Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 1 decade ago

Turning into a vegetarian - good idea or what?

Real Question =====What can vegans not eat?

many things have animal products in them, in order to preserve them, maintain texture, smell good, etc

To my understanding yogurt, cheese, toothpaste, shampoo all have animal products in them

what other food products or things have animal products in them? Can you name the specific products, like Dial

family doctor was just wondering, i am not a vegan, just exploring different parts of society.

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I have been vegetarian for five years and vegan for four. I believe that the more people there are that can respect the lives of cows, chickens, fish and even shrimp; the more likely they are to respect differences in other people and contribute to a more peaceful society. There is much mystery surrounding an animal-free diet but only because tradition and powerful industry have been very effective in clouding people's judgments on the issue. If you would like to learn as much as you can on how to make a strictly "plant-based"(fungi, algae and bacteria products may be included) diet, please visit the following site.

    There have been vegan Olympic gold medalists and a vegan woman can create an ENTIRELY NEW,HEALTHY HUMAN BEING INSIDE OF HER. Many of these children stay vegan and grow up to be perfectly healthy adults. So just keep yourself educated and don't let anyone tell you that a veg diet is lacking anything essential.


    All of those things that you listed have animal-free alternatives: yogurt ~ cultured soy

    cheese ~ Soy, rice, almond, cashew and other "cheeses"

    all toiletries and personal hygiene products have vegan alternatives as well. I would say that ALL products marketed by the likes of Proctor & Gamble and Unilever contain animal ingredients. I should not ignore the fact that they conduct redundant and cruel tests on countless animals.

    "Vegan" implies that a person does everything within their ability within reason to eliminate animal based or related products from their lives. A car or bicycle may have animal based glues or tire ingredients, clothing may have animal-based chemicals in the bleaching or dying process, my computer may not be 100% animal free and the first video recordings used as tools in our movement may have had gelatin in them. These things are trivial when compared to what those products have done to allow us to function as parts of society and give our message everlasting media.

    If our our uncertain future were to realize our goals in a few hundred or thousand years =P, all of the substances and methods that made those things "non-vegan" would undoubtedly be eliminated.


    *This is my current edit on how to deal with parents while transitioning from a diet that includes flesh. It always followed by the next entry that I have provided*

    There is a Japanese analogy/proverb that goes like this, "The nail that sticks up is the one that gets hammered down". People are like this everywhere. When you tell your family that it is your personal belief that animals should not be eaten, they take a look at themselves and it can be subconsciously translated into, "What you do is wrong and I choose to be right."

    Your parents have probably been taught a huge amount of misinformation by their parents and their teachers while growing up. You really need to research vegetarian diets and health before you even think about saying the "V-word" in front of your parents.

    When you have gathered enough information and feel confident in a vegetarian diet's ability to maintain or even improve health, you may mention to them that you have made the decision. They may be shocked, angry, worried, curious or many other things, but you must NEVER react to their behavior and always stay calm. If they are able to speak to you and respect your choice, please tell them everything and answer all questions. If they are rude, inconsiderate, judgmental, violent, or verbally abusive, refuse to continue any conversation until they can speak to you with respect.

    The best advice is to study everything that you can about a healthy vegetarian diet and keep yourself in good shape (better than most people your age or than your friends/family if possible). If nobody that you know shows a genuine, positive interest in your choice, don't give them the privilege of the knowledge that you have gathered. Work your way around any attempts they make to trivialize your beliefs and if possible, go shopping with your parents and buy things that aren't obvious veggie fare. Instead of trying to sneak fake meat into the cart, toss in lentil soup, peanut butter, pasta, fruits & veggies or anything else that you have learned is needed to fill any gaps in your diet.


    *This is my current edit on general transition information*

    If you want to become a lacto-ovo vegetarian, the transition should be quite simple. Almost all meats have widely available commercial replacements. All that you have to do is replace any flesh in your diet (beef, pork, poultry, seafood) with meat analogs or just leave it out altogether.

    You should keep in mind that a journey such as this can be quite short but should just be the beginning of a longer one to a plant-based diet with no animal products. This is because of the reality of factory farming in which animals that are kept alive to produce milk, eggs, etc suffer much more and longer than animals that are raised to a certain weight and then slaughtered.

    Some people use the word "vegan" in reference to this idea, but be aware that applying that label to yourself should always come with the inclusion of wise activism and advocacy.

    Two extremely important examples of this are that you should never speak to someone about vegetarianism/veganism without their consent and genuine interest or as a comment on what they are eating AND your dietary beliefs should never be used as an introduction or explanation of who you are as a person. Veg*ism should be something that comes up AFTER people get to know you and they offer you a situation that makes it confusing to withhold the information/discussion. Also, if you are presented something that you choose not to eat or you are

    ordering food/eating together somewhere/picking the best place to eat.

    When you you hold off on the subject until it's necessary and then act like it isn't a big deal at all, people are usually surprised and WAY more interested and curious than if you were to bring it up when someone's eating or just using it as a conversation starter.

    A responsible vegan ALWAYS studies the subject of their own health and how to keep their body completely provided for in every sense.

    To neglect their body is to define a plant-based diet as unhealthy and is the opposite of helping the animals.

