still judging me, though I eat whatever I want to eat. They always say something mean. I explained them the thousands of reasons why I am vegan but it seems that all the time they forget. My friends are pretty much nice to me. But, they kind of tell me things like 'can you make an exception' and so on... So I was wondering how do you act when people are telling you not to be vegan or that kind of stuff ? Sorry for the mistakes & I am 15 y. Thank you so much :D Post Date: 08/09/16, Replies: 4
Running and Vegetarianism/Veganism Hello, all! I am a newer vegetarian who also runs competitively for her college team (D3, but hey, still serious). Any advice from athletes who are also vegetarian? Post Date: 08/04/16, Replies: 2
Vaccine warning - they are NOT vegan!! Perhaps all you Happy Cowers are well informed and know that vaccines are made with cell lines from living beings - either animals or aborted fetuses. I had no idea and was quite shocked to find out that they contain lactose, bovine casein, egg proteins, insect cells, gelatin, monkey kidney cells, calf serum, chick embryo cells, pig cells etc. There's nothing vegan about vaccines...AND they contain multiple heavy metals in addition. You can see the ingredient lists here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf and read some more here: www.learntherisk.org/ingredients/ Post Date: 08/04/16, Replies: 0
Getting attention Before we started our company, we knew we wanted to create a clean product. As you know, clean -meaning a low carbon footprint, healthy for both us as individuals and our planet. We have been in business manufacturing a high quality snack. We are in some very high profile retail stores (WFM). We need to spread the word about our products without spreading our wallets so wide that we loose more than we make. Where would you suggest we go to increase awareness of our brand? Post Date: 07/22/16, Replies: 3
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Suggestions for things to eat (FODMAP)? Hi everyone! I'm in the UK. I'm following a gluten-free, low FODMAP diet for a few weeks to see what happens. Does anyone have any suggestions for meals I can eat, that's tasty (I've included a link to things that are supposed to be avoided)? I love spicy food by the way, and I like herbs (particularly oregano but it's not very cheap). (FODMAP link: fodmapdietrecipes.blogspot.co.uk/p/fodmap-diet-food-list.html) I'm also a vegan. And I'm on a careful budget, and buying frozen and tinned and dried (e.g. dried herbs) rather than fresh as I tend to end up forgetting about fresh and wasting it, which is a waste of money. I'm also trying, as far as practical, to avoid processed things, though I am allowing myself fortified almond milk for some calcium. So far I've thought of: - My own version of Uncle Ben's rice (only without any garlic or onion): Basically rice mixed with tinned tomatoes in tomato juice, mixed herbs, and perhaps some peppers. I previously was adding garlic but that's out the window for this diet. - A sort-of chili (with rice): Tinned tomatoes in tomato juice, cumin powder, herbs, and paprika, with rice. - A weird stiry fry (with rice): Mixed peppers, green beans, and spinach, with cumin and paprika, but I'm not sure what to use for a "sauce"; black bean has pulses and isn't cheap anyway, tomato will transform the flavour into something that doesn't taste like a stir fry, soy sauce is made from pulses (soya beans), but do you think mustard would work in a stir fry? And that's basically it for meals unless I add a bit of sunflower spread or Vitalite to some cooked spinach and green beans and carrots, and have it with rice to make it more filling. So any meal ideas? :D Also avoiding potato! Yes this may sound crazy, but there are reasons, and it's for a few weeks. Then again, I might risk some chips but not sure what to put with them to make them filling. Post Date: 07/21/16, Replies: 1
Omega 3 So, I have some moderate brain damage and my GP has me on pharmaceutical grade fish oil. He is quite strict and requires a minimum 2:1 ratio EPA/DHA. I see the greatest improvement from taking a minimum of 500mg of EPA and currently take 1000mg. Otherwise things like my mailing address and social security number become very foggy. I've been on a particular fish oil for several years and it had become the only animal product left in my life. A few months ago I quit taking it and the effects have been fairly negative. I've begun taking it again because to hell with not remembering stuff, ya know? I have no problem avoiding all other animal products outside of this. I do not refer to myself as vegetarian so to not blur the already fuzzy line. I've spent the last 40 days back on the fish oil and my memory has begun improving again. I've tried like crazy to find a vegetarian EPA over 500mg but I can't find anything over 130 mg! I can't afford to take 5 or 10 pills a day! Do any of you know of a veggie option that might meet my requirements? This is a very important supplement to my wellbeing. The fish oil I'm taking is as responsible as possible (MSC certified and non-gmo) but I feel it's preventing me from wearing my vegetarian badge and keeping me stuck at pescetarian. I would love any suggestions. I really love remembering stuff so if I have to stay pesco then so be it... Post Date: 07/11/16, Replies: 3
Please help - question about child I am a recent vegan, and I have a 7 year old child from a previous marriage. We've always ate fairly healthy here, and of course now that I'm vegan, our meals are balanced and very healthy. My problem is that my son goes to his dad's house every other weekend and several other times throughout the year for longer stays. They have about the worst diet imaginable. They eat out for almost every meal while he's there, they allow him to have sodas, poptarts, tons and tons of candies, chips, etc. One of his recent meals was skittles, cheetos, a chocolate bar, a Crush soda, and a piece of pepperoni pizza. I know it's only a few days here and there, but can a diet this bad have an adverse effect on him when he eats very healthy most of the time? I always feel like he's detoxing when he comes home. It's always worried me to some extent, but now I worry a lot more. Any advice or help is appreciated. And unfortunately, this isn't something I can address with them as adults. Any time I try to talk to them about anything, no matter how nonconfrontational I am, it always winds up bad. Post Date: 07/08/16, Replies: 3

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