i'm a vegetarian and i want to be a vegan but i dont know if i can do it?! pointers? help?

ew don't let omnivores tell you to just eat meat...that's disgusting, and i know if you've managed for 3 years you won't because you've got to be smarter than that, after all, you did choose the healthy veg life style. veganisim is pretty hard in the beginning to be honest, but it totally rocks. go to natural food stores to find stuff made specifically for vegans, and same in regular stores. I also bake ALOT [I'm vegan if you didn't catch on] I love baking and it's soooo fun. Also, vegans have such awesome options. Theres alotta sites you can order food from that's ONLY and SPECIFICALLY vegan, EVERYTHING on the site is vegan, and i mean everything. keep in mind veganisim means not using products tested on animals too, and other things among that like no fur, pearls, silk, leather etc. also not all chocolate is dairy. only if it's milk chocolate. and they have alternatives to honey/choc also, like they have for meat and milk [like boca, morning star farm or silk soy milk] be careful though because just because what you eat as a vegetarian doesn't mean its vegan...like mos of morning star farms products [although delish] are not vegan. most have milk or eggs. Even Amy's mac & soy cheeze as casein in it i think which is an animal ingredient. don't just jump into veganisim do ALOT of research before hand or you'll be over whelmed. take time and look up what products are and are not tested on animals. i don't use products from companys that use animal testing at all either... like i think proctor and gamble is the parent company of windex and stuff....one of their windex products do NOT to animal testing..do I use it? no way because i'm still supporting the company that uses animal testing...get what i mean? also most cosmetics are tested on animals too....if you have any questions feel free to ask, i love helping people with vegan/vegetarianisim ^_^

I'm planning on becoming vegetarian and I have a few questions. Any Help?

Hi! Congrats on wanting to become veg! How can I become a vegetarian in a healthy way? Read up on veg*anism and what to do, what foods to eat, what foods to eat to get your nutrients, etc. Start by eliminating meat and (if you choose) all animal products, and replace them with veg foods and veg nutrients. For information on veg nutrition check out: http://veganpeace.blogspot.com/2008/02/vegan-nutrition.html If I automatically quit eating meat, what will happen? Your body would start to regulate in it's original healthy state. How can I explain to my parents that I want to become one? (I am 17) Just say mom, dad, I have great news to tell you! Sit them down and say I plan to take charge of my life! I plan to eat healthy and be healthy, with my new habits I plan to live long and be healthier and cut the risk of many diseases affecting are society today. I plan to be happier and look fresher. I plan to help the environment and make my carbon foot print on this earth smaller. I am going to be helping end world hunger as well as the mass slaughter of billions of animals. Mom, dad I have become vegetarian! If you have questions you can read The China Study, watch Earthlings, go to the websites tryveg.com and goveg.com, and search online. I feel this is the right thing to do for me and my body as well as the earth and animals. I hope you can respect and understand my descion, and maybe join me in this amazing life of veg*anism! What produce can handle my cravings for meat yet give me the healthy fats and protein found in it? Seitan and tofu when cooked certain ways as well as Boca, Morningtar, and Amy's products. What is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan? Veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Meaning they do not consume any animal products or by products what so ever. (Which include all meats, dairy, eggs, & honey.) They do not wear, sleep on, cover with any animal skin, or products. (Which include fur, leather, pearls, & silk.) They avoid as much cruelty to living things in which have a nervous system and can feel pain and spread emotion as possible, living the cruelty-free lifestyle. They do not support companies which do animal testing. They do not support anything which involves animal cruelty and abuse for *entertainment*. (Which includes the circus, zoo, rodeo, bull riding, hunting, fishing, & dog fighting.) Some are activist and fight to stop cruelty and help animals in their rights. Vegetarianism is a diet that excludes all animal flesh, including poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacean, and slaughter by-products. Which is easier? It really depends on your situation, a vegetarian can be easier since it is more mainstream, but a vegan can be easier since it is healthier and cheaper (as far a food consumption) What type of foods can you eat (EX can I eat eggs, cheese, milk etc)? If a vegetarian yes, as well as foods that contain no slaughtered animal or slaughter by/animal products. The main foods are water, fruits, vegetables, nuts (almonds cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc), beans (black, pinto, baked, kidney, etc), seeds (flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, hemp, etc), soy products (tofu, TVP, tempeh, fortified soy milk, miso, etc.) pulses, whole grains, quinoa, seiten, breads, nutritional yeast, cereals, chickpea, seaweed, lentils, & vegetable, hemp, and flaxseed oils, plant meats, and plant milks. Brands: Amy's, Boca, Moringstar, Gardenburger, Tofurky. http://veganpeace.blogspot.com/2008/03/vegan-foods.html Recipe sites: http://veganpeace.blogspot.com/2007/08/vegan-recipes-sites.html Sites to check out: http://vegetarian.about.com/ http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/vegetarianism http://www.vivausa.org/activistresources/guides/veganbasics2.htm http://www.bryannaclarkgrogan.com/page/page/657466.htm http://vegetarian.lifetips.com/

