5 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Go Vegan

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The vegan lifestyle is not for everyone, but it is a mighty cause. For those of you that are considering trying out veganism, I believe this is a process you should know a lot about before going into.

I went cold turkey (excuse the pun), I went from eating meat every day to cutting all animal products out completely, and it changed my body in dramatic ways!

1. Suddenly, I was super energetic!

This is different for everyone, but like every lifestyle change, you will feel the difference. To be honest, for the first week I was a bit tired, but as my body adjusted to receiving the iron from vegetables instead of meat, I gained some serious energy levels. I found it easier to wake up in the morning and was a lot bouncier during the day!

2. I lost weight!

The good thing about a vegan diet is that even the cakes and chocolates have almost half the calories of dairy treats, and I took advantage of that because they really are delicious. Dairy contains a lot of fat, so I lost weight quite quickly just by cutting it out. Obviously, not every vegan food is super healthy, as you can still enjoy a lot of vegan treats such as cakes and Oreos. But essentially, you will be eating and loving a range of delicious vegetables and fruits!

3. You need a few more supplements

There’s a lot of backlash about veganism not being nutrient dense enough. People will tell you, you are not consuming enough protein or iron. It’s best to go to the doctor and find out if you need to take any supplements to support your diet, I made sure to take iron supplements and eat more spinach, broccoli, and salt. I would have had to do this as a meat eater anyway, but more so with a vegan diet.

If you stick it out, your body will reward you and you will feel better than you ever have before.  When I went to my doctors about my overall health, he said except my iron intake, all my levels were perfect! Bearing in mind, I do not do any strenuous exercise or watch everything I eat.

4. A breakout followed by perfect clear skin…

After about two weeks of going vegan, my skin suddenly had a major breakout. I freaked. So I consulted my friend who had been vegan longer than me, and she said she had the same reaction, but it clears up. So I stuck with it, but I won’t lie to you, it was bad. She was right, though, after a week or two, my skin cleared up. I have never really suffered from bad skin due to my skincare routine and healthy meals, but thanks to my diet my skin actually glowed for the first time, ever. I mean, it looked so healthy people were asking me what products I used!

5. Banish the bloat

You know that uncomfortable feeling you get sometimes after you eat something (or too much!) like your stomach cannot be pushed out any further? I have found that since going vegan, I suffer from upset stomachs and bloating a lot less. I tried to keep a food diary whenever I got that feeling and avoid eating any foods that made me feel like that, but since going vegan I rarely get that!

Either way, if veganism is right for you or just isn’t your cup of tea, we should all respect each other’s decisions.

photo: @carmengracehamilton

 

Ps. We believe every woman can be successful. That’s why we’ve updated our shop with some cool new tools! –> Visit shop <–

The vegan lifestyle is not for everyone, but it is a mighty cause. For those of you that are considering trying out veganism, I believe this is a process you should know a lot about before going into.

I went cold turkey (excuse the pun), I went from eating meat every day to cutting all animal products out completely, and it changed my body in dramatic ways!

1. Suddenly, I was super energetic!

This is different for everyone, but like every lifestyle change, you will feel the difference. To be honest, for the first week I was a bit tired, but as my body adjusted to receiving the iron from vegetables instead of meat, I gained some serious energy levels. I found it easier to wake up in the morning and was a lot bouncier during the day!

2. I lost weight!

The good thing about a vegan diet is that even the cakes and chocolates have almost half the calories of dairy treats, and I took advantage of that because they really are delicious. Dairy contains a lot of fat, so I lost weight quite quickly just by cutting it out. Obviously, not every vegan food is super healthy, as you can still enjoy a lot of vegan treats such as cakes and Oreos. But essentially, you will be eating and loving a range of delicious vegetables and fruits!

3. You need a few more supplements

There’s a lot of backlash about veganism not being nutrient dense enough. People will tell you, you are not consuming enough protein or iron. It’s best to go to the doctor and find out if you need to take any supplements to support your diet, I made sure to take iron supplements and eat more spinach, broccoli, and salt. I would have had to do this as a meat eater anyway, but more so with a vegan diet.

If you stick it out, your body will reward you and you will feel better than you ever have before.  When I went to my doctors about my overall health, he said except my iron intake, all my levels were perfect! Bearing in mind, I do not do any strenuous exercise or watch everything I eat.

4. A breakout followed by perfect clear skin…

After about two weeks of going vegan, my skin suddenly had a major breakout. I freaked. So I consulted my friend who had been vegan longer than me, and she said she had the same reaction, but it clears up. So I stuck with it, but I won’t lie to you, it was bad. She was right, though, after a week or two, my skin cleared up. I have never really suffered from bad skin due to my skincare routine and healthy meals, but thanks to my diet my skin actually glowed for the first time, ever. I mean, it looked so healthy people were asking me what products I used!

5. Banish the bloat

You know that uncomfortable feeling you get sometimes after you eat something (or too much!) like your stomach cannot be pushed out any further? I have found that since going vegan, I suffer from upset stomachs and bloating a lot less. I tried to keep a food diary whenever I got that feeling and avoid eating any foods that made me feel like that, but since going vegan I rarely get that!

Either way, if veganism is right for you or just isn’t your cup of tea, we should all respect each other’s decisions.

  • Lorelai Marsh

    I’ve been thinking about going vegan for the longest time, thanks for this – the benefits actually outweigh any downsides I think. I’ll go see if I need supplements too!

