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Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 10:31pm reply to

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Im slowly becoming a vegan and i was wondering if i should work myself in to it or  just go cold turkey over night like i did with becoming a vegetarian. how long(or fast) does it take the average vegan to achive truely being a vegan?
Jacob Posted at 2006/11/11 10:48pm reply to

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There's soo much to learn, it'd be impossible to do overnight.  I still find out new things I would have never thought wasn't vegan (POM for example).  It doesn't hurt to try though, as long as you don't feel overwhelmed. happy
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 10:51pm reply to

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The over obssesive label checking its already habit for me to look for geltin but what else it there to look for?
Ross Posted at 2006/11/11 10:51pm reply to

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hi! well for me i went veggie cold turkey, and then a few months later decided i wanted to be vegan. i sort of phased in, but it only took me a couple of weeks. though i would say that there's always something more you can work on with being vegan, it's difficult to eliminate every last thing(such as animal-products in our tires, etc.).

for me, cutting out dairy and eggs was the first step, and then eventually i started working on avoiding other stuff.

most of all, i think it depends on if you're really hooked on dairy products. i've known a lot of people that just couldn't ever get over the cheese thing, but then for many it's not too big of a deal(like myself). sometimes it's nice to just test your will-power and say, "i'm not ever going to eat it again." but you don't want to set yourself up for disappointment if you think it will be really hard to withstand.
Ross Posted at 2006/11/11 10:53pm reply to

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>The over obssesive label checking its already habit for me to look for geltin but what else it there to look for?

to start off, i would just begin checking labels for stuff like whey, casein, and the obvious stuff like milk and eggs.
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 10:53pm reply to

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I got over drinking milk over a year ago so thats no biggie but the cheese is hard though i tryed soy cheese for the 1st time today and it wasnt so bad so it might be easer than i think to make the transition
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 10:57pm reply to

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Another thing that sucks is since im in high school its hard enough to eat lunch bieng a vegetarian and i think my mom owuld want to shoot me if i told her i was a vegan becuase it would make it really hard on her to buy me food.
Ross Posted at 2006/11/11 11:00pm reply to

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awesome happy

have you tried the follow your heart "vegan gourmet" cheese? that's the best that i've had. the mozzarella flavor is the best, in my opinion. many people really like that and it'll melt if you get it hot enough. there are a couple peeps around here who aren't fans, but i love it.
Ross Posted at 2006/11/11 11:02pm reply to

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>Another thing that sucks is since im in high school its hard enough to eat lunch bieng a vegetarian and i think my mom owuld want to shoot me if i told her i was a vegan becuase it would make it really hard on her to buy me food.

ah yeah that's definitely another issue...i started when i was in high school, but sort of towards the end during my senior year. in high school i ate a lot of the fake meat products, so i would just get my mom to buy the vegan boca patties and use them for everything.
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 11:04pm reply to

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i am soooooo sick of those thats all i used to eat im a smore so ive got like 2 1/2 years left it would nice if i knew other vegans at my school but i dont and most ppl already think im pshyco for bieng a vegetarian
Ross Posted at 2006/11/11 11:07pm reply to

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haha yeah i'm sick of them now. i haven't bought any of the fake meat stuff in forever, i guess it's convenient though. i still love soyrizo. mmm, that's good in tacos.

what high school are you at? i definitely felt like a weirdo in high school. i had a couple vegetarian friends but i was the only vegan i knew. i just ended up eating at subway most of the time.
Craig? Posted at 2006/11/11 11:09pm reply to

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Vegenaise.. its all about the Vegenaise.

I've found its no harder to shop being vegan than when I was vegetarian (sure, there's more label reading, but you get used to it).  Once you find the Vegenaise (not the purple kind.. may just be me, but it tastes like feet) it's all down hill from there...  of course, I could eat sandwiches every day for lunch.  And Tings... can't forget the Tings.  Tofurkey sandwich with Vegenaise, Vegan Gourmet cheese, and some other trimmins.. and a side of Tings.  Pure heaven.

Shouldn't be hard unless you mom shops at a really vegan-unfriendly store.  I shop at Wheatsville... so I have no such problem.
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 11:09pm reply to

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i go to akins high its really new most ppl in austin havnt heard of it even though its almost 7 years old now lemme guess did u go to crockett? since there is a subway right across the street
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 11:12pm reply to

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what is Vegenaise and Tings?
Craig? Posted at 2006/11/11 11:14pm reply to

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Vegenaise = vegan mayo... better than mayo could have ever hoped to be.

Tings = vegan cheetos, basically
Ross Posted at 2006/11/11 11:14pm reply to

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mmmmm vegenaise! vegenaise is vegan mayonnaise heaven. (and craig i get the purple kind, i like grapeseed oil excited )

tings are sort of like cheetos, but all vegan. they're awesome.

i actually grew up in midland, out in west texas. so there was utterly no recognition of what the hell vegan was out there. luckily we did have an heb which can be a savior for vegans in the boonies.
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 11:19pm reply to

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haha nice i dont like mayo anyways its preatty dang nasty.
Ross Posted at 2006/11/11 11:21pm reply to

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happy yeah i stopped liking regular mayo because i didn't like the yolkiness, but it's a little more settling for me knowing there's no egg-yolk in vegenaise. now i can't get enough.
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 11:25pm reply to

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Your lucky your old enough to not have to worry about family support. you can eat what ever you want becuase the money is your not your parents.
Ross Posted at 2006/11/11 11:35pm reply to

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how supportive are your parents of your being vegetarian?
Meghanpolkadot Posted at 2006/11/11 11:38pm reply to

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There fine with it my dad used to be back in the day but now is oddly a hunter and my mom is practically a vegetarian for health reasons but my parents think vegans are like extremeists and they think thats a lil too crazy
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