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Doctor insights on: Overeaters Anonymous Vegan Food Plan

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Is vegan food free of dairy?

Is vegan food free of dairy?

Yes: By definition. If you want to become a vegan for moral reasons, be sure you know exactly what you are doing, and take the supplements you need, or you will ruin your health quickly. The vegan industry is full of both very good and upstanding people, and also shameless crooks and liars. Be warned. ...Read more

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Can I use beano for all vegan foods?

Can I use beano for all vegan foods?

Yes: If you have become a vegan for moral reasons, then I admire your choice. I trust you know that unless you know exactly how to supplement, you will ruin your health quickly. The vegan community is a mix of upstanding, scientifically-minded people and cynical, shameless liars and crooks. Make the decision that's right for you, and good luck. ...Read more

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What foods should a vegan avoid to lose weight?

What foods should a vegan avoid to lose weight?

Caloric restriction: Rather than picking particular foods one needs to focus on over all caloric restriction. Geneally avoidng fats, especially saturated fats and sugar are important. ...Read more

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I am contemplating a vegan diet. Where would I find a good food guide?

I am contemplating a vegan diet. Where would I find a good food guide?

Books and Web: Here's two books that I often recommend to patients interested in becoming vegan. It's important to transition in a healthy way! Becoming vegan by brenda davis and vesanto melina and also the ultimate vegan guide by erik marcus. There's a great deal more out there, but that's a good start. Also, there are many blogs and websites that can provide good support and creative recipes. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods should I avoid (as a vegan) to loose weight?

Please suggest what foods should I avoid (as a vegan) to loose weight?

The greasy stuff: If it leaves a big grease spot on a paper napkin, think about choosing something else instead. Generally you can tell. For weight loss, aerobic fitness is key; your body's sense of what is really needs will work better. You also know that a vegan must supplement for vitamins & minerals (famously b12, but also consider a, d, zinc, calcium, iron, iodine) or you'll ruin your health. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is vegan food good for low iodine diet since it contains no dairy products?

Is vegan food good for low iodine diet since it contains no dairy products?

Get help: If you are sick enough that an evidence-based practitioner has urged a low iodine diet, then you need serious dietary guidance rather than "pop" advice. Get with someone with whom you can get sound advice or you can end up extremely sick. It's the truth. ...Read more

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Alternative? Worried about my health I don't eat meat, and I don't eat vegan food, and so on I'm scared I eat alot of grains? I'm not growing idk help

Alternative? Worried about my health I don't eat meat, and I don't eat vegan food, and so on I'm scared I eat alot of grains? I'm not growing idk help

Optimal health: You can be very healthy. Eat whole grains, quinoa, nuts, fruits, veggies, yogurt, beans, soy or tofu, eggs. Drink a healthy beverage: Fusion V8, Silk. Have a bit of dairy. Take control to balance and expand veggie and fruit and nut choices. Take a multivit per day. Centrum or equivalent is fine. Exercise some each day. Rest at night. ...Read more

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Can a vegan get all the necessary nutrients from plants, supplements and fortified foods? Are there other issues to consider?

Can a vegan get all the necessary nutrients from plants, supplements and fortified foods? Are there other issues to consider?

Yes, but takes work: Yes it is possible, but t takes planning, thought, and some work. Dining out vegan is getting easier in a lot of places, but can still be challenging. Bad vegan choices can be pretty unhealthy, e.g. French fries and fried zucchini sticks too. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any cereals or other B12 fortified vegan foods using hydroxocobalamin (not cyanocobalamin)?

Please tell me if there are any cereals or other B12 fortified vegan foods using hydroxocobalamin (not cyanocobalamin)?

Probably not but...: As far as I know, all foods fortified with B12 are fortified with the cyanocobalamin form, as it is the least expensive. It is hard to know for sure, as the labels always just say B12 and don't specify the type. But if anyone is going to the extra expense of fortifying with hydroxocobalamin they are not telling us!
I advise vegans supplement with hyroxocobalamin or methylcobalamin. See comment: ...Read more

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What vegan friendly foods will improve my health the most?

What vegan friendly foods will improve my health the most?

Vegan friendly foods: I commend you for your desire for Good Health.
Vegan friendly foods:
Oatmeal, Plant Protein smoothie.
Collard greens, watercress, kale, arugula, Avocados, peanut butter.
Watermelon, Plums, red grapes.
Beans and lentils.
Nuts, seeds, unsweetened dried fruit, and dark chocolate.
Drink Water filled with sliced whole lemons, oranges or grapefruits
Be disciplined, be consistent, set small goals. ...Read more

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New to being vegan, where can I find how to balance foods?

