Trying Vegan: One Reporter’s Experience, and Further Tips
Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times reporter Mary MacVean wrote an interesting column about going a month on a vegan diet. It was an insightful look at what she experienced, with a focus on tips offered to those who have never tried “going vegan.” While she did not continue the healthy eating experiment, she did conclude by stating “I can see a vegan January in 2016,” hinting at an enjoyable experience learning new things about what we cook and eat. For those of you who engage a healthy diet, whichever one you chose, but have not tried vegan for at least a period of time, it may be worth a whirl. Reading the column could help you get started.
I do not believe that vegan is necessarily for everyone, or something that needs to be followed exclusively for an entire life. However I do believe that going vegan for a couple months every so often can be beneficial, especially for someone who has a traditional American diet that consists mostly of fatty meats and potatoes. MacVean noted that while she did not weigh herself, she definitely lost weight (which was timely, following the holidays). I also liked how the column noted going for “color” with your diet. As a cook, I love ensuring your plate is full of color.
It seems that discussions about the vegan diet often veer toward difficulties in maintaining variety, or consistently getting vegetables into meals. A way to get some veggies in is to add a handful of kale or spinach to a smoothie in addition to your fruit of choice and maybe some spiralina. Or, dip some carrots or cucumbers into your guacamole or salsa in place of tortilla chips (although I LOVE tortilla chips too!). As noted in the article, when going vegan be sure to invest in a B-12 vitamin as well as some good quality amino acids. Solgar is generally a good company for these products, which can be found on Amazon.com. Finally, have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously. Try it, see what happens, and please let me know your thoughts.