Need ideas for a vegan to gain weight...?

This might sound like an odd question, but do you eat a lot of whole grains? The reason I ask is because one of the signs of celiac disease is massive weight drop in older kids and adults (or failure to thrive, in children). Celiac is an autoimmune condition that's triggered by gluten getting into your bloodstream (gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and many oats). It causes your lymphocytes to destroy the part of your small intestine that allows for nutrient absorption, which can cause many symptoms...including massive weight loss. (It's a genetic disorder that can lie dormant or asymptomatic until something triggers it - often a virus, like those that are rampant this time of year.) My son is a vegetarian, and had always been in the 90+ percentile as far as weight and height. This fall, he contracted a bad stomach virus and proceeded to lose 15 pounds in 6 weeks. After 8 weeks, he was diagnosed with celiac. We brought him off of gluten and he gained it all back in a month. He's energized, feels better than ever, and looks healthy again. (Due to egg and lactose intolerance, he's pretty much eating a vegan diet right now, and still gaining weight at a healthy rate.) One of his friends who was diagnosed and went gluten free last spring went from 20th percentile to 60th percentile height/weight in 3 months and is healthy for the first time in her life. There are medical tests for celiac, though they're not 100% accurate; my son's pediatrician used diet elimination (in part) to diagnose him. I'm not encouraging you not to see a doctor, but if it's not an option, I would suggest that you try eliminating gluten to see if that helps. He noticed an almost immediate change in a couple of his symptoms (as did I, as I went gluten-free at the same time), and within a month he noticed pretty significant changes. Bob's Red Mill has a large amount of gluten-free things, as do some other companies. Bob's is also vegan as far as I know (my son has reactions to almost all animal products, and he hasn't had any reactions whatsoever to these), and pretty easy to come by. The gluten-free things are strictly tested and clearly marked, and should be available at any health food store. (Basically, if you can get vegan things there, you can find Bob's Red Mill products.) Amy's also has some gluten-free veg/vegan products that are pretty good. Here's some info on celiac: http://www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/index.htm http://www.celiac.com/ I'm not saying that this is what you have, but what you've described sounds exactly like what my son went through (and to a lesser degree, what I went through). Already being vegan, going gluten-free is a pretty easy transition to make, and it might really be something to look into. (It's estimated that there are about 95 million people with celiac in the US, but only 5 million of them know it. Because it's autoimmune, it can have symptoms that are all over the board - and because tests that are anywhere near accurate were only developed 3-5 years ago, it's not a condition that's widely known about yet.) Here's a link to the gluten-free grocery at Amazon, so that you can get an idea of the range of GF products: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_0_6?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=gluten+free&sprefix=gluten (Some of the pre-made products like baked goods have eggs or dairy, but almost all of the base ingredients like flour, etc. are vegan, as are most of the pastas.) I hope that helps, and that you are feeling better soon! Edit - wow, it sounds EXACTLY like what I've seen with celiac. My son also had phantom joint pains (as did I), fatigue, insomnia, random "fuzziness" or lack of focus, GI problems, random illnesses, and autoimmune things. There are tons of veg and vegan things that are gluten-free, I've found great recipes at http://vegweb.com/index.php and http://crystalbyblog.blogspot.com/. Oh, I'm not sure if you eat things like Morningstar or Boca products (not sure if they're vegan or just veg), but they all have wheat as a binder or filler. There's a great "Earth Burger" recipe in "You Won't Believe It's Vegan" that my son LOVES. :) Also - something that we later found out, if you have plastic or non-stick cookware in your kitchen - gluten particles can get lodged in there and "contaminate" food that you think is GF. If going gluten-free works for you - and from what you've described it very well might - you may want to get some new cookware. Honestly, we hit the dollar store and the bargain shelf at Walgreen's until we were able to afford better stuff, but it helped a lot. I hope you feel better soon!

