I was vegan for a while and noticed that I was having breathing problems and headaches which I have always had but I finally decided to see an allergist about my problems to try and find the cause for my migraines. At this time I was vegan and to my surprise I tested positive for everything outdoors no surprise but I am also allergic to soy, basil, peanuts and pistachios. I did a test of taking them all out of my diet and putting them back in one by one and the only one I really had an issue with was soy. I noticed immediately after eating a soy product, I needed my inhaler.
I decided to make it a little easier and financial issues to go back to vegetarian and maybe 3 or 4 months and I'm very ready to go back to vegan because I liked it much more for my son and me. Any suggestions on things to substitute for soy products? I practically lived on Tofu and Tofurkey and am sad to see them go but I'm not willing to give up being a vegan even though the main part of my diet is now gone. I know of Seitan but I can get tired of it, here and there.
Taking soy based products out of equation probably forces you to eat more beans, legumes and try different grains and vegetables, this isn't a bad thing as it usually makes the diet healthier if anything.
There are many wheat protein based mock products such as seitan, although i find them worse than soy.
I'm a soy-free vegan. I think the trick is to think about food differently. I don't know about you, but when I went vegetarian, I ate pretty much the same things I did as a carnist, I just substituted soy products. So I was still in that "cafeteria tray" mindset, where a meal was a soy dish as my main dish, with some veggie side dishes. Now, I very rarely do that. I tend to eat a lot of one-bowl meals filled up with grains, legumes, and veggies.
But if you do want to stick to traditional meals and just substitute, there are a lot of options. If you give me some idea of what your typical menu looks like, I can help you out with some recipes!
I just bought "sunshine burgers". They are soy free. I havent tried them, but the ingredients look good! If there isn't anything like that in your store, some Quorn products are soy free. You could also make stuff out of seitan for meat substitutes. For milk, I like almond milk. Earth Balance makes a soy free, vegan "butter."
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