7 Lessons From Going Vegan Try it before worrying that you'll die of a cheese craving By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Mar 28, 2010 7:06 AM CDT 18 comments Comments You never know what you'll make for dinner when you go vegan, and it can be an exciting experiment. (©love?janine) (Newser) – Instead of a trendy juice cleanse to start the New Year, Heather Wood Rudúlph went with a different detox diet: going vegan for a month. She shares seven lessons she learned from the experience in Sirens Magazine: She can cook: And so can you. Forced to stop making your staple chicken casserole over and over, you discover the joys of “culinary creativity.” Skip the colonic and eat veggies instead: “Eating massive portions of leafy vegetables and whole grains” led to “that ‘clean’ feeling" within just a couple of days. You never know what you’re going to miss: In Rudúlph’s case, she craved fish and yogurt but never meat, other dairy, or eggs. Farmers’ markets are a must: Buying locally made Rudúlph a more responsible consumer—and gave her lots of fresh ingredients to cook with. Wine is vegan: If you must have organic, try places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Dairy and meat are still OK: The most important thing is to eat them responsibly, and not just because they’re “easy and familiar.” Unlikely foods can become staples: You, too, can learn to love quinoa, chipotle peppers, fennel, lentils, and cheese-free pizza.