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Vegan January

I'm doing Veganuary...
I've already cheated twice, as we went out for dinner and there are no vegan restaurants... spending a lot of money to eat the most depressing option on the menu was a non starter. 2 meals out of 42 is not the end of the world, me thinks.
Other than that, all vegan... lots of pulses and nuts to replace meat, fish, eggs and dairy. The overall impression, after 2 weeks is that I do feel better... I sleep better, I don't wake up with a light headache as I used to (and always thought it was dehydration or too many carbs at dinner). On the bike the power output is the same... and so far no weight loss whatsoever...

Anyone else?
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,272
    Apart from fish, once a week perhaps, my diet is vegetarian and on top of that mainly vegan.

    It's been seven years now so it feels normal... genuinely remember feeling much much better in the first year though!
    Ben

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  • masjermasjer Posts: 597
    Vegan here (apart for the occasional tin of sardines). Like Ben says, it all feels normal after a while. It helps if you can cook rather than always relying on meat replacement products. I use plant based protein powders to keep the levels up, but beans and lentils are good too. Keeping a low BMI is easy.
    Don't forget Vit B12 if you stay vegan for longer.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594
    I was hoping to use it as a way to shift half a stone ahead of the hill climb season in September... not sure it does the trick, but yes, overall feeling better, so it's probably going to stick, maybe with the odd meal out. Other than B12, is there any known deficiency? I do eat lots of puy lentils, which claim to have enough iron to tick the RDA
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594
    roasted Jackfruit burger with kimchi and tomato, with a side of slow dressed with coconut yogurt... not a bad dinner :)
  • masjermasjer Posts: 597
    On a sports thing, it might be useful to supplement beta-alanine (for muscle carnosine) and creatine- both aren't essential but might benefit muscles.
    Iodine levels can get lower (depending on diet and levels in local soils), so pills are a safeguard. Omega-3 eat nuts, but especially flaxseeds are good.
    Calcium? I do, but it's not proven levels drop.
  • masjermasjer Posts: 597
    On a short term basis, all the above is unnecessary. Your body can store about 5 years supply of B12 (don't go without supps for this long).
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,272

    I was hoping to use it as a way to shift half a stone ahead of the hill climb season in September... not sure it does the trick, but yes, overall feeling better, so it's probably going to stick, maybe with the odd meal out. Other than B12, is there any known deficiency? I do eat lots of puy lentils, which claim to have enough iron to tick the RDA


    You’ll definitely end up more trim/lean.
    Ben

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  • I've been veganish for a couple of years and wouldn't go back now. I enjoy meat when eating out or making a 'treat meal' but otherwise lots of beans and pulses. A pressure cooker is good for making them for dry which taste better in my opinion. Yeast flakes are a good source of b12 and taste pretty good instead of parmesan on things like pasta bake type meals.

    I've heard a lot of modern meat production methods strip out a lot of b vitamins anyway so meat isn't a great source anyway.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594

    I've been veganish for a couple of years and wouldn't go back now. I enjoy meat when eating out or making a 'treat meal' but otherwise lots of beans and pulses. A pressure cooker is good for making them for dry which taste better in my opinion. Yeast flakes are a good source of b12 and taste pretty good instead of parmesan on things like pasta bake type meals.

    I've heard a lot of modern meat production methods strip out a lot of b vitamins anyway so meat isn't a great source anyway.

    I soak the beans overnight and they generally cook in an hour or so

  • masjermasjer Posts: 597
    edited 15 January
    Good one about the nutritional yeast for B's. Chickpeas are another good vegan protein (as well as other nutrients). Homemade falafels (chickpea) are good. Tip; only use dried chickpeas (soaked) if you make them.
    One thing I've just discovered is a decent vegan cheese at last. Sheese- available in Tesco and Lidl.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594
    masjer said:

    Good one about the nutritional yeast for B's. Chickpeas are another good vegan protein (as well as other nutrients). Homemade falafels (chickpea) are good. Tip; only use dried chickpeas (soaked) if you make them.
    One thing I've just discovered is a decent vegan cheese at last. Sheese- available in Tesco and Lidl.

