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    Hey. Im recently vegan but I have a problem. Im allergic to a lot of fruit (apples, oranges, kiwis, strawberry, banana, lemon, lime) and I dont like veg that much. What am I going to do? I cant live on chips and linda McCartney stuff for the rest of my life.

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    It might be an idea going to a nutritionist as fruits and veg are an important part of a vegan diets nutritional value and they will help you balance out what you can eat with your food intolerances.

    Also you say you like linda mccartney pies, if so you'll probably like realeat fake mince and chicken bits. They're alot healthier and can be incorporated and put into curries, chillies, mock bolognaise etc.

    Also, how are you on pulses.... lentils, red kidney beans etc. They're pretty vital and they don't have to be boring as they can be added to the chillies and curries too.

    Hope this helps.

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    That does sound like a dilemma Josey. You said you don't like veggies much...are there at least some that you like? If there are, start with those. Also, try experimenting with veggies to see if there is some way you like them...try making different sandwiches and wraps, salads, cooking them, sauteing them into a srir-fry, etc. As you try various ways of preparing veggies, you may be pleasantly surprised at how delicious some recipes are!

    As for your allergies to fruit...are they severe allergies? Have you talked with a doctor about them? There are ways to desensitize you to food allergies. However, be very careful with the techniques and be sure to find out medical research findings. Some techniques (e.g. allergy injections) have been found to be ineffective for food allergies, though they are very effective for skin allergies. Another thing that I would recommend is to be careful with the type of doctor you choose. Many conventional doctors (with an M.D. degree) are not very open-minded, and might even advise you against veganism. I would look for a holistically oriented doctor or as osteopathic doctor (with D.O. degree).

    In the meantime, there are many foods you can eat, such as quinoa, pasta, lentil soup, chili, rice, tofu, cous-cous, breads, pita wraps with hummus and veggies, whole grain cereal with some kind of non-dairy milk, all kinds of nuts, the list goes on!!! However, fruits and veggies are an essential part of every diet and I would definitely incorporate them into your diet! Eat the fruits that you're not allergic to and the veggies that you do like Have fun experimenting with all the vegan possibilities
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    There's quite a few fruits you haven't mentioned - can you eat any of these?
    Mango, paw paw, pineapple, pear, peach, plum, grapes, melon, watermelon, cherries, physalis.

    Other stuff that most people (well me and my wife, anyway) find tasty and is good:
    Tomatoes (particularly cherry tomatoes), raw carrots, raw baby spinach, watercress, unpickled cooked beetroot, celery (cooked or raw), peas, sugarsnap peas, sweetcorn, babycorn, sweet peppers, courgette, cucumber, aubergine, raw red cabbage, aubergine, avocado, green beans, bean sprouts.

    Instead of chips, what about root vegetable wedges? Chop potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrot into wedges, coat lightly in oil and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes. Yum!

    There's a whole lot of good stuff out there.
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    Quote Rob(QG)
    There's quite a few fruits you haven't mentioned - can you eat any of these?
    Mango, paw paw, pineapple, pear, peach, plum, grapes, melon, watermelon, cherries, physalis.

    Other stuff that most people (well me and my wife, anyway) find tasty and is good:
    Tomatoes (particularly cherry tomatoes), raw carrots, raw baby spinach, watercress, unpickled cooked beetroot, celery (cooked or raw), peas, sugarsnap peas, sweetcorn, babycorn, sweet peppers, courgette, cucumber, aubergine, raw red cabbage, aubergine, avocado, green beans, bean sprouts.

    Instead of chips, what about root vegetable wedges? Chop potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrot into wedges, coat lightly in oil and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes. Yum!

    There's a whole lot of good stuff out there.

    Ooops I should have mentioned Tomatoes, raw theyre one of the worst things for me. One bite and my tongue swells and gets really sore. As for the fruits you listed, I have tried them all with no luck

    I'll definately try the root veg wedges. I adore parsnips. Raw red cabbage is nice. The only veg I do like and can tolerate are potatos (any method), cooked carrots, parsnips, onion, mushrooms, sweetcorn and peas. Im really limited

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    josie,

    you say that youve recently gone vegan...

    you may find that you begin to like veggies more.

    my tastes changed when i went vegan.

    other than that....all i can say is learn to like them! use the ones you do like, use the ones you dont like, but cover the taste with spices, sauces...

    be creative!
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    Are you allergic to fruit juice as well as the whole fruit?

