I am transitioning to Vegan and think I'm doing pretty well. Bloodtest revealed low iron, which would explain tiredness. Doctor suggested to take iron supplements and maybe eat some fish. I have heard about vitamin B12 deficiency in vegans. Is this the same? should I be taking Iron Supplements or Vitamin B12
(By: Stephanie Marsh)
Are there any exceptions, besides gelatin, of products containing animal ingredients but no cholesterol?
(By: Tamara Pavesi)
I have very specific food allergies. I'd like to start a vegan diet with the following allergies: Shellfish, mushrooms, tomatoes, strawberries, cilantro, lactose and soy.
My reactions to shellfish and cilantro are anaphylactic - so there's no wiggle room. The other foods produce a rash (uncomfortable) but tolerable.
How do I start?
Is there a brand that produces vegan pianos?
Felt is used on the hammers and key beds, and also the glue and other parts might not be vegan.
So is there any brand or am i doomed with the digital pianos all of my life :) I don't even know if they are vegan.
> Is there a brand that produces vegan pianos?
> Felt is used on the hammers and key beds, and also the glue and other parts
> might not be vegan.
> So is there any brand or am i doomed with the digital pianos all of my life
> :) I don't even know if they are vegan.
> (By: VeganGains)
No acoustic piano is vegan at all. You're 100% right about the felt, which disqualifies the instrument immediately. Good point also on the glue: some pianos will use a bone- or fish-glue for affixing the hammers to the shanks. There could also be leather bushings or small leather straps in your piano.
To further dim the picture, some new digital pianos are being made with these natural and animal parts in order to feel more authentic.
The piano industry is remarkably resistant to change and those on the design end of pianos tend to be quite skeptical of new technology. This is because the "old" (current) technology works extremely well for the production of sound and artistic expression. Some companies are on the vanguard, however, using carbon fiber and plastics in place of venerable wood. I imagine someday, with the advance of better synthetics, some makers or rebuilders will look to replace leather and felt...but that will take a while.
I am not a vegan, but I understand your concern -- my personal line is at ivory; there will never be a piano with ivory in my home on ethical grounds. If you are somehow thinking of an acoustic piano, purchase a used one; in this way, you won't be contributing to a current market dynamic that can result in the death of now-living animals for manufacture of a piano.
Is it possible to be a vegan without GMOs, pesticides, lab-based chemicals, preservatives, and all that other nonsense?
i am very new to being vegan but does it delay my menstrual cycle ?
How can I contact the good doctor?
> How can I contact the good doctor?
> (By: mb)
mb my email address is Doc41@Suddenlink.net
How does veganism effect anemia?...my doctor told me I am so anemic he was suggesting a blood transfusion...
I think that you need another doctor. If you are anemic then you only need to take iron or get an iron injection. You do not need a blood transfusion. You need a good doctor.
> How does veganism effect anemia?...my doctor told me I am so anemic he was
> suggesting a blood transfusion...
Drinking milk is known to cause anemia
I really want to become fully vegan, the only thing stopping me is my mum because she wants to wait till I have regular periods. Does a vegan diet affect periods? If not I can become vegan which I have wanted to do for years.
Yes, it can effect your periods if you eat a lot of soy products. Soy acts like estrogen to the human body so it could make your periods less painful. Other than that it is just a healthier diet. Your mother can do her own research on the Internet and she will see what I am talking about. I believe that you will enjoy being a vegan.
Becoming a vegan is a big missed steak
What do vegan zombies eat? GggrrAAAIIInnnss!
I have been vegetarian for years and have gone completely plant based about six months ago. As I change my purchasing habits, the question occurred to me: What do I do with my current stuff that was made from animals (e.g., clothes, art, furniture, etc.). While I will only be purchasing non animal products from here on, I struggle with whether I should toss out all of this stuff before its worn out. I would be interested in others perspectives.
I believe that all of us has gone through the same problem when we first became vegan. Let me start answering your question by saying that we are not a religion. We are free to decide what we want to do. Even though I disagree, I have met people that call themselves vegan but eat cheese from time to time. They have the right to eat cheese some of the time but I do not think that they should call themselves vegan. They are vegetarians and not vegans.