Get help: If you have become a vegan for moral reasons, be sure you know exactly what you are doing, and take the supplements you need, or you will ruin your health quickly. You'll lose weight because your food doesn't taste as good, and meet fitness enthusiasts which is good. The vegan industry is full of both very good and upstanding people, and also shameless crooks and liars. Be smart & good luck. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can I eat as a vegan to gain weight?

Please suggest what foods can I eat as a vegan to gain weight?

Fat vs fit: You may want to gain weight but not fat. Lean body mass can increase with the combination of increase caloric intake and exercise. Resistance training and weights will help you gain mass.
Vegan choices include vegetable oils and beans and legumes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much weight could you loose from eating vegan food for a month or 2?

Can you tell me how much weight could you loose from eating vegan food for a month or 2?

Can be a lot: This will cause you to lose weight because you're making food choices that aren't greasy / sugary / extremely tasty so you won't overeat. You must supplement or you can damage your nervous system permanently. An even better option is to get with your physician and examine your diet and exercise habits -- fitness activities make friends for you & lifestyle change keeps you lean long-term. ...Read more

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How quickly can you lose weight with vegan raw food diet?

How quickly can you lose weight with vegan raw food diet?

It can be fast: You may enjoy it, and this will cause you to lose weight because you're making food choices that aren't greasy / sugary / extremely tasty so you won't overeat. You must supplement or you'll damage your nervous system. An even better option is to get with your physician and examine your diet and exercise habits -- fitness activities make friends for you & lifestyle change keeps you lean long-term. ...Read more

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I have high triglycerides. Wht vegan food is good for me?

I have high triglycerides. Wht vegan food is good for me?

Triglycerides: Triglycerides are about sugars and carbohydrates. It sounds like you are making some assumptions that are fully incorrect. Lowering your triglycerides are done by limiting the carbohydrates and sugars and increasing the protein in your diet. Exercise just makes this even more effective. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which is healthier vegan food or fish diet?

Any suggestions on which is healthier vegan food or fish diet?

Educate yourself: A vegan diet is extremely dangerous if you do not know exactly what you are doing and supplement accordingly. Adding fish makes its safer. Despite all the grandstanding, there's little (some would say no) strong evidence that either offers health (as opposed to the very real moral) benefits when we control for other healthy lifestyle considerations. ...Read more

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How to get the most calcium possible from food on a vegan diet?

How to get the most calcium possible from food on a vegan diet?

It's very difficult: Becoming a vegan is something you do for moral reasons rather than to improve your health, despite all the "pop" claims. You MUST supplement, for calcium, iron, B12, and several other nutrients. Get with a vegan-friendly evidence-based physician or a real-science book. ...Read more

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I'm vegan (8 months). A worker in a food coop insisted I "stop being vegan! " because legumes are ruining my intestines. True or false? Thank you.

I'm vegan (8 months). A worker in a food coop insisted I "stop being vegan! " because legumes are ruining my intestines. True or false? Thank you.

Many false opinions: Being vegan is tough, as most people do not understand the concept. Too much of anything can be bad for you, so a balanced vegan diet is needed. So just watch the amount of the legume, try different ones, and hang in there! ...Read more

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What is "g protein", what are vegan sources (food or.?) to get it, & how many daily units for women? (re: post, "if you're trying to gain weight")

What is "g protein", what are vegan sources (food or.?) to get it, & how many daily units for women? (re: post, "if you're trying to gain weight")

Protein: G of protein refers to grams of protein. A person needs about 60-70 grams per day to gain weight, depending upon gender and age and body size. Egg white is superior to all. Quinoa is excellent. Beans and lentils are excellent. Milk protein is excellent. Whole grains are good but not sufficient. Nuts are excellent. Yogurt is excellent. ...Read more

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What food could a vegan teenager eat to make her breasts bigger?

What food could a vegan teenager eat to make her breasts bigger?

No specific foods: Cause the breast size alone to increase. Breast size is
likely to ^ w puberty, pregnancy, breast feeding ; possibly prior to your period. You can build up chest muscles w exercise ; weight lifting but it will not ^ the amt. Of fatty tissue. There are no pills, herbs or machines that will ^ breast size. Breast augmentation is surgical enlargement. ...Read more

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My son has rickets and his alp is quite high. As we are strictly vegan, what kinds of food can I give my 2 year old?

My son has rickets and his alp is quite high. As we are strictly vegan, what kinds of food can I give my 2 year old?

