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(Veggie burgers, Tofu, Falafel) - from what I can tell these are all processed and they would go with veggies and lentils for dinners.

The only one I eat regularly is Tofu and that's because wife prefers it over tempeh though I love tempeh's nutty flavour. When I cook tofu (firm) I tend to press it a couple of hours before I am going to cook and marinade it in a soy sauce / peanut butter / water / garlic mix, either bake slabs or cube it for stir fries.

I had plenty of lentils, brown rice, mushrooms, crushed tomato, pumpkin, broccoli, peas, chickpeas.
That sounds a great intake basis, just remember to "eat the rainbow" as Dr Greger says.

I didn't supplement with B12 at all.
@MTF 's answer is right on the mark.

I ate lots of almonds.

Almonds can get a bit weird if you start to over consume them. That's why its best to avoid flours made of them. The general rule of thumb I've read and use, is to measure out what you are consuming to what you'd be able to eat the whole form of the food, so with almonds, specifically the flour form, one cup of it will be more then I would consume of the nuts in a single sitting and therefore I'd avoid using it as a component of my diet.

It was the opposite for me, I was losing weight, losing all of my strength and muscle mass as well.

Currently, I am experimenting with Low Carb, High Fat or LCHF (for the search engine friendly term) as a method of increasing my over energy efficiency to caloric intake ratio. And it been super good as opposed to wife's High carb, low fat routine (HCLF), as I fine I have more energy eating LCHF then HCLF - the great thing about both versions is that they're compatible with whole food plant-based eating.

So If you're looking at maintaining energy, look into it.
 

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That, plus no honey and no fish, is actually vegan, not vegetarian

I eat honey. It provides an incentive to keep bees, which are actually necessary to our survival (as opposed to chickens and cows).

And my understanding of vegan also excludes using anything made of animals. Wool, leather, etc. The vegans I know tend to stick to that.

I just call it vegetarian to avoid vegans coming at me, which has happened lol
 

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I eat honey. It provides an incentive to keep bees, which are actually necessary to our survival (as opposed to chickens and cows).

I stopped eating honey because the reality isn't as pretty as you paint it. Honey production actually contributes to the problem...


Mass breeding of honeybees affects the populations of other competing nectar-foraging insects, including other bees. Overwhelmed by the ever-inflating quantities of farmed bees, the numbers of native bumblebees have declined.
 
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I did some blood tests today (it's been a few years since the last time I did it). Super curious about the results. I also did some new vegan-specific tests I've never done before like B12 and homocysteine. I should have the majority of results tomorrow (and a few like free testosterone within a week).

I plan to do another test in 6-12 months to see the impact of the vegan diet (as of today I've been vegan for almost two weeks so I doubt there are any changes yet compared to my vegetarian diet).

Also, I've been cooking more recently. It's fun to cook colorful vegan stuff like this (before and after roasting):

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I did some blood tests today (it's been a few years since the last time I did it). Super curious about the results. I also did some new vegan-specific tests I've never done before like B12 and homocysteine. I should have the majority of results tomorrow (and a few like free testosterone within a week).

I plan to do another test in 6-12 months to see the impact of the vegan diet (as of today I've been vegan for almost two weeks so I doubt there are any changes yet compared to my vegetarian diet).

Also, I've been cooking more recently. It's fun to cook colorful vegan stuff like this (before and after roasting):

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What is the food in the middle row that appears to be some sort of white bean?
 

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What is the food in the middle row that appears to be some sort of white bean?

It's called broad bean or fava bean.


I did some blood tests today (it's been a few years since the last time I did it). Super curious about the results. I also did some new vegan-specific tests I've never done before like B12 and homocysteine. I should have the majority of results tomorrow (and a few like free testosterone within a week).

I received most of the results today (only free testosterone and zinc will be available later). Everything is fine, including B12. Homocysteine is marginally elevated but well below the hyperhomocysteinemia level so I guess it's still normal.

The funnest one is D3 which is turbo-charged after 5 months in the tropics. As far as I remember, over 3x more than when I last tested it a few years ago.
 

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I've been researching cruelty-free investing recently and I'm appalled by how many companies exploit animals. Most of the companies in my portfolio exploit animals in one way or another.

Some perform animal testing (cosmetics, pharma). Some sell animal products like meat/dairy/eggs (Nestle, Unilever) or leather (Nike). Then there are companies I didn't expect to be so unethical, for example Walt Disney Company and the use of animals in their zoos (I wasn't even aware they have zoos).

There are also some companies that I'm hesitant about. For example, Ingredion and Archer Daniels Midland both are in the agriculture business, providing plant-based ingredients. But they also provide these ingredients for animal feed. Is it ethical to invest in them knowing that a part of their business supports the worst industry in the world from the vegan perspective?

But then, is it ethical to invest in Accenture which provides consulting services and helps many multinational corporations including Unilever that sells animal products?

Super tough to figure it out. But worthwhile if you want to live with integrity. I want to completely revise my investing philosophy and will aim to reduce my negative impact as much as possible. There's no way to be a "perfect" vegan with so many moral conundrums but there's definitely a lot we can do to promote and support ethical companies and vote with our wallets against the unethical ones.
 

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Been vegan since the end of July (after being vegetarian previously for 12-13 years).

Still am vegan and my girlfriend is almost vegan, too (she eats honey and may consider eggs from her family's backyard).

Thanks to being vegan I visited some cool new restaurants and tried tons of new foods, many of which I now eat regularly. My health is pretty much the same as before. I'm yet to do blood work to compare results but I'm not sure if it's going to be useful since I spent the first half of the year living in a much healthier environment (tropics) than I am now (gray, cold, depressing winter).

I still need to optimize my diet for my fitness goals so I'm thinking of hiring a vegan fitness coach.

If anyone's thinking about turning vegan, consider Veganuary:
 

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a creamy potato, mushroom, and broccoli soup. I couldn't believe there was no dairy in it and she used some type of cashew thing
Yesterday I saw this and tried an improvised variation of this soup today. It looked kind of weird, thus no pics, but the taste was spectacular! I used walnuts for the creamy texture, and porcini for the mushroom taste , no flavor enhancers at all! It tasted like the non vegan version from my childhood
 

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Everyone should look into fasting aswell, lots of health benefits.

I'm actually curious as to what meat would taste like without all the additives... with all the taste and flavoring perhaps people wouldn't be eating so much meat?

''The health risk of bacon is largely to do with two food additives: potassium nitrate (also known as saltpetre) and sodium nitrite. It is these that give salamis, bacons and cooked hams their alluring pink colour.'' And then you have all the salt and whatever else is snuck in.
 

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