A while ago I asked you whether you would be interested in a post on how going vegan affected me physically and mentally. The mental aspect and mindset change is especially important to me and that’s why I’ve also asked others to share their experiences with going vegan.
I’m pretty excited about this post because I can wholeheartedly say going vegan was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been a real game changer for me.
In this blogpost I’ve included the experiences of @sprightfulsoul, @plantifultaste, @giulia_magreeni, @_unknown_skeleton, @marie.andreeva, @wilt.life and mine. Each and every one of us has a different story and I hope you’ll have fun reading this post! <3
I’d recommend to read all of it, because everything is connected and you can only get an insight how veganism might change your life if you read through as many different stories as possible. It is worth it so stay tuned! 🙂
Let’s start with the physical benefits of going vegan. Some of the most common things you may experience immediately are:
- improved digestion
- higher energy levels
- thus feeling the need to engage in physical activity (it’s fun!)
- clearer skin
- faster regeneration after workouts
- healthier nails and faster growing hair
- positive changes in body odour
- loss of excess weight
- less cravings for unhealthy food
- feeling more satisfied and less tired after meals
My personal experience:
What I especially remember is the increase in my energy levels. I just felt so much better once I went vegan! I was happier, had a lot of energy and pretty much felt high on life. My hair and nails grew incredibly fast, my nails were stronger than they’ve ever been and my skin cleared up a lot! Before going vegan I’ve suffered from high C-reactive protein levels which are an indicator that there is inflammation in the body. My CRP levels dropped and I was generally in less pain (due to less inflammatory processes). Moreover I recovered quicker after working out and I felt as if my body could adjust to the load of my workouts easier.
The most important part is this though: Going vegan started a reinvention of my relationship with food. Thus made it possible for me to recover from anorexia. Sounds blurry I know but honestly, never in my life have I been more grateful to have enough nourishing and healing foods to eat. I have never appreciated food so much and I finally rediscovered my love for food through going vegan. (I’ll probably need to explain this more thoroughly in the future and I am going to, because I’m extremely passionate about it!)
After informing myself about the environmental, health and ethical aspects of eating animals I could no longer continue eating the way I was used to. And informing myself about these kind of topics really opened new doors for me. I realised – or maybe again just rediscovered – how we are all connected. I started to inform myself on topics that I’ve never before been interested in (e.g. politics, advertisements/propaganda, health care system) and it made me realize sooo many things. Honestly I have learned a lot. And if you start informing yourself it will all make sense. I feel more grounded, calm and connected than ever. And I’m so grateful I had the courage to step out of my comfort zone, inform myself and go vegan. I do not regret it one bit.
Well, in case you’ve made it this far and by now think I’m utterly crazy here are the other’s experiences!
“Honestly, the high you get after switching to a vegan diet can only be felt, not described because no words can portray those deep feelings. Somehow, you feel like you’ve just entered a new life. Finally, you wake up. It’s like coming to the bright side of life. At least, that’s what I got to experience. Veganism changed me in such a way that I’ve always dreamed of. It was the answer to an unconscious question I had carried with me for years. Suddenly, I felt like I had superpowers. My energy level went through the roof, to say the least. I had so much more power throughout my daily life. Moreover, my relationship to food improved massively. Knowing all my meals would cause no harm to neither the environment nor to innocent beings and I would nourish my body with nature’s wholesome candy, I started to appreciate food in a more sacred way. Also, my sleep got a lot better. In the morning, I would wake up feeling energised, rested and ready for the day rather than sleepy, tired and unmotivated. My hair and nails began to grow so much stronger and healthier. Something I did not see coming was my better smelling body odor haha which was an amazing surprise! I developed more intensive taste buds and a clearer concentration due to not blocking my inner flow with dead bodies. This is only an excerpt of what changed in my life after going vegan and there’s so much more I could write about but I don’t want to go beyond the scope of Niki’s blog entry haha! To put my thoughts into 4 words: You won’t regret it!”
Thank you so much for your effort and writing this lovely text, sweetheart! <3
Paula described that she immediately noticed physical changes once she switched to a vegan diet. She stated that vegan meals were by far easier to digest and that she no longer felt sluggish after meals. Furthermore she could sleep better and had noticeably more energy. Her concentration improved and she also noticed an increase in her athletic performance. Our experiences with the effects going vegan has on hair, skin and nails are quite equal. Moreover ravenous appetite gets less and your body odor might positively change when adopting a vegan diet. However Paula also described that not all of these changes can be noticed immediately and that going oil-free intensified the positive effects of eating whole foods plant-based diet.
Speaking of psychological effects Paula has experienced an improved body image and the feeling I’ve previously described that suddenly everything makes sense. Shifting to a vegan lifestyle let her become even more passionate about food and she now feels grounded and in peace.
