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Vegan Cookbook Author Shares Decision to Eat Meat Again


Source: Virpi Mikkonen

Popular vegan blogger and cookbook author, Virpi Mikkonen, has shared early menopause led her to start eating meat again.

According to Women’s Health, Mikkonen – who has followed a strict vegan diet for the last decade – started suffering from early menopause at the age of 37 and developed a rash on her face. Concerned, she visited a Chinese medicine specialist who told the plant-based foodie she needed to start incorporating animal products back into her diet again.

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Mikkonen took the practitioner’s advice, adding eggs to her breakfast and chicken to her lunch.

“It’s amazing,” Mikkonen shared with the Daily Mail. “I feel energetic, motivated. I’m sleeping better, the hot flushes, and aching in my body have stopped.”

According to Women’s Health, Mikkonen’s periods also returned.

“Some people need animal products for them to be healthy,” Virpi told the Daily Mail. “No one diet is going to suit everyone.”


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