I feel lighter in so many ways, yet feel weighted in ways I didn't know existed until I made the change, if that makes sense.
I went from being a typical SAD eater and heavy soda/alcohol drinker, weighing in at over 300 lbs, being damn near bed ridden, as recent as 4 years ago, diagnosed through the years with depression, adhd, anxiety, nervous stomach, IBS, arthritis, and fibormyalgia, all being diagnosed as "severe", taking upwards of at least 5 heavy duty prescriptions daily, with some extras here and there based on symptoms, to now weighing in at 190, feeling healthier and more full of life than I ever recall, taking no more prescriptions, although I now take several supplements (D3, B12, zinc, magnesium, C, multi) and an occasional tincture (milk thistle, burdock root, comfrey, stinging nettle, etc.), and drink daily herbal "tea" blends.
I still fall into some of the depressive ditches from time to time, especially when hearing the cries of the dairy cows in the distance at a neighboring dairy farm, or riding by the livestock trucks and pastures full of those precious beings, or entering the grocery store or a restaurant, seeing my family compounding their own pain via their forks in spite of knowing the consequences, or being made to feel like I'm an alien from another planet in my beliefs and actions in my attempts at interacting or sharing personal experiences.
But I'm able to more clearly see and recognize the roots of those emotions now and can dig them up and deal with them instead of fertilizing them with even more s*** to foster their ongoing growth. I could never knowingly not be vegan now that I've experienced the benefits. So grateful for the seed planters and information gatherers who so freely share their experiences and hard-learned knowledge. My life has been greatly enriched by you.