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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 JR on September 27, 2008 at 9:46am
vegan is a person with a eating lifestyle that doesn't include meat, or milk products from animals. I am a vegan for three reasons:
1, science and my soul say that a non-meat eating lifestyle is the singular best way to live healthier and longer;
2, though the earth is unlimitedly abundant, using energy food to feed animals to be eaten by human is inefficient (hence this adds to global food crisis);
3, I don't want to indirectly/directly contribute to harm, or cause harm to any animals nor persons.
Comment by BetheSpark on September 28, 2008 at 12:14pm
Thanks to all for your comments and ideas. I almost never eat meat, though I don't actually consider myself a vegetarian (yet!). That said, I am looking for new ideas on how to incorporate healthier eating as a lifestyle. Special thanks to Andie for sharing your foundation diet and links to other resources.
Comment by JR on October 4, 2008 at 2:07pm
Andie, thank you for the video reference. It helps reinforced my promptings to becoming vegan. It also helps us better discern the food labels.
namaste, jr
Comment by JR on October 5, 2008 at 2:57pm
I have gra-ti-tude for all of our sharing and tips. Thank you.
My tip is cook in bulk and freeze in individual serving portions. This has helped me for the last three-four weeks. During the weekend, I cook/prepare my food for an upcoming week.

On the weekends, I prepare 3-4 dishes/meals (each having 4-5 servings) then immediately I place them in ovenware single serving dish bowls/plate, (I let them cool-down so as to not damage the freezer). After cooling-down, I place them in the freezer.
Also, I make 4-5 servings of a yummy oatmeal porridge dish (with granola, spices, trail mix, etc) and store in the fridge.

During the week, for breakfast I scope a cup full of my oatmeal porridge. In the mornings, I have a cup of orange juice and a cup of soymilk (anytime during the morning).

During the day, I have a vegetable-v8 like drink and a cup of soymilk sometime in the day. I don't use the microwave (for food); hence with the ovenware bowls I can use a toaster-oven. During the evening I have another cup of orange juice and soymilk. In my current evolution, this is how I manifest/allow for my nutrients. Also, this decreases my overall time spent cooking per each meal during the weekday.

(Side note, when I am cooking dry beans (kidney, pinto, etc), I semi-cook the whole bag of beans, and place in freezer the portion not used for that meal)

namaste, jr
Comment by JR on October 16, 2008 at 10:08pm
Interesting implication to cocreating my new body by becoming a vegan. This Week I opted not to take the flu vaccination shots, because animal proteins are in the vaccination.

My takeaway from the article was that I should fortify my body and health from the flu or other seasonal sickness by using a holistic approach of taking good care of myself thru physical rest, best eating, etc.

Here is helpful link
http://www.highroadhomeopathy.com/files/Don_t_Get_Stuck.pdf
http://www.highroadhomeopathy.com/files/Don_t_Get_Stuck.pdf
Don’t Get Stuck:. Pros and Cons About the Flu Shot. By Cristi Lewis, CHom. It’s that time of year: flu season. You’ve seen the signs at the pharmacy ...


I quote from the source that helped me make the decision.
2) Vaccines contain ingredients that may be detrimental to your
health. The influenza vaccine is made by inoculating the fluid from chick
embryos with a specific strain of the influenza virus. After being allowed to grow,
the virus is inactivated with formaldehyde (a proven carcinogen) and preserved
with Thimerosal, a mercury compound (known to cause neurological damage).
These chemicals remain in the vaccine and are injected into your bloodstream
along with the inactivated virus. Animal proteins are also included in the vaccine,
and there is also no additional screening for animal viruses or disease material that
may come from the chick embryos.
....

If you are in a “high risk category,” it is worthwhile to consider whether the
risk of contracting the flu is worth the risk of vaccination complications. If you are
a healthy, active person, a flu shot is not your best choice for preventing influenza.
Regardless of your health condition or age, choosing holistic health options that
strengthen your immune system and promote overall health are best. They
include:

1) Getting enough sleep. While 8 hours may not be what you need
(some people need less, others more), you should make it a point to get the
amount of good, restful sleep every night that makes you feel your best.

