Hi all. I'll just be frank. I'm looking for any and all experiences that differ from my own. 

I stopped eating meat and became a vegetarian last year, losing 30 pounds without exercise. I plateaued at 140 pounds and decided to become a vegan (assuming, at the time, that the remaining weight was probably due to dairy). 6 months later I'm now 125 pounds - the same weight I was before I had my three daughters. And I still don't exercise.

I don't claim that becoming a vegan will make anyone lose the same amount of weight. Hell, I don't claim that it will make ANYONE lose ANY weight. Especially since my younger sister essentially "taught" me how to live on a plant-based diet and she can't seem to lose any weight at all.

I've just come across so many veggies that are actually struggling with their weight (actually gaining weight since eliminating meat) that I wanted to know what your experience has been like. Honestly. 

1.What do you like (and hate) about eating plant-based? 
2.OR What interests you about the lifestyle? 
3.What question do you wish you had answered?

Feel free to blab away and add "unnecessary" information. I hope to become an informed resource on this topic one day and it helps to know what people are actually thinking.

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1. its very expensive to eat a vagan diet

2. I love not supporting those that harm animals 

Eating out has proven to be suicide for my wallet. I wonder if there's a way to be vegan on the cheap *ponders*.

The documentary "Food Inc" on Netflix made me look at the whole business of animal production differently. Thank you so much for responding :).

Side note: do you have any thing that you eat or make that's inexpensive?

In this country(India), a vegan diet will be the cheapest.

I am a vegan of three years from India. Frankly it's been very simple for me because Indian food is mostly naturally vegan and dairy is almost always added over the top and hence easily avoidable. Though Indians are obsessed with dairy,  it's pretty cheap to be a vegan in India.

The money we spend on the healthiest food possible is an investment in our future health that will pay off down the road. Buying nut milks and and vegan cheeses can seem expensive but none of these are available in my country except soy milk which is exorbitantly priced. I make nut milks and oat milk at home without straining them, so it's hardly any effort. Just 2-3 minutes of blending soaked nuts and oats with dates and couple them with any fruit of your choice and there you have a good breakfast option. My family is vegan too. The only thing I probably miss is desserts, though I can make at least 4-5 varieties of vegan icecreams.  My daughter is also an activist now and does street outreaches speaking to people of the benefits of a plant based diet.  

I hate nothing about my plant based diet and have learnt to veganize most dishes. I have lost some friends in the process because I think I alienate people with my stand even when I don't say anything. I am mild. May be I give off vegan vibes ;-) but I am very happy,  yes ! 

 

I had no idea that Indian food was so vegan friendly. I wish I was just as handy making my own vegan milks and cheeses. It's not very intuitive so I have to research recipes that taste good since no part of the process is 'common sense' for me just yet. 

1.The blindness in the industry is what i hate most and the cost blindness.The fact people of different social classes cant afford a lot of things and pricing needs to come down.( I also volunteer with homeless people is why I say that) .Eating healthy or vegan shouldn't cost more.Food is not a privilege, but a right. All should be able to have access to healthy,cruelty free, and adorable food.Not a selective few with $$.

2.Ive been a non-meater 20+ years and its always been about not causing suffering for me. 

3.I love fresh healthy foods.the more non-processed the better.I also dont eat out so that saves me a lot in cost and also grow a garden.

I think all should have access to adorable foods too ^_^

Absolutely. There's no way it should still be okay for stores, restaurants, and even households should have perfectly good food that can legally be thrown away. I don't mean to suggest giving people food that was half eaten or past the expiration date but literally tons of food that is just wasted simply because someone hadn't paid for it.

I used to work at Taco Bell when I was a teenager and my location had just opened up. The managers had a "Test Day" where the cooks practiced making every single item on the menu and we (the cashiers) "served" it. We were even invited to bring family or friends because we weren't going to be charging anything for this test run. Every table was filled with items from the menu - and you can only imagine how much was just thrown away.

Even then, though I ate meat and wasn't even thinking about the world and animals at the time, I couldn't believe that none of this was being packaged up and given away to homeless people that were surely just a highway away.


I read somewhere that France has made it illegal for stores and restaurants to throw away good food. Good on them.
I think people gain weight on vegan diets because they don't eat too healthy to begin with and end up replacing what they have removed with poor carbs and processed foods.

I hate absolutely nothing about being veggie. It is one of few things I can confindantly say I like about myself and that doesn't waiver. Those who become veg don't necessarily end up becoming more nutrition oriented but I think most who are sincere about it do through hints and waves at least because they want to make sure their nutritional needs are met.

I think a veggie diet can be much cheaper, depending on what you purchase of course and what your lifestyle needs are. I've spent most of my veggie life with income in the low range and often felt as though I was eating like royalty lol. Although it was necessary that I limit my spending on other things at times, healthy food was priority for me. Things can't get much cheaper than brown rice, beans, tofu, and veggies anyway. The key is to keep things simple especially if you have many responsibilities. Nothing can be greater than knowing what you are putting into your body and limiting harm all while taking care of yourself.

I totally agree, Henna with a lot of your point.But,I think were we differ is a diet can not just be about rice,beans ,and tofu, and be a healthy diet. So, actually eating this without variety is still unhealthy.Variety is key to a healthy diet because you need different nutrients.I understand ,yes, this is a cheaper source of food.

But ,you can not maintain a healthy diet solely on them. Even eating brown rice is not really good for you all the time.Carbohydrates can be not so good at all for loads of people.We really need to pull the food system and industry away from being only for the privilege to afford food. People who are poor make choices that are about cost.I wish the world was fully plant-based eating for the sake of animals dont get me wrong.What vegan wouldnt want this? But,there're a lot of issues we have to combat in the system and poverty is one of them.

 

I don't see where I stated that that was all one needs for a healthy diet. I was trying to point to a few items that commonly comprise a veggie diet that are easy and less expensive. "Legumes and veggies" are a pretty vast category alone. But anyway, I've come across some who seem to think that eating veg is costly, but that doesn't have to be the case, as I and others have managed on a tight budget while maintaining variety. People could potentially see improvements in health just by modifying their diets to include the items listed. It would be one step towards replacing fast and refined foods, and hormone filled meats.

People often make choices based on cost but other factors come into play as well (e.g. education and beliefs). The media also does an effective job of targeting certain groups with the intention of keeping them at a low level.

Hm. My comment didn't make it's way directly under yours. But anyway I completely understood you, Henna. And agree.

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