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Nov. 12th, 2010 | 11:53 pm
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posted by: azuraran in skinnyvegans

Hi. I'm seriously considering being a vegan because there are just so many wonderful benefits. Losing weight is a contributing factor, but I'd like to think there's more to it (sad animals, healthy body, glowy skin etc.). Anyway, I think that the only thing that I wouldn't be able to give up is butter. I just couldn't replace it with margarine - it's so unhealthy! Trans fats are not allowed in my arteries, so I guess I would make kind of a half-assed vegan in that sense. Yogurt and eggs would be hard to give up too.

Any tips for a newbie? :)

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concha_corazon

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from: concha_corazon
date: Nov. 13th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
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I don't know where you are, but in the uk there's a dairy-free spread called Pure, it has no hydrogenated or trans fats. I'm not sure how many margarines are vegan anyhoo. Hope that helps a little :)

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Sohara von Salienta

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from: soharavsalienta
date: Nov. 13th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
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There's coconut butter, which only oxidizes at very high temperatures, there's olive oil, walnut oil, pistachio oil, hazelnut oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil...lots of opportunities!

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owlish

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from: azuraran
date: Nov. 14th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
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Haha. I'm in Texas. There isn't a whole lot of variety here for veganism unless you go to a super store. As for the butter thing, I'm mostly thinking about toast. If I see coconut butter in my (somewhat) local super store, I'll definitely pick it up and try it.

Anyway, I think I would have to work my way up to hardcore veganism. Right now I can lose the eggs and milk and meat (I pretty much hate meat anyway). I can find mostly vegan food at my local Walmart (ugh, hate that place), but there are a few things that are really just geared toward vegetarians. So, I think I'll use the vegetarian soy meat until I get a better handle on cooking with tofu. It should be quick though, I'm good with cooking and from what I understand tofu is as vertesile as potatoes.

Also, I tried soy milk (8th Continent original) for the first time today and LOVED it. And talk about a low calorie hot chocolate. >=D Especially lovely as the weather is SE Texas finally seems to be under 70 F. You get cold easily if you aren't used to it. Hopefully I won't get sick this year. No health insurance. >_< I could buy antibiotics for my annual strep throat from the black market maybe. A kidney too. Never know when you'll need one. XD

Haha, thanks for the comments, ya'll.

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Sohara von Salienta

Re: Toast

from: soharavsalienta
date: Nov. 14th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Try almond milk! I've switched to that after soy milk and love, love, love it! Plus you can research controversy on soy: whether it is or isn't that good for you. In small amounts and the Japanese beancurd way, yes, but otherwise we kinda overuse it. There's even something about the high amount of aluminum in tofu sold in Hawaii giving men a higher rate of Alzheimer's.

I do not mean to scare. Well, I sort of do, but only in a friendly, warning way. And tofu is incredibly versatile; if you marinate it, it sucks up whatever flavors you add to it; you can make smoothies, you can mash it up to make a cottage cheese-like concoction, you can fry it (well, if you must), etc.

Also, Amazon is my go-to for things like coconut butter/oil, carob powder, vanilla beans, etc. If you can't find anything, just check Amazon and see if you can find it for a reasonable price; you often can.

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Sohara von Salienta

Re: Toast

from: soharavsalienta
date: Nov. 14th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Also, shoot, it really is getting cold! 35 degrees last night in Georgia! Georgia! A few years ago, we were wearing shorts on Christmas! Craziness.

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owlish

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from: azuraran
date: Nov. 14th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
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It's global warming I tell you! For the last two winters in my area - couple hours south of Houston, it's SNOWED. Yes, it was absolutely gorgeous, yes I danced and played in it for the three hours it lasted, and YES I hope it snows again - but two years in a row? It's kind of unnatural. Last time it snowed here (before two years ago) was TEN years ago. Of course, I think by the EPA's standards, Texas is kind of a polluted crap hole. I'm going to point the finger at our governor, however. He's all for pollution. >_<

Amazon is a great idea! I order all kinds of things from Amazon. It's where I got my bento. =D Yesterday, I bought a used book for a penny! Of course, I had the expedited shipping option so that brought it up to $7 even - but it was still cheaper than Amazon's new book. :)

Yeah, I heard fermented soy is really the only good soy food to eat. I just wish there were more options. Looks like I'm going to the HEB+ Tuesday to see what they have (everything you can imagine, btw - it's where I found quinoa). Maybe I can find some natto. I'm pretty sure that's an unfermented soy, but I'd have to double check on that.

I have just now finished my first bowl of soy milk/Go Lean Kashi cereal. It was yummy. Next time I'll get almond milk though. I think the only reason I got soy was because of the protein. Not that I've been working out much. >_> Teehee.

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owlish

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from: azuraran
date: Nov. 15th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Gah, I meant natto to be "fermented". XD

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Lauren

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from: withinmywill
date: Mar. 25th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
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There are butter substitutes that aren't artificial. Like Earth Balance! There are also tons of yogurt substitutes made from soy and coconut that are pretty close. Eggs get trickier, though. I find for dishes where the egg is featured (like scrambled eggs), the tofu just isn't quite the same. However, for lots of baked goods, there are lots of substitutes that work fine. I use Ener-G egg replacer all the time.

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owlish

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from: azuraran
date: Mar. 25th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Applesauce is a pretty good egg replacer too. :)

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Lauren

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from: withinmywill
date: Mar. 26th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
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I've heard good things about Mashed bananas and ground flax seed, too!

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