The Vegan Experiment. It started, as so many things do in my life nowadays, on Facebook.
My friend Karen put up a status that said she and her friend Rebecca were going Vegan for a month….would anyone like to join them?
I’ve been thinking about Veganism for a long time. I’m fully vegetarian (including no eggs, called “Pure Vegetarian” in India), but have continued to consume dairy, as is the teaching in Kundalini Yoga and much of ayurveda (dairy is thought to help keep the body in balance).
However, after consultation with a very well known energy medicine practitioner, it was suggested I eliminate dairy to help my pancreas, lumbering since my last trip to India. Then I read Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book “Eating Animals,” and the reality of factory farming and its impact on dairy cows (and virtually every other form of life) was made abundantly clear to me. Systematic meanness to cows = yummy cheese isn’t quite so yummy anymore.
Veganism can be a lifestyle choice, a philosophical commitment, or simply a diet. In general, vegans weigh less than their meat eating counterparts. It can also save you some money (beans and rice are helpful for anyone’s pocketbook).
So how about it? A little experiment. One month of veganism…no flesh, no eggs, no dairy. I can make my Yogi Tea and Golden Milk with rice milk. I can skip the ghee in my kitcheree. I’ll eat a diet rich in grains, vegetables, and legumes. Hey if Bill Clinton did it, why not me? And for that matter, why not you?
Ask yourself if you’d be interested in participating in a Vegan Experiment. You can educate yourself about the benefits to the environment, learn new recipes and exchange them, and gauge for yourself whether or not the exclusion of animal protein makes you feel better body, mind and spirit. On Spirit Voyage’s Facebook page, you can connect with fellow seekers and vegan eating adventurers.
Just one month. After that….your body can decide for you. There is no time like the new year to test out a new style of living….join us January 1st for the Vegan Experiment! So here I go….Vegan January!