I'm going vegan for Lent

  • bigtallguy

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    Jan 31, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    I've been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for the past 16 years, so I thought it would be a good idea to take it to the next level, so I'm going vegan for Lent. If things go well during the 40 days, I'll continue after. I figure I need 40 days of abstinence to end my sordid love affair with cheese.

    I know I could choose to go vegan anytime, but if I do it during Lent it will be easier because I will have Jesus on my side! (i realize that is a poor argument considering I an jewish)


    so, do any of the realjock vegans have any advice?

    and what are the rest of you giving up for Lent?

  • bigtallguy

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    Jan 31, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    this lady shows how to do it right....

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  • Timbales

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    Jan 31, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    My (future) brother in law's brother has been vegan for 5 years. He said there has been a lot of improvements in what is available for the vegan diet, but you really have to look at the ingredients and educate yourself.

    Example - many margarines include suet, an animal fat.
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    Jan 31, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    Awesome, man!

    I know I've posted this website 1,000 times but it is full of recipes and I would dare say that 98% are vegan.

    www.vegweb.com

    Good Luck, brother.

    -Den
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    Jan 31, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    Thats exactly how I became Vegan- and I'm not even catholic!

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    Jan 31, 2008 2:22 AM GMT
    My 11 year old was interested in becoming a lacto-ovo vegetarian last year so we decided to do it together. Now we've been meat free for nearly a year. I've wanted to become a vegetarian for decades but it took my daughter to finally get me to do it. My next step is to go vegan but I don't feel that I'm ready yet. I like my milk and cheese too much.
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    Jan 31, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    bigtallguy saidI know I could choose to go vegan anytime, but if I do it during Lent it will be easier because I will have Jesus on my side! (i realize that is a poor argument considering I an jewish)
    Well since Jesus was Jewish too you are just one of the boys. But its a good thing passover is over .. no egg matzo for you!

    I don't see the point in punishing myself for things like this though.

    I do have a funny Lent story related to the other picture you have there .. I worked at a wal-mart in college and had a manager that was catholic. I saw him one day at work and he had something on his forehead. I said "Hey Mr .. you have some dirt on your forehead" he just smiled and nodded. Hours went by and I saw him again .. "Hey Mr .. you still have that dirt on your forehead" I started to hand him a paper towel and he just laughed and nodded. Later I realized it was "Ash Wednesday" ..icon_redface.gif
  • bigtallguy

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    Feb 02, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    thanks for the advice guys. icon_biggrin.gif


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    Feb 02, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    I'm not vegan but a friend is and we celebrated his birthday a couple of weeks ago at a vegan restaurant, I was very worried and ended up having a great dinner of grilled portabello mushrooms on polenta with a mushroom sauce....oh and of course a couple of margaritas icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 02, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Forgive me for this, I can't help myself.

    < blasphemy on >Jesus was the Lamb of God, not the Carrot of God. He said "eat my body". Real Christians are cannibals. You should be ashamed.< /blasphemy off >
  • bigtallguy

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    Feb 03, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    McGay saidForgive me for this, I can't help myself.

    < blasphemy on >Jesus was the Lamb of God, not the Carrot of God. He said "eat my body". Real Christians are cannibals. You should be ashamed.< /blasphemy off >


    Like I said in my original post, I'm a Jew. I just hijack other religions' holidays when it suits my needs.
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    Feb 03, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    bigtallguy said[quote][cite]McGay said[/cite]Forgive me for this, I can't help myself.

    < blasphemy on >Jesus was the Lamb of God, not the Carrot of God. He said "eat my body". Real Christians are cannibals. You should be ashamed.< /blasphemy off >


    Like I said in my original post, I'm a Jew. I just hijack other religions' holidays when it suits my needs. [/quote]
    It's Mardi Gras. You can dress up in any religion you wish.icon_idea.gif
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    Feb 03, 2008 1:06 AM GMT
    [quote][citeluckydog76[/cite]bigtallguy said
    McGay saidForgive me for this, I can't help myself.

    < blasphemy on >Jesus was the Lamb of God, not the Carrot of God. He said "eat my body". Real Christians are cannibals. You should be ashamed.< /blasphemy off >


    Like I said in my original post, I'm a Jew. I just hijack other religions' holidays when it suits my needs.

    It's Mardi Gras. You can dress up in any religion you wish.[/quote]

    Nothing. I just wanted to see if quote embedding works this deeply.