    Hide veggies in soups, you can liquidize them!
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    Quote RedWellies
    Are you allergic to fruit juice as well as the whole fruit?

    Hide veggies in soups, you can liquidize them!
    Yep it the same with fruit juice. I can hadle about a 1/4 pint of OJ before it kicks in. Im ok with 1/2 pint of apple juice though.

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    That's tough, umm? I agree, you should probably see a nutritionist!
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    You can boil yams and put some melted soy butter on them, or any vegetable for that matter.

    I suggest getting a cookbook, someone gave me that advice and it has helped me tremendously.
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    Hello,

    I was recently advised to have some allergy testing after having alot of sinus problems, I have mild to moderate chronic sinusitis.

    I did a test with York laboratories, sent off 2 blood samples and was told wheat was one of the things I am allergic to. Does anyone know how reliable these blood tests are? I was also told I am allergic to shrimps, celery, hazelnuts and meat mix?? grass pollen & mould.

    I have always suffered with IBS/windy stomach aswell as constant sinus problems since I was a child. Could wheat of caused these problems?

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    I'm not sure how accurate blood tests are but most doctors believe them to be fairly accurate. I was tested by a naturopath (no blood work though) and I came up as being allergic to a lot of things including wheat and other grains. I have had IBS for about 13 years now and it has always disrupted my life. I was off gluten and wheat and grains for a few months but ate a LOT of nuts in that time so my IBS worsened. I later found out nuts can make IBS horrible. All fats (animal and vegetable) can make IBS worse. There are books on IBS you could check out (I'm going to).

    I would say, cut out those foods for a good two months solid to get them completely out of your system and see how your allergies/IBS is. It's really the only way you can know.

    I'm going to try it eventually (just need to find the will power since my family shoves wheat and stuff on me all the time).

    Let me know how it goes.

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    Question hello and questions

    I am allergic to three things that it seems vegans eat a lot of: legumes, tree nuts, and wheat. I am also allergic to strawberries. My doctor told me I could not go vegan because I am limited to the kinds of protein I can consume and we do nto have a wide variety of products in alaska.
    Does anybody have any advice?

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    Hi Sara,
    have you seen this list:
    What are your favourite vegan protein sources?
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    Hello - you might be able to get enough protein from seeds, grains etc but I think I would want to get some advice from a specialist - maybe someone the Vegetarian Resource Group could help you track down a vegan nutritionist.

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    Hi All,
    I suffer with hand eczema, and there is a small amount of research that suggests that following a low nickel diet may help for those with nickel allergy (which I have).
    Problem is it means I have to exclude the following:
    all beans and pulses,
    soya,
    chocolate,
    whole wheat products
    buckwheat, oats
    unploished rice
    all seeds and nuts
    dried and canned fruit
    anything that comes from a can
    baking powder
    some veg (onion, garlic leek) and limit fruit to apples - 3-4x week, orange 3-4x week

    I can have white rice, potatoes, and corn (phew!)

    I was a vegan for about 2 years, then for about the last 2 years I became a vegetarian again (just eating cheese, the odd yoghurt here and there, no pure milk *bleugh tastes yucky*).
    Now I'd like to become a vegan again, but am concerned that I won't be able to consume enough protein/energy....
    Anybody got any great ideas/opinons?

    I really like soy yoghurt...any rice version anyone know of?
    Btw I live in the UK, so this can limit my choice.

    Thanks in advance for any help/advice,
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    Megan, if your medical professional has genuinely diagnosed a specific condition that requires such an extreme restriction of foods, I really think you need the support of a dietician specialising in this sort of very restricted diet rather than internet advice from vegans who eat a normal range of foods.

    If you're not doing this on the recommendation of a doctor, I'd be really cautious about cutting out so many important sources of nutrients, though your choices about your body and your diet are, of course, entirely up to you.

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    Default Soy-Free Vegan

    I have a soy allergy, which makes being vegan even more difficult with the funds of a poor college student. I really want to start cooking proper vegan meals. What are some affordable and healthy things I can stock up on to really flourish?
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    Welcome

    I'm thinking you're after protein sources which aren't soy based? Are you okay with other beans? They're a cheap source of protein, particularly if you've got time to buy dried ones in bulk. Peanuts are a good source of cheap protein too, and wheat products such as bread and pasta. Quinoa is meant to be excellent although I have never really got on with it that well and it's more expensive. If you like it you might be able to get a good deal on a bulk buy though.