Any advice on being a vegetarian?

Wow, that's a lot to answer. And you do deserve an answer to it all. However, it would take me forever to type out all that I could tell you. Would you be interested in a bunch of podcasts by someone who's been doing this for years as well as speaking about it and listening to what other vegetarians/vegans have been going through including those new to the lifestyle or even just considering it? Colleen from Compassionate Cooks has wonderful and informative "Vegetarian Food For Thought" talks you can listen to on a bunch of topics including how to tell others, how to respond to their reactions, how to deal with family and friends, how to travel as a veg*n and so much more including nutrition. There's also veg fact sheets at her site. She does have books and DVDs too though I haven't actually seen those but I did see her talk live a few months ago and she's very good. The main thing with your doctor is to tell him/her. S/he'll probably want to make suggestions and possibly take blood samples to check for deficiencies (ours does every single time with my daughter who's getting annoyed by it and yet thinks it's funny how the doc is puzzled by how good all her levels are). Allow the doc to do this so you'll have a baseline just in case you do have troubles later but also so you can prove you are doing just fine and won't need an intervention and IV meat infusion at some point. Doctors have also been told meat and dairy are the best sources for all kinds of nutrition. Those industries are very invested in keeping people eating them. I don't like a lot of meat analogues/substitutes. I do like some that are eaten instead of meat or subs. It was easier for me to accept them if I saw them as veggie patties and then I wasn't comparing them to the taste and texture of meats. That said, Amy's is great and a great company as is Turtle Island (they do tofurkey but my daughter raves about their sausages and jerky -- she also likes Field Roast). Some other good subs are Sunshine, Dr. Praeger's, Yves lentil patties, Nates meatballs. But you'll find there's a lot you can make yourself and there's a lot of other food you haven't discovered yet because you have been in a meat-centered environment. Explore. The worst thing that will happen is you don't like some plant food (so keep giving beans a chance; there's many different kinds and while I love beans I don't like all of them including soy and fava). You might crave meat for awhile. It's what you've known so when you get hungry your brain might go there not because you need it. One thing that is helpful is avoiding the television for a while. Those ads are expertly designed to get you out for that stupid fourth meal. There are a bunch of different milk alternatives and they all taste a little different. I personally like Edensoy and most of the Pacific milks especially the vanilla versions but they call all have different uses. Hazelnut is good in coffee. Vanilla Soy is excellent in Chai. Rice, plain soy and oat can be good in recipes including mock mac & cheese. Almond might be good in baked goods. Coconut can make some amazing ice cream among many other things. Try to get organic soy and corn products (as well as anything else so it's not contaminated with chemicals or genetically modified) For good books, there are several and it depends on what you are looking for. Recipes? Nutrition? About? How to? Animal Compassion? Here are some suggestions to explore: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living The China Study Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World The New Food Revolution and Diet For a New America Becoming Vegetarian and Becoming Vegan Mad Cowboy and No More Bull But there are many others. A great website to explore nutrition and other aspects of Veg*n life as well as put yourself at ease is the International Vegetarian's Union FAQ page. It's like an Ask Yahoo, Vegetarian & Vegan section all on one page. Finally, try to find a Veg Fest in your area. Those are great for finding like-minded individuals and finding out more, especially the latest. They often will have tons of foods to taste which is really helpful and some pass out coupons too. Relax and have fun. You're on a great new journey.

vegan meat substitutes?