If you decide to use the non-vegan items like belts and shoes, that is your choice. If you want to give them away again that is your choice. You can even destroy them but I personally disagree with that decision but it is your choice. I even know new vegans that had a burial for their non-vegan items. I personally believe that is a waste of resources and of animals losing their life for these item. Is that burial non-vegan? No, again that is your choice. So you have to decide for yourself what to do.
My choice is to use the item until they wear out. I have been a vegan for 17 years and I still have a couple of leather belts and maybe a couple of pairs of leather shoes which I do not wear anymore. I will probably donate them in the future. I have already donated most of my non-vegan items.
I purchased a Nissan Leaf electric car a couple of months ago and it has a little leather trim on it and it bothered me. I know that an electric car does so much to help the environment so I gave in on a car with a little leather. Did you know that all new cars use some animal products in their cars? Please do not feel guilty with whatever decision that you make. There is no right or wrong answer so make the decision that you believe that is right for you.
My daughter is vegan and drinks a fortified soy beverage to replace the milk that she does not have any more. Is there some other replacement for the soy beverage as I am concerned that she may be taking too much soy.
The question about the consumption of soy is debated by many people. So I will not go into it at this time but rather I will just answer your question.
Yes, there are many different types of veggie milks. The two most popular are rice milks and almond milks. There are also coconut milk, oat milk, hemp milk, and I am sure that I am missing some. BTW, I especially like vanilla soy milk by Silk. Following that I probably like vanilla almond milk by Silk as a strong second choice.
Please thank your daughter for us for what she is doing for the animals, the environment, and her health.
I\'m a professional pianist & have been playing since I was five. I recently decided to become a vegan (by way of vegetarianism). *****Since the hammers of a piano are tipped in felt, which comes from wool, I now face a dilemma. Since I\'m late middle-aged, I cannot reasonably consider changing careers. Since the bow-strings for violinists etc. are now usually made of synthetic fibers instead of horse hair or silk, they wouldn\'t face this issue nowadays.
*****MY QUESTION: How can I now philosophically & ethically justify being a [vegan] pianist, using an instrument where some of the material comes from animals? [I recently read that sheep-shearing is not an easy process for a sheep to endure, & can sometimes even be cruel]. I mean, how can I absolve myself of the attendant guilt?
Thank you. Wonderful helpful site! Peace.
Let me answer a question with a question. Which is better for the animals, a vegetarian or person that is vegan except that they use leather shoes, items with wool, or someone that just gives up and goes back to eating flesh? In my opinion it is far better for the animals for a vegan to use items with animal products. If it really bothers you to use anything with animal or animal bi-products than think about buying used. For many years after becoming a vegan I continues using the leather belts that I already had and I bought USED leather shoes. I still buy many things from thrift shops but I stay away from wool, leather, and other things that harm animals.
So what I am trying to get at, it is far better to be an almost pure vegan than to not be a vegan. It is better to be a vegetarian than a flesh eater. Anything that you can do for the animals is a wonder gift to the animals. So please just do your best and do not worry about being a "pure" vegan. I really doubt that there is such a thing as a pure vegan.
Thank you for your decision to become a vegan.
My apology in advance for asking a kind of gross question. Before changing to a vegan diet I would regularly have one complete bowel movement each morning with usually a well formed stool and be done for the day. This continued for a time early after my dietary change, but now I may have to relieve myself two or three times daily, incompletely, and with small, loose stools. Could it be the bananas which I consume a lot of now? What am I doing wrong? I don\'t want to change back to the way I was eating, but this is a real problem for me. Thanks.
Hmm. Well, it's not a very satisfying answer, but it sounds like something you're eating isn't agreeing with you. First, I'd look at foods you're eating a lot more of. Bananas are typically a treatment for loose stool, rather than a cause, but maybe lay off for a week and see what happens. If you're not eating much fiber, try adding some (especially soluble fiber), in the form of rice, wheat, pureed pumpkin, or oats. If that doesn't work, try vegetable fiber instead. Eating lots of fruit can cause problems for some people.
You might also try resetting your digestive system by skipping a meal or two, and/or trying an over-the-counter remedy.
If that's not working, talk to your doctor. She may be able to shed some light on dietary or non-dietary causes.