    If you're not after protein so much as meat subs, how about Seitan (made with wheat gluten)? I prefer the texture of that to a lot of soy mock meats, it's more chewy usually. You can buy it or make your own from vital wheat gluten flour - there are loads of recipes floating around.
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    Default Re: Soy-Free Vegan

    Hi,
    and welcome!

    since newbies often ask questions that are covered in many other threads, we often trim their posts before they are approved - which is what happened with this thread as well. But don't worry - your other questions are discussed in many threads already!


    I have a soy allergy, which makes being vegan even more difficult with the funds of a poor college student.
    With all due respect - I think it's the other way round. Practically no vegans use cooked soy beans for dinner, and all those imitation products are usually both expensive, processed several times and not particularly healthy. Lots of vegans practicallynever use soy. There's no need to do it.


    I really want to start cooking proper vegan meals. What are some affordable and healthy things I can stock up on to really flourish?
    There are endless options - so many that we usually ask people to look around in the forum for recipes, quick meals, cheap food and so on.

    For starters, you could try the "tag cloud" (upper right corner) or one of these threads:
    Quick & easy vegan food
    Cheap vegan food (This is the old "Poor vegan, cheap living" thread merged with other similar threads.)
    Not using soy
    Soy / wheat free vegan diet
    What are your favourite vegan protein sources?


    Good luck - you'll find loads of useful info here!
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    Hi R_A and welcome to the forum. Good luck with all that cooking.

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    Quote xjoseyx View Post
    Yep it the same with fruit juice. I can hadle about a 1/4 pint of OJ before it kicks in. Im ok with 1/2 pint of apple juice though.
    1/4 pint of OJ is a substantial amount. Equal to about 1 or 2 oranges. I recommend you use fresh-squeezed, unpasteurized (uncooked) juice. What about grapefruit?

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    Hello unregistered guest

    Do you realise that you are responding to postings made 5 years ago? You were wanting to help and so must have a good heart.

    Good wishes

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    We are in the same boat. I am allergic to soy, wheat and possibly gluten intolerant. So my choices are limited. I focus on everything else that I can have.

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    Default Amazing cure from going vegan!

    This isn't exactly a question, but I thought I would post it on the newbie area as I am a fairly recent vegan.

    About 3 months ago I got bumps and dry skin on my hands and feet and ulcers in my mouth, and was diagnosed with probable 'hand foot and mouth'. I was using fungicidal cream (hydrocortizone) and it helped a little but not a lot, there was still loads of itchiness.

    Anyway, about 2 months later I switch to a vegan diet and BAM! it's disappeared completely! I haven't taken any medication or cream in months as I couldn't afford any more and my change of diet has completely healed it!

    So if anyone else is thinking of becoming vegan, go for it! It's a miracle cure!!!


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    This is anecdotal evidence and not medical proven. There were no control groups involved, no clinical trials... so you can't really make these kind of claims. Nothing indicates that the condition wouldn't have clearned up no matter what you did or didn't no. It's also dangerous if people would follow your advice and stop using medicin they really need.

    A vegan diet *might* improve health and fitness when done right, but that is as far as any statement can / should go. I think someones veganism should be rooted in solid facts and in compassion for others and not magical claims about health from the internet.

    Anyway I'm happy for you that your skin and mouth cleared up! Must have been painful (the ulcers part).

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    That sounds like a very unpleasant condition you were suffering from Suzy.

    Happy it's cleared up for you, I am, and happy to welcome a new vegan

    Coolcat is right though, apart from some very specific aspects of the human condition of stoopidity, there isn't really anything for which veganism should be declared a 'miracle cure'.
    All done in the best possible taste ...

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    Coolcat is right though, apart from some very specific aspects of the human condition of stoopidity, there isn't really anything for which veganism should be declared a 'miracle cure'
    I agree with Coolcat and Cupidstunt, we are not having a go at you in ANY way, but it can be slightly dangerous to proclaim veganism as a miracle cure.
    I will agree however that it MIGHT IMO help improve certain conditions. E.G your mouth ulcers might have cleared up because a change to a vegan diet could have increased your vitamin & mineral intake (which can be one of the causes of mouth ulcers), but this is something that you could have done without being vegan, alternately it could just be that you got better!!

