Diary of a Foodie: Going Vegan

Before you worry that you’ll never see another pastry post from me again, I haven’t gone vegan. Entirely, at least. But right before finals began, I did a four-day vegan, gluten-free, low sugar cleanse. We’ll call it my green-and-brown diet. Here’s the thing about veganism: I always thought it would be really hard, but in many ways, it was easier than I expected.

For those of you who may not have a vegan friend to learn from, vegans abstain from all animal products, including milk, cheese, eggs, and honey. They often carry this practice into their life as a whole, carefully ensuring that they also avoid clothing and other items made from animals. Vegans have the lowest carbon footprint (in terms of food) of any other dietary group.

What I learned during those four days and since then, as though I’m not wholly vegan I’m trying to make more of my meals vegan, is the importance of paying attention to what ingredients are in my dishes or in products I buy. And that’s something I think we all need to be more vigilant about, no matter how we eat.

I also learned that being vegan doesn’t mean you miss out on everything you once enjoyed. I had one of the most phenomenal doughnuts ever last week — from a vegan donut company.

This week, it’s all about being vegan on pizzelles. I hope you enjoy what’s to come.

{photo by me, taken at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmer’s Market}


  1. Ana

    Go for it, friend!

  2. This is exactly how I became a mostly-vegan. By saying something to a vegan friend like "I could never give up cheese." The lesson I learned when I cut out dairy is that I was eating WAY too much cheese. I was smothering everything I put in my mouth with cheese. Now it's a treat and just a little bit gives me the fix I need.

    But enough about me. I'm really excited to see where this 4-day adventure took you.

  3. This is somewhat off topic with veganism, but a few days ago I spent 40 minutes at a big name grocery store in search of non-organic food items that didn't contain high fructose corn syrup. I probably looked at 200 items and found SEVEN that didn't contain aforementioned ingredient. Blech! It made me feel much better about my annoying tendency to check labels thoroughly.

    And, I love this post. Sadly, I'm only a dietary vegan – I love leather boots entirely too much. I am thrilled that your four day vegan adventure went well.. cannot wait to hear about it.

    PS – you can make vegan pastries :) Earth Balance is an amazing substitute!

  4. I'm so excited about this! And no need to give up pastries, Brandi.. there are so many vegan recipes and substitutes these days. I was worried I'd never eat things like pancakes and french toast and those who have tried my vegan versions (including myself) actually prefer them to the non-vegan foods!

    I cannot wait to see more vegan posts from you! After I became vegan, I realized how many more foods are available and delicious.. before it was all so one dimensional. I definitely think that going vegetarian and then vegan was the best decision in my life. I'm so much healthier, I've lost all that excess weight, I don't feel guilty about the way I eat, I feel better, and the list could go on and on. : ) Good luck!

  5. That's wonderful! At one time, I thought it would be difficult to give up meat. But after living with a roommate who is vegetarian, I soon discovered that it really wasn't all that hard. And she didn't miss any of the 'good' stuff!