As veganism gains popularity, more and more articles are written about how “I tried vegan for (insert time frame here)”. I’ve certainly mentioned some in our morning news roundup and there are so many more popping up every day. Usually when I read the articles the first thing that I notice is how uneducated the person is about veganism in general. It seems that, sometimes, the people who write the articles were biased against veganism to start and didn’t really try to embrace the lifestyle. It’s no wonder that those articles end up bashing veganism. So imagine how refreshing it was to come across this article written by Amanda Berne. The article talks about why and how she went vegan for a month. In it she says:
“I decided to cut out all animal products and go vegan for a month because I felt I couldn’t cover the topic without having the experience. A month seemed like an appropriate amount of time, but I discovered it wasn’t, especially if I would continue feeling as good as I did.”
I agree. I think her choice of a month was appropriate. Our bodies take several weeks to adjust to any new eating pattern, a non vegan will surely experience detoxing in the first couple of weeks of veganism. Anyone who is considering veganism should try it out in a similar manner.
The article goes on to talk about the dilemas of being vegan. She talks about how “lonely” it was during the month because there aren’t many vegan restaraunts and her friends gave up trying to find a place they could all go. I’m sure every new vegan has experienced this. But things like this get much better over time as you adjust to your new lifestyle. You will know what restaurants you can eat at, what foods are vegan and what foods aren’t. You will learn to prepare vegan food quickly so it doesn’t seem like you’re always in the kitchen. Veganism, like anything, takes time to fully integrate into your life.
But Amanda ends up singing the praises of veganism. Saying:
“Yet despite all the hassle and the countless hours spent planning meals, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed being vegan. … My body felt great and my skin was shining. I cooked all the time, so not only did I really get into the process of living alone and creating lovely meals for myself, but I was also saving money by not going out or buying processed ingredients.”
And she says that she has “boundless energy”. All of that good stuff….all without killing a single animal.