    I am diabetic and have found that it has helped my glucose control - partly because a vegan diet is generally higher in fiber and complex carbs than a non-vegan, and partly because some foods which I might have eaten before are now off limits to me (I might have had a dessert as a treat if I went to a restaurant in my pre vegan days which would have caused high/low blood glucose as I would not know the amount of sugar in it, but when I make vegan desserts at home I know precisely how much sugar their is so I can adapt my insulin).
    My point is that I probably could have achieved this (and did most of the time) as an omni by planning healthy meals and using will power in restaurants so I wont proclaim that veganism is a miracle cure for diabetes.

    Please don't think that I am having a moan at you, but it could be slightly risky to proclaim veganism as a miracle cure.

    That said WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S I am glad that you are feeling better!

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    I don't see anything wrong with a person changing their diet and seeing if that helps cure a medical condition, as long as you're not suddenly going off required medication or anything like that... I'm still only a few months into being vegan, but I've definately read that vegan diets help with high cholesterol and diabetes and high blood pressure and things like that. Vegan diets can help with weight loss and then the weight loss helps with those as well. Also, symptoms that come from milk or egg allergies or sometimes digestive issues can be helped by a vegan diet. So, as long as people are being sensible and using common sense, why not change to a vegan diet and see how you feel? It might not be a cure for every person and every ailment, but in her case, it seems like that was the cure for her.

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    So, as long as people are being sensible and using common sense, why not change to a vegan diet and see how you feel? It might not be a cure for every person and every ailment
    Yes I do agree with you snowflower which is why I said that IMO it can help with certain conditions, but not everyone is sensible and not everyone uses common sense. What I was trying to get across is that someone could stumble upon this forum thinking that vegans are trying to claim that veganism is a miracle cure for all ailments (cancer, aids, toothache, piles) which it isn't.

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    I don't see anything wrong with a person changing their diet and seeing if that helps cure a medical condition, as long as you're not suddenly going off required medication or anything like that... I'm still only a few months into being vegan, but I've definately read that vegan diets help with high cholesterol and diabetes and high blood pressure and things like that. Vegan diets can help with weight loss and then the weight loss helps with those as well. Also, symptoms that come from milk or egg allergies or sometimes digestive issues can be helped by a vegan diet. So, as long as people are being sensible and using common sense, why not change to a vegan diet and see how you feel? It might not be a cure for every person and every ailment, but in her case, it seems like that was the cure for her.
    A vegan diet is very broad. If I ate a big bag of salted potato chips/crisps with a vegan pint for 3 meals a day I would be on a vegan diet. But I doubt it would help my health much. It most likely will decrease my health. From my original post:

    A vegan diet *might* improve health and fitness when done right
    The when done right is a very important part, something I lost a bit in your post. You might think people would assume this, but if you look at some peoples (omni) diets it's clear that a lot of people don't know how to feed themselfs properly. Or there are all sorts of factors (money, time, depression, lack of cooking skills, ...) that make them have an unbalanced, unhealthy diet. If you then just say "a vegan diet" to them they will just cut out the meat and eat the carbs.

    I think it's great when people feel good on a vegan diet. But there is no way to tell that OP's switch to a vegan diet has cleared up her condition. Claims about vegan diets clearing up conditions can easily be argued against (ie no control groups involved, ...) that they are not really helping "the vegan cause". Personally I like to focus on the ethics and long term health benefits when "promoting veganism".

    Also seeing that there are a few recent vegans in this thread, and we are talking health: Take your B12 supplements people ! It's important.

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    Quote CoolCat View Post
    Also seeing that there are a few recent vegans in this thread, and we are talking health: Take your B12 supplements people ! It's important.
    My Nutritionist told me not to.

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    Quote Firestorm View Post
    My Nutritionist told me not to.
    (S)He wants you to start twitching from degraded nerves ? Or have depressions ? And be tired all day ? Why does your nutritionist hates you so much ?

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    She spent an hour with me going through my full food intake for a week, then said dont bother taking supplements your getting all you need from your food

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    Fortified foods then ?