    Just to clear things up, the vegetarian/vegan diet is not composed of salads, vegetables, fruit and fake meat. Fruits and vegetables are always important but they DO NOT make up the largest portion of any healthy diet.

    A balanced plant-based diet includes grains(breads, pasta, rice,cereal), legumes(soy, beans, peas, lentils), fruit and vegetables.

    Being vegan can be an art, one whose challenge is to take things that involve the suffering of the innocent and change them into something free of cruelty.

    A vegan woman can create an ENTIRELY NEW,HEALTHY HUMAN BEING INSIDE OF HER. Many of these children stay vegan and grow up to be perfectly healthy adults. So just keep yourself educated about what you eat and don't let anyone tell you that a veg diet is lacking anything essential.

    Technically the term "vegetarian" does imply that you don't consume anything that comes from the body of an animal that requires killing it. Many ingredients such as gelatin and glycerin are found in many candies, Fig-Newtons, and many of other foods as well as rennet found in many cheeses.

    The best thing to remember is to take your time so that for example: when you are comfortable not eating beef and pork you can then give up chicken when you are sure you can make the commitment permanently.

    Depending on your age or reliance on parents or regional options, it may not be best to give yourself a label. The important thing is to do your best to make progress and be committed to your compassion towards animals. Never put your focus onto what you or other people use to describe yourself.

    If you meet someone that talks down to people for eating meat, dairy, etc or to you because they think they are "more veg" than you, laugh in their face and tell them they are a disgrace to the entire philosophy. People like this only hurt the idea of veg*ism AND the animals. The point of all of this is to live compassionately and and as free from cruelty as you can, all the while maintaining your health and a positive attitude. People who don't maintain either, need not open their mouths and represent our beliefs.

    If you actually choose to read all of this, I hope it helps. If not, feel free to e-mail me if you have questions.


    *This is my current edit of my favorite meals, given as an idea of what can be included in a vegan diet if cooking skills are developed*

    I'm vegan and these are some of my favorite things to eat:

    Breakfast: bananas, cream of wheat with brown sugar and soy butter, cereal, pancakes or french toast with real maple syrup, vegan "sausage" patties, smoothies.

    Snack: BRUSSEL SPROUTS =) no joke

    Lunch: VEGAN "SAUSAGE" SANDWICHES, sandwiches with vegan deli slices(Tofurkey is the only one that's kinda funky), fruit, dinner leftovers, couscous salad, vegan sushi, potato or pasta salad.

    Dinner: sloppy joes, "sausage" and gravy with homemade biscuits, Spaghetti and Trader Joe's "meatballs" or TVP, lasagna, Thai pad see ew, pad khi mao(drunkard's noodles), pad prig king, tofu+eggplant with basil sauce, yellow thai curry with tofu or vegan chikn and veggies and jasmine rice, Indian dal with homemade roti or dosai, channa masala, aloo gobi, vegetable or minestrone soup, pizza, STEAMED "PORK" BUNS with potstickers or spring rolls, sweet&sour/orange/lemon chikn, vegan pho or wonton soup, baked tofu, BBQ homemade seitan (tastes like meat from boiled+BBQ'd ribs)

    I use these sites to find recipes:

  • 6 years ago

    being a vegetarian will be a huge missed steak.

  • 5 years ago

    You won't miss out anything. You'll just replace one kind of meat with another. Please don't call yourself a vegetarian during that month. The diet you want to follow for a month is called pescetarianism. Please don't spread the myth that vegetarians are people who eat animals. By the way, you can even get the nutrients for your brain, protein and calcium without eating seafood, eggs and dairy. Personally I do eat eggs and dairy but of course not fish, since I am a vegetarian. My brain is just fine.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you are anxious about shampoos and toothpastes, just choose one which is labeled HERBAL. You are sure to be on the safe side. If not, use products from India which says natural or AYURVEDIC. They contain only plant based ingredients. If you are unsure of foods, then I'll advise you to eat unrefined and unprocessed foods as far as possible. Here too you'll be safe. For instance, instead of processed cheese, you can use soy tofu. If you wanna have dairy products, have you heard of soy milk or almond milk. They are delicious and as nutritious.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can be vegetarian. My spiritual guru told me when you obtain a product if a living organism is in pain or hurting. Then it is non-vegetarian. Considering that, Egg, Milk, Milk products are vegetarian. But meat(chicken, beef, pork, fish, elk, etc) are non-vegetarian.

    I have tried tofu burgers, they are really good. Try adding organic peas, lentils, soybean, it is healthy. My great grandfather was all vegetarian, the only animal product he had was milk and butter. That is all(not even egg). I was told that he was 6' healthy personality, who exercised and worked early in the morning. I have heard he is the epitomy of good health.

    Lots of products have animal products in them,namely jelly, gelatin, cereals, (has cartilage of animals), etc. For more information please refer

    Source(s): Healthy choice of living(Sleep, exercise and diet).
  • 1 decade ago

    I tried to be semi vegatarian no beef, pork, fish, chicken or turkey. I still ate dairy products. After about 8 months i got very very sick with no energy. It is a hard diet to maintain. I felt very weak. Now i eat chicken and turkey but still not beef, pork, or fish

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  • 1 decade ago

    i just dont understand this stuff. why are animals on the earth if they are not for eating? if we dont eat them they will just eat each other.....?¿?

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