2) Avoiding sugar, white flour, and alcohol. Processed, refined foods
(a.k.a. junk food and fast food) and soda depress your immune system, increasing
your chances for contracting illness. Eat more whole grains and raw fruits and
vegetables (or steamed, if cooked).

3) Hydrating! We are severely dehydrated as a nation, mostly due to our
consumption of soda and coffee. Our bodies are 85% water, and every
biochemical process that makes our body function relies on water. Try to drink at
least 2 pints a day, especially in this dry fall weather when we turn on our heaters
and stoves inside.

4) Getting outside. New studies are linking our immune health to
adequate amounts of Vitamin D. Our bodies naturally make Vitamin D when our
skin is exposed to direct sunlight. But because of decreasing sunlight and
increasing cold during the winter months, we tend to get less than what we need.
Try to be outside for at least 20 minutes a day to get enough exposure (without
sunscreen, as it can hamper Vitamin D production).
Comment by Beth Miller on October 17, 2008 at 7:37am
Does anyone know what the truth is about the impact of soy foods on thyroid function? I really like soy foods, but I have been avoiding them because I keep reading that they are damaging to thyroid function, and I already have Hashimoto's disease, and auto-immune hypothyroidism. There are, of course, plenty of other fresh, natural foods for me to eat, and that's been fine, but I kind of miss some soy products. I've been limiting myself to the occasional tofu dish when I'm at a Chinese restaurant, but no soy milk, miso, etc. Let me know what you think! Thanks.
Comment by Beth Miller on October 17, 2008 at 8:19pm
Thanks, Tabitha! I actually just received a copy of the "Raw Food Detox Diet" today and it says exactly what you are saying. I really appreciate your input on this. I started a semi raw foods program about a week ago and have lost 2 pounds. I am looking forward to getting more and more into raw and completely unprocessed foods as I have had friends do really well with it. I am already noticing better energy levels. Thanks again! :-)
Comment by JR on October 26, 2008 at 9:59pm
Thank you Tabitha, Andie and all CoCreators for our feedbacks.
Yesterday I did my vegan shopping and solved my soy and protein dilemma, (while walking back and forth in the whole foods shopping aisle). Tabitha, thank you for mentioning the soy and thyroid issue. I had been overly depending on soy/tofu/tempeh meatless products to get my protein, in addition, I was also drinking two glass of soy milk daily.

Now, I have switched the bulk of my protein from soy to gluten based meat seitan, and hemp seed. I now make my yummy breakfast oatmeal dish with hemp seed protein powder (15 g proteins), mixed in fortified (vitamin a, d, b12) almond milk (1 g protein).

Now I am trying to figure out how much protein and carbohydrates that a body needs per day and per meal. For example, a beef burger has 30 grams of protein, hence, I guess that my vegan alternative should be the same 30 grams of protein. Question, how do you figure your protein and carbohydrate daily and per meals needs?

the article below posits, 1 gram of protein per ones body weight, and perhaps not more than 30-40 grams of protein per meal, since the body can only digest only 30-40 grams of proteins per meal.
http://www.tomvenuto.com/asktom/protein_grams_per_meal.shtml

This experience is great that I am caring about finding out what my body needs and seeking to provide for it. This is purely an effect of having taking the 100 day cocreating my reality challenge. I am so grateful that at 32 yrs old, I started to care about my nutritional health. Thank you, thank you, thank you, universe and all you lovely ones. --namaste, jr
Comment by JR on October 28, 2008 at 7:35pm
Hooray Violet,
You are welcome here. I've been a vegan since labor day, 1 week shy of two months. It's been a good journey. Some people in this group have been vegans/vegetarians for over 15 years.

Many happy experiences to you and your vegan journey. The universe gives us wisdom as we ask. I have learned a lot about nutrition, a whole lot from this CCor lovable community. --namaste, jr
Comment by Vanessa Lizeth on November 1, 2008 at 2:49pm
Hi all, so I became a vegearian about two weeks ago and I must say I feel fantastic, it's a lot easier than I thought.
I thought Iwoul be craving meat often but I find that's not the case, I may crave foods that contain meat but not the meat itself .. so I could still eat those meatless foods and enjoy them even more & tofu has become a good friend of mine. :)

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