    Lorelai xX

  • Nicolette Painter

    I’m not completely vegan (I eat eggs occasionally) and I struggle with giving up cheese. Do you have any vegan cheese recs? I saw Sheese Cheese at the Seoul Vegan Festival, so I know I can get that, and I already have nutritional yeast. Thanks for any tips!

    • Lisa Collins

      Hey Nicolette, before i went vegan I never really ate cheese I just didn’t like the taste. But after, I tried out vegan cheese I loved it. If you go to holland and barrett, they do cheese slices which go great on pizza’s and in sandwiches and in burgers. They come in different flavours. Then theres sainsburys, which have introduced a whole range of vegan cheese! my personal fave is the greek style one, it makes salads a dream come true!

      • Lisa Collins

        Also you can buy vegan egg powder, exactly like eggs, good for breakfast and baking. Smells awful though, like when you mix it up. Awful.

        • Johanna Granlund

          I’ve tried Daiya Cheese here in the US on pizza as a substitute for mozarella, and it works perfectly fine! You can also make your own cheese with soaked cashews and nutritional yeast – taste just like original cheese!

          • Nicolette Painter

            Yeah! I’ve made the mac and cheese sauce and its so good!

        • Nicolette Painter

          Lol, I didn’t even realize that existed. Thanks, I’ll keep my eye out for it!

    • Andrea

      I am picky about cheese substitutes, but I have found some winners. Tree Line offers an alternative to goat cheese. Field Roast makes a creamy cheese they call Chao. It melts on sandwiches gorgeously. Trader Joe’s has a good almond mozzarella cheese, that also melts well. I’ve tried daiya but not a fan of the cheddar. I am still looking for a shredded cheddar replacement.

  • Johanna Granlund

    This is awesome! I have been vegan for a year now and I find no reason to go back! Since there are so many substitutes for all your favorite treats, yoghurts, burgers, and cheese, there’s no need to hanging on to diary. And the fact that you lose weight effortlessly AND have a lot of energy is an even bigger reason to try plant-based for at least a week or two.

    • Jazz Rockz

      I feel the same! It has only been a few months that I have been vegan but I literally feel no need for going back as I find all the pleasures in fruit and veg. Whilst if somebody had told me that a year ago I would have not believed them ahahxx

  • dreamofadventures

    I’m lactose intolerant, so i’m close to being dairy free. Although I love meat I’ve noticed that when I stick to non dairy meals my skin thanks me =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.com/

  • Ariadna Morell

    I am not vegan but I’ve been thinking of going vegan as I am not a big meat eater anyway and I think a vegan diet would be much healthier for me! I try to consumer as little dairy as possible now, but it is hard sometimes! haha x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Erika Gail

    I would suggest actually looking into the downsides too. Our bodies are built to consume animal products and you can really fuck up your systems by not going about this properly and making sure it’s right and going to work with your body.

    • Monika Faulkner

      Actually, our bodies are NOT built to consume animal products. Our teeth resemble those of vegetarian mammals (i.e. they’re designed to grind and chew plant matter, not tear into meat) and our intestinal tracts are also much longer than that of carnivores (because it takes longer to absorb the nutrients from grains and vegetables.) I’ve been vegetarian (I do occasionally eat some dairy products) for most of my life…and I have to say, I have way fewer health-related issues than pretty much all the (meat-eating) people I know!!

      • Erika Gail

        Again, it’s not for everybody. But on an evolutionary level we would not have come as far as we have without animal products…or may r I should say “bi-products”. Eggs/milk/honey..etc..
        You may feel better and have less health issues than some, but I’ve also seen too many people fall down a whole of even more issues when choosing vegan ism and trading whole foods for processed “vegan” alternatives. I was a vegetarian for a very long time and was so sick. It didn’t matter how much I ate, I could not keep up with what my body needed. Which is why I suggested that instead of turning to veganism as a fix all, be sure to research the downsides and make sure that the foods cinsured are going to make up for everything that you are not getting. I donto think a post about veganism on career girl daily is the be all-viable source for research in your journey to a healthier life.

        • Monika Faulkner

          I totally agree that a vegan/vegetarian diet is not automatically healthier; living on Oreos and white bread isn’t how nature intended we eat, either!! ;)

  • Chris

    I am not a vegan or vegetarian, I like a varied diet, but I admire your giving this and also that we should all respect others decisions. Things I never knew about vegan, very interesting,

  • Olivia Fair

    Vegan is a whole other ball game and much more difficult. For me its was easily , I prefer fruit and vegetable
    I would recommend find good juicer and vegetable chopper https://cozzy.org/best-vegetable-chopper/
    I’ve flirted with veganism over the years and can honestly say I’ve never felt better than when I was eating plant based with no dairy or meat. For me, dairy gives me headaches, a runny nose and gut wrenching digestive pain. I drink soya milk now and eat very little cheese. It is entirely possible to get all the nutrients you need from a plant based diet and for this to improve your health. The evidence base is massive. Don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise!?

  • Touch of Confetti

    I love this post, although I am a major advocate for cheese I have always been curious about vegan diets and was keen to try it, so definitely reading these things has made me more aware.

    M. x | http://www.touchofconfetti.com

  • Nafisah Atcha

    Love this <3 thank you for sharing.