Much, though not all, cane sugar is filtered through animal bone char. If you want to know more about that, you can google it. If you are talking about using sugar at home, you can purchase vegan cane sugar. I believe Whole Foods sells their own brand (365 - which is cheaper) of vegan cane sugar. However, if you're talking about home use, brown rice syrup is a healthier alternative. It all depends on your goals and purposes for being vegan. Bread is certainly allowed, but can contain non-vegan ingredients. Food for Life brand has some good healthier vegan breads. Remember there are stages in TKD if that is your primary source, and that can help you transition. For health reasons, mental, emotional, and physical, I would suggest eliminating sugar at some point just for a month to see how you feel - you might just be amazed at how it affects you, but that might be a ways down the road for you. Good luck in your transition!
i am new as well, so now reading all these little by lines, i am more confused. it is more expensive, specially in an are that i live in , richlands va. not a very health concious place to begin with, so i guess if anyone may have concrete suggestions or places were i could shop for wole grain products, please tell me. thank you
You truly are thinking too hard about it. Let it come natural to you. Slowly. It isn't something you want to feel like you "have" to do it or completely killing yourself over it. IT will happen slowly and on its own. It's amazing how you'll slowly learn to not beat urself up over this. It really is an amazing life and it feels so freeing! Keep up the good work and just listen to what your body is telling you! I stand in front of the fridge about an hour before I need to have dinner. My fridge is full of fresh fruit and veggies. I look at everything and suddenly something comes to mind. Sometimes, it isn't the greatest, but the next time, I'll know what to change. It's such a freeing lifestyle. The kind life should truly be called the freeing life! just relax and realize what a change you've made! Good luck!
Welcome Lindsay! It can be overwhelming at first, but it doesn't have to be difficult to be vegan. It is expensive only in the short term, because a lot of the new condiments/specialty items are expensive, but they last a long time. The other expensive items are convenience foods, which aren't necessarily the healthiest for you anyway, so are better thought of as special treats. The easiest thing to do is to think in terms of grains, legumes and greens. I must eat whole grains (rice, barley, quinoa) every day to feel my best, and also dark leafy greens (bok choy, collards, kale). The grains will always taste better if you prepare them with broth or another flavorable liquid instead of water. Just fix yourself simple meals most of the time and experiment with cooking something more elaborate only when you have the time. Take a deep breath and relax. You are doing something wonderful!
hey lindsay, welcome to the kind life! there are plenty of awesome resource sout there and the ppl on this site rock when u have any specific qs about... anything really. i loved dairy too. it was almost all it ate. so i feel ur pain. it ios possible, the craving goes away after a couple weeks or so, you just gotta get used to it/adjust to new tastes etc.