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I start this post with something potentially shocking, hopefully non-offensive and brutally honest - I am not a vegan, and I hope you don't disregard this article, or think I'm "vegan crashing". I do have a great respect for healthy eating, a healthy lifestyle, and helping make the world better, including better standards for animals in all facets of industry. I would call myself a wannabe vegetarian, because I could easily live mostly of a vegertarian, and maybe a vegan menu. When I'm alone it's not uncommon, as I did yesterday, to reset my system with a huge bowl of swiss chard slaw - to the point of over-greening myself. However, family preferences and family "meal time" keep me in the other world that I grew up in - which I'll admit, is a hard habit to break. For those not living with others of varied eating preferences, it is very hard to stay any one "course"(pardon the pun)
What I do know is that if I had to make a go at trying a vegan diet, I could not live without my Juicer. I've had a few over the past 18 years, starting with the trusty Juiceman..and now with my Breville stainless steel. Back then I was training in karate, dropping weight to gain speed. My diet was vegan by necessity, whole food and juiced. A year later, 20 lbs lighter, and being the heaviest middleweight, instead of the lightest heavyweight, made me a force - and I felt great. I'm not saying I was meatless, but very little. Salads, mushroom burgers and juices are really quite filling. IF I got hungry, Guinness is vegan right? :)
I could assume most reading this are vegans, but I won't assume everyone owns a juicer. Good ones are expensive, and well, cash isn't flowing these days. I suggest saving pennies to buy a decent one. With all honestly, the juice fruit/veg combinations are truely the most delicious "food" I've ever tasted. Fresh carrot, Cantelope/Strawberry, Apple/Beet, Watermelon/Cucumber...just to mention a few simple ones, ignoring the wonderful additional of ginger and varied greens. So long as you don't overfruit, meaning oversugar (gycemic spike) you should be fine, and the nutritional and hydration value is beyond.
The fact is, I feel like an unofficial member of the vegans when I down a pint of my pre-jog elixers. I think to myself, I could really live on all fruits and vegetables and my juicer is my instrument of proxy. But I do realize to consider veganism as a purely culinary attitude is not doing the movement as a whole justice. I really do understand the political and humane backbone that drives it. Maybe I'm not ready for that, but I am always capable of walking by the meat aisle into produce, filling my basket with the next great combo of my proxy veganism. There hope for us all, one apple/carrot/grape/beet/parsely pint at a time!