being a vegetarian is too easy

freudsucks-deactivated20170524  asked:

hello !! i saw your post about being vegan and i recently made the decision to go vegetarian!! do you have any tips for that? i'm having a bit of trouble with it 😐

hey!!! being vegetarian was quite easy for me because i never liked meat that much but i’ll give you some tips if you want:

  • cut out meats slowly if you are unlike me and replace them with fake meat or whatever you like!
  • try to learn how to cook if you don’t know how, it comes in handy
  • buy fake meat if you’re into that (try some different brands, i’m not too keen on many of them since the brands we have here taste a little like cardboard imo, but soy mince is really nice!!)
  • when going out, it’s quite easy to have a no-meat option since most restaurants cater for that but always ask for vegetarian options
  • keep an eye out for gelatine, rennet, etc… since they all come from dead animals (+ a video here)
  • use marmite instead of bovril (an easy replacement which i discovered like six months after i was vegetarian and i was so pissed i hadn’t discovered it before)
  • watch a lot of youtube videos for ideas about what to cook
  • get ready to deal with your friends/family being unsupportive and making jokes about your lifestyle (i’m here if you want to whine about that haha)
  • eat a bunch of different fruit and veg, they’re so tasty! (also try hummus and different dips to dip your veggies in)
  • make a lot of soups in winter and juices in summer (+ try smoothies and smoothie bowls for breakfast if you have a blender)
  • watch films like ‘forks over knives’, ‘cowspiracy’ and ‘earthlings’ if you feel like giving up (i’ve recently watched ‘what the health’ which is what really inspired me to try out a vegan lifestyle)
  • make sure you get enough vitamins + minerals in (especially iron and stuff, if you’re someone who gets periods)
  • do a lot of research + read books about your diet (recipe books, info books etc)!!

hope these help a little!! take care, and if you need anything do ask me ❤️

ID #18794

Name: Courtney
Age: 19
Country: USA

Hey everyone! I’ll start off easy, yeah?
I’m an Early Childhood/Special Education double major going into my junior year. I have an unhealthy love for bees and sharks, and I absolutely love puns.
I currently work at a daycare and I plan to graduate in the next couple of years with my masters and then go into the PeaceCorps.
I enjoy taking walks at night, photography, and being in bed any chance that I get. I’m a vegetarian, too!
I am nonbinary, but I go by any pronouns, really. I don’t really have a label for my romantic/sexual orientation because it’s fluid. I’m not picky, I just like anyone that I end up liking, I guess.
I am really looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends!

Preferences: Anyone between the ages of 17 and 24, preferably. However, if you’re over 24, that’s fine. (I won’t go under the age of 17)
Any race, gender, etc. is fine with me.
As long as you’re open-minded and nice, we’ll get along fine!

anonymous asked:

Hey I would really like to be vegan but it's kind of hard (I'm only 12 so I still live at home). My family is very meat based and is still finding it difficult to suit my vegetarian needs. My mom's argument against it is that we have so many recipes that aren't vegan that won't taste the same and that most of the food is too expensive (I keep trying to tell her that only some of it is expensive and that there are alternatives but I still feel bad)

Well of all the arguments I’ve heard that’s one of the weakest. It’s usually super easy to veganize recipes. Sure they might not taste identical but that doesn’t mean they’d taste bad either. As for it being expensive, you don’t always have to substitute fake meat for meat or stuff like that. I use beans as a sub for meat sometimes. 

It’s also important to understand that while you live with your parents and they provide your food, it’s not your fault if you can’t be 100% veg/vegan. I think it is hardest for young vegans bc their parents aren’t always understanding or supportive. 

Does anyone have any advice or experiences they could share?  

Hey guuyyyys long time no chat. Been prrrretty busy as of late.

I’ve got some extremely minor and insignificant news: I’ve decided to go vegetarian, at least for the time being, but I’m really bad at thinking of interesting and easy meals to make. I’m also very conscious of how easy it is to rely on loads of carb foods too.

Please let me know your favourite vegetarian dishes/snacks/desserts cos I need ideas. 8D I know there are sites to look at but they have so much and sometimes it’s just easier to ask about single, specific suggestions.


anonymous asked:

Hey! I've decided to go vegan. I've been a vegetarian for five or six years now, and I've recently discovered that I'm lactose intolerant! And severely so. Even a bit of cheese on my pizza sends me to the bathroom. Being vegan gets a bad rep, which pisses me off. Any words of encouragement? Even now it's hard to drop alfredo sauce. Ugh I miss alfredo sauce.