Yes--there are alot: one of the newer brands that i just started seeing the past few months is Gardein: http://www.gardein.com/ They have "roast beef tips" vegan options...actually pretty tasty, as well as some other more "high end" imitation meats, but for a price around $4-5. Not bad. Found in organic/natural sections Another is a line of amazing(in my opinion) vegan meats called Gimmie Lean, made by the Light Life company (NOTE: not all products are vegan, but most are, check labels to be sure). Light Life has a lot of really good meats, better than most other brands: shredded bar-b-q (sooo so good...omg), ground sausage/beef/etc rolled up in rounds like the real thing (I use the sausage for pigs in a blanket...they stay together very well and actually taste like regular sausage, just a little different texture). Hot dogs are very good too. They have a bunch of other products though, you'll just have to see what your local grocer carries. Most have them though. Another organic imitation meat brand is Health is Weath, though not all products are vegan--if they are, then they have a big VEGAN! slogan across the front. Their chicken nuggets taste like crap (really), but their buffalo wings are very, very good. Tofurky: sausage, deli meat slices, burgers, "turky", etc Not sure if they are organic (they should be though, because all food is gluten, soy free, etc), but Ian's has a bunch of pretty good vegan foods...the frozen soy pizza actually tastes like the real deal when baked..which is more than I asked for, expecting it to taste like crap. Amy's foods: a lot to choose from...the veggie meat loaf dinner is pretty good, however Amy's is usually on the more expensive side. $5-7 per entree, in most cases. They also make veggie/vegan burgers. Yves is another brand..but I haven't heard too much good stuff about it, I don't like some of their products, however some are good. some other brands: Cedarlane LaBruite Mon Cuisine TastyBite Dr. Mcdougall's foods: has a ton of vegan soups (some meat-flavored with imitation flavoring) that are rich in protein with plenty of beans...they taste so good too. Other products as well, but this soups are the ones I see in most organic stores/sections.

How can I make being a vegetarian easier for my mom?

Well, it sounds as if you're doing what makes sense--she makes the sides vegetarian, and while your family eats the meat, you eat an analogue (veggie burger, veggie dog, etc.). It's what I suggest when a teenager goes veg in a non-veg family. When she makes stuff like meaty casseroles or hamburger helper, that's when you get a frozen dinner or leftovers. If she's making a casserole, maybe she can make your portion veg and the rest meat. You, of course, should help her in the kitchen by doing whatever is appropriate for someone your age. You could also take time on the weekend to cook up some vegetarian meals for when your mom is making hamburger helper or the like, and freeze them. Then when she has the meal you can't eat, you just defrost and heat up your meal. Or just cook pasta and sauce and make a small salad. Amy's is a wonderful, all-vegetarian company, and she has several types of frozen dinners. While they are expensive, she uses organic ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients. You can also get canned soups. I can also tell you that the prices for Amy's is less at stores like Whole Foods than at conventional grocery stores, so if there is a Whole Foods near you, ask your mom to take you there to get your Amy's foods. If there's a Trader Joe's in your area, they also have some vegetarian and vegan frozen meals. I have to say, it sounds as if you're doing things right. The person you should really ask is your mom. Ask her what you can do to make your vegetarianism easy for the family.

I'm a Vegetarian right now & I'm turning Vegan, good food brands?

It is up to you whether you want to make the jump to vegan, I will support your decision if you do, however. I went from vegetarian to vegan over a year ago... Why don't you make your own food? I pretty much shop exclusively in the perimeters of the store - that's where the good stuff is. No brand names, really. No elaborate ingredients list. No added salt or fat. Just fresh, raw ingredients. Get veggies, fruits, nuts, beans, tofu, tempeh, whatever. You don't need to go into the center (processed foods) aisles, except maybe to get to the breads, frozen fruit, soy milk, nutritional yeast, the millet and quinoa and brown rice. If you look online you'll find a wealth of information on how to make your own meat substitutes at home... your own veggie burgers, meatless meatballs, meatless meatloaf, so on and so forth. I bake my own "energy" bars, I take them with me if I don't have time for a meal. I just take a food processor and combine oats, soy butter (like peanut butter), raisins and other dried fruit, soy protein powder (optional) and agave nectar or vegan chocolate chips... I bake them and take them along. It's like an Odwalla bar without the Coca-Cola name behind it. It won't take too much time out of your day if you make stuff in bulk and make meals in advance (I have like 10+ single or family sized dinners in the freezer in tupperware for days I just don't have time to cook). You can try Amy's Kitchen canned soups and frozen dinners, though they are also a corporation. However, they've always been more considerate than other companies... and they're always meat and egg free (but some meals have dairy in them).

what type of vegan food?

