I'm a Veganwannabe: Post #3
What the heck is a vegan? That’s a good question! In a nutshell, vegans do not eat any animal products….that means no meat, chicken, fish, dairy, eggs, etc. I understand the many vegans do not eat honey or even Worcestershire sauce – there are anchovies in there, did you know that?
As I look out across October and consider eating vegan for one month, I feel most worried about eliminating cheese from my diet. I love it. Not that I eat a lot of cheese, but man, when I want some, I gotta have it. Eggs also…sometimes, I simply crave them.
We have pretty well eliminated red meat from the menu, and we have already added lots more fish to our diet. In fact, there are lots and lots of weeks that we eat mainly vegetarian meals, and I have refried beans down to a science! Seriously! The beauty of vegetarianism, for me, is the inclusion of cheese, eggs, butter, yogurt¸ sour cream, and ice cream.
So what do vegans eat? Well, I’m not 100% sure….I know they eat grains, beans, lentils, nuts, veggies, fruits and other whole foods. And then there’s soy. Some vegans eat soy and some do not eat much soy. I have been reading about the health benefits and health concerns surrounding eating soy….Not sure yet how I feel about it. I think as in all parts of life, moderation is the key. A diet filled with soy products is probably not too healthy, especially if the soy is highly processed, but eating small amounts of whole soy (think edamame ) is fine.
And then there is the super scary and foreign product that vegans call ‘Nutritional Yeast.’ I actually bought some in preparation for my VeganMoFo journey….….Have no idea what to do with it….. !
Check back tomorrow for a great way to enhance boring white rice.