Oh man chicken broccoli alfredo was my favorite dish growing up, my dad makes it veganized now and it’s actually amazing. It’s pretty easy to make really good alfredo, i’ll link some recipes below. I can get my dads recipe eventually too. Anyways - veganism does get a bad rep and it’s pretty discouraging in the beginning but once you learn to let the negativity people spew roll off your back it gets better. Most people regret not going vegan sooner. It’s so very important, and very worth it. I’ll link some posts that may be helpful below!

-Alfredo sauce recipes (x) (x) (x)
You can also buy premade jarred sauce, I’ve gotten this one before, it’s pricey though and can make better.

easy delicious salad dressing

1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon)

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

Basically about equal parts everything, if you want to adjust proportions. I just always use half a lemon at a time because it’s easier and makes enough for two decent-sized portions of salad. Put everything in a jar and shake it up to mix, then pour on your salad and toss to coat. It’s really easy and super good and I went from someone who couldn’t stand eating salad to it being one of my favourite meals, especially in the summer when it’s too hot to cook.

(It may or may not meet everyone’s standards for being vegan depending on how you feel about honey, but I bet you could get away with a substitute if you’re not a honey fan.)

anonymous asked:

Can I have a ship for The Originals? I'm pansexual, 5'10, medium blond, with blue eyes. I'm a vegetarian ,enjoy listing to music, reading, being outdoors, horseback riding, and am as nice and helpful as I can be.

I would ship you with Hayley. You two would get along really well, she would like to spend time with you outside, and I feel like she would really enjoy horseback riding. She would be attracted to your nice personality and would fin you easy to talk too. 

Originally posted by kate-kami

Ships are Closed!~

anonymous asked:

So, I work 7 days a week, 8 hours a day minimum. And I am taking classes. I really struggle with food, because I WANT to be vegan, I know I NEED to be vegan, but I am also exhausted and can't motivate myself to cook complicated foods or eat really bland boring food. I know being vegetarian I am still contributing to violent industries. Do you have any advice on easy, 6 ingredient or less vegan meals I can make?

There’s lots of stuff, really. Off the top of my head, here’s a list of some of the foods I like to make that don’t take too much time or ingredients:

Hot & Sour Noodle Soup
-noodles (udon, lo mein/ramen, or just plain spaghetti)
-soy sauce
-vinegar (rice, white, or cider)
-spices (red pepper, ginger, garlic, onion)

Poverty-style Thai Peanut Noodles
-noodles (lo mein/ramen, or spaghetti)
-tofu, tempeh, or seitan
-peanut butter
-soy sauce
-soy/almond/coconut milk
-spices (ginger, garlic, onion, red pepper)
(optional: just toss in whatever veggies are lying around)

-literally anything you want wrapped in a tortilla

Tortilla Pizza
-large tortilla
-sauce (tomato, barbecue, balsamic vinegarette)
(optional: nutritional yeast, Tofutti cream cheese, Daiya cheese [that last can be kind of expensive, though])

Sweet Chili Doritos Nachos
-sweet chili Doritos (duh)
-refried beans (vegetarian or fat free, because otherwise there’s lard)
-just… whatever nacho-appropriate veggies you want.. i dunno
-salsa/hot sauce/taco sauce
(optional: Tofutti sour cream, nutritional yeast, Daiya)

Baked Tater Tot Nachos
-tater tots
-pretty much the same as above
(bake tots in oven about ten minutes, add toppings, bake again)

Potato Soup
-potato flakes/mashed potato mix (to thicken the soup)
-soy/almond/coconut milk
-oil (olive, sunflower, vegetable, or vegan butter)
-spices (garlic, onion, rosemary, parsley, thyme)
(optional: try throwing in other stuff too, like corn or mushrooms)

-soy/almond/coconut milk
-curry spices
-tofu, seitan, or tempeh
-bell peppers
(optional: potatoes, tomatoes, beans, cilantro, spinach)

And here’s some additional resources: 
30 Minute Vegan Meals
20 Minute Vegan Meals
10 Minute Vegan Meals
5 Minute Vegan Meals
5 Minute Vegan Meals (video)

very quick and easy lunch, i was too hungry and tired to cook and since today it’s hot and sunny a big bowl of fruit was perfect! watermelon and peach salad topped with shredded coconut, hemp seeds and lemon juice (thanks lemon for being good with everything)

What I Learned About Studying Abroad

I learned a lot from studying abroad this semester.  Not only did I benefit from my classes about European politics, economics, and music, but I also picked up some conversational skills in a few new languages, tried a ton of new foods, met and talked with tons of people from all over the world (every continent represented except Antarctica!), and learned as much as I could about every culture I encountered.  It was an amazing experience.  But it’s too much to put into words - the only way to understand is to do it yourself.  And so here are the key pieces that I’ve learned from studying abroad about how to study abroad.  So to any future exchange student, here’s a few things tried and true.

