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Old 12-31-06, 03:04 AM   #1
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Ride like a demon, eat like a vegan.

My new year's resolution/experiment is to eat vegan for three weeks.

Before finals, I had been eating lots of vegan meals (more vegan, than not) and liked how it made me feel. Eating light so I don't get slowed down and all. I also found I like nutritional yeast on almost everything.

Then finals came around and I ate like crap. Then christmas dinners with roast beef and other such carnivorous delights. Now I feel slower... or something.

So I'm going full on vegan for three weeks to see how I feel, starting the first, or maybe even tonight. No cheating.

It actually started because I read a book by Neal Bernard. Interesting stuff. Basically, a vegan diet can help prevent the 2 leading causes of death in this country; heart disease and cancer. These are problems my family is prone to get, so I'm going for it. (This may have been brought on by seeing all my relatives again at christmas)

Any tips or words of wisdom as I embark on this dietary adventure? Good recipes? Jabs or insults?
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Old 12-31-06, 03:22 AM   #2
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vegweb.com **** tons of recipes for really good food. I'm not veg anymore but it def. feels good. I have a couple friends who are raw(only raw foods nothing processed or cooked or anything like that) now that's something I don't know if I could ever do!
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The way to do it is to slowly start cutting out red meat, then all meat, with some seafood, once you're comfortable there, ditch the sushi. Then keep it veggie for a while. Going from one extreme to the other can really f*ck up your stomach and make you feel mighty poopy. Take it slow.

And here's a simple hummus recipe haha:
Can of garbanzo beans
One (or two!) bell pepper(s)
One (or two!) habanero pepper(s)
Little bit of olive oil
Little salt
Blend that all to the right consistency.
It may take a couple tries to get it down, but once you do you'll know.
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Old 12-31-06, 04:18 AM   #4
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I kind of like the cold turkey (or not) sort of approach, but the transition period does make sense. I'm probably just going to feel it out and eat what my body feels like it needs.

I've never made hummus before, but I eat it all the time. Sounds awesome with the habanero.
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I'de give up blowjobs before cheese. Maybe.

Does pesto have cheese in it? If it doesn't, if I where vegan I would eat ziti with pesto untill my guts exploded then I'de cover that in pesto and eat it.

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Old 12-31-06, 05:57 AM   #6
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experimentation is the key. don't just eat normal day to day stuff that happens to be vegan. y'know? like
"oh hey, vegan donuts! vegan burgers! wow!". not saying that stuff is bad, there's just so much to discover, make it an adventure.



oh, and if you plan on staying vegan, get ready for the most vicious farts you've ever experienced. seriously, every vegan i've met, myself included, can get straight rude with the farting.
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I think most pestos have cheese, but we always make it without and like it much better. Fresh pesto == yum yum.
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my vegan eating tip is to not believe people when they talk about how you're on a greatly limited diet. roll your eyes and tell them that they're on a limited diet.

-you can make a million different kind of pasta sauces with mushrooms, tofu, and veggies (i like broccoli and spinach in a tomato sauce base).
-portabella mushrooms make great sandwiches. grill them with soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic and onions.
-beans, beans, beans. if you learn how to cook a half a dozen bean meals, you'll never go hungry again: black beans and rice, lentil dahl, curried chick peas, vegan chili (with varied soy products instead of meat)...
-GOOD RICE. white rice is blah. get some nice brown.
-you can always make your own fun and greasy and unhealthy vegan food. PM me for deep fried sweet and sour tofu with pineapples, peppers, and mushrooms.

another thing is, if you don't want to completely commit to cutting all meat and dairy out of your diet, you can work toward reductionism rather than vegan purity. having a vegan-based diet and eating meat occasionally is still a good thing. but you just have to learn how to make one the default instead of the other.

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Old 12-31-06, 08:22 AM   #9
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oh, and if you plan on staying vegan, get ready for the most vicious farts you've ever experienced. seriously, every vegan i've met, myself included, can get straight rude with the farting.
I'm glad that it's not just me.
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I'd eat a vegan but they probably taste like poo.
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The best advice I can give you is to eat as little packaged and prepared foods as possible. Packaged foods are the hardest things to find vegan, they always throw in some crap, and they are the worst for you.
Fresh produce is awesome, and so are simple, traditional foods:
beans and rice, burritos, hummus, falafel, pasta, stir-fry, etc.
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Remember the Simpson's episode titled, "Lisa The Tree Hugger"?

"I'm a level 5 vegan. I don't eat anything that casts its own shadow."
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Remember the Simpson's episode titled, "Lisa The Tree Hugger"?