    Even people eating eggs and meat can have a B12 deficiency. You probably know this, but I'm mentioning it for newbies and completeness. Also people: get annual bloodwork done to check on things like B12. For new vegans it would be cool to check their B12 level when they start and not wait for a year so they know the starting value. Having bloodwork done makes you able to argue with people that tell you are deficient as well heh. Most omnis don't get their B12 level checked adding to the hilariousness that they are the ones debating that we are deficient from our diet.

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    Sorry I haven't responded sooner, I was making a cheese less scone and some tomato soup for lunch


    Quote CoolCat View Post
    Fortified foods then ?
    Oh hell yes.
    Soya milk, yogurts, cereal, margerine etc - Thats why she said I dont need a supplement!!!

    Because of the diabetes I am poked and prodded every 6-12 months and the DB clinic know I'm vegan (it was their nutritionist I saw) so they check for these things

    Quote CoolCat View Post
    Having bloodwork done makes you able to argue with people that tell you are deficient as well heh.
    I do like your point about this, scientific fact is hard to argue with!!!

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    Cool cat, IMO there doesn't have to be studies done in order for something to be a cure. As Firestorm said, obviously we're not talking about things like cancer, aids, etc... and we're assuming that the person is using common sense in not going off meds etc. all of a sudden.... but the thing is, with all the pharmaceutical companies making money, they don't want to do a study about how people can cure things naturally because it takes away their profits.. not only pharmaceutical profits but profits from the meat and dairy industry as well. i think it all depends on what is causing someone's ailment.. if it's caused by an allergy or just plain bad diet, then changing that diet can help because you're taking away the root cause of the problem. if it doesn't help, than at the very least you might notice other health benifits that you weren't expecting. I would have to do a search but I know there are articles out there of people lowering their cholesterol and lowering their blood pressure, losing weight, getting rid of allergies, clearing up their skin, clearing up digestive issues, from switching to a vegan diet. I'm not saying that it's 100% guaranteed for every single person, everyone's body is different, but it does happen.

    i think feeling healthier and possibly clearing up certain health issues is a great point to bring up in favor of vegan diets... i always feel like i want to suggest either cutting down meat and dairy or going completely vegan when i see someone who is eating meat and cheese all day long every day and clearly suffering from health issues and not feeling well and struggling.. not everyone (unfortunately, i wish it wasnt this way) is going to go vegan because of animal or environmental issues but some of those people may consider changing their diet to feel healthier!!

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    Cool cat, IMO there doesn't have to be studies done in order for something to be a cure. ...
    No, but to claim that it is you have to be able to back up your statements. And anecdotal evidence isn't enough. The original post and the thread title makes some big claims that aren't warranted. I don't argue that the OP isn't cured by her new found diet, just that it can't be proven from an isolated case without a proper study and control groups. Or a whole lot of statistical data.

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    I understand what you're saying, but I didn't get the feeling that the poster was making big claims that all people suffering from her heath issue would be cured by a vegan diet. My feeling is that she just wanted to share the cure that she got and basically say, hey, this is what happened to me, so if anyone is thinking of trying the vegan diet, go for it.. I was kinda shocked at the response. It just kinda makes me sad to see a new vegan posting because she is so excited about the changes in her health that have taken place as a result of the vegan diet, and then another poster getting all technical about it, letting her know that there's no way to scientifically prove that she was cured because there's no proven studies that vegan diets cure ulcers. I don't see why people shouldn't share a health issue that's been resolved by a vegan diet on a vegan forum without providing study and control groups, statistical data, etc? To me it just doesn't sound very welcoming to a brand new vegan who is excited about her new diet and wanted to share her excitement with other vegans.

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    Thanks for the comments guys! I know it isn't scientifically a miracle cure, it just felt like it! And I promise I'm being a good girl and taking all my supplements ! But yes as Snowflower said I was just excited. Don't worry I won't start proclaiming it as a scientific breakthrough or anything. But being vegan has made me eat healthier and eat more nutritional things, so I guess the diet did kind of help in a roundabout way...?

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    Quote FaerieSuzy View Post
    Thanks for the comments guys! I know it isn't scientifically a miracle cure, it just felt like it! And I promise I'm being a good girl and taking all my supplements ! But yes as Snowflower said I was just excited. Don't worry I won't start proclaiming it as a scientific breakthrough or anything. But being vegan has made me eat healthier and eat more nutritional things, so I guess the diet did kind of help in a roundabout way...?
    Hi FaerieSuzy
    Please dont get upset by any of the posts (were all nice really) and I agree that being Vegan has made you healthier, one of the many things that I love about being Vegan is that you tend to become more aware of nutrition and health so you end up becoming more healthy physically along with all the other benefits of being vegan, and it of course means that when you do have a "discussion" with omni's about it you can wipe the floor with them because you know what your talking about.