Here's a list of vegan products and where you can find them. 1. Boca is a company that sells veggie burgers, veggie nuggets, imitation chicken patties, and ground crumbles(fake ground beef). 2. Morningstar farms is a company that sells vegan/vegetarian burgers, and imitation riblets. Morningstar Vegan riblets are great for holidays. 3. Lightlife is a company that sells vegan deli slices, ground crumbles, and imitation chick'n strips that taste just like pork chops when you fry them. Lightlife also has vegan imitation "bacon" and "sausage" 4. Tofurky is a company that sells vegan deli slices and a vegan dinner roast that comes with stuffing an gracy. The vegan roast is great for holidays. 5. Amy's Kitchen is a company that sells vegetarian t.v. dinners, burritos, and cakes. They have a great vegan macaroni and cheese that tastes just like real cheese. 6. Yves is a company that sells vegetarian deli slices and mock sausage links. 7. Tofutti sells vegan ice cream, vegan pizza, and vegan cream cheese. 8. Subway sells a vegan veggie delite sandwich. You can add a boca burger or vegan deli slices to it. 9. Chinese restaurants sell sesame bean curd with rice. Chinese Buffets and Chinese restaurants with waiters and tables make the best bean curd. Most Chinese takeout locations don't make it very good. 10. For baking, you can use ener-g egg replacer instead of eggs and rice milk instead of cow's milk. Duncan Hines has a vegan strawberry, lemon, orange, and chocolate cake mix. You can use powdered sugar and vegan margarine for frosting. You can find these products at a whole food/health food store or a big chain supermarket like Pathmark, Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, and Foodtown. Have a good day.

What are some every day companies that are also vegan?

Check out this website. http://www.peta.org/accidentallyVegan/VeganShoppingQS-BakedGoods.asp?Category=Baked%20Goods

Name at least five brands of pizza. This can include delivery, restaurants, supermarket brands, and etc. Do?

Pizza Hut- Most aimed at families, this pizza chain uses slogans like "gather round the good stuff!" and offers lots of large package deals and weekly specials. They also offer online ordering, and were the first major chain to do so, although their process is simpler than domino's. More of their ads also involve family friendly icons like the muppets. Dominos- Most aimed at the teen and young adult market, especially males, this company makes use of a lot of humorous advertising, from their campaign saying their pizza used to taste bad and challenging people to try it now, to the online contests for writing funny box captions. They also use the technology effectively in this approach- The online ordering site has a built in pizza status checker that has different humorous and sports themed sounds. This program allows users to see what's going on with their order in real time. Papa Murphy's isn't aimed at those who want a quick meal delivered to their door, but at those who want a high quality pizza quickly. They're also very aimed at families, offering lots of package deals and extras like cookie dough. Take and Bake pizzas appeal more to busy people who are out and about, who pick up dinner on their way around town. This means more professionals and busy moms than sports fans and students, and so their atmosphere is designed to seem more classy and invoke a restaurant more, although don't serve food in their stores. Carryout stores need to be careful that their location is "on the way" for their target market, and Papa Murphy's are often near shopping centers, main roads, and schools. Little Cesar's Gimmick is being an inexpensive way to feed a crowd, and is very popular with schools, clubs, and other organizations, as well as with students who want inexpensive takeout. Since carryout is their main way of getting food to their customers, they don't have a dining area and their locations have just a kitchen and front counter. Their "Hot and Ready" policy means that customers spend very little time in the stores, so they mainly designed to be easy to clean and practical, not for aesthetics. A good thing to note here is that franchises often are placed near locations where people are likely to spend a lot of time- college campuses, game stores, and shopping malls. They're also often on or very near main roads that people will pass by often. If a carryout place isn't located well, their product won't sell. For a delivery place, this is less important. Amy's, a nationwide frozen brand, follows a very different model. Not only are they trying to get the attention of supermarket goers rather than people on the go, but a large chunk of their business model is in providing healthy, organic or vegetarian versions of frozen food. So they're targeting busy, health conscious people. Their grocery store model means they have to worry less about location- people are already going to the stores to buy groceries, but they still have to worry that their products will be placed in a good spot in the freezer cases. Since they were a pioneer in their field, they don't worry about marketing much, but the drawback to providing organic/vegetarian products is that they're often more expensive to produce. Committed customers are willing to spend the extra, but it can be difficult to expand their market since people are not likely to casually try their products or switch from inexpensive favorites as easily.

Where do they sell the best cupcakes in New York (manhattan)?

