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Vegetarian and Vegan living tips

Perhaps our CoCor community could share some tips for the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. Many others could be inspired and helped by these tips.

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Comment by Claire on September 8, 2013 at 8:38am

Second time I have made this recipe - this time without the lentils as I didn't have any in - but it's always a winner and sweet potatoes have so many health benefits as well as being delicious :)

Comment by Claire on August 26, 2013 at 2:17pm

Made this yesterday and it was good - vegetarian, not vegan - but you could easily adapt this recipe :)

Comment by Purple Moon on April 9, 2013 at 7:29am

I've been vegan and gluten free for a week. Also cutting out most processed foods/additives like msg and high fructose corn syrup. had no idea that other people did the vegan/gluten free thing as it seems kind of extreme!

Comment by Claire on April 1, 2013 at 10:22am

Have been a vegetarian since the age of 15/16 - over 29 years now!

Glad to be a part of this group :)

Comment by Cocreative on February 13, 2012 at 6:22pm

Realized how important gluten-free is to my well-being.  Had been on the previous stuff since moving, and noticed the difference.  Now I'm trying to find vegetable casserole recipes and non-meat entrees that really taste delicious.  Anyone have any tips or suggestions?  i'm doing the green smoothie thing in the morning and trying to avoid sugar, but chocolate is hard to put aside completely.

Comment by JR on October 24, 2010 at 9:12pm
Vegan and gluten-free living and mindfulness is going great. Now, there are so many new accommodating products out there.
Comment by ToxicPimpSmack on July 8, 2010 at 6:04pm i thought i was home when i found the animal lovers group but a veg group too...omg im in heaven. hi to all!!! the big reason im here is to manifest my own tv cooking show....ALL VEG!!!! im actually sending an auditon tape to the food network soon. ill keep everyone posted. if i make it to the finals ill need votes so im hoping i can count on you all. ive been a long time vegetarian and am making my way to vegan. actually for the most part i am vegan with the exceptions of a few slips here and there. but vegan is more than a diet it is a lifestyle and that i subscribe to. happy to be here
Comment by Cocreative on April 24, 2010 at 3:35pm
Gluten is "a tenacious elastic protein substance" (my dictionary says), that gives cohesiveness to dough. When you consider how much wheat is in our everyday food products, gluten-free is a new idea for most of us, who are not switching over because of any adverse food reactions. Gluten stays in your system longer and takes more time to digest and wend its way through the digestive tract. It can contribute to extra bulges, "heaviness," and just make you feel sluggish. Last year, when I lived near a Whole Foods, it just seemed like the right thing to phase out of gluten, and though many people looking to be gluten-free have food reactions to wheat, that wasn't my initial reason. I started buying an amazing gluten-free bread that makes the best toast ever--the Raisin Pecan loaf by Food For Life (in a purple wrapper with the sun logo) - expensive at around $6 or $7 a loaf, but well worth it when you're making that the centerpiece of your diet as "something resembling wheat" for hunger pangs as well as high nutritional value. What I noticed right away was that, in combination with some acai (low dose) in smoothies for cleansing, there was better "flow" in the system, my stomach started getting flatter, and I felt better and had more energy. In addition to that, I started using Quinoa for breakfast cereal, (the quinoa flakes you can get in a box that cook in about 1 minute). It is easily digestible and also has high nutritional value. Now that my system has adjusted to this kind of diet, I really notice a difference in how I feel whenever I'm tempted go back to gluten foods. Seems as though the huge trend towards gluten-free foods showing up in the chain groceries is telling is something.
Comment by Conscious Kitty on January 4, 2010 at 2:22am
Hi All,

I would like to know what gluten and wheat do to your body? I see that alot of people are trying to avoid it, I just don't know why. I guess I dont even know what gluten is, but never thought that it was bad or that vegetarians could not have it. Would love to be enlightened. Thanks! :)
I am starting the master cleanse for 20 days tomorrow and am interested in learning more about vegetarianism and raw foodism, so that when I break the cleanse I can try to live a more animal free lifestyle.

