Pigs Are Amazing: My Vegan Journey

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Pigs Are Amazing: My Vegan Journey

#1 Postby Ilovepigs22 » Sat May 29, 2010 7:35 pm

Hey everyone...welcome to my journey. I never want to call this a diet because it is becoming a lifestyle change for me. I really want to dive into the whole animal rights movement with all I have. I feel like because of my heavy workload in college, i didnt have much time for anything else but now that I am graduated...i am ready to dive right in! I AM looking to lose weight with this lifestyle but it is not my main concern. I just want to be healthier and support companies that do not abuse animals. After doing research and learning of the companies that I approve of..shopping is a whole new experience for me. I love being picky about what i eat and only buying certain things. It makes me feel empowered. I eventually want to compete in a figure competition. I have always wanted to do this but i could never stomach all of the eggs and animal protein that was expected from a competition diet. Now that i learned of alternative protein sources, i am pumped!!!! whooo hooo!!!

Right now I am 5"5' and 136 lbs...def a lot of toning to go :)

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#2 Postby InmostLight » Sat May 29, 2010 7:40 pm

Good luck! And ha - nothing like looking for a shampoo and asking the manager if they have non-animal tested shampoos, and they give you a weird look, but you know they want to help you, yet they know they only stock animal-tested shampoos, thus knowing they lose business and you look for a cruelty-free place.

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#3 Postby Ilovepigs22 » Sat May 29, 2010 8:47 pm

so true!!! Its so silly to test beauty products on animals...I admit...when I was 3 years old I used to eat cherry chapstick but now I am a bit more mature and I know not to. :) I believe that if they didnt put any harmful chemicals that I am sure dry out our hair in the first place...then the testing wouldn't have to be done. Everyone gets some soap in their eyes from time to time but they do not need to repeatedly put soap in a mouse's eye in large amounts just to see what happens. Its so cruel...im happy with my natural soaps. They do the trick and im not walking around looking dirty hehe.

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#4 Postby lobsteriffic » Sat May 29, 2010 9:26 pm

Good luck on your journey!

And good luck finding vegan products you love - there are some great ones out there. I like JASON brand, a lot of LUSH stuff is vegan, I use some Aveda hair products, tons of vegan companies now. :)

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#5 Postby InmostLight » Sat May 29, 2010 10:33 pm

haha, I got in touch with my feminine side and got some LUSH stuff once. Pretty expensive, but it's really good stuff and all handmade. A lot of health food shops sell vegan natural shampoos / conditioners, that's where I get mine :D. The one near my old place was all locally made too from a home business

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#6 Postby Ilovepigs22 » Sun May 30, 2010 10:55 am

ill look into LUSH stuff...when i am more financially stable. But I am reading the book..The Secret...not sure how much I am connecting with it but it seems to make sense to me. I was PMSing friday and saturday and I was expecting everything bad to happen to me and it did. It was pretty much a horrible 2 days...all of my plans fell through and i just wanted to cry both days and that is NOT like me at all!! To top that off...i attracted bacon! Haha. I was at a grad party and I had a pasta dish that I thought was just pasta and sauce (didnt know what was in the sauce) but it was literally the only thing that wasnt meat so I had some with salad. And i find these little bits of something in the pasta....i ask my boyfriend to taste it...and he tells me its bacon with a scared look on his face haha. I just stopped eating it and tried not to freak out because by that point it was out of my control...i already ate it. Gross. And i LOVE PIGS haha. But today I am in a better mood. Me and my good friend are hitting all of the memorial day sales and I have a new positive outlook!!!! Yay i love being vegan.

So i bought a vita mix when i was thinking about going raw a few months ago. And now that I am deciding to be a cooked vegan.....i hardly use it. I know its silly but what are some ways I can use it. I think i just need ideas and I will fire it up again :) Right now i make smoothies.

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#7 Postby lobsteriffic » Sun May 30, 2010 2:55 pm

Oooh I'm so jealous of your Vita Mix!

I would definitely use it to make smoothies. Have you tried green smoothies?

You could also make some kick ass hummus with it, pureed soups, etc etc

I don't know if you bake, but I've heard you can even make flour in a Vita Mix.

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#8 Postby Ilovepigs22 » Sun May 30, 2010 6:38 pm

thanks for the info. I tried green smoothies and i want to get back into them. Sometimes they kind of mess with my stomach and I have issues but maybe my body wasnt used it. I eventually want to get back into them because I really do not eat enough veggies ESPECIALLY for a vegan. ANd i do not eat frequently enough throughout the day. SO today i went shopping for summer clothes and i always have issues with pants...shorts...capris...really anything because i have big theighs and a smaller waist. I bought a pair of shorts that ALMOST fit and I have 30 days to return them. I am going to take the next 2 weeks and work out my lower half and try them on again and see what happens. I like mini challenges like that, i work better with them than longer goals. I absolutely have to redo my plan..i dont eat right..im very scattered and i do not eat enough but i want to change this :)

THanks so much guys

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#9 Postby InmostLight » Sun May 30, 2010 11:38 pm

Sorry to hear about the bacon experience. It's happened to me too, just with Clamato Juice. Twice it occurred where I bought it without thinking only to later realize I was drinking a clam. I usually try to laugh it off and not get upset, and just not do it again :D

lobsteriffic wrote:kick ass hummus with it



Yesssss Hummus is the best, made some raw sprouted chick pea hummus 2 hours ago. Excellent for protein!

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#10 Postby Ilovepigs22 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:14 pm

Its great to know that accidental meat/dairy occurences happen to the best of us!!!! Tomorrow i am starting a small juice fast. Just 3 days because I have a bbq on saturday (which i will be bring my own vegan burgers to) :) So i just want to try it...i never went past a 1 day juice fast. I KNOW I KNOW IM PATHETIC. But im taking baby steps and doing a 3 day one. :) wish me luck :) Im firing up that vita mix

If anyone has any good juice/smoothie like recipes..post them here :)

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#11 Postby lobsteriffic » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:14 am

Do Vita Mixes make juice? I thought they were just blenders. But I really don't know, I don't have one.

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#12 Postby VelvetVoices » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:25 am

Ilovepigs22 wrote:But im taking baby steps and doing a 3 day one. :) wish me luck :) Im firing up that vita mix

Good luck, it's the baby steps that make all the difference.

Ilovepigs22 wrote:If anyone has any good juice/smoothie like recipes..post them here :)

::Green smoothie::
1 to 1 1/2 frozen banana's
water (amount depends)
handful or more of spinach
handful or more of kale
(if I have any old lettuce I'll add it)
-blend banana and water first, then I add my green's till I reach I think it's the 3 cups line. (also sometimes add Manitoba Harvest hemp seed oil)
-pore in cup and top with Manitoba Harvest shelled hemp seed :heart:

More recipes at: http://vegweb.com/index.php?board=366.0
^^Blueberry Greens Smoothie was great


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