* Billy's Bakery * Cupcake Cafe * Buttercup Bake Shop * Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery * Two Little Red Hens * Crumbs * Little Pie Company * Amy's Bread I know many people will suggest Magnolia, but personally I find their cupcakes really dry and not worth the time or the trouble. There are tons of places in NYC that do cupcakes and do them well.

I found out today I'm allergic to quite a lot of things?

I'm sorry to hear that. It is a tough road to have so many food allergies. My son is allergic to sesame, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat in addition to dairy and eggs, so we have to be vigilant with him. You will need to start reading the labels on absolutely everything you eat. You cannot make any assumptions about what will be in certain things, because companies put ingredients you would never expect in things. In my opinion, the nuts are the easiest to avoid because they are almost always disclosed. Plus, except at Thai restaurants, they are not common in american food. The corn and soy are probably going to be the toughest. As another poster noted, they are in everything. Plus, corn and sesame are not in the "top 8" allergens, and are not set out in bold at the end of food ingredient labels like the top 8 are. High fructose corn syrup is in tons of stuff, as is soy lecithin. Most things will be obvious to you as you read the labels, but here are a few that are hidden: most baking powder has corn starch, some shredded cheese has wheat flour (to keep it from sticking together), spray cooking oil (like Pam) has soy lecithin, some modified food starch is wheat based. Confectioner's sugar has corn starch. You may find that you have to move away from grain-based foods, like breads and crackers and cookies. It will be hard to find any in the store you can have. Meats, eggs, fruits & veggies will be your friend. I would highly recommend the Ian's brand and Amy's brand of prepared foods. (As always, check the label). But the taste is pretty good. Some GF foods are just yucky. If you have a Whole Foods nearby, that is a great place to start. They will carry alternative brands of everything, including the items I listed above. I also recommend these 2 cookbooks by Elizabeth Gordon. Everything we have tried has been delicious. http://myallergyfreelifestyle.com/book.shtml I hope you like to cook, or are willing to learn. There are lots of online communities and blogs for food allergies. Eating out is tough. Some chain restaurants have allergens listed on their web site. Often, a restaurant with a real chef is your best bet as he/she knows exactly what is in the food. Good luck! You are not alone. The doctor wouldn't have helped you with coping with this anyways. At least, none of ours ever have.

How would you help these people with such anger? (Amy's Baking Company)?

What is a list of vegetarian foods I should buy at the grocery store tomorrow?

The Obvious: -Cereal(Check the labels to make sure it doesn't have gelatin). -Vegetarian Baked beans. Heinz makes great vegetarian baked beans. -Rice -Bread(wonder bread and home pride bread is vegetarian) -Fruits(fresh and/or canned) -Vegetables(fresh and/or canned) -Tofu(go online to find out how to make it. Be sure to drain the tofu, cut it into small pieces, and pat it down with a towel, to get out all the excess water. If you don't, it will end up tasting like mush). -Peanut butter and Jelly Not so obvious Vegetarian mock meats, pasta, and entrees. Boca, Morningstar Farms, Lightlife, Amy's Kitchen, Annie's Homegrown, Quorn, Tofurky, Tofutti, Worthington, and Yves are brands of vegetarian foods that can be found at Whole Food stores, Health Food Stores, Pathmark, Stop & Shop, and Shop Rite. These companies sell vegetarian deli slices, veggie burgers, imitation turkey roasts and dinner roasts, vegetarian mock chicken cutlets, burritos, macaroni & cheese, and much more. What to avoid Kraft Cheese- This company uses animal enzymes that comes from calf and goat stomachs. They kill the calfs and goats in the process and then use them for meat. Philadelphia cream cheese is their only vegetarian cheese. Frosted Poptarts(contains gelatin) Campbell's lentil soup(contains animal enzymes from baby calfs that are slaughtered for veal). Tropicana Orange, Strawberry, and Banana Juice(contains cochineal beetles) Tropicana Grapefruit Juice(contains cochineal beetles) Lucky Charms(Gelatin from animal hooves and bones) Top Ramen cup noodles and beef or chicken or shrimp flavored soups. Jello Alternatives Horizon and Organic Valley makes vegetarian cheeses. Some of boar's head cheeses are vegetarian. Call them and ask them for a list of vegetarian cheeses, if you wish to find out more Unfrosted Poptarts(Vegetarian) Dole Juices(100% Vegan/Vegetarian) Campbell's Vegetaraian Vegetable soup and tomato soup is vegetarian Top Ramen oriental flavored soups and chili flavored soups are also vegetarian. Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, Corn Flakes, and Raisin Bran crunch is vegetarian Royal Jelly is a vegetarian version of jello Good luck.

