08 January 2015 @ 08:08 pm
Today marks my eighth year of being a vegan. I have to admit, when I first started I wasn't sure where I would go with it, but I was determined to follow my heart and stick with it, despite my peers and society not making it easy. Today, I can safely say I've no regrets. Unfortunately I'm extremely lazy when it comes to making sure I'm getting proper nutrition and such (to be honest I'm surprised I'm even alive), but nonetheless, I've never felt better in all my life.
08 April 2013 @ 02:46 pm
I'll be having a breast reduction surgery in 2 weeks and one day, and I need a sturdy, comfortable sports bra for healing (and high impact sports in the distant future, hopefully). I might be willing to hope that if it's a color that isn't new, like black or white, they haven't gone and dropped the dye in rabbit eyes to see if it's harmful. A lot of the bras are also saying "tested for harmful substances," which I'm sure means animals testing. I NEED to buy a pair, and finding a second-hand, super-sturdy, fitting sports bra with such short notice... yeah, right.

I found this: https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/store/ars/item/33675/seamless-comfort-purple-paw-sports-bra?source=10-97809-1, does anyone know if that's any good and if they use plant dyes without animal testing?

P.S. I'm in Sweden, so US-centric advice... not very helpful! I really hope you can help me. I don't want to buy rabbit-eye-tested things, but I will if I can't find anything else.

x-posted to veganpeople
Current Mood: blahblah
12 December 2012 @ 09:49 pm
So I've made it about 80%+ Vegan (still stumbling over the little ingredients or outings here and there, learning what to look for) and I'm stoked about how much better I feel in general.

One question/complaint though: I have to pee, nonstop. I'm not drinking copious amounts of water, my one vice is a soy latte in the morning (not every day) and even on days when I'm not drinking coffee and I stay away from other diuretics/caffeine, I just incessantly have to use the restroom.

Is this my body adjusting to higher water intake from vegetables and something normal that will go away in time? I'm not eating an astounding amount of fruits and veggies--I'm balancing it out with grains like rice fairly evenly, so I'm not sure if there's something I should be adjusting to help with this.

I have to admit I wasn't the most hydrated person before this, so I'm not sure if my body is going through a phase of flushing extra water it's held or what. Just wondering if anyone has insight since it's starting to become an issue as I only have so much time to use the restroom at work.

Thanks for the help ahead of time guys :)
27 November 2012 @ 07:35 pm
I hope this is okay to post: 

I am hosting a Give Away  on my German Blog Vegan In Berlin . It's Amsterdam centric and includes two English maps and Sweets. The site is in German but you can join in from anywhere. Either comment on the Blog or send me a message to veganinberlin@gmx.de 
24 June 2012 @ 11:39 pm

My stomach seems to be of an increasingly sensitive disposition so before I start gaining weight (for sports reasons, also hence the high protein) properly again I thought I’d look into how to best reduce my fibre intake. I can’t seem to find anything from google because it all seems to assume you struggle to eat 15g.  I doubt I’ll ever get it to around 30g but I figure I may as well try to reduce it.

What is the healthiest way to do it? What can I swap for what while keeping my protein high? Any tips or pointer towards good info would be very appreciated

A pretty normal day of eating would be:

Shredded wheat, fruit, nuts, soy milk

2 Linda McCartney sausages, homemade oat protein bar

Lasanga (TVP, spinach, tomato, white pasta, soy milk based white sauce), broccilli

2 lentil & sietan burgers, corn on the cob

Chocolate/sweet of some sort

2 hummus sandwiches (brown bread), 2-3 bits of fruit

3000 calories, 150g protein, 65g fiber

02 May 2012 @ 07:57 pm
Interesting article about the art of creating vegan cheese. I already love Daiya, I am curious about this new cheese produced by Galaxy...

09 March 2012 @ 11:04 am
Hey guys. I am looking for a roommate. I'm in New York City in Ridgewood off the Myrtle-Wyckoff L and my apartment is AWESOME! :-D Please feel free to have a look at my ad  here and pass it on! Edit: Fixed the link!
28 February 2012 @ 11:51 pm
Anyone into raw food? I work for a (very small) raw food company and we're trying some sweets. We want to make a sort of vanilla "cake", but I haven't had much luck finding any recipes so far. Anyone have any useful leads? Sites you use, or a book to recommend? I'm new to raw food so I'll take any help I can get :) Thanks guys!
18 February 2012 @ 04:47 pm
Meet veganism's new moderators: socraticomatic and mangiati_vivi.

