Vegan Diet Effects on the Body
Posted by april130 at 04/07/2010
I have recently become a vegan (less than a month), and was wondering what changes to expect from this transition as far as hair, skin, weight, bm, pms, mood etc. I'm a fairly active 24 year old female. I know all experiences will vary and each one depends on a lot of variables, but nonetheless, I would like to hear what others experienced and how they handled it. Thanks.
shearwater at 04/07/2010 18:00:15
Congratulations on going vegan. I went vegan 10 years ago (vegetarian 23 years ago) and it's been a totally positive experience, especially health.
You are right, experiences will vary and also depend on your health now. I always recommend eating a healthy diet. Too many vegans don't. Being vegan cuts out a lot of bad foods but it won't help if you live on junk or aren't paying attention to proper nutrition.
When I went vegetarian I was already eating a very healthy diet (with relatively little meat) so I transitioned rather easily. As a vegetarian I was mostly vegan anyway so going full vegan was easy too.
Although I was healthy before I have noticed improvements in areas where I did have minor health issues (we all have some). I also noticed an increase in energy. I have had no bad experiences.
When I hear of people having problems transitioning I question their diet as well as other areas that effect health like exercise. I find it very easy to be vegan and to get all the nutrients I need.
Good Luck and Have Fun
VeganMainstream at 06/13/2010 13:34:39
DietTips at 08/14/2010 04:34:04
chrystanthem at 01/21/2011 05:03:41
I gained some weight (finally! I'm not underweight anymore!), got clearer skin, got rid of my tummy troubles (I had a very sensitive stomach), I have more energy, I'm happier and feel much better with myself.
people always ask me how I get my nutrients, but honestly it's not as hard as they think! ;)
ionicwoman at 01/23/2011 16:00:06
You may be surprised to find your intuition,memory,moods all improve. Your body will have more energy and less illness. The benefits grow throughout the years.
aldisdavis at 01/27/2011 19:59:16
LeeleeHarrison at 06/06/2011 06:57:10
I have been a vegetarian for close to ten years, cutting out red meat and poultry, eggs and milk. When I moved to the Midwest I took up eating poultry again because I wasn't strong enough to follow a good diet, and I knew vegetarians weren't favored out here. I gave up chicken again two years ago, although after the death of my mother two and a half years ago and through the recent death of my father, ALOT of bad things went into my body, for comfort came first for quite a while. So, I finally went all the way vegan about a month ago, for dietary and moral reasons. I am keeping The Kind Diet and Skinny Bitch close at all times, and to be honest, Skinny Bitch is my new Bible! I have even lost sixteen pounds! However, I have always prided myself on not getting sick-now, in the one month since I have become vegan, I have come down with a fever twice-a fever, with some achiness, and shortness of breath. I believe/am praying that this is the result of the inevitable detoxification I have been experiencing. I remember reading about this kind of thing in a book I bought about juicing and detoxification. Although I had always considered myself pretty healthy, I now know I still have 37 years of bad information to get out of my system, if you know what I mean. Am I correct in my assumption? I plan to find a hollistic doctor, but in the meantime, I thought I would reach out to fellow vegans...
Tatiana at 06/06/2011 12:46:52
LeeleeHarrison at 06/06/2011 15:01:17
brayden22 at 09/07/2011 00:05:46
Meat obtained protien are second-hand protien and our bodies to not take full advantage of them.
metabolic at 10/12/2011 05:11:58
janice_dale at 03/05/2012 23:54:27
shearwater at 03/06/2012 21:14:31
Protein is rarely a concern for someone eating a healthy vegan diet as it is readily available in a wide variety of plant foods.
Plus, switching to a vegan diet doesn't automatically mean you will lose weight. You still have to choose healthy foods. You may even gain weight if you were previously underweight.