I read Victoria's list and that sounds pretty much like a) my situation and b) my pantry!.
I don't have the Daiya shreds - I can't find them in London and there's something about vegan cheese that scares me...Usually I always have Marmite in the cupboard as well as Nori, sea vegetables, lots and lots of herbs and spices, sushi rice, quinoa, baked beans and a naturally flavoured jam. I make my own granola from the Kind diet and also my friends recipe.
With veganism becoming more popular, there are more foods that are coming out for vegans. However not all vegan foods are good for you. A lot of these food are overly processed, which in turn makes you feel slugglish. They also can become addictive because they are easy and convenient. The staples on my vegan grocery list are
- An array of fresh fruits and veggies. Experiment with new veggies. - My proteins--- quinoa, kidney beans,tofu, white beans, black beans, almonds, peacons, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds ( which also contain an enormous amount of of omega 3's) hemp seeds almond butter ( better for you than peanut butter- Also peanut butter has a tendency to grow invisible mold if not stored properly.) - My starches, 100% whole wheat pasta ( read the labels some companies will only use 50% whole wheat and use a lot of fillers) - wild rice, barley, and sweet potatoes. - Other Almond milk, corn tortillas, kale chips, laura bars, frozen berries, green tea, black tea, apple sauce ( pure apple sauce, where the ingredients read: apples, a lot of apple sauces will have a whole laundry list of ingredients and I don't understand why.) and lastly freeze dried fruit ( apples, blueberries, cherries, etc.) Once and a while I will treat myself to a vegan cheese substitute, follow your heart is my current favorite. However most people seem to be fond of daiya ( I am not) But don't buy a vegan cheese every time you go out, simply because it is processed but is a good treat.
Hope this helped.
Trader Joes and Whole foods. Trader Joe's is cost effective and provides a good product. Sometimes it's hard to get certain veggies organic. This is when I run over to Whole Foods. I always keep Kale, Zuchinni, Spinach and tofu. I'm allergic to nuts so I eat Eden's pumpkin seeds.
Parasympathetic Nervous System dominates
Subcortical regions of brain dominate
Slow dynamic and static movements
Normalization of muscle tone
Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments
Low caloric consumption
Effort is minimized, relaxed
Energizing (breathing is natural or controlled)
Balanced activity of opposing muscle groups
Awareness is internal (focus is on breath and the infinite)
Limitless possibilities for growth in self-awareness
Sympathetic Nervous System dominates
Cortical regions of brain dominate
Rapid forceful movements
Increased muscle tension
Higher risk of injury
Moderate to high caloric consumption
Effort is maximized
Fatiguing (breathing is taxed)
Imbalance activity of opposing groups
Awareness is external (focus is on reaching the toes, reaching the finish line, etc.)
Most of the Asian ingredients are expensive and hard to find in our little town. I am tryibg to come up with a verycheap balanced vegan diet. Does anyone have any suggestions. It has to be very cheap and not to hard to do.
Hummus, hummus, hummus. Tofu. Salsa. Almond butter. Big Super Greens salad carton by Organic Girl -- I have a huge salad every day out of that. Bags of frozen veggies for stir-frys. Whole wheat pasta. Canned chick peas, cannelini beans, great northern beans. Cheddar Daiya shreds. Not superhero, but I keep Organic Vegenaise, Follow Your Heart Vegan Ranch Dressing, vegan tamales, and Yves Veggie (vegan) hot dogs handy. Organic walnuts and coconut date rolls from the Whole Food bins. Organic silk soy milk.
Jane -- many of the Asian spice and herb ingredients can be bought online. I believe there are links to reliable retailers if you search the forums. If you have local farmer's markets, check there for Asian produce styles. If you have a Kroger in a neighboring town, they'r every good about stocking requested items. The basic staples I listed -- nut butters, canned or dry beans, and basic greens -- can be bought most anywhere. If you pick up a basic food processor, you can also make your own hummus and protein-based dips/spreads.