Warning: This week’s blogs are all about how my vegan diet is going. You’ve been forewarned.

So I spent last week whining to all my classes about being a vegan. I thought I had outgrown whining, but apparently if you feed me the wrong food, I quickly regress. So here are just some concerns I have with being vegan. They are minor dilemmas for me, but ones I don’t have answers too.

1) All the fake meat and cheese that is available for vegans and vegetarians seems odd to me. I feel that if I were being a real vegan I wouldn’t eat any of that. Plus it’s all processed, and I’m not sure if that is the point of this exercise. In week one I ate very little of the processed fake meat, but because preparing vegan food was so time consuming, I started eating a lot more in week two. Life was easier in week two, but I feel like I’m cheating. So what is the right answer for actual vegans? Do you eat the fake, processed stuff or not? I know it’s a personal decision, but I wonder if there is a vegan standard.

2) I read an article on my first weekend of being a vegan that talked about a Harvard study that found that red meat is not related to blood pressure (opposing the very stance the book that inspired me to become a brief vegan took). It claimed that processed food seemed to effect blood pressure more and suggested staying away from deli meats and other processed foods. This made it very difficult for me to stick with the diet on the first weekend, but I held strong. But it got me wondering: what do we really know about food? There always seem to be conflicting studies about food and the body in general. I’m curious what actual facts we have about food.


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Jovita August 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    1.I believe the faux meat and dairy products are for those is the “transitioning phase” to veganism. OR for those who have vegan friends or family and don’t know what to feed them 🙂
    My Indian friends who have been raised vegetarians don’t ever look for fake sausages 🙂
    On the other hand – if one can be “junk food vegetarian” why not “junk food vegan”?
    So it all depends, I guess.
    2. The studies can (and do!) make you confused and upset. Many times I feel that the info I come across is inaccurate/unreliable/incomplete. If a magazine prints out something like this: “The new study from Liverpool University,England, shows…”, do we know if 30 or 3000 people joined that study? For how long have they been been observed etc. And then all those “Cheese prevents breast cancer!” and “Cure breast cancer by avoiding dairy!” …

  2. Maggie Downie August 15, 2011 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Jovita–you are so right. Not only are many of the studies short and small, but you never know who paid for them either, which may influence results. You have to have the time to really investigate to know what is what.

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