I eat mostly vegan at home, which means that at home I never eat fish, and only rarely eggs and dairy. In a restuarant (we only eat out once or twice a month) I will have a vegetarian dish (some dairy and eggs) if there's nothing on the menu that is attractive to me. I've been a vegetarian (no meat, no fish) since about 1994.
Not fully vegan but transitioning to it for most of the family with plans to be fully vegan by January. So far our biggest challenge is the amount of meat we already have in our freezer and the holidays. We're committed to this though, and interested to see if there are any noticeable changes to health and physical performance.
Just wanted to point out 1 thing - you are avoiding E coli by not eating animal products? There is currently an ongoing recall for romaine lettuce with E coli. In the last few years, there have been many recalls for E coli in produce, flour, nuts, fresh spices, soy butter, etc.
I am glad your vegan diet works for you. My diet that includes meat/fish/dairy in addition to fruits, veggies, grains, oils works for me. I've never been a vegan and my cholesterol and HDL are in normal ranges in spite of having a father whose cholesterol was >240. If anything, my skin and hair tend to be dry, not oily. At my age (>60), if it ain't broke, I don't fix it.
For the last five years or so, I have followed the McDougall Plan to reduce my high cholesterol. I cannot say I never slip up, but this way of eating (no meat, no dairy, no oil) has absolutely reduced my cholesterol where statins couldn't ( I must have familial hypercholesterol that caused the deaths of close family members). As I went along, it was very comforting to know that no animals suffered for my meals. I no longer need to worry about my impact on factory farming or the health impacts thereof (ecoli, mad cow, etc..). My digestion is great (no stomach bulge my Dr said ALL women my age had and would not change). My skin and hair are no longer oily--I no longer have to wash my hair daily.
Mrslivingwell McDougall Plan Coleader
It's not about perfect, it's about effort. Jillian Michaels
I've been WFPB (whole food plant based) since around this time last year. I'm not 100% all the time, so I'm a work in progress. I was Vegan about 15 yrs ago, had some problems, life got complicated, but I'm back now, for health reasons, and planning to to stay this way. Loved Forks over Knives, haven't seen What the Health (might look that one up today.) Have been reading Dr. Greger's "How not to Die" and found his cookbook at my library (gonna buy it!) Also read "Forks Over Knives", the "Starch Solution" (McDougall), and a few other books.
The cookbooks have helped me immensely with the "What should I eat problem" most of the time. My challenge is keeping my hubby and 2 younger kids (12 & 9) fed. My older daughter (17) is game to try anything.
Pounds lost: 13.0
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11/20/18 5:19 A
I tried going vegan once before for health reasons and did great for a week but then slipped up and kept slipping. Now I'm trying again and hope to be more successful this time. I am having tons of trouble though because I'm just not sure what to eat and feel like it takes a ton of planning to meet my nutrient requirements. What do you think? How do you cope? Meat is pretty hard for me to give up, but not as hard as giving up milk. Milk is my life.
current weight: 271.4
Fitness Minutes: (79,924)
10/23/18 7:48 A
@INTOTHENEW Apparently it's such a new product that they don't have it on their official homesite yet, but I found this picture on google: https://www.google.com/search?q=atria+kasvispihvi&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZ6dG3jYDeAhVCESwKHXKGBgsQ_AUIDigB&biw=1920&bih=1102#imgrc=y29Mj-0T5QKO8M:
I sort of just became a vegan, since I found out that I am allergic to dairy and then eggs. I still like honey, though, so I'm not totally a vegan. But mostly! I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian, before I discovered my allergies. I have always really enjoyed fruits and vegetables. Each one has always had a distinct taste of its own. So I really disagree that not eating meat changes your palate. It doesn't. At least not universally, because that was not true for me at all. I am just being kinder to animals, and eating more healthfully. My cholesterol levels improved after I became a vegetarian. But now that I am vegan, with no eggs at all, I'll be able to reap the real benefits of a better heart-healthy diet. This is my first year as a vegan. I think it's much harder to be a vegan than a vegetarian. I preferred being a vegetarian, but I couldn't continue on that way, since I was having bad digestive symptoms whenever I ate any dairy products or eggs.
One thing I have recently discovered since going vegan are the soft moist dried figs. They taste absolutely like candies but give you so much less calories and so much more fibre that the next day is shows nowhere and you feel just as fit as slim as before (unlike after binging on sugary treats). Also the moist dried dates are great but I like figs taste better. I strongly recommend.
January Minutes: 1,005
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9/18/18 12:14 A
Took awhile to find it (: but some vegans said they could better appreciate vegetables and other vegan foods once they stopped eating meat, dairy, etc. I guess it's the same idea as reducing your salt intake.
"Even though I didn't really enjoy it at first, I started cooking various things in an attempt to find vegan foods I enjoyed eating. As I repeated these experiments over and over, my taste buds evolved. My palate was refined. I could now differentiate between the flavors of broccoli and asparagus and zucchini and apples, as opposed to it all tasting "like vegetables." "