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The hardest part for me is knowing what I can and cant eat, what is good and what isn't! As it doesn't always tell you. I'm still getting used to it all. Xx
 

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I feel the same! But I'm sure we will soon become experts in reading labels and in knowing what products to avoid altogether - ha ha! I suppose as veganism becomes more widely acknowledged, it will hopefully become easier to find vegan options in the shops. Keep it up!:cool::heart:
 
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I feel the same! But I'm sure we will soon become experts in reading labels and in knowing what products to avoid altogether - ha ha! I suppose as veganism becomes more widely acknowledged, it will hopefully become easier to find vegan options in the shops. Keep it up!:cool::heart:
I'm sure we will!! Hopefully the labels will become clearer once we get used to it all!! Lol ❤
 
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On the other hand you might be surprised at was IS vegan:
http://accidentallyvegan.tumblr.com/
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/44-accidentally-vegan-snack-foods/
http://vegancomfortfood.blogspot.co.uk/2007/01/accidentally-vegan.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/accidentally-vegan/
http://veganfestival.co.uk/unintentionally-vegan-junk-food/
http://www.eatplantsnotanimals.com/accidentally-vegan/

OK, it's mostly junk, but if you're just trying the new diet it's always comforting to know which chocolate biscuits you can still have!

I also find this website incredibly useful: http://www.barnivore.com/
It lets you know which alcoholic drinks are vegan and which aren't. You might not be aware that, often, beverages are filtered through isinglass (beer, wine, spirits) and therefore do not qualify as vegan.

I've been eating vegan or vegetarian for many years now and I still have to check E-numbers (when I rarely buy foods with E-numbers) but there's a helpful list here: http://elated.co.za/which-e-numbers-are-vegan/ However I made many mistakes, particularly when I just started, and the point is to be kind to yourself. Honest mistakes are not worth getting too upset about. :)

Lastly the Vegetarian Society have a very useful database of approved products. I believe you can filter for vegan options as well but it will certainly help you on your way.
 
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On the other hand you might be surprised at was IS vegan:
http://accidentallyvegan.tumblr.com/
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/44-accidentally-vegan-snack-foods/
http://vegancomfortfood.blogspot.co.uk/2007/01/accidentally-vegan.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/accidentally-vegan/
http://veganfestival.co.uk/unintentionally-vegan-junk-food/
http://www.eatplantsnotanimals.com/accidentally-vegan/

OK, it's mostly junk, but if you're just trying the new diet it's always comforting to know which chocolate biscuits you can still have!

I also find this website incredibly useful: http://www.barnivore.com/
It lets you know which alcoholic drinks are vegan and which aren't. You might not be aware that, often, beverages are filtered through isinglass (beer, wine, spirits) and therefore do not qualify as vegan.

I've been eating vegan or vegetarian for many years now and I still have to check E-numbers (when I rarely buy foods with E-numbers) but there's a helpful list here: http://elated.co.za/which-e-numbers-are-vegan/ However I made many mistakes, particularly when I just started, and the point is to be kind to yourself. Honest mistakes are not worth getting too upset about. :)

Lastly the Vegetarian Society have a very useful database of approved products. I believe you can filter for vegan options as well but it will certainly help you on your way.
Wow that's great thanks alot xx
 

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It took me some times and mistakes to learn,as they hide animal products almost everywhere. Its easy for me now (after reading tons of info lol) and eating simple and less junk food. phone app as "Is it vegan?" helped me alot and still helping sometimes :D
 
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I have been eating Vegan now since 1 January 2016 . and can honestly say I am not craving for meat etc . I have been planning my meals and find I never seem hungry like I used to .
I'm not yet saying I couldn't still eat meat eggs etc,I could but I don't have the need.
I have another blood test tomorrow so will see if my cholesterol has dropped further, started at 7 then about 3 weeks in it was 4.8..
I find it does take more time preparing my meals but I am feeling a lot livelier.
Dave
 

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I've only been following a vegan lifestyle for a week now and I feel healthier than I have ever felt in my life.

I was at a party today with a buffet of omni foods. The smell of fried chicken already makes me feel physically sick.
 

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davyg, if it's not being too intrusive - how was your cholesterol level this time? Did it go even lower? I merely ask because I need mine done. I've been vegan for almost 1.5 years and am ashamed to say it happened almost by accident. It's no accident now, though. My last cholesterol check was the week I took up the 7 day challenge ... I think I was on Day 2... so this might have stymied any chance of comparing my "before and after". How does yours look to you?
 

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I've only been following a vegan lifestyle for a week now and I feel healthier than I have ever felt in my life.

I was at a party today with a buffet of omni foods. The smell of fried chicken already makes me feel physically sick.
I feel the same way with bacon and roasting pork odours ... I don't know why but it conjures up human associated imagery. Been watching too many crime-thrillers on the box, I daresay. I was not a bacon/pork person prior to being vegan anyway. As a little child I didn't like pork, sausages, bacon nor ham ... and I had no idea they came from the same animal.
 
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Hi fzjohnson,
I will not get the cholesterol result until next week as it is done via my doctor .so i will let you know then. I took up being a vegan for my health and I have lowered my cholesterol and lost 16lbs in weight . I am 66 and have eaten meat etc all my life.
I am not about to go around preaching the errors of eating meat but if asked I am happy to share the benefits of eating vegan.
 

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I also had the same problem, not knowing what to take and what not to take.
The healthiest diet is a whole foods plant-based diet. That means nothing processed, nothing out of a box. You need a wide variety of foods from each of these groups: Fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Every week you should try to get several different items from each group, and try to have 1-2 items from each group everyday. Drink green smoothies everyday, and use different leafy greens in each one. Use nutritional yeast to get vitamin B12, it can be sprinkled on any food. Portion control is important if you're eating processed vegan junk food, like fake meats, cookies, cake, etc. but not if you're eating whole plants. If your diet is whole foods, plant-based and highly varied, you can eat as much as you want without worrying about portion size, and you will be amazed at how healthy you are.