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    Veg Diet Experiment

    Okay, so I decided that I will be vegan and sugar/alcohol free for a week to "cleanse" and then probably do vegetarian, supplemented with occasional fish, which would technically pescetarian.

    ~ No animal protein for 48 hours. My face already looks thinner (not in a bad way) and my eyes look unusually bright (not sure what that's about.) I seem to be constantly eating but am eating "healthy" foods and apparently losing visible body fat.

    ~ Wondering about cutting out dairy, even if I still ate eggs and fish. Guacamole is a great alternative to sour cream on Mexican food, almond rice and coconut milk are great milk replacements, and apparently nut cheeses have a much better flavor than soy cheese. I do like soy in the form of tofu and edamame, but the "faux dairy" soy products are totally yucky. That got me last time I tried to be vegan: I LOVE CHEESE. However, even if I was pescetarian cutting out dairy could potentially decrease my chances of getting sick, I think, as it creates mucus in the body among other things. I could at least keep cheese to a minimum, and skip milk altogether.

    ~ Doing this mostly for health and environmental reasons.

    Will update thread again in a few days, and as I go along with this experiment. I've found some really satisfying forms of protein, and I love beans so I'm not concerned at all about iron.
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    Sounds like you've done your research. Good luck.

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    Good luck, and I cannot encourage you more to go 100% vegan!

    The whole 'protein' thing is pure myth. You can get all the protein you require from fruits + veg alone, believe it or not. Just look into Raw Vegan athletes/bodybuilding. I'm not fully Raw currently myself but I can vouch for this from experience. And there's always beans, legumes, soy etc. if you would feel like you need more. I've been through hell and back, and hell again with food so trust me on that one :3

    And there's no such thing as a 'vegan' deficiency. I had anemia throughout my early teens, and when I went vegan my iron levels shot right up. You just gotta make sure you eat right, it is vital. As for b12, our bodies produce it naturally. I am not deficient, 99% of b12 deficiencies are those of meat eaters. At my healthiest I don't take a single supplement

    Vegan Power! Wishing you well :D
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    I often go meatless for a week at a time every now and then just to cleanse also. I admire people that are vegan for the cause, but I struggle with it because I love to eat everything. Seriously. I'm a human garbage disposal and it is really hard for me to find foods I don't like. Although, you might be right about some of the vegan faux cheese products. Not my favorite. Almond milk on the other hand, is the bomb.com. I'm addicted to it!

    But yeah, I love doing it to give my body a break. Feels great. I like to drink pressed juices during these times. Beets, carrots, ginger, lemon, apples, yummmm..... I think I will have one of those this afternoon.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for the good luck wishes guys!

    @abigaleblues mmmm pressed juices....I have a hard time with juice fasts, though, can't do them for more than 24 hours usually.
    @NeonBomb I'm actually not worried about missing protein, and I love beans anyway, and eat nuts. I actually like tofu!

    The B12 thing is a concern of mine, though, but I know there are vegan sources of B12 as well as vitamin supplements (I have a B complex at the moment anyway that I can take).

    My primary worry is about myself craving cheese. I had this absolutely delicious vegan burrito the other night from a local Mexi-Cali restaurant (affordable place, too, not sit-down prices) that had beans, rice, tofu, sauteed veggies, salsa, and adding guacamole made it so that I did not miss the cheese or sour cream. But I am one of those people who eat things like blue cheese, Gorgonzola, nice soft chevre, etc. I also like pizza. Of course, I know I can get alternative pizza (I have before, either frozen or from a restaurant) I found that I don't really care much for soy cheese. I've seen some faux cheeses at grocery stores that I haven't tried, though, and I've read that cheese made from nuts is so much tastier.

    When I first moved to California a couple of years ago, I ate lunch at this raw place, ate a totally vegan meal, and it was absolutely fantastic. It was expensive, though. I believe I had nut cheese with that meal, I couldn't believe they could make such good food from raw ingredients.
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    Have you tried Daiya soy cheese? OMG-- the best!

    I would be willing to bet you are shedding water weight rather than fat at this point, but that's a good thing because it means you're eliminating toxins (and excess salt?). There's lots of evidence to suggest that a plant-based diet is the way to go. If you're interested, check out NutritionFacts.org | The Latest in Nutrition Related Research. Granted, the guy who runs the site is a vegan, so it's a bit biased. He's also a MD, for whatever that's worth. ;)
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    You could try some tahini for those cheese cravings!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeonBomb View Post
    You could try some tahini for those cheese cravings!
    Thanks! I also am looking into recipes that use nutritional yeast, because apparently it has a "cheesy" flavor and also provides B12
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    Quote Originally Posted by pretyhowtown View Post
    Have you tried Daiya soy cheese? OMG-- the best!

    I would be willing to bet you are shedding water weight rather than fat at this point, but that's a good thing because it means you're eliminating toxins (and excess salt?). There's lots of evidence to suggest that a plant-based diet is the way to go. If you're interested, check out NutritionFacts.org | The Latest in Nutrition Related Research. Granted, the guy who runs the site is a vegan, so it's a bit biased. He's also a MD, for whatever that's worth. ;)
    Cool. I already watched a couple of videos and will check more out. I love collecting nutrition info. Thanks!

    P.S. Also going to try Daiya in a vegan mac and cheese recipe, methinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fourtines View Post
    Thanks! I also am looking into recipes that use nutritional yeast, because apparently it has a "cheesy" flavor and also provides B12
    Yes, nutritional yeast does add a bit of a cheesy flavor to foods, and it has TONS of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. I was floored the first time I saw its nutrition label. I don't use a lot of recipes that call for it, but I add it to soups and pasta sauces for a little extra flavor.

    Cheese is a tough one for me, too! I recently tried this recipe, though, and loved it (substituted chili powder for the chipotle powder). I'm not sure how many people would mistake it for actual dairy cheese, but I think it's delicious. Good luck!
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