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Vegan Bytes #68- Why I Went All the Way...
November 13, 2013

Index: (scroll down to read articles)

*Nutritional Spotlight: Why I Went All the Way (Vegan That Is!)
*Holiday Edition: Recipes for a Meat-Free Thanksgiving
*Question: "Why haven't I lost weight as a vegan?"
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: Vegan Nutritionista's Meal Plans and eCookbooks
*Recipe #1: My Favorite Vegan Pumpkin Pie
*Recipe #2: Special Treat: Homemade Twix Bars
*What's New?: Pick Your Favorite Way to Follow Vegan Nutritionista

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The Vegan Vs. Vegetarian Debate

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It was around the holidays several years ago that one of my relatives said, "I can understand the vegetarian thing, but vegan I just don't get." I could see it from her perspective too, because I used to think veganism was extreme.

Once I learned about it, I knew my only choice was to stop eating dairy and eggs, and after I got it all out of my system, I never felt better.

It's been years since then, but I know many new people are coming to the vegetarian world and wondering if they should go all the way to the light side. Read my reasons why being a vegetarian just wasn't enough. Maybe this will help bolster your confidence in answering if someone asks you this year.


Recipes for a Meat-Free Holiday

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If you're getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, you might want some recipes for the classics like green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie. I've got my favorite Thanksgiving recipes listed here.

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Happy Thanksgiving! I'm grateful for you, even if I've never met you. You're reading this line and that means a lot to me, so thank you!


"Why haven't I lost weight as a vegan?"



I am a new vegan and very frustrated. I've been a vegetarian for 20 years and on January 3, I turned vegan. I made the change because I abhor the cruel practices; however, I was hoping to drop some weight. Instead, I gained weight.

A typical meal plans is as follows: soy protein bar and fruit or oatmeal with fruit for breakfast; sandwich with vegan deli slices, veganaise, 1/2 avocado and tomato slices and 1/4 cup trail mix (nuts and fruit) OR an Amy's meal with trail mix as a snack for lunch; and some type of sautéed vegetable mix with a grain or pasta for dinner.

What am I doing wrong? I don't count calories but I don't think I'm going over 1200-1300 cal a day. I'm thinking I need to take out the trail mix. I'm frustrated. Please advise.


Michele's question is incredibly common. What do you think is the reason she hasn't lost weight? Check out what I told her here.


If you have any vegan questions and you want some guidance, feel free to send them in by following this link.


Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable EBooks

Vegan Christmas Cookies: 20 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes

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It's just about the time of the year to start baking cookies. I've been baking my entire life, and I've been veganizing family recipes and making my own for years. In this ebook you'll find all your old favorites, like Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Thumbprints, Linzers, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Bombs, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Gingerbread, and of course, Vegan Sugar Cookies.

Read more about the book on the Vegan Christmas Cookies page, or if you already know you have to have it, get your copy now for only $7.95. Buy now and you get a free guide to Natural Homemade Food Coloring and a Vegan Grocery List.

Vegan Cooking for Beginners

Vegan Cooking for Beginners is designed for new cooks and veteran vegans who want quick, cheap, and easy vegan recipes. It has 75 recipes, tons of pictures of the finished meals, nutritional information, and detailed instructions to make every recipe easy to follow. Read more and download a copy for only $7.99 here.

Vegan Meal Plans for Fall

Vegan Meal Plans is a complete meal plan for one month vegan weekday dinners. It includes 64 recipes, pictures, nutritional information, grocery lists, and tips and techniques. Everyone from those beginning a vegan diet to those veterans who want fresh menu ideas love this ebook. It focuses on fresh, local, and seasonal vegetables and uses all normal ingredients-- no fussy or gourmet skills needed. Download a copy for only $9.75 here.

If you have an e-reader, you can get Vegan Meal Plans for Fall designed specifically for that device for $9.99:

The Vegan Bread Box: 30 Simple and Delicious Vegan Bread Recipes

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This is one of our most popular cookbooks. I've found it really difficult to find a vegan bread cookbook on the internet; there are tons of recipes out there, but they're scattered all over different sites and you never know which ones are good. This book has everything from an eggless brioche to a classic whole wheat boule recipe, so you'll never have to go scrounging the internet again. I'm so happy people have gotten so much out of this ebook.

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Just the Menus Ebook Package Deal

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Just the Menus Ebook Package allows you to have both Vegan Nutritionista meal plans, one for the fall/winter and one for the spring/summer at a discounted rate. Download your copy for only $16.99 here.

Menus and Cookbooks Ebook Package Deal

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Menus and Cookbooks Ebook Package allows you to have Vegan Cooking for Beginners, both Vegan Nutritionista Meal Plans, The Vegan Bread Box, Vegan Christmas Cookies, and Cut the Cheese. Download your copy for only $41.99 here.

Vegan Grocery List

This massive, complete vegan grocery list is the only one you'll ever need. Print out copies of it to hang on your fridge, and then mark what you need as you go throughout the week. Download a copy for only $0.99.

Entire Collection of Ebooks Deal:

Vegan Nutritionista Complete Ebook Package

Get Vegan Cooking for Beginners, Cut the Cheese, The Vegan Bread Box, A Fresh New Vegan You, both Vegan Meal Plans and Vegan Meal Plans for Spring, Vegan Christmas Cookies AND a free copy of the massive Vegan Grocery List for only $63.99. Save BIG on this package! Download this package here. *Note: this does not include a separate file for Soak, Rinse, Boil! because you get it within A Fresh New Vegan You.


My Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving

The first was-a-glorious-mistake recipe of the month is my favorite pumpkin pie ever that I made one Thanksgiving. I'd been enjoying the holiday just like anyone else-- with a few glasses of wine, and it was well into the second day of slaving away in the kitchen, so I made a big mistake following the recipe.

I had to improvise and fix it, which is typically an awful idea when baking. The rules are that you're supposed to stick to the rules. I wasn't about to waste my fresh pumpkin puree though, so I played around a little.

And I truly loved the end result. Even my family members who are... let's just say, not vegan, loved this pie.

Try it, and let me know what you think of the recipe. And if you have a better pie recipe, you can comment on that page or share it here.


Special Treat: Homemade Twix Bars

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I went all out this year and made homemade caramel sauce for apples in a show of fall festivity. The side effect of this was that I ended up with way too much caramel left over and needed to come up with an idea for how to use it.

Enter me thinking of a candy bar that I haven't seen veganized and therefore haven't eaten in at least 7 years... Twix.

I was never a huge chocolate lover, but I always liked caramel, and Twix is mostly cookie and caramel, so this was on the top of my list. When I thought about how I'd make my own version, I realized that it would actually be incredibly simple.

And that's how my homemade Twix recipe was born. Don't be scared by the idea of making candy- this one is really simple, and it's so worth your time!


What's New? Pick Your Favorite Way to Follow Vegan Nutritionista

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