    Yes, you need raw ones soaked… if you used the tinned ones, you get balls of mash. I am baking sourdough pizzas with no cheese, in Italy we call it Marinara… don’t need cheese 😀

  • masjermasjer Posts: 597
    Sourdough, show off!

  • I soak the beans overnight and they generally cook in an hour or so

    Most beans it's 7-9 mins in our electric pressure cooker, though it takes a bit of time to come to pressure.

  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 8,734
    I’ve had several Gregg’s vegan sausages rolls this year. That’s my bit done for the planet.
    Pinno, מלך אידיוט וחרא מכונאי
  • masjermasjer Posts: 597
    Oi Sean, this is the lentil and chickpea section. There's nothing for you here, mincing around with your turkey legs.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 8,734
    Sorry masjer 😔 I’ll take my masculine penis and balls elsewhere 😔
    Pinno, מלך אידיוט וחרא מכונאי
  • masjermasjer Posts: 597
    Exactly, no meaty sausage and meatballs welcome.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 4,043
    You can’t beat going out with your none veggie other half for a meal and paying 15 quid for a cauliflower steak.
    There’s taking the p*ss and there’s taking the p*ss.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594
    webboo said:

    You can’t beat going out with your none veggie other half for a meal and paying 15 quid for a cauliflower steak.
    There’s taking the p*ss and there’s taking the p*ss.

    Yeah, if you don’t live in a large city, the options are dire…

  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594
    There might be something in it… 4w/kg for 75 minutes is a new high
    https://www.strava.com/activities/6530938789
  • masjermasjer Posts: 597

    There might be something in it… 4w/kg for 75 minutes is a new high
    https://www.strava.com/activities/6530938789

    Vegan power!
    Remember, it's not all good. Djokovic is basically a vegan, and look what's happened to him.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594
    masjer said:

    There might be something in it… 4w/kg for 75 minutes is a new high
    https://www.strava.com/activities/6530938789

    Vegan power!
    Remember, it's not all good. Djokovic is basically a vegan, and look what's happened to him.
    I’ll bear that in mind… 😂

  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594
    We’re going out for lunch today, so this will be exception no. 3 over 48 meals…
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,272
    edited 16 January
    webboo said:

    You can’t beat going out with your none veggie other half for a meal and paying 15 quid for a cauliflower steak.
    There’s taking the p*ss and there’s taking the p*ss.


    There’s a fantastic vegetarian cafe (possibly with vegan options, I don’t recall) in York.

    Goji cafe on Goodramgate in York.

    I don’t know any vegetarians who eat cauliflower steaks, btw! 😂
    Ben

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  • webboowebboo Posts: 4,043
    What seems to be happening is normal restaurants are tending to just have vegan dishes rather than vegetarian ones as well. Hence a slice of cauliflower and the like.
    The days of veggies covered in cheese seem to be a thing of the past.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,594
    webboo said:

    What seems to be happening is normal restaurants are tending to just have vegan dishes rather than vegetarian ones as well. Hence a slice of cauliflower and the like.
    The days of veggies covered in cheese seem to be a thing of the past.

    Good thing!

    Vegetarian doesn't even make sense anymore... whether you do it for health, the environment or to avoid animal cruelty, it's pretty obvious that dairy is a big part of the problem
  • webboowebboo Posts: 4,043

    webboo said:

    What seems to be happening is normal restaurants are tending to just have vegan dishes rather than vegetarian ones as well. Hence a slice of cauliflower and the like.
    The days of veggies covered in cheese seem to be a thing of the past.

    Good thing!

    Vegetarian doesn't even make sense anymore... whether you do it for health, the environment or to avoid animal cruelty, it's pretty obvious that dairy is a big part of the problem
    That depends on whether you want to eat meat or fish which I don’t.
  • masjermasjer Posts: 597
    On the dairy side of things, this could be a game changer: https://perfectday.com/
    There's also an Israeli company doing similar but supposedly even better.
  • Looks good! Though I think a lot of the issues the 'lab-based' alternatives have is convincing people to eat them. A lot of people are put off by the idea for reason. I am curious how many of those put off bu 'lab grown' but happily take a tour through an abattoir?
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