Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Side effects of being vegan

As many of you know I live a vegan lifestyle. It's not only in my diet, but my clothing, and what products I use. I made this decision based on my absolute love for animals (as I see it ridiculously hypocritcal to say I love animals, yet will eat one/wear one that has been brutally tortured all it's life).
I'll go into it in another blog, but here are some side effects that I got with an animal byproduct free diet.

1. I have not had any cystic acne for over 2 years. During my early teenage years I struggled with acne, and no amount of anything put on my face changed that. I tried antibiotics that made me extremely ill. While I was living in Ukraine, my face would break out constantly-and though I was vegetarian I consumed a large quanity of dairy, as well as breakouts after drinking (I wasn't drinking illegally there*). My skin isn't perfect and never will be, but now I try to not use any makeup, unless there's somewhere special I'll be.

2. Weight loss! The heaviest I got was 145 lbs (65.7 kg) and I'm 5'7" (170 cm). In two months of stuffing my face constantly I was down to 135 lbs (61.2 kg), and since I have cut out fast food, and most processed foods I'm at a range between 125 lbs (56.6 kg) - 130 lbs (58.9). This is all without proper exercise since I am unable to do anything involving bending, twisting, or putting pressure on my lumbar spine and left scapula (shoulder). And I do have a hypoactive thyroid that makes it difficult for me to lose weight.

3. No more asthma attacks. I'd get them running the mile, or doing several minutes of cardio. Though I haven't ran since last March, I didn't have a single attack since I changed my diet.

4. I haven't been sick in over two years! Before it was really common for me to get sick about every 2 or 3 months. And when I'd get sick I knew it was coming, I'd have body aches, my throat would be raw, and my lymph nodes would double in size-and the next day it'd be worse, and would last at least a few weeks. The closest I've ever gotten to being sick has been one day of body aches and the next day I was perfectly fine.