  • Follow the crowd
    • Remember how your mom always told you, “If everybody else if jumping off a bridge, would you do it too?”  Well, I don’t think that you should blindly follow everything that other people are doing, but when you’re in a new place and you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing or where you’re supposed to be going, follow the crowd.  This applies in many situations: are you in a big city without a map?  Follow the other tourists to major tourist destinations you probably don’t want to miss (this is basically all we did in London).  Are you exiting a train/bus/taxi/metro/tram and don’t know where to go?  You should probably be going the same direction as everyone else, and at the same pace.  Are you trying to decide what flavor of anything to get?  Good idea to try the one most empty, since it’s obviously the most popular.  It’s also a good idea in any situation where you’re not sure how to act or what to do (like every restaurant ever) to watch what other people are doing and copy them.  Also, try to check out what other people are wearing (or definitely NOT wearing) and try to copy that, too.  For example, never, ever, wear shorts in Italy.  
    • I have to give credit to my good friend & travel companion Hannah Liming for this tip, since she taught it to me and it basically took us all over Europe.
  • Ask the locals
    • Even if they’re just the people working at your hostel - they’ve spent way more time where you are than you have.  They can give you the best recommendations for what to eat, where to eat, where to go, how long to stay, and how to get there.  Even if you don’t take their recommendation (or you get lost on your way to it…) it gives you something to jump off of and go from there.  And a local recommendation is way less likely to be a very touristy and expensive place.  Most people that work at hostels have a few go-to recommendations they can throw your way, or the hostel itself may even offer deals or coupons for places they cooperate with.  Additionally, the quickest way to find anything you’re trying to get to is to ask someone.  Directions from a person will always be quicker than figuring out a map, especially if you don’t know where you are!
  • Read the reviews
    • If you can’t get a recommendation (or even sometimes if you do), but you’re making plans in advance to do something, always read the reviews!  Not only will they reveal if a place is actually a dump or if the tour is a scam, but they’ll most likely tell you the best way to experience whatever it is.  It’s a great way to make sure you get to do what you want to do, and that it’ll be quality.  But of course always read them with a grain of salt: the best reviews to read are the ones that clearly say exactly what the experience was like and don’t just praise or complain.  
  • Don’t ask, just eat
    • Picky eaters, stay home. If you’re served something or order something that you’re not sure what exactly it is or if you want to eat, save for allergies, don’t ask, don’t think about it too much, just eat it.  It’s probably a 50/50 shot that you’ll like it, but a 100% chance that you can actually eat it, since it’s clearly on an edible food menu at a restaurant.   Just as an addition about food, being a vegetarian isn’t that easy in Europe, which has some of the biggest meat-eating countries in the world, and it’s a huge part of the cuisine (especially beef and pork - chicken is weirdly not very popular).  
  • Meet them all the way
    • When interacting with people from other cultures or who speak other languages, try to make it as easy as possible for them to communicate with you or to accomplish whatever task is at hand.  If someone clearly doesn’t speak your language, it does NOT help to repeat yourself louder and slower.  It WILL help to use any other possible language you know (try for a cognate?), and a lot of hand gestures.  If you have a visual of what you’re trying to do (like a train ticket or a map) that should be clearly visible at the start.  Don’t expect anyone to know English or even to have the answer to your question: you have to go more than halfway on your part to get things done.  You’re the visitor, after all, that doesn’t speak the native language.  Try your best to communicate effectively, and if it doesn’t work, move on to the next option.  There will be plenty of totally failed interactions that leave both parties very confused or annoyed, but that’s just another great perk of studying abroad!
  • Say yes
    • To new foods, experiences, cities, countries; to walking, trains, buses, taxis, planes, metros, boats, trams; to churches, synagogues, mosques, cathedrals; to museums, monuments, fountains, squares, parks; to hostels, hotels, apartments, dorm rooms, trundle beds, sleeper trains, rented rooms; to coffee, tea, water, beer, juice, espresso, wine; to waking up early, going to bed late, mid-day naps; to walking tours, boat tours, bus tours, train tours, self-tours, fake tours, guided tours; to losing things and getting new things; to politics, economics, language, culture, art, society, slang, music; to dancing, running, jumping, crawling, swimming, and to as much as you possibly can.  Don’t miss out!  You only have so long… do it all.
  • Buy experiences, not things
