Benefits of being vegan and how it changed my life
Not too long ago, while shopping at a thrift shop, I ran into a very interesting book that awoke my desire for healthy eating. The book is called “Skinny Bitch”, and it is great!
Let me give you some background as to why I was so easily convinced to follow the lifestyle presented by the authors of this book.
I had just finished eating a huge breakfast at Denny’s and was left feeling miserable. I kept reminding myself that next time I went to Denny’s I would definitely skip the extra order of pancakes. I was feeling so bloated and so disgusting that I was willing to try out anything that would make me feel better.
The Denny’s incident was not an isolated case. For years I had been suffering of indigestion, bloating, constipation, and gas, just to mention a few. When I read the why’s of all these symptoms, everything suddenly made sense. I no longer wanted to feel bloated and disgusting, so I figured: why not give it a try.
The next day after my encounter with the book, I converted to veganism. To my surprise it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I went to my nearest health store and bought lots of veggies and fruits. I was determined to fight the horrible symptoms associated with my bad eating habits.
What I thought I knew about vegans
I was one of those health-nut haters. I thought they were crazy people who thought they would live forever and be forever young just because they didn't eat meat. I hated the idea of letting go of my precious cheese. I thought health-nuts would die faster because they were always so stressed out and concerned about what they could and they couldn't eat. I believed in eating what I pleased and feeling happy about it. There was only one problem: I wasn't happy. The food I was eating was not agreeing with my body. That's when I noticed I needed a change.
Results of the vegan diet
I’m not exaggerating when I say that by the third day being vegan I was already seeing results. My stomach was much flatter, I had way more energy than usual, and my trips to the toilet were much more regular. I was sold! I was convinced more than ever to continue with this new life-style.
Veganism and weight loss
Now it has been three months since I started the vegan diet. Even though the purpose of starting veganism was not to lose weight, I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that my old pants were once again fitting. I lost close to 18 lbs. in three months!
After seeing how much weight I had lost, one of my friends also became vegan. She is on her second week and she has already lost 6 lbs!
More benefits of being vegan
Ever since my change I have noted so many changes in my body as well as in my attitude towards life. Let me give you a list of the many benefits I have experienced:
- I have so much more energy now
- Getting up in the mornings is no longer a struggle. I wake up with so much energy that I’m ready to take on the world.
- I do not feel sluggish in the middle of the day
- PMS symptoms have largely disappeared and periods are lighter and shorter
- Clarity of mind. I feel my brain working better and faster!
- No more cravings. The cravings for "bad" food were strong during my first week of going vegan, but decreased dramatically as time passed. I can now drive by an In-N-Out without feeling like I have to stop for some animal-style fries.
- I lost weight!
- No more bloating or constipation
- My hair has been growing faster
All in all, I feel like a new person. I am aware that i need to keep an eye on my vitamin D as well well as vitamin B12 consumption. But my diet is so much more varied and healthier now than before I became vegan.
Why not give vegan a try?
- Vegan Action
Vegan Action is a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the many benefits of the vegan diet and lifestyle.
- how to go vegan
- Eat Vegan for a Day: Three Easy Vegan Meals with Three Delicious Snacks
Here are three fast & easy vegan meals and three fast & easy snacks to get you through an animal-free day.
- The Vegan Society