Transitioning to a Plant Based Diet | Part 2

  1. Sara Serra says:

    It’s so interesting to see how ones diet changes and still mantain so much variety! I love reading your posts about transitioning to plant based.
    I’m amazed by how easy you say leaving dairy was for you. I had to do it for health reasons and I struggled a lot with it (still do sometimes). Do you use alternatives to it? (Besides the nut cheese)

    • Tania Joy says:

      Hi Sara!

      I’m so glad you like these posts 🙂 I think what helped me most in leaving dairy was the connection I made to it.. I watched this video on Youtube called ‘Dairy is Scary’ by Erin Janus. Opens up your eyes to the dairy industry.. and having done a lot more research about it too it really helped me seeing it as a non-food.. if that makes sense?

      In terms of alternative, I’ve tried a few ‘vegan cheeses’ out there.. Tesco does a few good ones, and one called Sheese? The spring onion or garlic one is super good! a bit like philadelphia meets Boursin?!

      Other than that I use almond/soy/coconut milk for drinks or smoothies or cereal.. I haven’t tried vegan butter yet but I know there’s loads of options out there. I’ve also found this soy cream recently by Alpro, to add to pastas or creamy dishes and you can barely taste the difference with normal cream!

      I hope that helps 🙂 xx

  2. Nina says:

    Bread is my biggest food love, but finding good replacements to salted butter and cheese that are quick and easy and not hummus/avocado is hard :/

    • Tania Joy says:

      ahh bread is also my biggest love. I could have it every meal.. but I try and limit it to one meal a day, or I’d turn into a loaf haha

      As for substitutes for butter and cheese, I’ve got to say this nut cheese I made was life changing, although takes a while to make – but I will post about it very soon. There are more and more nut cheeses and vegan spreads available though, Tesco’s Free From range is really amazing.

      How about a layer of V pesto and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast? or simply rubbing toasted bread with garlic, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt? I know that I just love anything super simple.. I hope that helps 🙂 xx

  3. Suzie says:

    I’ve been vegan for nearly 5 years now, and there’s no way I’d go back! As for B12, I take Solgar in tablet form, they’re not too bad 😉
    I know that you come from SOF quite near to me, and I’m interested to know how you find being vegan here? It’s still often difficult for me, I can’t take part in local fêtes etc, eating out is challenging unless I’m in Toulouse and my French neighbours think I’m crazy!
    P.S. There’s a stall on Esperaza Sunday market that sells the most amaaazing vegan cheeses!

    • Tania Joy says:

      Hey Suzie!

      Thanks a lot for your comment, I’ll definitely look into Solgar’s tablets.. the drops are just not that practical I find!

      So I’ve only been once end of June since going Vegan and tbh I didn’t struggle too much but mostly because we did all the cooking at home. So we stocked up at the supermarket first thing when we arrived, and I found everything we needed, even nutritional yeast and miso paste etc.. I find that all the ‘magasins bio’ are the best sources for random products like that! (we did 3 supermarkets trying to find miso paste to make this cheesy cashew sauce, and they were looking at us like HUH WHAT?! haha and found it at our tiny local bio shop!)

      We didn’t do much eating out, but yes I’m sure there wouldn’t be that many options…apart from salads minus the cheese/meat! but I find generally if you ask nicely people are always happy to accommodate – but I will report back when we come back end of August after two weeks down there!

      AHH Esperaza is quite far away from where I live (near Pamiers!) but that’s so good to know! I wonder if there’s anyone who makes vegan cheese around us.. I need to do some digging!

      Did you grow up down there? xxx

  4. Felicity says:

    For health reasons I’d feel nervous about going entirely plant-based, but because of the effects on the environment etc I’d like to cut down our meat/animal product consumption in our household and go 2-3 days a week meat-free. Are there any quick and easy recipes you’d recommend to throw together for dinner?

    Felicity x

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