I remain the maintainer, but they are here as moderators to help keep the moderation queue and conversation flowing. If you spot any problems or have ideas you'd like to discuss, don't hesitate to contact us via the info on our profile pages.

They can feel free to introduce themselves either here in the comments or in new posts. They each have some relevant experience that will be super positive for our little vegan corner of LJ. :)

Welcome, and hooray!
14 February 2012 @ 07:19 am
Hi everyone!

My dad has been looking for a hat like this (but vegan) for years now, with no luck.  I know it's a small chance, but does anyone have any ideas for where one might be found?

Thank you!!!
31 January 2012 @ 09:46 pm
Hi all,

I've gotten busy over recent months and haven't been able to take care of this place in the way it deserves. Would anyone like to help me moderate and get it active again?

Feel free to leave a comment here, or to PM me privately if you prefer.

03 January 2012 @ 03:08 pm
But she hasn't really done her research. I've never been vegan, but I want to be supportive. If she wants to be vegan, I think that's great, but I want her to do it in a way that's healthy! 

Right now, she *thinks* she's being vegan, but she's really just being vegetarian (she eats non vegan bread bread and pasta). I don't mind that she isn't really being vegan. I'm only mentioning it because it shows how little research she's done.

Also, the bulk of her diet consists of grains. I want to encourage her to incorporate more veggies, fruits, and nuts, but I don't want to be preachy.

I'm really worried about her health.

Could someone please provide me with helpful links on how to properly/healthfully  get started?
Current Mood: worriedworried
24 October 2011 @ 01:22 am
Hey all!

I'm looking for a vegan mint that doesn't contain any of that fake sugar business. Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
29 October 2011 @ 06:26 pm
I received a pair of 'Anti-gravity' shoes for my birthday, which I was thrilled with as they're very comfortable and have excellent support. I only looked at them briefly on my mother's computer screen before agreeing to them.

Today, when showing the site to a friend who was curious about the shoes, I noticed that the trim on the upper was leather.

I.. I honestly, I felt, and still feel, incredibly guilty. I have turned away dozens of pairs of beautiful, supportive, comfortable shoes because they were made with leather or suede. But I made an elementary mistake with these, and it just kills me. Especially when every, and I mean EVERY other pair of footwear I own is vegan.

I don't have any vegetarian or vegan friends, and my family, especially my mother, prefer to make a mockery of my choices instead of supporting me, so that's why I'm posting here.

My friend suggested removing the trim, but I'm concerned it'd greatly destabilize the shoe, as the trim appears rather structurally important and is heavily stitched, making replacing it very, very difficult. Additionally, these are very expensive shoes, which didn't help when I told my mother I couldn't wear them anymore. 

Also, I've had them and worn them in well past the point of returning them, which invalidates that option. As I said before, I just can't bring myself to wear them at this point. They're great shoes, yes, but I feel in my heart that doing so willingly, having been vegetarian for six years and vegan for a few months, goes against my morals. If I justify their usefulness as reason to wear the hide of an animal, it's not far to justify the iron content in a steak as reason to eat another living being. And I don't want to go down that road.

I wanted to donate them, but my mother, a very anti-veg*nism omnivore, demanded I give them to her instead since we wear the same shoe size. If she can get them dyed black (they're silver currently) she's going to keep them. If she can't, I insist we donate them (I've only worn them about 2 weeks, and they're still very much serviceable, so I feel it's a legitimate alternative).

If you read all that, thank you. Really. Thank you. I don't feel like I have anyone I can talk to about this, and communities like this are my only real chance to discuss vegan topics and be both understood and empathized with. 

I'm just curious as to your opinions, what you'd do if you were in my shoes (no pun intended, I promise), so on and so forth.

If this post inadvertently violated any of the community guidelines, I apologize profusely - I haven't been around in a while.


30 October 2011 @ 10:13 am

My first post here. So, to start, a bit of background. I've been a vegetarian since 1974. 11 weeks ago I decided to try a vegan diet, starting with a month long experiment and then continuing with another two months. Very likely, I will continue with it maybe for the rest of my life (even if not in an absolutist way, as sometimes I have no choice but to eat out, we'll see).

