SW as a vegan?

Discussion in 'Slimming World' started by Fiona'sJourney, 3 May 2014.

  1. I've recently made a change to eating a mainly vegan diet and was wondering if it is possible to do SW as a vegan? One of my main concerns is working out syn values of some different vegan 'cheeses'...can anyone shed any light for me please?
  2. slimLolly

    slimLolly Well-Known Member

    I'm not vegan, but I do try to limit my dairy intake (yoghurt aside) and don't find SW hard to follow at all since there are plenty of non-dairy milks available as Healthy Extras.

    As for cheeses, I just checked a couple of brands (e.g. Tofutti, Cheezly) I know off the top of my head, and at least some of their products are already listed in syns online. So you may not need to work anything out. And there's always the syn calculator if you can't find one, or you could syn the whole lot (20 calories = 1 syn) if you want to be extra cautious.
  3. i_am_plankton

    i_am_plankton Well-Known Member

    There's various posts with advice so I won't repost but you can also have 35g dairy-free cheese as a healthy extra B and you would likely do green days so get 2 Bs a day - I am vegan too and definitely don't struggle on SW, it's easy :)
  4. I was under the impression that most SW stuff now focuses less on Red/Green days and more on EE...which I've never really managed to get my head around. Is it still easy to find plenty of recipes/food ideas for green days even if I don't become a SW member?
  5. PatchworkPuss

    PatchworkPuss Well-Known Member

    You can do whichever plan you want to, there are lots of us still doing green and red. And yes recipes are easy because you you just adapt any that have meat to be green friendly. I use the bbcgoodfood website a lot, Slimming World Recipes - Slimming Eats, and adapt recipes from "normal" cookery books as well as those on SW groups/website/magazines :)
  6. i_am_plankton

    i_am_plankton Well-Known Member

    Loads of people do the old plans and SW still support them, lots of dairy-free milks are a healthy extra A choice including a couple of chocolate varieties, and plenty of vegan-friendly foods are free/superfree etc and quite a bit is low syn. I would say definitely give it a go - it works and is super vegan friendly :)
  7. I think I am going to give it a try :) Is there anywhere I can find lists of Healthy Extras without becoming a member?
  8. PatchworkPuss

    PatchworkPuss Well-Known Member

    afraid not, sw are not going to just give that information away to non members. you may pick up some tips in the healthy extras subforum though x
  9. PatchworkPuss

    PatchworkPuss Well-Known Member

    depends what you mean by support, my consultant knows next to nothing about the green plan and im the go to person whenever anyone has questions about it lol
  10. i_am_plankton

    i_am_plankton Well-Known Member

    I meant that they still advertise them etc as they haven't gone completely over to EE, sorry for any confusion :)

    OP - which milks etc do you buy/like as the amounts are all different?
  11. PatchworkPuss

    PatchworkPuss Well-Known Member

    No need to apologise hun, I was just messing around :)
  12. freakydarkstuff

    freakydarkstuff Well-Known Member

    I know it's frowned upon but you can buy the starter pack on ebay with the basic outlines.

    Good luck on your SW journey!
  13. i_am_plankton

    i_am_plankton Well-Known Member

    It's actually SW that sell it on eBay now too so I think they have realised they can make a buck there too (although it is more than joining group - I only paid £9.95 last week which was my first night)
  14. I usually buy Alpro soya milk, the original one. I'll have a look on ebay, I wondered if the starter packs would be worth it as I'm guessing they are mainly aimed at omnivores. I've thought about joining a group and only going once or twice but again, I'm not sure if they'd be a lot of useful info for a vegan.
  15. i_am_plankton

    i_am_plankton Well-Known Member

    The website is tons better for a vegan diet, how about joining online or going to group and then you get free access? The Healthy extras listed in the book etc are limited whereas online you have access to the entire list as well as syns which are listed for loads of vegan brands (VBites etc). I was an online member then went it alone for a few months but I joined group last week and am going to stay at group (you get free membership when you're at target) and I have found a new love of the plan and know I can lose my last 8.5lbs with the help of the group :)
  16. WasMicci

    WasMicci Well-Known Member

    Hiya, I'm vegan and find SW very easy. The Alpro and Blue Diamond low fat almond milks are very generous in the allowances you can have for a HE, off the top of my head I can't remember exactly but it's just under a litre.

    I've just gone back to SW and always did the green plan but the consultant is pushing EE and tbh, it looks like it's just the same as the green plan but with extra veggies and fruit and only one HE from each category.

    My old ID here was micci, I had two diaries, one was very personal and hidden away in the higher posting members section but I have another readily available with recipes. Maybe if you do a search on my old posts you will find it. There is lots of non dairy milk info on here about how much they are in syns and what you can have for a HE, have a search.

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