It was easy for me to be lacto vegetarian. I knew I had to vegan to live my beliefs. Giving up cheese and milk and egg ingrediants wasn't so easy. The disconnect of dairy is much more insidious than actual flesh.
It's been about 1 1/2 years of vegan, and while I've had slips along the way, it's getting much easier. I now try to not buy products I have to read. Cooking has become quite a hobby for me, and I enjoy it way more than I would have with meat-far more creative.
Within the first month of giving up meat, I felt better than I ever did! The heavy feeling in my lower abdomen was gone, I felt light. As time went on, my skin also cleared, had more energy, woke up mentally more alert, and just overall felt better.
In the beginning, vegan was hard on many levels. I was amazed by how much slaughterhouse waste is recycled in foods. As much as I wish there were more vegan foods, I'm also glad it brought me to eating more whole, fresh produce and fruits. Alternate proteins are so much cheaper than meats, I can afford to buy more organics.
I haven't had health problems. My asmtha is much more controlled, seasonal allergies are better. Cholestrol has gone down, iron went up. I supplament with D and B12 and recently got an algeal omega dha supplement.
To begin with, I went veg because I knew I was against the way we raise animals for food. The more I learned the more it supported the idea that we don't need any animal products, and I wasn't about to support that anymore. I believe a healthy vegan diet is the best all around choice.
I also want to include that a vegan diet is terribly misunderstood. I wish it could be more mainstreamed.
Why aren't vegan? Are you still vegetarian?
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