Question 1: I love yogurt and, it seems, my body needs yogurt (at least, I feel like my digestive system works better when I eat yogurt). Recently, I have been eating "Whole Soy & Co" Organic Soy Yogurt. It is delicious. Unfortunately, it has lots of sugar which causes other problems. So, is there some other kind of vegan yogurt or kefir that does not contain sugar (or contains less sugar)?

Question 2: Is there organic vegetarian (or vegan) food for dogs?

Thank you!
11 August 2011 @ 12:40 am
Hey everyone, in September I'm hiking the 90 miles of the Appalachian Trail that runs through Massachusetts, & I realized it would be a great way to raise some money for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. If you can, could you join the cause, & maybe pledge a little money (10 cents a mile would be $9), or if you're broke too, help spread the word? You can also watch a few ads to raise 10-20 cents per ad.

Here's my facebook cause page, you can do the ad watching thing by rolling over the "Give" button & clicking "Give a Minute", and check out WFAS' Aug 10th newsletter, I'm in it! :D


(sorry for the bit of x-posting, I want to spread the word!)
22 June 2011 @ 09:52 pm
I have a quick question!

I am trying to convince my dad to start changing his diet to a more vegan-esque one [as far into it as I can] because I believe it will help him with his health issues, and because it has helped me and naturally I want the best for him!

My dad has Rheumatoid Arthritis and type 2 diabetes. He's morbidly obese but has since been losing a little weight. He's very advanced in his RA and uses a walker right now and has severe edema.

I've been trying to get him to a healthier lifestyle for a long time and he's finally opening up to my helping him out and changing things for him. I told him we can take it slow but that ultimately this is a great lifestyle change with a great community.

I'm wondering if there's anyone here who has some stories of how a transition to veganism has helped them with RA, diabetes, or any other ailment to which healthier living has aided them to get their lives back. It would be the most amazing thing in the world to maybe get my dad walking around again [his mobility is very limited] and just to give him a life.

Thanks in advance :]
26 April 2011 @ 03:44 pm
Some of you might know of this, for those that don't, I recently discovered this vegan blog that I think is pretty great, check it out.....http://theinformedvegan.com/
24 May 2011 @ 07:34 pm
So, my 4 year vegan birthday is on friday. Any ideas on how to celebrate?
23 March 2011 @ 10:12 pm
Just wondering what people's opinions are on freeganism?

From what I've read, some of it makes sense (reducing mindless consumerism, trading/reusing stuff, reducing food waste and packaging etc), other parts seem a little out there (dumpster-diving for food, going without proper healthcare, thinking jobs are 'pointless').

I dunno, I guess people need to do what they believe in, I just personally feel it is possible to make a difference without having to boycott society entirely. What do people think?
30 March 2011 @ 03:36 pm
I hope this isn't a repeat post so please feel free to delete or correct me if it is!

I used to really love the links on the side of community which listed an a-z ingredients that are not vegan. There was also a link that had an ingredient checker. Now the links seem to either no longer work or the websites are gone. Does anyone have more information on this or these sites? If indeed they are gone does anyone have any alternative websites they like or use that list most non-vegan ingredients in products or ingredient checkers?

Thanks in Advance!
30 March 2011 @ 04:33 pm
I'm traveling to Vancouver tomorrow, and I'll be there for much of tomorrow (I get there at 12pm, local time), all day Friday, and all day Saturday. I'm going to be at a conference, but I also intend to explore the city because I've wanted to go there for years! I'm staying in the Yaletown district. I've never been to Vancouver before, but I'm hoping that some of Seattle's vegan influence (never been, but I've heard incredible things!) has rubbed off on Vancouver.

I won't have a car, but I love walking around new cities, and I'm certainly not opposed to public transportation. Any reccomendations for vegan places to eat in Vancouver? Healthy and/or organic suggestions are a plus!


