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I began hoping to cure acne and gained a whole new found love for the planet, for animals, for action and for making a positive impact on the world. I have learned SO MUCH this year and I feel 100x more compassionate, considerate and positive knowing that I am making a change.
It has been almost a year and a half since I decided to go vegan. (Time can literally fly I swear!?)
Anyway, I thought I would share my thoughts on the vegan life during my experience so far.
Just to clarify the background info, I have never been vegetarian or pescetarian before in my life, and I very much enjoyed my meat at the time.
When I moved out with my boyfriend I realised that I was of course buying and choosing all of my meals and food choices, so I could try to be vegetarian if I wanted.
So I turned vegetarian just like that...for about 2-3 weeks I was vegetarian, then one day I thought..."you know what? I'm gonna try this vegan thing, no harm trying?"
My initial reason for trying veganism - acne. I have suffered with spotty skin since about year 5. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't describe it as terrible but it felt pretty bad to me, and after trying SO MANY SO MANY SO MANY THINGS. From prescribed creams, pills to holistic remedies, nothing made THAT much of an impact.
And so the vegan life began..
3 Things I learnt fairly quickly...
- Milk and egg are sneaky sneaky characters, especially milk. Around 70% of things you would usually assume wouldn't contain milk..usually does haha!
- Not everyone is going to be supportive, people don't like what they don't know, and growing up your whole life to believe to eat a certain way is the best and only proper way is hard to let go of..
- You need to carry snacks! (For those situations when your out with your sister, or your mum, or going to a friends, or going to a party....)
After the first 2-4 weeks, I felt GREAT. I used to always have this slump after lunch where I felt like I could nap for at least an hour. I no longer had that, I felt energised and awake the entire day, and my skin started to clear and looked its best it had been for a while.
Then all of a sudden my skin plummeted. It was undoubtedly the worst it had ever been in my life and this carried on for months. I still felt amazing, but my skin just well...lets just say, it didn't back me up in a debate regarding the benefits of veganism, especially in defence to concerned parents.
There were a few times when I really considered going back, because my skin was so bad, surely it wasn't working for me, or there was something I was lacking.
But I stuck with it, and continued to research, and try to experiment with food, thinking about how best to fuel my body better - not to have just a vegan diet but a balanced and nutritious diet (you can be vegan and eat a lot of beans on toast dinners still)
So here I am 1 year and a half later, my skin eventually went down, I still get spots, but not as dramatically as before.
veganism has brought me most importantly...
- Compassion, I began hoping to cure acne and gained a whole new found love for the planet, for animals, for action and for making a positive impact on the world. I have learned SO MUCH this year and I feel 100x more compassionate, considerate and positive knowing that I am making a change.
And so to round off this post, I am so happy that I decided to stick with it, I love to eat, I enjoy my food and I feel so warm inside knowing that I am one less person harming others and contributing to our beautiful earth in a positive way.
Watch this space for lots more content regarding veganism and eating yummy food you might be craving - don't be fooled by this photo ^ there are lots of healthy and not-so healthy delicious vegan options out there ...