I haven’t been eating a vegan diet for very long but I have experienced many benefits and would love to share them. Vegan-ism was not a tough decision once my views began to change and I was released from the constraints of our society. Most of these benefits I began to experience a couple of weeks into it. Overall, I have been excited about vegan-ism and it has opened up a whole new world to me. These benefits have made me realise how much I relied on milk and eggs to provide me with nutrients that I can easily get by eating a plant based diet.
Providing you eat a healthy vegan diet, and not one full of crisps, cheese alternatives and rich tea biscuits, you will experience an increased amount of energy very quickly. I am the girl whose Mum gave her a cheese sandwich every single school day and often carried on this daily tradition up until I turned 22. It was at this age where I changed my diet as I was feeling sluggish and run down every day. Now I look back and realise that with all the animal products I was eating back then (3 years ago) I really was not eating that healthily! For the past six weeks I have a lot less drained of energy even when I have not had enough sleep.
Less saturated fat = a healthier heart. There is so much fat in animal products and as a nation we eat far too much of it. Since cutting out all of these foods my resting heart rate has dropped dramatically and I am not getting as out of breath than I was. I have already done a post about this and it includes data from my Fitbit. You can view that post here.
To avoid falling at the first hurdle, it is often necessary to find vegan alternatives to things such as cheese and butter if you ate a lot of these before going vegan. After a month, I considerably cut down on the amount of vegan cheese I ate as this is still not good for you as it is usually very oily and high in saturated fat. I am just going to have it as a treat and not a staple.
I am only just overweight. I think my BMI is currently just over 25. It was higher. I have lost a few pounds since becoming vegan. Well, to begin with I lost about 6 in total. I stopped losing weight when I suddenly found lots of new recipes and vegan snacks! It is a goal of mine to lose more weight to be healthier but I find it hard to calorie restrict so I need to look at other ways.
I have no blood test results, although I plan to at the six month mark, to make sure that I am getting everything I need. One of the reasons I know that I am getting more nutrients is that I am eating a lot more fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds than I ever have in my entire life. As a kid and a teenager, I rarely ate fruit or vegetables. Now I am eating 5 – 10 portions a day as well as a lot of other whole plant based foods. No wonder my energy levels have shot up. I also used to suffer from iron deficiencies regularly. With the amount of yoghurt and cheese I was eating I am not surprised as milk prevents the absorption of iron. This is probably more vegetarians suffer from anaemia than vegans.
Enjoying Cooking + Food Shopping
I used to hate cooking. The only things I cooked were in the microwave or some eggs in a frying pan. My partner did all of the cooking in the house. I could never get the temperature right, I’d burn things and I’d get impatient. Now, I love finding new recipes and trying them out. I also used to find food shopping incredibly boring but that is no longer the case.
Knowing I’m Doing Good
Just knowing that I am preventing unnecessary harm to animals and doing less harm to the environment feels so good on my conscience. The main issue I had to come to terms with was that I was angry at the way I have been lied to all of my life. Animal products are not good for you. It doesn’t really make sense why humans eat them. It doesn’t make sense to me why people think it is OK that we can make animals our slaves and allow them to suffer and die because we want them to. I was angry with society, non vegans and I was angry at myself for being one of those people. Now I am looking differently at it. I was once one of those brainwashed people who thought I cared about animals enough. Therefore, I chose not to be angry at non vegans and I chose to remember that I was one of them and I would not have wanted to be judged then.
Improvements In Hair, Skin And Nails
I have shinier hair that takes longer to go greasy, my skin is clearer and my nails are stronger and are growing faster despite washing my hands multiple times a day at work.
I have suffered frequent headaches since the age of 13. I am so happy to say that this number has been significantly reduced. This is one of the best things for me as I have suffered with them for so long. I really did not think that changing my diet would have helped.
Feeling Less Bloated
Food no longer sits heavy in my stomach and gets digested pretty quickly. Unless I eat far too much pasta I don’t feel bloated at all.
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