What is the easiest way to STAY vegan?

First, ask yourself why you want to be vegan. For me, it was because I found out how horribly animals are treated in factory farms. I've been vegan for 15 years. I went straight from being omnivore to vegan, then relapsed once a couple of weeks later. But since then, I haven't had a problem staying vegan, because I care about and always have in mind those animals that are being tortured ad killed for food. I also get newsletters from Farm Sanctuary, Animal Place and other animal welfare groups, so the thought of what those animals go through is never far from me. If you want to be vegan for your health, read more about the health benefits of a vegan diet. Try PCRM's website below. My other suggestion is to make sure you always have a good breakfast, never let yourself go hungry, carry snacks with you when you're away from home (trail mix is a satisfying snack)...that way you won't be tempted to get something non-vegan when you're away from home. Make sure you're always eating balanced meals. Check out books at your local library on vegan nutrition and vegan cookbooks to help you. Also, try to substitute your favorite foods with vegan versions. For example, if you love spaghetti with meatballs, try the vegan meatballs. If you can't live without cheese, try the Tofutti brand vegan cheese. There's also Amy's brand cheese-free pizza - it's awesome! If you love chocolate chip cookies, try Uncle Eddie's brand or the Alternative Baking Company brand cookies (they're both delicious!). Take some time to plan your meals. Find a few recipes, frozen dinners, sandwiches, etc. that you are sure you like, stick with those for a while, then experiment with new ones. Overall, don't rush yourself. If you can only substitute a few meals a week, that's okay. It's up to you to personnally find your reason(s) for becoming a vegan and to have the determination to continue. I wish you the best in health and good luck!

What do I feed my newly vegetarian daughter?

First of all, if she is a vegetarian, then she can eat eggs and dairy. Vegans are the ones who don't eat any sort of animal products. There are also gray areas between the two, but those are the basic definitions. I became a vegetarian around the same age your daughter did, and have stuck with it for the past 8 years. I was also very active (dancing with a professional ballet company), so I'm pretty sure it can work for your daughter. There are some simple solutions, and protein might not be as much of a problem as you think. Morningstar Farms, Boca, Worthington/Loma Linda, Amy's, and Smart Deli are your new best friends. These companies make products that are almost identical to actual meat products. They make everything - chik'n nuggets, veggie dogs, veggie lunch meat, burger crumbles (like ground hamburger), tuno - basically almost anything you can get in meat form you can get in veggie form. I find this is an easy way to convert to vegetarianism because you don't have to make drastic lifestyle changes. These are made from textured vegetable protein, not tofu, so it has a better texture. As a tip, don't cook them as long as you would cook regular meat or they'll get dried out and gross. You can probably find them at a decent sized grocery store in the frozen and produce sections. Otherwise, check out organic food stores like "Whole Foods". Try different brands of the same product - I like some things in some brands, some things in others. For example, I really don't like Morningstar Farms' veggie dogs, but the ones from Smart Deli are very good. And I like Morningstar Farms' burger crumbles better than Boca's. You really have to try a lot of things to see what you like. There are also lots of options that are naturally vegetarian. Mac and cheese, cheese pizza, pasta with marinara sauce, some Chinese food - these are all naturally vegetarian dishes that most teens will eat. This also gives you more options than just salad, which gets really old after a while... "Oh, you're a vegetarian! Here, have a salad!" I'm a vegetarian, not a rabbit! As far as nutrition goes, don't worry about the protein too much. The average American actually gets too much protein. If she's eating dairy, eggs, and meat substitutes, no need to worry about protein. Actually, the main thing you need to worry about is iron. I have to take an iron supplement so I don't end up anemic. One other nutrient that you may not have thought about is carbs. Many vegetarians get too many carbs. Just have her watch her carb intake and she'll be fine. Take a deep breath mom - your little girl is going to be just fine. Either of you can email me if you have any questions! I'm always willing to help veggie heads! Good luck to both of you!