Vegan (or Vegetarian). They seem to be popular words these days whether people are describing themselves as such, making fun of the term or lifestyle (boo), or simply questioning what it actually is and consists of. For me, I get excited when people ask me questions, because I love educating anyone that is interested. I understand that being vegan or vegetarian isn’t for everyone, and I don’t like to pressure people with my views, so I want all vegans & non-vegans alike to feel comfortable & informed.
I first heard the term vegan about 5 years ago when it was explained to me by a friend that had been vegan for many years so I was able to get a lot of great insight to the lifestyle and how it all worked. She told me of the health, beauty, and environment benefits that she had learned and experienced and I became quickly intrigued.
In May 2015 I decided that I was going to dive in head first and cut out all animal products cold turkey (see what I did there?). At first, I didn’t really take the time to research it, and figured if my friend could do it, I could too. One thing I learned quickly, was that I wasn’t getting enough protein, (which is a question I get asked every time I tell someone I’m vegan or don’t eat meat). The headaches started rolling in, I was tired with no energy. This made me take a step back and decided really research this lifestyle and find out what I could do to make the change. Now, I get my protein every morning in my vegan protein shakes as well as in a lot of fruits and veggies, such as kale, avocados, broccoli, black beans, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds, to name a few. You’d actually be surprised at how many veggies are high in protein. I also take a vegan B12 supplement.
I have compiled a list with the top 4 benefits of being vegan that I experienced right away:
- Getting out of my comfort zone & doing something I believed in. There’s a quote that says (& is super cliché), “Stand up for something, even if it means standing alone.” I decided to take the plunge and ended up being ridiculed by a lot of people. Even though it was extremely annoying, it didn’t bother me because I knew I was doing something that I truly believed in and their opinion didn’t hold any substance.
- I set more goals. I decided that I was going to start drinking more water. So 1-2 glasses turned into about 80 ounces of water a day.I realized that when you think more about the food you consume, you become more conscious about what you put in your body. Adding the extra water made me feel like I added years onto my life.
- I slept better. When you put better food into your body, it thanks you with a good night’s sleep. Another goal I set for myself was to get 8 hours of sleep a day. Mission accomplished & dark circles diminished. Voila!
- I lost weight. For some reason, which didn’t come to much of a surprise, adding water + more sleep + eating better = weight loss.
I hope this information was helpful! I will be sharing recipes & snack ideas under the so stay tuned and feel free to leave a comment with any tips or tricks you found helpful when making the switch!