ETA: This got posted so late that I've already been to Vancouver and back! I must say, it's one of the most vegan friendly places I've ever been! I was only there for a few short days, but I did eat at Panz (AMAZING) and Steamrollers, which I quite enjoyed. I also went to Nuba, which I thought was okay. The food wasn't bad, but it didn't seem like authentic Lebanese food.
31 March 2011 @ 09:39 pm
Just wanted to say hello to my fellow vegans :) It's nice to see there's people like me out there! I have been vegan for abotu 2 years and was vegetarian for about 6 years before that. If you'd like to be added to my journal, just let me know :)
Current Mood: happyhappy
10 March 2011 @ 05:48 pm
Hey everyone, I don't normally like to beg for charity, but my car just went back in the shop and being on state disability, I only get $248 a month. I opened an etsy shop this month, BEadETHICAL, so I was hoping that maybe some of you might like some of my stuff? I also have a Facebook page for the shop - here.

Right now most of my stock is things I've made within the past 10 years, a few new things, and some animal rights/vegan stuff. I have about half a dozen projects in the works at the moment, and when I want to make something quick I'll throw together more earrings or something else easy, so I'm putting new things up steadily here and there.

I'm going to need surgery on my right shoulder soon, too, so I might not be able to make anything for a while after that, so I'd like to get the word out now.

Thank you for looking!

P.S. - I'm donating 25% of my sales to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, up to $250, then the next $250 to the Beagle Freedom Project, and it'll be a while 'til I get to the third, but I'm always looking for good human and animal rights groups to add to the list!
22 February 2011 @ 09:26 pm
I posted this as a comment on another thread, but I think it is worthy of discussion. Veganism, as you are all aware, is not just a concern about health, but a political position as well. I think it is important to broach the subject of whether we should be consuming Soy products.

Soybean farming leads to devastating impacts on forests, such as the Amazon. It destroys soil, making it harder to grow crops in the future. It provides incentives for governments to build large transportation systems through forests in order to better facilitate transit. This obviously leads to the destruction of the habitats of non-human life.

I quickly googled these two articles that provide information about the impacts of soy production: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33652

I think we must mobilize fellow vegans to start using alternatives, such as rice milk or almond milk.
21 February 2011 @ 04:13 pm
Hi, I was wondering if anyone here has a recommendation for a good vegan (or, honestly vegetarian) cookbook for a person with diabetes. I'm vegan, but my dad isn't and we think he's developing diabetes, but because he's a stubborn mule he refuses to go to a doctor and learn more about it. I'm away at college right now, but I'll be home in May and I only cook vegan, so. I want to have some good recipes for him, and as much information as I can on how to take care of him and what he should and should not eat.

Any advice or information you could provide would be so, so helpful and appreciated.
12 February 2011 @ 06:54 pm
Hello vegans...I need some help! I've been a vegan for six years now, but I gave birth on 1/7/2011 and...crap! My son is allergic to soy and tree nuts.  Meaning, I can't eat soy or tree nuts for as long as I'm breastfeeding him.  

Let me tell you, it is NOT worth it to keep eating them, either...he get's frantically fussy and has serious stomach pain.  

Long story short, I need some help! I'm struggling to really fill out my diet. Until I cut it out, I didn't realize just how much soy I consumed.  Not to mention that now I can't have my beloved almond milk either :(

Aside from quinoa and beans, do y'all have any tasty suggestions for getting the protein I need to produce high-quality breastmilk without consuming dairy, eggs, soy, or nuts?
06 February 2011 @ 04:44 pm
I've been vegetarian since June and working on becoming vegan for a couple months. To be honest it hasn't been real hard for me to not eat eggs, milk... occasionally I accidentally buy something that's not vegan. For instance I got so excited to see buffalo chicken-less tenders, and didn't notice til I got them home that they weren't vegan.

Okay really though. Cheese is my favorite food. Specifically, sharp cheddar... in block form. It's the flavor, but perhaps even more, the texture.
Okay, I also really like baked mac n cheese.

I have so far tried two cheese substitutes: Daiya and Teese.
I HATED the taste of Daiya. Seriously. I threw it away, and I do NOT like throwing food away.
The Teese was alright in the cheddar and broccoli potato skins that I made, but to be honest I couldn't taste it that much. I made something else with it that I really didn't like... mac n cheese I believe. And no way could you just eat this... texture is all wrong.

Is there a vegan cheese that tastes like dairy cheese and has the texture?? If a recipe has cheese as a topping or non-essential ingredient, at this point I'd rather just leave it out than keep trying disappointing substitutes. I really would like to enjoy a good mac n cheese and just some cheese as a snack sometimes... anything???