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 Post subject: Failure at being VEGAN
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:51 pm 
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Was doing great until my run today. Came home and out of tofu. My beans hadn't been soaked- still in the bag and I ended up running to the corner store by my house and buying a carton of eggs and proceeded to eat 2 of them.
I feel horrible and a fake.

I almost feel like giving up after this misstep. I am going to try and try. I asked my boyfriend to help me. He isn't vegan but his brother is a vegan activist in Canada. He told me all about him, and I asked if he could ask his brother for advice for me. then I realized I have this wonderful board to ask.

Did you guys go straight to veganism and never falter?

I am planning in being in this fitness competition in Aug and i want to prove that someone who eats no meat can do it.

I don't feel deprived at all....it was just a moment of laziness and that actually makes me feel worse.

Wasn't even a craving.

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:24 pm 
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Relax, it was just one slip up. I dont think you would be asking this if you did not truly want to pursue veganism so just stick at it.
Its better to try and be a hypocrite than never try at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:40 pm 
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I think you are being too hard on yourself. You got caught unprepared and you fell back on what you knew. I think that sort of thing happens to most everyone in the early stages of making a big change.


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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:45 pm 
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nobody's perfect, don't be too hard on yourself.
By some lentils, they're good for such situations, because you don't have to soak them before cooking. I eat lentils all the time and have various types for change: green, brown, red, beluga, some tiny french lentils (don't know how they're called)...
Frozen tofu is another option to always have in your freezer. It gets different texture which is considered good for frying chinese style...

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:24 pm 
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quinoa, too! not a bean, but it takes but 10 minutes to cook in a rice cooker. it's WONDERFUL.

people make mistakes, learn from them and don't do it again.

full disclosure: just a few weeks ago I skimmed the ingredients of a box of cereal at Trader Joes. Nothing at the bottom in the allergen info section but wheat. A few days later it was on the table and I looked at it again (why, i'm not sure) and sure enough, about 1/2way down was "whey". I didn't eat another bowl of it. I won't buy it again. I messed up, and I learned something from it.

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
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Some moment of weakness happens sometimes, imbalance of the mind cause us to make mistakes, to forget about the reasons we decided to make an important change in lifestyle, etc...,
apriltrainer wrote:
Did you guys go straight to veganism and never falter?
When I was vegetarian I went back a few times to eating meat or fish but I wasn't eating lots of eggs and dairy... When I became vegan it was easier and I never went back to vegetarian or meat.
Some people do a slow transition to veganism, the danger is that this transition is very slow or they never do a full transition. Others change their diet completly overnight, its the best way to do it for those who have motivation and found good reasons to change, but for the others they won't be able and they will come back to their previous diet days, weeks or months later.

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:01 pm 
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You must now commit ritual suicide!

For me, all I have to do is think of one of the videos I have scene concerning the treatment of the animals. Maybe that will help you too.

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
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I echo what someone else said about lentils. When I find myself in a situation where I don't have beans or tofu or something like that I know I can whip up some lentils really quickly. Particularly the red lentils, they are split so they cook up a LOT faster than the other kinds.

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
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Berbere and chopped onions in lentils are amazing. This is what is used at Ethopian restaurants. Berbere is a mix of common spices, so you can make it yourself, or pick it up premixed.

Lentils are one of my top ten favorite foods. Well, yellow and red lentils. Not a huge fan of the green and brown lentils. Never had black or gold ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
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Just bought 5 bags of lentils!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And started soaking my beans while I was at the store.

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
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Beans freeze well too!

I soaked and then cooked a whole crock pot of black beans last week. When they were finished cooking, I let them cool and then filled up a few freezer bags full of beans and popped them in the freezer. You end up with a frozen bean brick, but I just bang that on the counter a couple times, dump the frozen beans in a pan with some onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder and a little salt. Add some water to make a nice gravy and you can have some pretty well-seasoned black beans in just a few minutes. I think I could eat them with every meal.


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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
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SERIOUSLY LISTEN TO EARTH CRISIS AND WATCH SLAUGHTER VIDEOS.

I've gone days without eating because i was working and staying out of town and the only food my work mates would eat was animal products.And back then i was only a vegetarian!

I swear if someone held a knife to my throat and said "eat meat or i'll cut your head off" i'd spit in their face and say TO THE DEATH!!


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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:01 am 
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NO..I would compare it to giving up smoking. We all work differently.
I often went back to smoking when I was out at night and had drunk a beer, but when I woke up the next day I didn't say to myself "well that's it then! I've fallen off the wagon! May as well go down the shop and buy a pack of cigarettes!" No...I just thought "OMG..I really shouldnt drink if it leads to smoking!". I'm still struggling with the smoking thing but I don't beat up on myself when I slip up. Obviously I dont feel great, but i try to congratulate myself on the positive progress I have made. Like I may think "well, this time i went 2 whole days without a cigarette, lets see if I can make it three". It was all about breaking personal records for me. Maybe you can see how many days you can go without animal products it will give you some inspiration and personal records to break.
I've seen many people who stopped smoking, went back to smoking one night when they were out on the piss...and then the very nexy day said "well, Ive started smoking again" therefore giving themselves the excuse to REALLY start smoking. They all failed and went out and bought packs of cigarettes. I'm still struggling with it but every time I do better. Just because you eat egg or cheese one day doesn't mean you¡'ve started eating your old diet again. I think you need to see it as you slipped up and ate egg or ice-cream or whatever on that particular occasion. Not that you've reverted to your old ways.
I think its important not to be too hard on yourself..but at the same time that doesn't mean you can be too slack, you need to set yourself goals. Its hard becoming vegan at first, and until you find some recipies you really love, and until you get used to what you can snack on or what you can eat for treats, or where you can go to eat out and actually have more than a salad, you will probably still have the odd non-vegan product. Don't hate yourself for it, think about it, why you ate what you ate, and see if you can come up with a solution so it doesn't happen again.
Good luck and keep working at it..you're doing great! Remember, you dont every really fail until you stop trying!

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 Post subject: Re: Failure at being VEGAN
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Cold Fission wrote:
SERIOUSLY LISTEN TO EARTH CRISIS AND WATCH SLAUGHTER VIDEOS.

I've gone days without eating because i was working and staying out of town and the only food my work mates would eat was animal products.And back then i was only a vegetarian!

I swear if someone held a knife to my throat and said "eat meat or i'll cut your head off" i'd spit in their face and say TO THE DEATH!!


I don't mean this in the sarcastic and insulting sense that most people ask this question, but I am curious. Cold Fission, may I ask your age?

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