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Old 11-29-2021, 03:41 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I went vegan after watching animal abuse youtube videos 8 years ago. I was vegetarian 26 years before that. When I saw how hard it was to find substitutes for cheese, whipped cream, etc. I got discouraged because Daiya was about the only brand. However, year by year, vegan foods mushoomed, and snowballed, so to speak. We are living in great times when mainstream companies offer vegan options, and cow farmers are growing hemp and oats instead of killing animals. I am hearing far less criticism of veganism these days. During the lockdown, 80 % of the vegan "meats" were being bought up by meat eaters at my local grocer. They thanked me for the "heads up" because they feared animal flesh, cooked or not. I hope they stuck to the vegan offerings, even if it means empty shelves for me from time to time.
I unapologetically enjoy vegan meats! I have converted many recipes into vegan and vegetarian using them. I don't only eat them, and they are not the center of my diet, the way meat is for omnivores. However, meat analogs have a place in my diet. I am tired of being criticized for using them. I never said that I hated meat. I hate what is done to animals who are raised for meat.

Daiya has improved, believe it or not, but there are much better vegan cheeses available.

Most of my friends in real life are eat very little meat and run the gambit of vegan to flexitarian and everything in-between, They are all aware of what they eat and try to eat low on the food chain, at the very least,

I raised my two children as lacto ovo vegetarians. One became a vegan and the other a pescatarian.
The other day, I was called an "abusive parent" for not feeding my children meat. I was shocked. I never told them what to eat outside of my kitchen. Outside of my home, they were on their own, neither of them had any desire to eat meat, When we went to my dad's house for Thanksgivings, they found the trussed up turkey to be disgusting and brutal. I told them to just not look at it, focus on the sides, and eat the turkey and not t substitutes that I brought for dinner.

Being a vegan shouldn't mean an empty pantry. There is so much that you can buy at the average supermarket that your shelves should be over loaded!

Lentils, split peas, rice, quinoa, pasta, tomato sauce, Amy's soups, beans, nut butters, fresh potatoes, onions, sweet potatos wild rice, nuts, oatmeal - these can be found everywhere!

If you need more help. ley me know. I also have many recipes.
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Old 12-15-2021, 03:49 PM
 
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I unapologetically enjoy vegan meats! I have converted many recipes into vegan and vegetarian using them. I don't only eat them, and they are not the center of my diet, the way meat is for omnivores. However, meat analogs have a place in my diet. I am tired of being criticized for using them. I never said that I hated meat. I hate what is done to animals who are raised for meat.

Daiya has improved, believe it or not, but there are much better vegan cheeses available.

Most of my friends in real life are eat very little meat and run the gambit of vegan to flexitarian and everything in-between, They are all aware of what they eat and try to eat low on the food chain, at the very least,

I raised my two children as lacto ovo vegetarians. One became a vegan and the other a pescatarian.
The other day, I was called an "abusive parent" for not feeding my children meat. I was shocked. I never told them what to eat outside of my kitchen. Outside of my home, they were on their own, neither of them had any desire to eat meat, When we went to my dad's house for Thanksgivings, they found the trussed up turkey to be disgusting and brutal. I told them to just not look at it, focus on the sides, and eat the turkey and not t substitutes that I brought for dinner.

Being a vegan shouldn't mean an empty pantry. There is so much that you can buy at the average supermarket that your shelves should be over loaded!

Lentils, split peas, rice, quinoa, pasta, tomato sauce, Amy's soups, beans, nut butters, fresh potatoes, onions, sweet potatos wild rice, nuts, oatmeal - these can be found everywhere!

If you need more help. ley me know. I also have many recipes.

Have you tried Dr Praegers sandwiches??
I sell a full line on dr praegers ( in frozen meats)

The beyond sausage is a good seller too
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Old 12-28-2021, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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It's so easy to be vegan. The only thing I haven't found a substitute for is an Arbys Roast Beef for Mississippi Roast.

Otherwise you can buy anything vegan.

Start out by going to a Whole Foods and check out the freezer section.
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Old 03-05-2022, 03:58 PM
 
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Since I am trying to explore veganism, I would love to know what kind of difficulties have y'all have faced while becoming vegan/ switching to vegan food? Would love to hear your responses.
First, you need to change the way you think of it. You're not "switching to vegan food." Much of the commonly available food you currently eat is already vegan. Fruit, vegetables, most pasta, rice, a lot of breads, many pasta sauces, potato chips, even Oreo cookies are all part of everyone's diet, vegan or not. Being vegan just means avoiding the use of all animal-derived products -- not just from what you eat, but from what you wear, the cleaning products you use, toiletries/cosmetics, etc., whenever it's possible.

Then you need to examine why you want to be vegan. Is it for health reasons, or for ethical reasons? Being an ethical vegan is easier, as there are so many delicious meat, and dairy substitutes (including yummy ice cream!) that are vegan but not necessarily healthy as they may contain a lot of sugar, salt and/or fat or be chemically processed.

Veganism is usually a gradual process, not an overnight decision. It requires a good deal of knowledge, both to ensure that you are getting complete and balanced nutrition and to recognize obscure animal-derived ingredients on labels.

I'm not saying all of this to put you off. If you're sincere about wanting to go vegan, I wouldn't want you to try to do too much at once and then give up because it's too overwhelming.

My suggestion would be to start by just cutting out all meat, poultry eggs and fish. Once that becomes your "new normal," then try cutting out dairy (milk, butter, cheese), and so on, allowing yourself time to get comfortable enough with each stage of your transition before moving on to the next.

Good luck!
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Old 03-05-2022, 06:10 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Have you tried Dr Praegers sandwiches??
I sell a full line on dr praegers ( in frozen meats)

The beyond sausage is a good seller too
Yes! I've tried and eaten both! I'm a fan. Have you tried them? If so, what do you think?
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