WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU GO VEGAN?
I’ve heard so many of my friends say that they want to become vegan. While a few have actually tried it, even less have stuck with it. I think that’s because people see vegans and automatically think it’s easy in the beginning and don’t know what to expect. If you have an idea of what to prepare for when you try being vegan then you can make it through easier.
So if you’re considering going vegan for 30, 60, 90 days or doing a whole lifestyle change, here are a few things to look out for:
You will definitely have more frequent trips to the bathroom. Most vegan foods (especially whole foods like fruits and veggies) are higher in water content, and they are a total fiber-rich powerhouse! I’ve heard from readers that used to have days and days of constipation that were suddenly going once a day or more. Yay for frequent pooping!
The Way You Smell Will Change (for the better!)
Believe it or not, you will more than likely have better smelling body odor. Because you will be primarily eating whole foods and not processed with hard-to-pronounce man-made ingredients, your body will likely go to a more pleasant smell. Another thing that helps is that you will be eliminating waste quicker (see point above), so foods will not linger inside your intestine as long.
You May Have Fatigue and headache
I want to be real with you: when you first start in the vegan lifestyle, one of the not-so-nice side effects is feeling hungry more frequently. Fatigue and headaches, along with feeling a little irritable are the telltale signs of a diet which doesn’t include enough calories. Yes, when you follow a plant-based diet, you need to eat quite a lot, even though some foods can be quite high in calories.
Always keep vegan snacks around. Fruits and nuts are portable and great! And listen to your body. If it asks for food, make sure you give it.
Any change in diet will affect your skin. Switching to a plant-based diet made by mother nature herself can help erase toxins in your internal and external (skin) organs.
If your skin doesn’t clear up or gets worse, it’s time to consider what you may be allergic to, especially something that…
… you haven’t eaten before (gluten, nuts, soy, etc.). That’s one of the good parts of at least trying a vegan diet. You can take out stuff and slowly add back in recipes and foods to see what triggers your body positively and negatively.
Many people also say that I’ve had shinier skin and nails too.
Things Will Start To Taste Different
Dietary zinc helps your tongue keep its potency, and it’s a vital mineral for your sense of taste. However, it’s found primarily in red meat and oysters, both of which are obviously off limits to vegans. Maintain your taste buds during this new dietary choice by taking a zinc supplement. Just make sure it’s made from an animal-free source of zinc!
You Will Probably Lose 5%-10% of Your Body Weight
Since whole plant-based foods are naturally lower in calories, many people experience weight loss upon going vegan, but this isn’t necessarily so. Remember, there is no magic bullet when it comes to weight loss, it all depends on what and how much you eat.
If you keep your diet full of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, olive oil and make sure you eat everything in moderation, chances are you’ll lose weight.
But…french fries are also vegan and there are a lot of pre-packaged vegan foods. So be careful of pre-packaged and processed vegan foods that are becoming more popular. Remember, everything in moderation and try to get as simple as possible with your ingredients.
Going vegan is an individual choice. Besides the health reasons, it is a cheaper and cleaner way to live. A reduction in meat products in diet will also help. Red meat once weekly perhaps. Chicken or fish twice only per week. And cheese or eggs the rest of the time with vegetables being the mainstay of a meal. Whatever your diet, green vegetables should be at the top of your priority food pile, followed by pulses and fruit.
Health is Wealth. All the money in the world without health is no laughing matter. Consider billionaire Steve Jobs who is no longer with us.