Thank you, cutie! I’m so glad – and grateful – that we have connected! 🙂
Giulia is a vegan athlete which used to eat a low carb diet high in animal products before going vegan. When she switched to a high carb raw vegan diet she felt better immediately, lost some weight and had a huge spike in her energy levels. Her experience can be summed up like this: “Eating a whole foods plant-based diet enables you to gain strength faster, to feel more fit as your digestion will improve and to have awesome skin!”
What is quite funny is that my starting point and therefore my experiences are very similar to Giulia’s. I used to eat a high protein low carb diet rich in animal products too when I first got into bodybuilding because I thought I needed animal protein to build muscle. And honestly I’ve probably never felt as crappy as I did back then. Then similarly to Giulia I switched to a high carb low-fat diet (I tried raw till 4) and the additional energy I had was insane! The reason I am enlarging upon this is to stress that you do not need animal products to be fit, gain muscle, do competitive sports and so forth.
Thank you for sharing your story Giulia! It really means a lot! 🙂
My friend Roxi went vegan after I dropped the sentence “milk is unhealthy” one day. She informed herself and even though I had already done most of the research she managed to fully adapt to a vegan diet before I did! So proud of you, girl! I’m so grateful to have someone like you in my life and to be able to share all those vegan goodies with you – hugs to you – I miss you!
Roxi told me that once she went vegan her appetite for coffee and sweets decreased drastically. Before she described herself as a coffee addict. She also felt a huge increase in her energy levels but – and here comes the honest part – it is extremely important to eat enough on a vegan diet. Roxi and I are both prone to forgetting to eat. In Roxi’s case this resulted in an iron deficiency. But if you make sure to eat enough calories preferably from unrefined whole foods you will get all the nutrients you need – probably even more than if you continue eating an animal based diet – and you’ll surely notice some positive side effects!
Thank you, love! 🙂
“At the beginning I was highly surprised by my energy levels. I’ve never been lazy but I was starving myself and this reflected on my energy. After I started eating a plant-based diet I couldn’t stay at one place. I was jumping, running, walking all day long! After that I saw changes in my hair, nails and sin. My hair and nails started growing soo fast and my skin cleared up – especially the skin on my back. After a month or two I felt the biggest and most important change. I can’t really describe this feeling but I felt connected with everything. I was suddenly a part of the whole. My mindset changed drastically. I became happier, I started enjoying the little things again, I started to live. I know how crazy this sounds but this cannot be described by words. Veganism changed my life. It opened my eyes.”
Mariya gets very excited when talking about veganism – and honestly, who does not? Thank you for your honest and beautiful words, dear. And if anyone was wondering “what the hell are you even talking about” at the beginning of my blog post you might now see that the feelings I have former described are not uncommon. And chances are you will feel the same way if you give veganism a try!
“As a nutritionist my main motivation to try a plant-based diet was to see how it would affect my performance. I wanted to feel my best and be the healthiest version of myself. I decided to change my diet overnight and see what would happen. At his point I should say: I did not develop any incredible superpowers some vegans tell of (what a pity! I had already come up with superhero names!). This is probably due to the fact that I already ate an adequate and nutritious diet before going vegan. BUT: At any rate I did not feel worse! I had a lot of energy and felt strong during my workouts at the gym and enjoyed playing around in the kitchen a lot (did you know that more than 700 bean kinds are existent? I still haven’t tried them all!). Since then there was no way I could go back to my former diet. And as time passes you’ll automatically start to inform yourself about the many different aspects of veganism, connect with like-minded people and become more sensitive to what is actually happening on our planet. From my point of view there’s simply no rational reason not to be vegan anymore. It’s good for me, for the animals and our planet. Pretty much a win win, isn’t it?”
Thank you so much Wilhelm – I really appreciate you taking the time to write this even though you have to study!
Now to finish this blog post which turned out way too long again, firstly I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who shared his/her story with me and supported me to write this post. I’m grateful you all took the time. I hope you are as content and excited about this post as I am – I’ve poured my soul into it and I hope it will reach out to a few people and help inspire you to go vegan!
If you think about it there is no rational reason to continue eating animal products. It is a well-known fact that eating animal products is destroying our environment (leading cause for deforestation, species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, etcetera), it is obviously hurting innocent beings and it is detrimental to our health.
Did you know 70% of premature deaths can be avoided when eating a whole foods plant-based diet? It is well-studied that eating animal products leads us to develop common diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis. Just give it a try and who knows, you might not regret it!
You as the consumer have much more power than you think. Choose not to support industries that inflict pain and suffering on other sentient living beings. Choose compassion, love and kindness. Choose to respect all lives. Choose vegan.
If you have any questions send me a DM or leave a comment. I’d be more than happy to help and connect with you!
Lots of love,