    If any of my posts have been unwelcoming then, just ignore me (or tell me to shut my cakehole).

    And WELCOME again by the way

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    Haha no really I didn't take offence at all! Reading my first post back it didn't exactly word exactly how I would have said it in person (as written text so often does!) But yes I do feel healthier, I'm loving being vegan and I love this forum, there is so much interesting stuff to read with such diverse opinions and I'm definitely gathering some great facts to 'wipe the floor with the omni's' as you said haha!

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    Firestorm, I wasn't meaning you at ALL when I wrote that ... you're always really friendly and I wasn't directing that towards you at all, I was replying to what CoolCat was saying in the post above mine. I should've been more specific about what I was replying to

    Suzy, glad to hear you are still doing well with your new diet and glad to see you back... there is a lot of interesting stuff to read here!

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    @snowflower don't worry about it. I'm a bit oversensitive about offending people unintentionally. Its been drilled into me at work that I can't offend people (I do tend to at work) ;-)

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    Shut your cakehole, Firestorm lol

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    Before you ask I'm definitely persuaded by the moral case for a vegan diet, but I've been told by relatives and friends that they doubt I'll be able to eat healthily as a vegan. So what I need now is information.

    I can't eat:

    (all) Nuts, wheat, soya

    I also have difficulty absorbing B12 anyway and have to have injections every 4 months or so (this is even on a meat diet).

    What should I do? I'm trying to arrange meeting up with a professional dietician.

    (I've looked at the related threads, but they didn't provide the information I need).

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    Hi-
    I'm not a doctor or nutritionist or whatever but I am sure you would be fine on a healthy, balanced vegan diet- it is easy to do it whilst avoiding nuts, wheat and soya. You can continue having your injections so that won't be any different.
    I don't know where your friends have got their info from about you not being able to eat healthily, but there is heaps of information out there about the health benefits of being on a vegan diet and you can get everything you need, as far as I am aware, from foods other than the ones you mentioned. Yes soya is used a lot in vegan cooking, but it doesn't mean you have to have it, there are alternatives. And lots of foods now include 'free from...' as I'm sure you are aware! Including 'free from soya'.
    I'm not sure whether you have intolerance rather than allergies to any of those things, but from what I know about intolerance, your body changes and it can be possible to consume certain things that you once couldn't after a few years or whatever.
    Hope this helps
    xxxx

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    Can you eat beans, lentils, chickpeas and so on OK? If so I would think you'd be fine. If not you might need some advice about balancing your diet but I imagine it would still be possible.

    As yo-yo says the B12 thing is probably a non-issue as you are having the injections. There are fortified foods that contain it, such as yeast extracts, but in your case you probably don't need to bother.

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    yo-yo, unfortunately no they're not intolerances, I have colitis that is aggravated by those foods, and have been on a restricted diet for over a decade.

    harpy, I can have most of those things but not chickpeas. I've been told it's not as simple as like managing to cram in enough carbs and protein by eating beans and lentils all day, but that in missing out on soya, nuts etc. I'll struggle to get all the vitamins, minerals and what not. (I know you yourself weren't quite saying that).

    I hope you're right about the B12, but because of absorption problems I'm bordering on anaemic anyway. I hear there are b12 pills, maybe I could take these in addition to a jab.

    I sorely hope you're both right, but what should I do if a professional dietician disagrees? Should I really run my health into the ground?

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    Default Food allergies: nuts, legumes, sesame

    Hi,

    I'm considering going vegan, but have several severe food allergies. I've been looking into this question a bit on my own, but figured it would be nice to get an answer based on the specific food allergies I have.

    I am severely allergic to the following things:
    -all tree nuts
    -all legumes
    -all forms of sesame (seeds, oils, etc.)

    I'm wondering if it's even possible to sustain a vegan diet with these limitations, especially since I'm also an avid long distance runner and cyclist, and have found that I need to consume 3000-4000 calories per day to maintain an optimal energy level during my runs/rides.

    Any advice? Thanks in advance!

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