"I'm a level 5 vegan. I don't eat anything that casts its own shadow."
but do you pocket mulch?
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Remember the Simpson's episode titled, "Lisa The Tree Hugger"?

"I'm a level 5 vegan. I don't eat anything that casts its own shadow."
Proper lighting can eliminate shadows. Eat Steak!
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Here's the religious point of view of eating animals: if God didn't want us to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of food.
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I went cold turkey vegan suddenly. Had 0 stomach issues. No farts, no nothin. Best decision I ever made. I feel better, I look better, and I'm eating a larger variety of food than I ever did as an omni. I really thought it would be a hard thing to do like being on a "diet" and cutting things out that I loved, but instead it was the easiest thing I ever did and I can't believe how great it has been and how much better it is! Good luck, and I hope you have a similiar experience.

I also advice you not to get too caught up in labels and just try to live. I know people who try vegan, get a craving one day, eat a piece of cheese and freak out and then since they broke it never go back! Just chill out, and do what works for you and what you need.
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I'de give up blowjobs before cheese. Maybe.

Does pesto have cheese in it? If it doesn't, if I where vegan I would eat ziti with pesto untill my guts exploded then I'de cover that in pesto and eat it.

pesto = pine nuts + olive oil + garlic + spinach + basil + othe spices + other herbs no cheese

I am not vegan tried being vegitarian for a year didn't work for me

for me it is the unhealthy stuffs cheesebrgers and french pressed coffee
fish and pasta and all kindsa other goodies I will keep enjoying being an omnivore

have fun hippies ::kisses::
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i could never do vegan, there is no way i could not eat cheeses.
i can do vegetarian but i still eat meat in moderation...a few times a week at the most...i did the same thing at christmas time, ate tons of meat...felt slow and lethargic with nasty farts so a small portion of turkey since then is all the meat i've had.
i lived with vegetarians for a year, it is crazy how much stuff you can prepare without meats...one friend of mine says he eats nothing with a face...so he still eats eggs (breakfast tacos are great)...or do no meat but still eat seafood...so that's like uhh, the only thing i eat that has a face are sea creatures
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pescitarian is the term for you and so you'll always feel guilty soy is also murder can't you here the little veggies scream

sorry I am getting into a-hole mode I better go to sleep
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Be prepared to cook a lot more or spend a lot more money. If you know how to cook a variety of foods you'll be fine.

PS - Clif bars are vegan.
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i could never do vegan, there is no way i could not eat cheeses.
man, I said the exact same words many times. You would be suprised...
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I've been ovo-lacto for the past 5 years, and when people say "how do you do it?" I'm just to the point where it's like "how do I do what?"

Anyway, one of the easiest pasta things you'll ever find is to just boil off enough of whatever pasta (I like bucatini rigati), cube and saute some x-firm tofu, chop some spinach, dice a tomato, and smash up a couple cloves of garlic, toss a little bit of olive oil on the pasta, and throw the tofu, spinach, garlic and tomato in the same pot. Eat (which you can do hot or cold). I like to add crushed red pepper flakes to mine.

Also, in that hummus recipe somebody posted, do you roast the peppers, or just throw them in a food processor after you've seeded and them?
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I went cold turkey vegan suddenly. Had 0 stomach issues. No farts, no nothin. Best decision I ever made. I feel better, I look better, and I'm eating a larger variety of food than I ever did as an omni
I suppose I shouldnt be posting to this thread because I occasionally eat
a piece of Pizza. I stopped eating meat over nite in '77 and never
looked back. No fish, chicken, eggs.....I only eat stuff that can answer back if you ask to eat it.
Anyway....after three decades I still feel great !! Veggies look younger, have more energy, smell better and all other good stuff when they get older. Your body has to really work hard to digest meat ....When you get older this can fatigue you. The cumulative effect of chemicals and steriods can have repercussions in your later years.
To the O.P...What you are experiencing is not your imagination and is what keeps all veggies, veggies.
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I have a good recipe for you. However, it is dependent on good tofu. The tofu cannot be silken. It must be very firm otherwise the texture is no good.

BBQ Sandwich
1 Sweet Potato
1lb Good Tofu (Twin Oaks is the Best, goodluck finding it outside of VA)
BBQ Sauce (Check the ingredients)

Shred the sweet potato using a cheese grater. Place a couple table spoons of vegetable oil in a hot wok. Place the shreded sweet potato in the wok, and fry it up until the texture is to your liking. Crumble the tofu into the sweet potato while still frying it in the wok. Once everything is cooked to your liking throw in your BBQ sauce. However, much you want to put in. Cook for maybe a minute. Serve on a toasted bun. Yum!
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Here's the religious point of view of eating animals: if God didn't want us to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of food.
i disapprove.
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