Hi everyone! I am new to the kind life and feel a bit overwhelmed. There is a lot to learn and incorporate in my daily life. I have never been a big meat eater but loved all dairy products. About two months ago I gave up all meat and a little less than a month ago I gave up dairy. This past week I have been trying different recipes that claim to be vegan yet they call for sugar? Also I have been eating bread but think that is not allowed either. I am trying to be as responsible as I can but feel like I have so much more to learn and I need a little help from the pros. I am not familiar with a lot of the ingredients I found in "The Kind Diet" and hope to begin to familiarize myself with them. Anyone have any advice for someone new to the kind diet? I also want to mention I am a student and on a budget. I have noticed that some the grocery stores that offer healthier products are a bit more expensive. I am excited to begin a new chapter in my life that is kind to the environment, animals, and myself. I hope to hear from all of you soon!
I'm a student too, so I feel your pain $$$-wise. I don't let that hold me back though. I mostly eat whole grains like wild rice, beans, and veggies. I make a fruit smoothie for breakfast out of frozen fruit I buy at Wal-mart and protein powder. It really fills me up and gives me energy and brain food! :) I buy the rice and beans in bulk. Then I save my pennies for the times I need a treat. One thing, tho, is that premade treats are often more expensive and a smaller portion than if you make it yourself. And eating out can be a total pain and use up more money than buying the ingredients and making it yourself. PLUS, it's healthier to make it yourself. :) Good luck with your journey!
First of all, sugar is vegan. Bread is vegan as long as it doesn't contain animal products. My take on The Kind Diet, is that I used it as a starting point, as inspiration, and for recipes. But I've been exploring veganism as a whole through books and the Internet and, yes, there is a lot to learn. The thing to keep in mind is that vegans can be healthy or unhealthy, the choice is yours. If you're going for health, then try to eat whole foods--whole grains and veggie and fruits. But as a student, and as a human being, transitioning to a whole foods diet while also making the transition to a vegan diet can be extremely tough. I've only been doing this vegan thing for a month and for now, that's what I'm concentrating on--becoming totally vegan, which isn't easy btw.
So read VEGAN FREAK and BECOMING A VEGAN and check out goveg.org and peta.org and just google like crazy, but don't drive yourself crazy. Be kind to yourself. That's what I'm trying to do.
I learned here that a lot of things that i thought were vegan are NOT. Suger is NOT always vegena, wines and other drinks are not vegan... It was a great shock to me! So you need to check everything when starting... now a few months in, i know the vegan ones from the not vegan... But my asthonisment remains!
OH and I read Vegan Freak also and did not like it... it is personal ofcourse but I would suggest reading Vegan Living for Dummies instead...
Yeah, sugar can be vegan or not vegan, technically. It just depends on where you draw the line. I'm still trying to figure that part out, but at this point, for me, sugar is vegan, though I know it's not healthy. I'm just trying to be vegan at this point, which is very challenging for me.
Hi Rebecca, am not sure if we understand each other. By saying that some sugars are not vegan I mean that animal products are used in the production of some sugar brands... So there is the choice of using sugar that is not processed with animal residu...