A vegan influencer has packed up her plants and is again hitting the burger bar.
Finnish beauty Virpi Mikkonen, 38, once lived on a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, meat-free and refined sugar-free diet.
But she claimed her vegan diet “brought on early menopause.”
The hot flashes and missing periods told her something was wrong and she determined her diet was the root of her woes.
“It doesn’t work for everyone. It didn’t work for me,” she told the Daily Mail of her vegan lifestyle.
“The problem was not being vegan, per se, it was the vegan diet and my stressful lifestyle.”
She added: “It was a huge thing to think, ‘this is where my fertility stops.’ You think you’re still young and then suddenly the doctor says, ‘You are in the menopause! You have to start taking HRT!’”
A long-time champion of veganism, Mikkonen wrote four cookbooks and had an army of social media followers.
But when she developed a bad rash on her face, she went to a Chinese medicine specialist who told her: Drop the raw food, have a steak.
Mikkonen – who lives in Helsinki and has children – says she took his advice and immediately felt better, had more energy, and the hot flashes faded and her periods returned.
However, she still avoids gluten, starch and refined sugar.
Vegans? They’re not happy with her.
Eating only raw foods is an #extreme diet and has nothing to do with veganism. If doing so makes you sick, and you’d rather stab animals in the throat than cook a veggie burger, then you never had #vegan values to begin with.https://t.co/CLVzEmHeHj
— Sam W Ⓥ (@saminalrights)
“Maybe if I’d had a super-relaxed lifestyle somewhere in Hawaii I wouldn’t have had any problems being vegan,” she told the Mail.
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