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    I guess not.
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    Feb 03, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    dude....multiple options are out there for cheese alternatives to help you through the transitioning phase.

    That was my one struggles, cheese. Had been vegetarian for about 5 years and decided to kick the cheese habit.

    Has been about 6 months since going strict vegan and don't even think of cheese anymore.
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    Feb 03, 2008 9:46 PM GMT
    McGay saidForgive me for this, I can't help myself.

    < blasphemy on >Jesus was the Lamb of God, not the Carrot of God. He said "eat my body". Real Christians are cannibals. You should be ashamed.< /blasphemy off >

    Christ's nature is said to be both wholly divine and wholly human. We would have to share in both His natures in order for the Eucharist to be cannibalism.icon_wink.gif

    What am I giving up for Lent? Not sure. I still have two days to think about it.
    Maybe sex like in that silly movie..icon_rolleyes.gif There's always the tradition of taking things on for Lent, like doing charity work - that's always an option.
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    Feb 03, 2008 11:14 PM GMT
    A fruitarian nutbag on YouTube recently "diagnosed" me as having "casein addiction", and since I have, in recent months, been pondering the effects of certain staple foods that are known to be troublesome, I quit eating cheese more than a week ago. I'd been eating quite a lot of cheese, and I do notice less mucus formation. However, there have been no withdrawal effects or cravings... gee, I wonder if that "diagnosis" was a load of crap...

  • bigtallguy

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    Feb 04, 2008 8:52 AM GMT
    how do you get diagnosed for a casein addiction over YouTube?

    did you post a video of yourself and some guy saw it and was like "he must have a casein addiction" ?
    If so, I'm impressed and I'd love to see the video.


    The only thing I have been able to diagnose in others via YouTube is Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
  • bigtallguy

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    Feb 05, 2008 1:23 AM GMT
    Only 28 hours until the Vegan Lentin Extravaganza begins.

    my pre-lentin dairy binge took me to Taco Bell this evening where I ate my body weight in Cheesy Bean & Rice Burritos. delicious.


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    Feb 05, 2008 1:30 AM GMT
    This goofy fruitarian "diagnoses" every omnivore as having "galanin/casein addiction." I only posted a comment on someone else's video about my bad experience with vegetarianism, and this nutjob jumped all over me. Do the following Google search and look for comments by "crisology"

    http://tinyurl.com/2v4q93

  • fryblock

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    Feb 05, 2008 1:41 AM GMT
    That's awesome!! I've been vegan for over two years and I love it. Just make sure you read all the ingredients and know what to look for (casein, eggs, milk, etc.) there are lists online that tell you exactly what to look for, especially for all the nit-picky things. Make sure you have plenty of protein options too. Look in the organic section, they have plenty of vegan options, especially the frozen foods (Amy's and the like, they are really good). I hope it works out for you!
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    Feb 05, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    I had grilled veggie cheeses and organic tomato soup for dinner! yay!
  • bigtallguy

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    Feb 06, 2008 5:03 AM GMT
    Vegan Lent has officially begun.

    Goodbye delicious cheese. see you in 40 days.
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    Feb 09, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    I have been vegan for about 5 years now. My advice would be to do your research on foods that make you feel full because you will miss that without the cheese and eggs. In my experience that are no convincing vegan cheese substitutes... but let me know if you run across them.

    Often when people first become vegan they go right for the vegan "junk" food that is already prepared, because they don't know the options, so researching recipes is essential. You should also be ready to cook! I spend more time planning and cooking than I did when I could just throw a steak on the the grill, but the result is a much more diverse and interesting diet! If you plan to eat out you should definitely check out www.happycow.com as it is full of user-contributed restaurant reviews from all around the world. There is bound to be something in your area.

    If you plan to continue with the veganism, there are some great cook books. One of my new favorites is "Vegan with a Vengance". It is packed full of vegan comfort food that would make the transition easier for anyone!

    Check out some of the vegan fitness sites like www.veganfitness.net or www.veganbodybuilding.com for advice from vegan athletes.

    Good luck with lent! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help out!
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    Feb 27, 2008 1:59 PM GMT
    If you haven't already done it, try soy milk. It tastes funny at first but if you dilute regular milk with soy milk you'll get used to the taste of soy milk pretty quickly. Also, look into soy cheeses. The variety is not as great as with regular cheeses and you may not like the taste at first but if you start out by cutting regular cheese with the soy cheese you'll quickly learn to like it.