So,What Do Vegans Eat?
"Okay, I'm Convinced! How Do I Begin a Vegan Eating Style?"
The transition begins in your mind first...
The first question I'm asked about being a vegan is: "If I don't eat meat, chicken or fish, what do I eat?"
Right away I know that it's just too hard for many of you to get a handle on the experience of not eating animal protein. After all, the American culture has been eating protein-animal-based meals forever! I know about this first hand because before becoming a vegan, meal planning at my house always centered around what meat I had in my refrigerator... then I'd add a half cup of salad or veggies to make it look healthy... all the time concentrating on the meat and which gooey sauce to put over it.
Organic Fresh Veggies and Veggie Proteins... First
As a vegan, I now decide on the vegetables and legumes that will help me create a delicious meal. As most meal planning goes, we all have a list of meals that we LOVE... hamburgers and fries, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, tacos, burritos, pizza, salads, sandwiches. It's the same with vegan meal planning. Mexican, Asian, Japanese, Italian, Indian, American... each ethnic origin is included in our meals.
Beans & Rice, Burritos
Asian Stir Fry of Bok Choy, Tofu & Rice
Japanese Assorted Vegetable Sushi
Italian Vegan Pasta Dishes
Indian Curry Dishes
American Mocking Egg Salad Sandwiches
American Hamburgers (Soy or Bean Type) & Oven French Fries
American Hot Dogs (Soy Type) and Baked Beans
"Isn't It Boring Eating the Same Thing All the Time?"
I think most of you first think that vegan eating will be boring and extremely limited. The truth is that this is the best time in history to become a VEGAN! There are healthy choices at every store and the health stores have an array of items that will fool even a meat eater's taste buds if you want to have something that looks and tastes like meat. These vegan product items help make the transition easier for new vegan converts!
Foods A Vegan Eats
Throughout ChezBettay.com, you'll learn that just about any of your favorite recipes can be created by using vegetable-based substitutions. It's the condiments and spices that make foods taste great! I'll hand-hold you through developing great tasting meals and finding fabulous products that will make becoming a vegan fun and simple.
I include recipes that will fit wherever you are on the vegan learning curve... fast meals and more involved gourmet meals. Places to shop, serving styles, products and tools will all be included to complete your vegan cooking training.
"How Do You Get Enough Protein If You Don't Eat MEAT?"
Protein is the first hiccup marker in most conversations with curious minds. Proteins don't exist in fats, sugars or alcohol... but just about everything else does contain protein. Here's a few:
whole wheat bread
"Protein is found in vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds -- sometimes in higher amounts per gram than meat."
Animal Protein Health Concerns
It's important to know that scientific studies show that too much animal protein causes a loss of calcium from the bones causing osteoporosis and kidney stones. Meats and dairy products cause the acid level in our blood to rise. This causes calcium to be excreted from our bones to restore our body's natural pH balance. Calcium depletion = osteoporosis!
Acidic bone leached excess calcium ends up in our kidneys where it can form painful stones. Meat and dairy product eaters suffer from kidney disease more than vegans. Excess protein consumption is linked to: cancers... i.e.: breast, colon, pancreas, prostate.
So choosing a vegan way of eating can improve your health outlook with every bite!
"I Don't Have Time To Cook... This Seems Too Difficult!"
For those of you that say: "I just don't have time to prepare meals! I just want FAST FOODS!"... For the non-cooks, I'll provide my sources of products that will make your cooking life FAST, EASY and TASTY!
Check Out My Vegan Recipes>>