Vegan Bytes #43: Are You Afraid of the Holidays?

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In this issue...

*Vegan Thoughts: Celebrating the Holidays As A Vegan
*Nutritional Spotlight: Health Benefits of Apples
*Question: "I'm confused about veganism... what do I eat?"
*Question: "Why does a vegan diet make sense?"
*Vegan Ebooks: View our Complete Collection of Ebooks
*Recipe of the Month: Vegan Caramel Apples
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

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Celebrating the Holidays As A Vegan

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The holidays can sometimes be the hardest times to maintain a diet and lifestyle choice like veganism. Especially when you're new to a vegan diet, you can feel left out, singled out, forced into eating something you don't want to, guilty, frustrated, and angry. Instead of all the negativity, there are a few ways that I always remain happy and energetic while celebrating holidays as a vegan.

I put together 5 great tips for enjoying the holidays without the worry about how other people are going to respond when they find out you can't eat their most popular Christmas cookies because you don't eat butter, milk, or eggs.

And, don't forget to click through for my vegan Halloween page, where other readers have been sharing their favorite tips for dealing with Halloween candy and parties. We'd love to hear your best ideas for how to manage the surplus of Halloween candy your kids lug home that night, or any other great vegan Halloween stories. Plus, you can see my favorite Halloween candy recipe... perfect for a kids baking activity!

Enjoy the upcoming holidays!


Nutritional Spotlight: Apples

Health Benefits of Apples

Apples are one of those fruits that we all instinctively know is good for us, but we don't know exactly why. It's not a highly hyped fruit right now, and hasn't made its way around the superfood circuit and gotten a ton of attention.

But, there are really good reasons not to forget about the old "apple a day" adage. Learn all about the health benefits of apples here.


Question: "I'm confused about veganism... what do I eat?"


Dan writes to us in a state of confusion about what he should be eating. He has become vegan, but still doesn't feel great when he eats breads and meat substitutes. He finds the gluten-free movement confusing, and isn't sure whether to follow Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live diet as well.

I find that often the gluten-free diet is lumped together with a vegan diet. I'll have a waiter at a restaurant ask if I can eat wheat right after finding out I'm vegan (not to mention that ever-annoying pizza that comes without cheese or sauce because for some reason they think we want neither when we ask for it cheese-free!) While I do know plenty of people who follow both a gluten-free and vegan simultaneously, others just do one.

What I suggested Dan do to cut through the confusion about veganism and what to eat is right here.


Question: "Why does a plant-based diet make perfect sense?"


Deborah shares with us how she finally understood veganism and decided to change her life after watching Forks Over Knives.

This documentary changed so many lives and I've heard from countless people how it is responsible for their move to a vegan diet.

Deborah says, "I have decided to follow vegan diet, and will cook mostly vegan meals for my family. My husband and son have not decided to join me - yet. I hope they will someday understand why eating a plant-based diet is important on so many levels."

The most touching part of her post was when she shared with us the reasons why she now sees that a plant based diet makes perfect sense.


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Cut the Cheese: Quit Your Cheese Addiction to Transform Your Life

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Recipe of the Month: Caramel Apples

Vegan Caramel Apples

Of course, adulterating the healthy apple with a bunch of sugar and butter isn't going to improve its health benefits, but it sure does make it impossible not to eat. And plus, who can resist a sticky, sweet caramel apple that's actually vegan after all those trips to carnivals and pumpkin patches where you had to avoid their apples?

While there are a few steps that go into making the caramel for apples, they really are fairly simple. This is an awesome project to do with kids, who can top the apples with peanuts, almonds, Oreos, or just about any of their favorite candies. The finished product is perfect for a Halloween party, whether for kids or adults.

Check out my easy Vegan Caramel Apples Recipe here.


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