    • It’s always been a better idea to invest in an experience than object while I’ve been abroad.  Of course I’m coming back with plenty of souvenirs & gifts for my friends and family, but I kept them all on the cheap side.  What I really spent the most money on (and don’t regret at all) is plane tickets, tour guide tips, cooking classes, cultural performances, etc.  I loved every experience I did in every city (major highlights: Travel Bar cooking class in Barcelona) and for some things afterwards felt that I even would have paid more.  Look for cool experiences, classes, tours, places, or performances wherever you are, and don’t feel bad for paying a little more for them than you normally would want to spend - they’re worth it.
  • Go with the flow
    • As our class president said in his final toast, the motto of many study abroad trips is “Win some, lose most.”  You can make as many itineraries as you want, and you can plan everything down to the last detail, and you can even have back-up plans in advance, and I can guarantee you that something will go wrong.  It always does!  You’ll go through Plans A, B, C, D, E, F, and G, and then still have to end up going with Plan K.  It’s not as hard as it sounds, though.  It’ll happen a lot, but the more you get used to thinking on your feet and figuring out new solutions to strange problems, the easier it’ll become.  
  • Sometimes it’s worth it
    • It won’t feel like it is, but it is.  When you have to pay 3 euros for a bottle of water, or 6 euros for 1 hour of wifi, or 50 euros for a 20 minute cab ride, or when you have to wake up at 3 in the morning to catch a flight, or when you just have to sleep in an extra hour even though you have things to do.  Sometimes you just have to do it.  You’ll have to pay for things abroad that normally you would never, ever consent to paying for, or pay an outrageous amount for something totally necessary, but sometimes, you just have to do it.  Be prepared.  People will also try to swindle you everywhere…Never talk to anyone that calls you “lady” or “buddy.”
    • (NOTE: Brussels-Charleroi Airport does NOT have wifi.  No airports anywhere do.  It’s horrible but that’s how it is.  Pay for it only if you have to!)
  • Switch it up
    • Specifically, switch up your travel companions.  It’s a bad idea to plan all your travels at the very beginning of your journey with people you’ve just met.  You’ll get locked into an entire semester spending A LOT of quality time with just a few people…and it’s more than likely that eventually, you will all get very, very sick of each other.  Plan instead to spend some time with a variety of people, which will make traveling both more enjoyable and more interesting.
  • Take a break
    • When I was planning my first trip in Europe, I assumed I could wake up in the morning, spend all day sight-seeing and exploring, maybe even check out some nightlife, and then go to bed and do it all again the next day.  This is not humanly possible.  You might feel guilty at first for sitting around for an hour in a coffeeshop doing nothing when you’re in a totally different country, but you need to recognize your limits and realize when you need to get off your feet for a little while, or regroup.  You’ll enjoy traveling a lot more and get more out of it if you can stay at a reasonable level of rested & fed and go into every day with a plan.
  • When in Rome
    • Do as the Romans do!  And by this I don’t mean to follow the crowd like I wrote about earlier… I mean when you’re in a new place, you’re going to see people living their lives or doing things in a totally different way than you’re used to.  The coolest thing to realize and to learn about this is that it’s working!  People all over the world do things differently, and it works.  Life is going on all around you even if it looks different!  Try new things and try doing things a different way (for example, in Europe you don’t switch hands for your knife & fork when eating.  I learned it’s actually way easier to eat this way).  It’s also a great excuse to act a different way than you normally would (go ahead and talk loudly in a restaurant in Italy) or wear something totally new because everyone around you is pulling it off (Spanish pants).  Maybe where you are everyone is at home by 7pm and asleep before midnight - doesn’t sound fun, but if you want to experience their culture, try it!  Or maybe where you are it’s normal to have raw food with coffee for breakfast… when in Rome!
  • You’re American, and it’s okay
    • At the beginning of my semester abroad, I was so worried about fitting in, and not seeming like an American tourist.  It’s impossible!  You will always be spotted as a foreigner, especially if you’re American.  Don’t ever be purposefully offensive or hostile to anyone, but realize that you are American, and it’s okay!  Cultural differences are beautiful, especially when they mix.  You come from a different place and a different culture, and you really do not know how things work wherever you are; but, if you ask, people will be quite willing to show you, and you can learn a lot.  Tourism is an authentic way to experience a culture, and that is the goal.  Learn as much as you can about other cultures, but realize that you probably can’t totally become a part of it in just 1 semester or even 1 year.  Accept your status as an outsider and do your best to authentically learn about, experience, and respect other cultures as much as possible while you can.