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Going Vegan

Starting today, I am taking my vegan day experiments to the next level: full-time veganism!

As a dairy culture aficionado, it was a decision with which I have long struggled. You see, I am a true believer in the health-promoting properties of the bacteria and yeast of kefir, yogurt, CSY, etc.. On the other hand, I wasn’t so sure about the medium in which they grow.

It has always seemed somewhat unnatural to me that we drink the milk of another animal, and one so far from our own species and its nutritional needs. And, the more I read about casein (The China Study) and the processing of dairy, the less appetizing it has become.

Indeed, until only a year ago, I had gone about nine years without drinking milk. I still ate cheese and eggs, though. It was only after discovering kefir and the joys of encouraging such microbial life to flourish that I reincorporated it into my diet. My solace then became, well, at least I’m not drinking straight milk; it had to be fermented in some way (homemade yogurts, kefir, and cheese). Around the same time, I also got into egg whites as a low-calorie, fat and cholesterol-free, source of complete protein.

Memorial Day weekend was fun, not just for the fight night and my beloved sister’s visit, but also for the cleaning out of my dairy cultures. I finished off my CSY and homemade yogurts by Saturday. On Sunday, I ate the rest of the store-bought yogurt, consuming a full two cups. Delicious. I also ate my kefir grains, so I would no longer be tempted. As for the egg whites, I dumped what remained. And today, I sold a half-gallon of organic milk at cost to a fellow vegetarian at work.

I noticed tonight that a couple of my cold cereals have whey in them. I’m not as concerned about that right now as the overt consumption of dairy (milk, cheese) and eggs. But, I still intend to phase them out. There are, after all, plenty of cereals without whey. :)

As for my probiotic friends, I still have homemade kimchi and tempeh. I’ve also been practicing making soy yogurt in preparation for the switch. And, of course, there’s natto (which I must admit I was only semi-successful at making on my first attempt). Finally, I may again have time to nurture a sourdough starter back to life. I’m psyched.

4 Responses to “Going Vegan”

  1. t. says:

    Congratulations on the resolution! Being vegetarian is great! I have been one for almost 10 years, but being vegan proved to be even better!
    Welcome to the club by the way!!!

  2. Jody says:

    Great idea. I started out just trying out veganism and I plan to stay that way. (The pus talk in the yahoo veg group, probably helped a lot.)

    Good luck Zen!

  3. pat says:

    Wonderful decision to go vegan. It makes eating out an adventure but who doesn’t like adventure! I’m so happy I made the (recent) switch and happy to meet others like you!!!

  4. Vegan Momma says:

    Congratulations on your decision! :-)

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