Thank you, namaste.
Comment by JR on November 14, 2009 at 1:35pm
Yesterday, at a farewell lunch, I had some thai noodles. Today I am feeling some gluten reaction to it. Here is a helpful blog page that gives me some good tips on flushing out my system from the gluten.
someone's facebook blog

below is the content from the blog. pretty interesting and helpful stuff. feel free to add your own tried remedy


Kharyssa ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ05 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 06:02 ਵਜੇ
I just had dinner and ended up having some soy sauce. I didnt know...

now i've got a mild headache and my stomach is so bloated its scary.

What, if anything, can i do to lessen the symptoms and discomfort?

i hate this... i discovered my gluten intolerance a little over a month ago and i am just flabbergasted at how everything has wheat in it. Soy sauce? really? i thought it was soy!!! silly me.

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Nora ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ05 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 07:25 ਵਜੇ
yes, :) it is baffling how many hidden additives there are! there are some gluten free soy sauces, but when eating out just make sure your dish doesnt have msg or soy sauce when eating at thai/chinese restaurants. you can usually taste the difference when they do not add it. are there any other foods you need confirmation on being gluten free?? Please ask all your questions!!!!

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Yasmin ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ05 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 10:19 ਵਜੇ
For some really weird reason taking one 12 hour Claritin D stops most of the symptoms for me. I'm not sure why and don't know if it would work for others -- but worth a shot.

I usually have bad digestive symptoms, fatigue, and get stuffy and a headache after eating it.

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Jennifer ਨੇ Kharyssaਦੀ ਪੋਸਟ ਦਾ ਜਵਾਬ ਦਿੱਤਾ06 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰ 07:23 ਵਜੇ
Try some Ginger Tea. It gets your digestion moving and helps settle your stomach. It won't completely take away symptoms but it works for me.

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Jillean ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ06 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰ 11:45 ਵਜੇ
I always drink Kombucha, which really helps to clear up my symptoms. Health food stores would be a good place to find it. Anything with acidophilus helps, like yogurt. Look for the probiotics section...

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Kharyssa ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ07 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰ 09:02 ਵਜੇ
thank you Nora, Yasmin, Jennifer, and Jillean!

i always have fresh ginger on hand for making curry, so i had some ginger tea and that helped tremendously!

i will check out that Kombucha, Jillean!

i have mold/grass/tree allergies so i take a claritin everyday... which is probably why some of the other symptoms like hives, wheezing, stuffiness, etc are lessened for me. Its the bloating that scares me... i start to feel like the girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who blew up like a big fat blueberry.

Last night i went out and had a beer. Damn it if my friend didn't hand me a wheat ale. BUT the only symptom i got was a little bit of gas. Funny how some things cause bad reactions and others don't.

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Jennifer ਨੇ Kharyssaਦੀ ਪੋਸਟ ਦਾ ਜਵਾਬ ਦਿੱਤਾ08 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 03:07 ਵਜੇ
Redbridge is a descent gluten free beer. A little hoppy but you won't get the gas and bloating. You want to stay away from regular beer. (it's like liquid wheat)
I haven't had any bloating issues since I went completely gluten free. I felt much like you do.

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Rebecca ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ08 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 03:16 ਵਜੇ
Ginger tea only helps me a little bit, and I can't take Claritin. Anyone have any other suggestions, especially for headaches and/or diarrhea? I can handle discomfort, but right now I'm feeling practically debilitated after accidentally eating two bites of dinner with enchilada sauce.

I've heard there are some herbal supplements I can take. Anyone know the names of any of them?

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Kreisa ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ16 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰ 07:05 ਵਜੇ
I think the Redbridge beer is good. I would recommend trying it. I get the same way with the bloating--my friends can totally tell when I've had gluten because it just pops out! I look like a blow fish!

I don't know of any for sure things that can help get rid of symptoms. When I accidentally have some gluten--I just try flushing it out of my system naturally. I drink a lot of water--to the point where I feel full on water--I drink cranberry juice (which is supposed to help detox your system) or tea. I also try to move around--if I'm not feeling up to a full work out sometimes I will just go for a walk. Being physical helps your digestive system pass things through faster.

