“..An experiment with vegan living leads to new way of eating
OK, I’ll admit it: It was a journalistic stunt. At least partly …
On Feb. 1, I flipped a culinary switch and became a vegan overnight.
For a month, I planned to shop, cook and eat without any animal products.
No meat, eggs or dairy, period.
The intent was mostly earnest.
Portland has a large and quickly growing vegan community.
And after seeing documentaries like “Food, Inc.” and reading works by Michael Pollan, I’d become increasingly convinced that eating less meat —
– perhaps even eliminating it altogether — was the greenest, most-humane thing I could do.
But I love a good gimmick, too, and going vegan for a month has become a popular way for journalists to immerse themselves in vegan culture.
So I dived right into the vegan pool.
For four weeks, I stuck to a plant-based diet, blogging about it every day as I learned new things, tried new products and dined at Portland’s many vegan-friendly restaurants.
Then a surprising thing happened.
March 1 came around, and I didn’t want to go back to my old way of eating.
Vegan eating, I discovered, is anything but boring .. and the cooking experience is exhilarating and fun.
And it with comes some fringe benefits.
Physically, I feel great.
During the day, I have so much energy that I’ve kicked my afternoon coffee habit.
At night, I’m sleeping better — I suspect because my body isn’t having to work overtime digesting meat.
And I’ve effortlessly lost all the weight I gained over the holidays ..
.. without ever experiencing the sort of hunger pangs that come with traditional dieting.
So I’ve stuck with it.
Who would have guessed that a stunt would lead me to such an unexpected place?..”
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