4 Unexpected Ways Veganism Improved My Health
By: Genevieve Glynn-Reeves
Just after my 19th birthday, I decided I wanted to become fully vegan. I’d been vegetarian ever since I was a baby and had flirted with the idea of veganism from time to time leading up to that point. I had always known it was something I wanted to do and as I had just moved out of my parents home it seemed like the perfect time to give it a proper go. I decided to do it for ethical reasons initially. The building I was living in didn’t offer the option of recycling and as someone who had grown up in a very eco-friendly household I found throwing away my cans and bottles into general waste made me feel very guilty. I found through an online search that veganism was a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and I decided this might be a way to alleviate a little bit of the guilt. However, once I’d made the change I discovered a whole variety of health benefits that kept me from the temptation of chocolate.
The first thing I noticed is that my skin drastically improved. Although I’d never had any real, serious issues with acne or blemishes, I’d had the usual range of blackheads and spots. However, when I started eating a vegan diet I found my skin cleared up a lot. This is likely due to the higher amount of vitamins A and E I was eating and the fact that a vegan diet made me choose fresh food over ready-made, more often.
2. Weight Loss
I also lost weight. Though this one is different for everybody this was the effect for me. My sister who had been underweight previously, actually found she gained weight and became a much healthier size when she went vegan for a summer. Before turned vegan, I’d been eating a lot of cheese, chocolate and other fatty dairy products. Removing these from my diet helped me to become a much healthier weight.
3. Better Period
This is a bit of an odd one but it was so important to me that I had to mention it. Ever since my first period, I’d struggled with really bad symptoms whenever that time of the month came around. I had actually been given medication to help me cope with the pain and weakness I had to deal with. This was likely caused by hormonal issues that are common on my mother's side of the family but the problems surrounding my period became a lot more bearable when I became vegan.
4. More Energy!
This is probably my favorite health benefit. As a very ambitious and busy girl, I always became so frustrated with myself when I was too tired to complete my final tasks for the day. This is not a problem that I’ve encountered much since starting my vegan lifestyle. Obviously, I still have days when I feel run down but on average I have so much more energy to give to all the things I’m passionate about.
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