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Virginia ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ18 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰ 08:04 ਵਜੇ
Try Simethicone. It is a chewable tablet that is usually used for babies and small children for gas and bloating.

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Cheryl ਨੇ Kharyssaਦੀ ਪੋਸਟ ਦਾ ਜਵਾਬ ਦਿੱਤਾ21 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 09:22 ਵਜੇ
Kharyssa, did anyone tell you to get some Activated Charcoal capsules? My doctor told me that if I accidentally got into some soy, that this would help....

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Teri ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ27 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 08:58 ਵਜੇ
Hi all, I'm new to this forum but gluten intolerant my whole life. Avoidance is the only safety zone for me but not easy to pull off. When I happen to gluten, the best that works for me is to take one or two charcoal capsules for a day or two. BUT, must drink lots of water as the charcoal will bring on constipation, for me at least.
I am also taking aloe vera juice daily which is helping with less intense reactions when the gluten sneaks in.

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Renee ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ27 ਅਗਸਤ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 11:08 ਵਜੇ
Whole Foods (I'm sure other stores also have it) carries Gluten Ease..It seems to help lessen the symptoms. you can also take it ahead of time if you are unsure of cross-contamination. My daughter and I have both used it and it really seemed to help.

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Kat ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ07 ਸਤੰਬਰ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 03:34 ਵਜੇ
Another thing to try, those overnight capsules to cleanse the bowel, or fiber drinks to move it out faster.

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Kharyssa ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ08 ਸਤੰਬਰ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰ 07:35 ਵਜੇ
Last Friday i went out with a friend for greek food and ordered the grape leaves (meat, rice, leaves - right? wrong!). i didn't know they are also loaded with tabouli (insert nasty swear word here)...i ate a ton of them! My holiday weekend was totally shot.

On Saturday i was hurting so bad that i gave in to a friend's advice (she's a holistic doc) and gave myself an enema. Half a cup of coffee and a teaspoon of olive oil in 1 quart of warm water. I know it sounds gross, but it was heavenly and i felt better almost instantly. Desperate times call for desperate measures... but it worked, and i thought i should share.

Oh she recommended MSM powder daily for 10 days to heal the intestines after eating gluten accidentally. She said it's smart to take this supplement daily whether or not you need the healing boost. Here's some info --

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Helen ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ10 ਸਤੰਬਰ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰ 04:46 ਵਜੇ
Tuesday after lunch I had the worst bloating and stomach pain/gurgling....I took some homeopathic arsenicum because it fit my symptom picture..the results were very quick...sparing you the gory details (lol)..I was symptom-free in about 45 minutes...feeling a little worn out tho. Had a great sleep that night and woke up completely fine the next residual facial puffyness, no foggy head and pretty energized. Brilliant : )

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Carrie ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ06 ਅਕਤੂਬਰ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰ 10:46 ਵਜੇ
Also, you would be surprised, but your cheap soy sauces are usuallythe ones that are wheat free. I've found it's the more expensive "national" brands that are made using wheat.

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Hailee ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ06 ਅਕਤੂਬਰ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 10:10 ਵਜੇ
I was hiking the other day and someone handed me a slim jim--A SLIM JIM! And darn it if a few hours later they almost had to carry me the last 5 miles. Who would guess, but almost all beef jerky has wheat in it too? The weirdest things,...

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Robin ਨੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ08 ਅਕਤੂਬਰ 2009 ਨੂੰ ਬਾਅਦ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ/ਸ਼ਾਮ 01:06 ਵਜੇ
I talked with my butcher, (I guess one advantage of living in a small town) because they make their own sausage, jerky etc. and he informed me that pretty much all of their "smoked" products have gluten in them. He stated the reason was that most of these products use Liquid Smoke and use a flour base to absorb the liquid. Since a lot of Jerky and beef sticks have "smoke" flavor they also have gluten. Altough it is possible to do it the old fashion natural way of actually smoking them, it is much much cheaper and quicker to use the liquid smoke.

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