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#1 Old 01-15-2016, 06:12 PM
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What Has Veganism done for you?

Hi, I'm doing some research on how a vegan lifestyle can affect how you think, feel, and live. It doesn't matter if you're newly vegan or have been at this for a while, but please let me know what a difference this change has made in your life. Thank you in advance!
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Oh so much! Helped me recover from anorexia helped lessen my severe mdd and anxiety (not super significantly but noticeably) lightened my period MAJORLY. Like I (sorry tmi) went through 3-5 super heavily flow maxi overnight pads in one day now I go through 1-3 the green always maxi ones in a day. Went from 7 days to 3-4. Made me feel healthier- cuz I am! I have more physical energy- and not my ADHD energy o.o xD and not due to lessening depression (cuz it wasn't a significant enough change for that )

Vegan and cruelty free. No honey or refined sugar
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Thank you for your response! I appreciate it!
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It allows me to live according to my values.
I do need to say that being vegan doesn't necessarily equate health. You can have the equivilent of a SAD diet as a vegan, but I find it easier to eat whole plant based.

My arthritis has greatly diminished. My digestion improved. My skin has really improved- along with giving up soaps and using natural oils to clean
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Walking the walk, living my values and living a more ethical life has given me a sense of purpose and a new appreciation for life. The world really needs more compassion and love. Being vegan really isn't about me. It's the right thing to do.

My digestion improved a lot as a vegan.

My stamina and endurance has increased

I have become somewhat more assertive and have overcome some social anxiety and avoidance behaviors (I have diagnosed avoidant personality disorder). I had to speak up at restaurants to make my needs known, and come out to family and friends as a vegan. I also became passionate about animal rights activism in 2013 and did some leafleting at local colleges and high schools, and even tabled at a local college in their student Union with permission. For me this was HUGE because I am normally very shy and overwhelmed in crowds. I handed out almost 400 leaflets that day, and held interesting conversations with a few students and faculty.

That sort of confidence and passion and drive to do something beyond myself regardless of my fears led me to also finally complete college after putting it off for 17 years due to mental illness, eating disorder, alcohol abuse. I did three years of college, earned an RHIT certification, and landed a position I have coveted for years, all as a vegan. I also finally pushed to a normal weight for the first time in over six years, pushed past the point I could not get past in my eating disorder recovery before.

But It hasn't all been rosy either. I vowed to phase out having caged birds when I went vegan in 2011. Back then I had four birds. My last bird passed on in early September. I love birds but could not bear the thought of keeping them in cages anymore. Or supporting the pet trade. I still miss my beautiful bird terribly but I understand he was never "mine". I have struggled in my relationship to my partner I have been with for 18 years. I am not the same person I was when we first met. I feel like veganism has brought me back to my true self, what is really important to me and what I stand for. We have clashed in many areas as of late (such as religion, politics, animal entertainment). My partner is still an omnivore. In social settings such as work I am sometimes left out because I do not partake in the usual food gatherings, though I do bring vegan food to the ones I am allowed to. Its also very disappointing when I witness others learning about veganism but going back to eating meat and living in denial. And to know that there is still so much needless suffering going on in the world. But it helps me embrace the beautiful acts that I witness too, and appreciate the little things in life.
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Physically I feel the same....however emotionally I am far happier with how I am living. Living more in line with my values and such I guess.
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Going vegan was the most personally liberating thing I have ever done. Living your values brings a vibrancy to life that you'll never know unless you give up cultural expectations and do what you know you were meant to do. I'm a 10 year vegan.

It is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities. ~A. Dumbledore
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I really had to. I am more like what they used to call a Strict Vegerarian, which is like a Vegan in diet only (but I am transitioning ,believe me) after years after being an Ovo-Lacto, with too much emphasis on cheese. I had to because I suddenly became horribly lactose intolerant around last Christmas, and since I had already given up eggs, dairy was the last thing.

Benefits include, some weight loss, no more bloating and acid reflux, better body odor (due to removing sulphur from diet) better taste buds, lower blood pressure. Also a renewed love for veggies, and feeling that I am doing a good thing (so emotional and self-esteem benefits). More self sufficiency (gardenting in the back yard, less trips to the grocery store).

And, of course, the added benefit of knowing that each I did not partake in the horrors of factory farming. The concept of living your values is absolutely important. You cannot claim to be something, and then hypocritically do the very thing that is the absolute opposite. That was something I always struggled with as a vegetarian. You can't eat cheese or milk or eggs and still be compassionate, because you still are supporting factory farming, some would say an even darker side of it.

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I can only talk for vegan hygiene, but over the years I've been making the turn towards plant-based products. A lot of good changes! Hair stay clean longer, less hairloss, less dry skin, soft clean feeling in my mouth after brushing. And long term, being in contact with less chemicals can only be beneficial.
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I can only talk for vegan hygiene, but over the years I've been making the turn towards plant-based products. A lot of good changes! Hair stay clean longer, less hairloss, less dry skin, soft clean feeling in my mouth after brushing. And long term, being in contact with less chemicals can only be beneficial.
This poster is not a vegan. He is a hunter and fisherman.
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This poster is not a vegan. He is a hunter and fisherman.
Also, apparently, a person who doesn't understand chemicals.
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This poster is not a vegan. He is a hunter and fisherman.
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Also, apparently, a person who doesn't understand chemicals.
They are also banned.

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Going vegan was the most personally liberating thing I have ever done. Living your values brings a vibrancy to life that you'll never know unless you give up cultural expectations and do what you know you were meant to do. I'm a 10 year vegan.
What POPPY said!

Being vegan helped me connect with my true self / values. I don't hurt animals any more, and have a healthier diet also! Caring for other sentient beings is a good thing. Spread the word.
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All animals should be respected & should have the ability to lead a natural & enjoyable life. This means not eating them, or abusing them in any way.
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#14 Old 01-19-2016, 07:05 PM
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Being vegan really isn't about me. It's the right thing to do.
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As a side effect, I find more joy in nature. I remember that, not long after I stopped eating poultry, I was watching a bird and I suddenly realized that I was seeing that bird with a special joy that came from knowing I was no longer taking part in the killing of her cousins in order to eat them.

I think that when you do the right thing, you get the gift of a clearer heart.
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