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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I'm really feeling good about my choice to go veg. And not just from a moral or ethical standpoint. I feel physically better too. I went over my calories yesterday, but I still lost 2 pounds! I'm happier and more energetic than I was before.
As I discover more ways to substitute animal product, I'm removing it from my diet. For instance, I was planning to continue to eat eggs and dairy, as long as they came from family farms (the chickens have names and play with the kids) rather than factory farms. But as I'm discovering soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk and almond milk, I'm finding that there's really no need to drink cow's milk. It's easier on my digestive track anyway! lol
I'm an ice cream fiend, so I'm a little nervous about committing to give up Ben and Jerry forever. (Yes, they do use milk from family farms only!) We'll see... The taste of the alternative will be the deciding factor. I can't imagine that anything will compare to Phish Food!
The other issue is that I love to bake! As I said, it's easy enough to substitute regular cow's milk, but I have no idea what to do about evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, half and half, or buttermilk. (If anyone knows, please tell me!!) I can buy all of those torture-free though, so it might be that I'll just drastically reduce my intake of cow's milk, and the little that's left will be from family farms only.
I really don't have a problem with torture-free eggs. My parents have a neighbor who raises chickens on her property. They're like pets, albeit outdoor pets, but they're well cared for and never harmed in any way. Still, I've found ways to substitute eggs in almost every instance. I'd be missing hard-boiled and over-easy (the latter is my favorite), but the worst thing is that I couldn't make meringue! Nope, you can't beat applesauce until it forms soft peaks! lol! Again, if any veggies or vegans out there have any suggestions, please let me know!
I did discover a way to make vegan pet food, though! It's a lot less expensive than the Purina that my babies normally eat, and it appears to be much healthier. I'll let everybody know once I try it. I'm going to use up the Purina that I have first.
Anyway... I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!! =)
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  • KACOPHANI
    Sounds like you are making some good choices for yourself. Congrats! emoticon
    3746 days ago
  • HIKERGIRL725
    Thanks! And please don't feel like you have to be quiet! It might just work... and if it doesn't, at least I can do that with the milk I get at the farmers' market. It will save me a lot of time driving to different health food stores. :)
    BTW, I found a vegan cookbook that has a recipe for meringue! I didn't buy it yet, but when I do, I'll try it out and post it if it's good! I also found a powdered mix for vegan meringue. If the "from scratch" method is a no go, I'll try that next. emoticon
    3748 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6842331
    You can buy buttermilk powder, or sour regular milk by adding vinegar or lemon juice - I don't know if you can sour soy milk that way, though, so I should probably just be quiet -

    You could post a question on the recipe/nutrition boards - those folks might have some good answers for you -
    3748 days ago
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