The Perfect Gentleman Issue 6 - Page 41

Turning Vegan
It takes time , research , and experimentation to remove meat and dairy from one ’ s diet , but eating vegan feels cleaner ( there is less germ-clutching mucous in my body ) and better . People often say that they could give up meat , but not cheese . Fair enough , but I ’ m the type that once I put my mind to something , I stick with it . Since making the switch about five years ago , I ’ ve lost my taste for cheese ( and eggs and dairy products in general ), and if I do have a craving for it , there are vegan “ cheese ” choices for me to have .
As a vegan , I have a clean diet , I ’ m rarely ill , and suffer no health problems . I feel good , energetic , and full of life . So a vegan lifestyle is good for me , though it can be difficult to navigate if I go out to eat . Even though I live in the most multi-cultural city in the world , Toronto isn ’ t awash with vegan restaurants , though things are getting better , and most restaurants have vegetarian choices that can easily be made vegan .
I don ’ t get invited out to dinner parties because of my diet . None of my friends are vegan , though there are a couple of vegetarians in there , or others who will eat anything . I love to cook and I love to turn people on to vegan cuisine , so what usually happens is that I have my friends organize dinner parties , and I come over and cook for everyone . It ’ s fun and I get to meet new people , but ultimately , I do most of the work .
Besides me doing all of the cooking , on a very rare occasion , a friend will offer to cook for me . This happened one time when I was still eating an ovo ( eggs ) -lacto ( dairy ) diet . “ Come over , I ’ ll cook for you !” a friend that I ’ d known for years said .
“ So what do you eat ?” he asked .
“ Well , I eat a lot of vegetables , grains , and beans ,” I began .
“ But you eat dairy and eggs , right ?”

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Turning Vegan It takes time, research, and experimentation to remove meat and dairy from one’s diet, but eating vegan feels cleaner (there is less germ-clutching mucous in my body) and better. People often say that they could give up meat, but not cheese. Fair enough, but I’m the type that once I put my mind to something, I stick with it. Since making the switch about five years ago, I’ve lost my taste for cheese (and eggs and dairy products in general), and if I do have a craving for it, there are vegan “cheese” choices for me to have. As a vegan, I have a clean diet, I’m rarely ill, and suffer no health problems. I feel good, energetic, and full of life. So a vegan lifestyle is good for me, though it can be difficult to navigate if I go out to eat. Even though I live in the most multi-cultural city in the world, Toronto isn’t awash with vegan restaurants, though things are getting better, and most restau []HY]\X[X\][X\[HHXYHY[H۸&]][]Y][\\Y\˜X]\Hو^HY] ۙHو^HY[\BY[Y\H\HH\HقY]\X[[\K܈\[X][][ˈHݙH[HݙH\[HۈY[Z\[K]\X[B\[\]H]H^HY[ܙ[^B[\\Y\[HYHݙ\[™܈]\[ۙK]8&\[[H]YY]]œ[K][[X][KH[وBܚ˂\Y\YH[[وH[ۈB\H\H\[ۋHY[[ٙ\˜܈YK\\[YۙH[YH[H\[X][[ݛ YK[X Z\JBY] 8'YHݙ\x&[܈[Hx'HHY[]x&Yۛۈ܈YX\ZY '][HX]'HH\Y '[ HX]HوY]X\ܘZ[[X[8'HHY['][HX]Z\H[YY'BH\XYB B