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Vegan diet
Thu 13-Oct-16
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Aly
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Am adding this as after many years on a vegetarian diet I have decided to become vegan. As many know I have been working on cleaning up my diet and ditching chemicals. My reason for becoming veggie years ago was in protest at the exploitation of animals. I am also concerned at the modern method of intensive farming.

It is going to be a difficult journey but I will do it. I have perfected making vegan butter which works well with baking so can continue making bread comfortably. The new organic shop I found sells vegan biscuits so I will not go without treats. Cake I will make for the family but no longer eat it myself. Eating out will be even more difficult but I know of a couple of restaurants who cook vegan food.

If there is anyone else who is vegan and has more experience of managing it I would love to hear from you.

Eileen I thought we could share ideas here.

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Thu 13-Oct-16
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Good idea to have this thread Aly, you don't need to go without cake it is easy to make cakes without eggs, substituting ,Apple puree, custard and aquafaba. You can make fantastic meringue with aquafaba. Take a look at the facebook groups , vegan meringue hits and misses, aquafaba creations, and plantified

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Thu 13-Oct-16
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Thanks, will do

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Thu 13-Oct-16
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Found a Facebook group for English speaking vegans in France! Perfect!

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Fri 14-Oct-16
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Great that should be a great help to you, I have had loads of help from groups on Facebook. Thought it might be an idea to do a vegan recipe thread. Will start one later if I get time and put the vegan meringue recipe on.

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Fri 14-Oct-16
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Through the group I have found an online shop that can be viewed in English with all things vegan and green. Have ordered a few things!

Good idea for the recipe thread.

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Fri 14-Oct-16
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Can I ask a question?  Don't you find it hard following a diet that excludes so much? 

Not quite the same thing I know, but when I was on that weird Fodmap diet the dietician gave me years ago, which excluded loads and loads of foods, I found it incredibly difficult, boring and so hard to fit into normal everyday life, especially because it meant I had to cook completely different meals for myself and husband every single day.  It just wasn't workable for any length of time really, and I don't see how it's possible to continue with a similarly restrictive diet such as vegan if you're the only one who's doing it and the rest of the family aren't.

Please don't think I'm trying to be controversial - I'm not, not at all, each to their own.  I'm just curious that's all.

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Fri 14-Oct-16
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No more than it has been being veggie. I am used to cooking something that I can have and adding meat to the others portions. We already eat quite a lot of vegan dinners. The bread I make I now use the vegan butter for, which I make quickly when needed. I am adapting other cake and biscuit recipes and it has not been noticed. I use very little milk so one pack of almond milk lasts me a week. I cook something every day anyway so the work load is no greater.

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Fri 14-Oct-16
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I don't find it restrictive at all Sue I have used plant milk since the 80s since I became intolerant to cows milk. There are plenty of dairy free spreads and yoghurt around . And the only thing I don't do that I would use eggs for is omelette I can substitute in everything else. I still cook meat or fish for Ian every day, but as most recipes are to serve 4 I freeze the extra portions. So say like on Sunday Ian will have a pork chop , and roast veg , I will have the roast veg but will have a portion of nut roast with it. I very rarely use pre packaged meat substitute. I am a vegan for my health, so have no problem with it.

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Fri 14-Oct-16
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Thank you both.

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Fri 14-Oct-16
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Aly that facebook page I told you about has changed its name to Aquafaba ( AKA the original vegan meringue hit and miss)

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