|My Experimentation With Veganism|
|Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00 | Written by TC Brown | Blog Entry|
My brain was starved for sustenance for this week’s blog. I knocked around on the Internet, pushing away one notion after another as insufficient fodder. Dialing into the EcoHearth portal in search of food for thought (do you get the theme yet?), I came across Tonya Kay’s entertaining blog, Clean and Green Everyday, about living “locally” no matter where you are.
But it was the headline of her recent entry referring to “vegan” sneakers that really got the juices flowing. It reminded me of my own experimentation with vegan consumption, thanks to an essay in Newsweek earlier this year by David Noonan titled, “I Can’t Believe I’m Still a Vegan.” For me, it has been an interesting, if only mildly successful, experiment. But please don’t call me a vegan. It just sounds strange to me.
Noonan humorously wrote about a new book, The Engine 2 Diet, by vegan triathlete and Austin firefighter Rip Esselstyn. The book’s claims are eyebrow raising—promising to help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease and become physically fit “in just four weeks.”
Apparently, consuming only plants does that. Essentially, Esselstyn advises his readers to eat nothing with a face or a mother. A friend and I argued if such a restriction would allow one to eat oysters. I’m pretty sure they don’t have faces, but a Google check confirms that a reproductive process, although long range, is involved.
I’ve never been much of a red-meat carnivore, though I’ve eaten enough fish and chicken to grow feathers and gills. I do have a hereditary cholesterol problem, so I decided to give this a test run. After six weeks, I have definitely dropped weight but have yet to have my cholesterol measured.
I follow this eating plan about 80% of the time, only occasionally consuming fowl or fish. Cheese, which Esselstyn considers a demon food, has definitely disappeared from my diet. Although recently when I couldn’t resist a pizza pig-out, my retrained stomach made me pay dearly an hour or so later.
Perhaps this should be stamped TMI, but for sure I’m a lot more “regular” than before, if you catch my drift. My goal is to notch up the plant eating by at least another 10 to 15% this summer. Just don’t call me vegan. I prefer Herby Vore.
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