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Old 22-02-2016, 10:40 AM
SarahJane SarahJane is offline
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Vegan family...they just don't know it yet!

Hi All,

I have been vegetarian (along with my eldest son) for some time now, but have been increasingly creeping towards veganism. My journey along the spiritual path has now reached the point where it is perfectly natural for me to go this way, and I expected to do it alone as my partner and 3 other children are still meat eaters. However, my partner watched a program last night called Cowspiracy, and it has had a dramatic effect; he now wants us all to go vegan. I have been careful not to push my beliefs and life choices onto my family as I feel that I would rather them come to their own conclusions, and as such they have all recently agreed (between themselves, I wasn't involved!) not to eat beef after discovering how much land/grain is used to feed them compared to the amount of meat that lands on a plate, but they had not thought they could do without milk, cheese and other derivatives. However, since the full extent of the issue was laid out to my partner last night, he says he feels a moral obligation to remove ourselves from that equation as much as possible and do our little bit.
I am thrilled, but I am wondering what the reaction will be when we sit the others down later and explain! I am busy researching tasty alternatives for favourites such as ice cream and tomato & mascapone sauce, and am heading off to purchase a carton of each type of plant/nut milk i can find to agree on an alternative together, but wonder if you have any tips for easing this transition? Sorry for the long post!!!
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Old 22-02-2016, 01:40 PM
knightofalbion knightofalbion is offline
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Good for you!

My advice would be to visit the top vegan sites (Vegan Society being the first stop) to get information on balanced vegan meals. This is where people can fall down. Like any diet, a vegan diet needs to be planned and thought out to ensure adequate levels of protein etc. etc.
Once you've cracked it, there's no looking back!
All this talk of religion, but it's how you live your life that is the all-important thing.
If you set out each day to do all the goodness and kindness that you can, and to do no harm to man or beast, then you are walking the highest path.
And when your time is up, if you can leave the earth a better place than you found it, then yours will have been a life well lived.

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Old 22-02-2016, 02:35 PM
SarahJane SarahJane is offline
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Thank you knightofalbion. I understand your point about balanced meals; my first panic was about calcium...it somehow becomes ingrained that it only comes from dairy! I have just signed up to the Vegan Society's 30 day challenge to get their daily tips and recipes, and have trawled our shops for vegan alternatives to family favourites before the big reveal tonight!
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Old 13-03-2016, 12:09 PM
mogenblue mogenblue is offline
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I think dairy products are a kind of addiction. I was vegetarian for a few years before I went vegan and skipped the last bit of dairy from my diet: cheese. I used to think there was no life after cheese. But amazingly I did very well without. It turned out my body was able to dump a lot of fat as soon as the cheese went out. So that was a big eye opener for me.
I switched to a plant based diet for health reasons.

I also make my own milk at home with a soy milk machine. It's a lot cheaper that way and much more tastier, because I throw the pulp back into the milk to not lose any of the precious nutritions. I even make it a little thicker with fine oats. Here is a good video on how to use a soy milk machine. I use it for soy, almond, hazelnut and even coconutmilk. It saves a lot of shopping too because you only buy a few bags of nuts and beans every few months or so. Makes shopping a lot easier.

Even when I still used meat I had developed a shortage of calcium in my body. I started using calcium supplements when I started to make my own soymilk. Because then I no longer bought fortified soymilk. I am actually quite happy using supplements. The flexibility in my joints has improved all over my body. When I stop using them I notice my joints fall back a little bit. So I'm ok using calcium every day. And from my experience meat and or dairy didn't deliver enough calcium for the needs of my body.
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Old 22-08-2018, 07:59 AM
Alice_1 Alice_1 is offline
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A gentle salutary transition will be if you take fried tofu and a large number of nuts.
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