Vegan Challenge: I Draw the Line at Yeast!
One week in and the vegan diet has been treating me well. I unintentionally dropped three pounds, not necessarily due to not eating any cheese, but because I stopped snacking on junk food or doing late-night fridge raids. While my body has been responding well, my sub-conscious has developed a snide side I never knew existed. I feel like I’m constantly thinking of and being reminded of all the food I’m not allowed to eat. It’s like someone gave me a coloring book, but took away more than half the crayons. Grocery shopping has been a little more exhausting because I have to read the ingredients of everything. It took me 20 minutes to find a loaf of bread I could eat as well as afford. Why do I have to pay twice as much for fake sour cream?
I decided that during my 30-day challenge I was going to be a strict vegan when it comes to food (winter is almost over and I’m taking full advantage of my leather boots before I put them back in storage), so I decided to go as far down as bee’s honey. I got off my brew pub job early today so stuck around to order a new Braggot ale we have on tap, which is a hybrid of beer and mead. My careful co-worker reminded me that the beer was made with honey, and then continued with the idea that since yeast is technically “alive”, some vegans don’t consider it on their animal-free menu. She had me on the honey, but I draw the line at yeast!