A former vegan who had a plant-based regime has a great reason they now started eating burgers.
38-year-old Virpi Mikkonen claims her vegan diet "brought on early menopause" which included hot flashes and absent periods. With help from her specialist's, she began incorporating meat and eggs into her diet.
She claimed the effects were dramatic and began to feel more energetic - sleeping better and noticing an increase in motivation - her periods also returned and the hot flashes stopped.
She spoke about being a vegan : "It doesn’t work for everyone. It didn’t work for me, The problem was not being vegan, per se, it was the vegan diet and my stressful lifestyle... 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!'".
Her diet now includes an omelet for breakfast, meatballs, chicken and vegetables for lunch and a meat broth for dinner. She has also incorporated butter and goat's cheese but still only drinks oat milk and avoids gluten, starch and refined sugar.