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Benefits of being vegan and how it changed my life

Updated on March 19, 2013
This book convinced me to change my eating habits and become vegan.
This book convinced me to change my eating habits and become vegan.
My love for buttery pancakes and other foods made my tummy ache. So I became vegan!
My love for buttery pancakes and other foods made my tummy ache. So I became vegan! | Source

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.


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      Astralrose 2 years ago from India

      One of the best part is that (I'm sharing my experience here), no matter how much food (fruits, veggies, and nuts) we (my husband and I) eat, we never gained weight. Just a month of ditching eggs, milk, and milk products (we were vegetarian), our weight dropped, especially my husband's little love handle.

      Another best part is that, when your mental attitute towards animals change -from food to friends or company, you become happier and more peaceful.

      Another is, the longer you are vegan the younger you look (as long as your diet doesn't compose of much processed plant-based items).

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      Akshaydada 3 years ago

      Nicely done!I look forward to foliwolng and reading more of your great ideas and fun posts.From a Vegan/veggie triathlete Kiwi in South Korea,j.w.

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      Hayley bohan 5 years ago

      Thanks. I will see how it goes. Great posting.

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      Silver Q 5 years ago

      Hi Hayley Bohan!

      I followed most of their advice. I've never been a big coffee drinker, so that one was easy. I tried the fruit in the morning thing, but became really difficult, so now I eat fruit at any time of the day. As for the "getting really hungry before you eat", I usually don't eat until I'm hungry, so I guess that part I'm following. Lately I have been eating at all times of the day, (fruits, veggies, and anything vegan) and the pounds keep coming off!

      I hope that answered your question.

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      Hayley Bohan 5 years ago from Quispamsis, New Brunswick

      I read the book too and converted right away. I am on day three now. Did you follow all their advice... no coffee, fruit for breakfast, let yourself get really hungry before you eat? I am looking to lose weight and those 3 things specifically threw me a bit. I get the vegan thing and think I can handle it, but I am wondering if you think your weight loss can be attributed to becoming vegan or if you did everything they said.

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      Silver Q 5 years ago

      Thank you for reading, Jenna Pope!

      I am positive you will have no regrets after you start seeing the many benefits of going vegan.

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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      This sounds like a real possibility for me!!! I am going to look into becoming a Vegan. Well done. I liked the weight loss part the best. Voted up and more.