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Becoming a Gluten Free Vegan: Step 1

     After two years of being a vegetarian, I have decided to take the steps to becoming a gluten free vegan. For those of you who don't know, vegans do not consume anything that comes from an animal, whereas vegetarians only stop consuming the flesh. This means no eggs, cheese, yogurt, etc.; nodairy products what-so-ever. A gluten-free diet excludes foods containing gluten (obviously). Gluten is a protein found in wheat, kamut, spelt, barley, rye and triticale.

     I have had people consistently tell me that being a vegetarian was just a fad that I was going through and I would constantly correct them and tell them that it's not, it's a lifestyle and a choice that I have wanted for a very long time and I have finally had the courage to go all the way after so many years of quitting. I have never tried going vegan before and it would be fairly simple here at school. The support system is wonderful, the cafeteria food is extremely supporting of both meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans. We have a bountiful backing system of students who range from vegetarians, flexitarians, pescatarians, vegans, some people who only eat chicken, etc. However, my one dilemma will be going back home and trying to cook for myself. Lately, because of financial situations, my mother does not buy the healthiest food and I'm not only worried about my own health but hers' and my sister's as well. I've already started looking at vegan/gluten free cook books that I want to order for when I go back home.

     There is also my aunt who I will be staying with for the summer. She does not know that I am a vegetarian. On top of that she doesn't know that I'm trying to become a vegan. I don't want to burden her with having to cook me separate meals or anything. I'm more than happy with just eating the vegetables that would otherwise be the side dishes. Maybe if it's possible I could talk her into doing a meatless Monday while I'm there.

     Any suggestions on how to make the transition from vegetarians to vegan first would be greatly helpful. I feel as if giving up dairy will be hard for me. I already don't drink milk, but other things like cheese products will be a bit difficult because I don't have money to go and buy the substitute products that I need. Thanks you guys and gals.

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Well done for making this transition - stick with it and you will get there! You say giving up dairy may be hard, and I have just posted a recipe that may make it that bit easier! Check out My Magnifique Creamy Vegetable Soup with Herbs and Croutons, and if you like it, please vote! :-)
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  2. Dana Cherie
    Dana Cherie
    Hi Sunshine! I currently eat a primarily vegan diet, and mostly gluten-free. For me it was a lot more difficult to go without the gluten than the dairy! I make my own nut and seed milks at home. I find that they're tastier and more cost-effective than store-bought milks. I also started making some delicious raw vegan cheeses. They're quite tasty! I use nuts and seeds to make them. Deciding not to consume cheese was a big decision for me. I love cheese (I think most women do!). Anyhow, thanks for the share. Good luck on your journey, and let me know if you'd like tips!
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      I have heard people say that, Dana Cherie, that the home-made plant milks are much tastier and cheaper than the shop-bought ones. I have made almond milk before, which came out well. Maybe you could share some of your raw vegan cheese recipes here some time!
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    2. Sunshine
      Sunshine
      That sounds quite delicious :) It'd probably be quite fun to make with others as well. I wonder if my aunt would be up for the challenge.
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  3. Arvi Kuld
    Very nice story. I think that vegan is a great form of life and there is a lot you can do to make your own cheese at home from nuts. I think this could be one step to starting the vegan process for you.
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  4. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    Hi Ms Sunshine. This is such a wonderful blog you have written here. When I decided to go fully vegan 7 years ago my daughter was not so happy. She said that my health needed more than just vegetables. Well she was very wrong. I have never felt better in my life. I have more energy and do more now than I did 8 years ago. Please stop by and say hi if you have time and keep us all posted here of your progress you are making. Thank you so much Julie Sinclair.
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    1. Sunshine
      Sunshine
      My mother and close friend constantly tell me the same. My mom continues to make snide remarks about how she NEEDS meat in her diet *rolls eyes*. I don't care that she eats meat, but just the fact that she constantly says things like that as if I'm attacking her lifestyle is a bit annoying.
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  5. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    great tips. i'm glad i found this post. i am trying to reduce my gluten intake as i have noticed a sensitivity in recent years. voted! please read my latest post for vegan spicy hummus and black bean wraps and vote if you like it. they are super delicious i think! :) thank you. cheers.
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    1. Sunshine
      Sunshine
      OoOoOoOoOo humus <3 I love humus :) Definitely will look into that :D!
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  6. Melissa Nott
    Melissa Nott
    Hi Sunshine. Good luck on this journey of yours. I am trying to go gluten-free, too. Going vegetarian, or even vegan, AND gluten-free eliminates a lot of food choices. It can be done, but it takes education, reading, trying new recipes, and sometimes money. For myself, the gluten free thing is more of an evolution than an abrupt change.
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