I came up with a list of some of the greatest changes I have experienced since going vegan over a year ago:
*Increased energy. I was anemic back in 2008 and I had to take iron supplements. Now, I only occasionally take a supplement and my iron stores are right where they should be. If anyone tells you that you need to eat steak or other red meat to get enough iron, do not believe them.
*Improved digestion. Prior to eating a plant-based diet I dealt with constipation on a regular basis. Anyone who has been constipated knows this is not fun. Once I took dairy out of the equation my issues were resolved and now things run smoothly, as they should.
*Weight loss. I switched to a plant-based diet with no intentions or hopes of losing weight. Within a month or so I noticed my pants were looser and people started to make comments about me looking thinner than usual. It was true! I lost about 7 lbs. On my frame that is a pretty significant amount. When I thought about it further it made perfect sense! How could I not lose weight when I was no longer eating fatty foods like cheese, butter and creamy sauces & dressings? Plant based foods are naturally lower in calories than animal based foods.
*Increased consciousness. Going vegan opened my eyes to the cruelties and injustices all around me. I began to overflow with compassion toward animals which spilled over into increased compassion for others and even myself. I began to love and respect myself a bit more. I was finally living in accordance with my values and nothing feels better than that. Going vegan was my way of stepping into consciousness.
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