Vegan and Rickets: This is a challenge- there are few vitamin d enriched foods other than orange juice and some grains. A vegan diet excludes dairy, eggs, fish that are great sources of vitamin d. Sunlight exposure to make vitamin d is inadequate to treat rickets. Key to connect with a pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist for optimal treatment. ...Read more

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A relative is vegan (2 years) and has had horrible GERD for the past 10 years. What sort of diet can he follow? What foods are good for him?

A relative is vegan (2 years) and has had horrible GERD for the past 10 years. What sort of diet can he follow? What foods are good for him?

Diet helps but...: Gerd is a complex problem. Yes, a proper diet can help but will not cure; the underlying causes are usually related to a deficiency (not excess!) of hydrochloric acid and imbalance of intestinal flora. A diet low in simple/processed carbohydrates will help but the primary role of that diet is to improve the balance of flora. See http://bit. Ly/1b1avqs and follow the link to chris kresser's report. ...Read more

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If there isn't vegan B12 then how do some supplements contain food based vegan b12? I asked this question b4 but didn't get a good explanation

If there isn't vegan B12 then how do some supplements contain food based vegan b12? I asked this question b4 but didn't get a good explanation

B12: B12 that is fortified in foods is cultivated in nontoxic bacteria. Otherwise it is normally consumed from eating meat products that obtain B12 from soil or bacteria in their gut. ...Read more

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I'm a new vegan (4 months) and don't eat soy or tofu. What are the best sources of complete proteins (including combinations of foods)? Thank you.

I'm a new vegan (4 months) and don't eat soy or tofu. What are the best sources of complete proteins (including combinations of foods)? Thank you.

What fun awaits!: Lots of info - enjoy, but be careful. A start:
-veggies, fruits
-spirulina, 60-70% protein
-quinoa, amaranth
-bee pollen, 25% protein
-beans, lentils
-hemp
http://www. Ordinaryvegan. Net/veganguide/
libraries will have books galore. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could a doctor please give me a list of vegan body building foods?

Could a doctor please give me a list of vegan body building foods?

For body building-: -you need protein, and may veggies are high in protein such as beans and many more. Google proteins in vegetables and you can get a whole list as well as the amount of proteins. You need 50gms a day for maintenance so you will need to up this on workout days. Also nuts are a good source and a good snack. ...Read more

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What are some high protein vegan foods, other than tofu? Would like to know the high protein, low fat ones.

What are some high protein vegan foods, other than tofu? Would like to know the high protein, low fat ones.

Beans, nuts, seeds: All beans, lentils and chickpeas are good sources of protein, as are nuts & seeds. Hemp seeds contain as much protein as any food and it is a "complete" protein rich in essential fats. Quinoa is the highest protein grain. Seitan from gluten is also high in protein. While nuts and seeds do have some fats, these are relatively healthy fats. See nutrition/protein. ...Read more

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I used to eat 10 egg whites a day for protein. Now I m a complete vegan. So what food can I take to substitute t egg?

I used to eat 10 egg whites a day for protein. Now I m a complete vegan. So what food can I take to substitute t egg?

Vegan pure protein?: In looking to substitute a plant product for egg whites, one will have to look for some vegan "pure protein". That is hard to find because plants have no interest in making just protein. The protein will be mixed with fats, fiber, and carb's, so the vegetarian has to look at his entire diet to balance it. Eating bean, nut, or legume products, one will give him plenty of protein, plus other stuff. ...Read more

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I'm vegan and I take b complex but I was wondering if I can also get it from food? Also do probiotics in our bodies really make the b12?

I'm vegan and I take b complex but I was wondering if I can also get it from food? Also do probiotics in our bodies really make the b12?

B12: B12 principally derives from animal sources and eggs. Dairy has little. Select soy can provide some. More vegan foods are being supplemented with B12, as B12 deficiency is common among vegans. Check with your favorite health food store. Probiotics will not enhance b12 uptake. See www. Vegetarian. Org. Uk/factsheets/b12factsheet. Html ...Read more

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Recently gone vegan and noticed my eyes aren't as white as usual. Could this be a sign of poor diet? I'm very good with eating the right foods though.

Recently gone vegan and noticed my eyes aren't as white as usual. Could this be a sign of poor diet? I'm very good with eating the right foods though.

Get Labs: Need to see a doctor for a check up and labs. The conjunctiva may change colors with certain liver diseases. Need the usual labs and LFTs. A GI physician maybe consulted if the liver enzymes are normal and there is still no particular cause. ...Read more

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