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What Does a Vegan Eat?

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Whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds and nuts provide an important foundation for any diet (and can easily make up the entire diet of those who are particularly concerned about good health, a light ecological footprint or economic ease).

Having said that, there are also readily-available vegan versions of common items such as milk, cheese, yogurt, mayonnaise, cereal, and many other foods including (if you so desire) desserts and snacks, such as ice cream, cookies, cakes, pies, candies and puddings. These ready-made convenience foods and products make life a little easier for those who have busy lifestyles or who still crave the tastes and textures of foods that are usually animal-based.

Many of these convenience foods are appearing ever more frequently in supermarkets and grocery stores, even in small towns where there is no health food store. In our local supermarket, vegan options appear alongside ready-to-serve dinners and lunches.

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.

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11:28AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

I don't touch seitan due to gluten sensitivity and don't think it's particularly healthy, so it's fine by me. There are other fabulous alternatives to meat, from organic, GMO-free soy to lentils, mushrooms and quinoa. I had no problems switching to an entirely plant-derived diet when I went vegan and my diet is so much more diverse now than it has ever been. Mind you, that is also with me staying organic and gluten-free. Giving up gluten was far tricky than giving up animal byproducts, but I've gotten quite good at cooking without it and I don't really miss it much either. The best thing I have done for myself, animals and the environment in many years is go vegan. And, even better yet, my husband made the change with me. Wonderful!

4:05AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

ty

2:00PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Thanks

11:59AM PDT on May 7, 2013

Go Vegan, healthy way to live

9:55AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Thanks

6:23PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:22PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:01PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

I went vegan, thinking that I was limiting myself... and I am amazed at how much more open I am to new culinary experiences and adventures. Thank-you to all the encouraging people on Care2 who helped to convince me to take the leap from vegetarian to vegan... and to PETA for that awful video of what happens to male chicks - that convinced me never to eat another egg. I made vegan brownies for the first time the other day using vegan becel and apple sauce - they had to be refridgerated first but they are delicious!

4:39AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Animal products are a tiny portion of the food choices we have.

4:46AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

All SORTS of wonderful things! Go to the Vegan Society website or look in a vegan cookbook. It is not a limited diet!

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