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D is for Deficiency

4 Mar

I've reached the vegan end

With experimental vegan month coming to a close and with my celebratory Father’s Office burger already in my sights, I decided to speak with my doctor about the pros and cons of a vegan diet.

In her words, it works for some people.

Keep in mind that it was never my intent to become a permanent vegan. I wanted to be able to write about it from a personal perspective. I can appreciate how difficult and strenuous it can be to stick to a strict vegetarian diet, especially for those of you who do in fact like meat or other animal products. So, while I will continue to seek out animal food that was raised and killed in the most humane and environmentally sensitive manner, I can’t wait to eat some bacon. In fact, I had Huckleberry’s Niman Ranch maple bacon biscuit in mind.

My doc recommended getting some blood work done. Turns out I’m perfectly healthy and my thyroid is still within normal range despite the increase in soy foods. But get this: for the first time ever, I’m vitamin D deficient. Continue reading

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A Minor Indiscretion

25 Feb

Who doesn't need a little junk food fix once in a while after a rough day at the office?

What do you do when you have a bad day?

Have a drink with some friends? Snuggle up with your significant other? Watch a funny movie?
Well, here’s what I did: I cheated. I ate chocolate. Not just any chocolate, a Cadbury Egg (alright more than one). Now, I know what you’re thinking. “That’s disgusting.”

I should be embarrassed to say it, but Cadbury Eggs are my favorite packaged sweets and they only come around once a year, or else I would stash them away in my cubicle like a little squirrel. I thought I would sit down, delicately unwrap the foil and savor my secret lapse in judgment, making that token orgasmic chocolate face often seen in Dove commercials. I thought I would feel instantly better.

I was really disappointed.

For some reason, my junk food of choice suddenly didn’t taste half as good as I had built it up to taste. Maybe all I wanted was a good wholesome meal instead. Chew on that.

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French Fries are Vegan

18 Feb

Excuse me, I seem to have bitten off more tofu than I can chew...

…and thank God for that, because most of everything else I like to eat isn’t. Chester Cheeto was right, it aint easy being…man would I love a Cheeto right now.

A lot of my time during vegan challenge week one was spent trying to find something that I was allowed to eat; food not made from or by animals and with as little soy as possible (I will admit that there is still gelatin in my breakfast cereal). And wouldn’t you know it, vegan challenge week one came to a close with two friends and a family member all coming into town and a work party, all four instances involving eating out. In one case, I did actually have to order a plate of lettuce with balsamic, no joke. Continue reading

Double (Tofurkey) Dog Dare

10 Feb

Bye Bye, Corned Beef on Rye

My college buddy Adam once ate an entire brick of processed cheese product while drunk. A recent conversation with him actually involved the line, “Well, armadillo tastes kind of like fish.” So, he truly is the last man in the world (except for maybe my brisket-loving brother) who I would have expected to go vegan for a full month—after losing a bet.

There have been a few times that I have considered the benefits of becoming vegetarian. I would no longer be part of a system that creates a considerable carbon foot print. Plus, there are the obvious health and animal welfare reasons. But as soon as I think of myself at a restaurant, all bets are off. I love eating in L.A.! If something sounds delish, I want to be able to try it. Plus, I can’t afford to eat at Real Food Daily on any kind of regular basis.

Going fully vegan on the other hand, I’ve never even considered, not even for a month. I equate giving up dairy and eggs with going on a hunger strike. But, if Man-Versus-Food-fan Adam is up to the challenge, why not me too? So, for the next month (heaven help me), consider me animal product free. Continue reading