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Hi all,<br><br>
I've been lacto-ovo vegetarian for about a year and half and I haven't had any eggs since January - just didn't feel like it, now I would like to cut off all dairy products and my question is:<br>
What had changed for you when transitioning from veg* to vegan ?<br><br>
Anything from feelings, sleep patterns, appetite, weight loss/gain ?<br><br>
Thanks<br><br>
(Sorry if I'm double-threading)
 

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I lost weight (about 10 pounds) when I went from vegetarian to Vegan. I also felt so much better psychologically because the whole time I was vegetarian it bothered me that I was eating dairy. It was such a great feeling to rid myself of the guilt once and for all. Like many people cheese was the barrier for me. I had given up eggs, cow's milk etc., but couldn't let go of the cheese. After I did let go, I realized that it was no big deal after all. I was clinging on to the idea I couldn't do with out cheese. It was letting go of this foolish idea that was the problem, not letting go of the cheese itself. I also started to exercise a lot more as I had felt I had more energy. I've been going to the gym regularly at 5:00 a.m. before work for some time now. I've never done that at any other time in my life.
 

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I never lost any weight, my stomach did become a lot flatter and less pregnant looking. I never had migraines, and dairy makes me constipated.
 

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My stomach issues disappeared. I also felt better psychologically because I was feeling guilty for hanging on to cheese and knowing about the atrocities of the dairy industry.
 

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Chronic heartburn went away completely, no more constipation, less upset stomach, less bloating, less gas (I believe I was lactose intolerant), breakouts improved/lessened in severity, less phlegm in my mouth/nose/throat, more energy than normal, I feel physically stronger, meal preparation is a lot of fun (love finding new vegan recipes!), very glad that my contributions to cruel industries are greatly reduced.<br><br>
As for weight, I used to become emaciated as a vegetarian during severe depressive episodes because I didn't have the energy or appetite to get up and prepare food. Had to drink high calorie shakes just to keep from losing any more weight. I think the combination of the right meds and enjoying my food + meal prep more have helped me remain at a stable, healthier weight. No more dramatic weight loss regardless of my mood.<br><br>
My boyfriend was transitioning to a meat and dairy free diet before I met him by doctor's orders to improve his GERD. He eats vegan now and his GERD went away entirely.
 

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i was lactose intollerant. so, it wasnt and issue. but you'll notice less stomach issues overall and better skin.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Rhys</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2831059"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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It never occurred to me until I read your post, but I can't remember the last time I had heartburn and I used to get it quite regularly. So much to love about being Vegan.
 

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No changes in health parameters or daily routines, for better or for worse. I did gradually eliminate dairy rather than dropping it overnight, but I would say I don't feel notably different health-wise than I did a year or two ago when I was eating a lot of dairy.
 

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My back pain all but disappeared. I was in constant pain and giving up dairy was the best thing have ever done for my health. That said, I didn't know that would happen. It's a very, VERY good benefit to living cruelty free.
 

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Chronic heartburn went away completely, no more constipation, less upset stomach, less bloating, less gas (I believe I was lactose intolerant), breakouts improved/lessened in severity, less phlegm in my mouth/nose/throat, more energy than normal, I feel physically stronger, meal preparation is a lot of fun (love finding new vegan recipes!), very glad that my contributions to cruel industries are greatly reduced.</div>
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This. Totally.<br><br>
I also don't remember the last time i had a headache.
 

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My uh... irregular bowel movements sorted themselves out, though that's a lot to do with veganism in general.<br><br>
Less spots, and just feeling 'lighter' I would connect directly to dairy though.
 

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No changes for me. However I had been eating only trace amounts of dairy (for several years) when I finally made the decision to go vegan. 5+ years ago.
 

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My digestion improved enormously after stopping eating dairy products, from irregular and very uncomfortable to regular as heck and easy.<br><br>
No more horrible acne breakouts, my face used to be covered in cysts and huge painful pimples, now i just get a spot or 2 every few weeks its like having totally different skin!<br><br>
Lost those annoying 5-10 lbs that i never seemed to be able to before
 

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As a vegetarian, I ate way too much cheese (my weakness), and I noticed similar things to what others are talking about when I went vegan.<br><br>
I never had any major issues with acne, maybe a pimple once a month, and now I can't remember the last one I had.<br><br>
I lost 15 or so pounds within a couple of months, and they've stayed off. Weight management is no longer an issue for me: it takes care of itself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
I felt lighter immediately, though, even without a measurable weight change. I remember thinking I felt monkey-like, haha, like I could just move more easily and had more energy, as opposed to the having this feeling of lethargy I often had before going vegan. I think I just got used to feeling that way, as someone who consumed a lot of dairy. I'm glad to be rid of it now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I once made a list of improvements I'd noticed, but I can't remember where I stored that or what was on it. But basically, yeah, I feel much better. I didn't change in order to feel better, but it's been a nice reward.
 

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Well, it's only been two weeks for me. No weight loss or anything yet, but my skin seems to be a little clearer and my stomach problems have stopped. I used to get chronic stomach ache after almost every meal (lactose intolerance), but I don't any more.<br><br>
Oh, and my bowel movements are more comfortable.
 

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Thanks for all answers, I hope there will be positive changes for me as well.<br><br>
I wonder, to what measure you replaced dairy by soya-alternatives ?<br>
Could you recommend some brand of soy-products (good tofu, yogurt) available in UK ?
 

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ssessinka, I would say that I started drinking a lot more soy milk, and consuming more tofu, veggie meats, etc. So yeah, my soy intake has majorly increased.<br><br>
My meals have changed. It's not that I'm making the same things with dairy alternatives, so much. I've just gone and found other meals that I like, made new favorites. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Like my old fave used to be mac and cheese. Now one of my favorite meals is vegan sushi, something I'd never even tried when I was vegetarian. I make more curries, soups, stews, etc.
 

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I buy the Holland and Barrett soy milk. They sweeten it with apple extract, or sometimes the Tesco Organic one is nice.<br><br>
Trying not to have TOO much soy though, which I think is my downfall.
 

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I forgot to mention that after I stopped eating dairy my sinusitis, sinus headaches and congestion diminished to very little. I used to have to take sinus medication constantly.<br>
Dairy is a mucus forming food. Soy is also a mucus forming food, so if one of the benefits you experience from eliminating dairy is less snot, soy is not a good alternative for replacing milk products because it also causes mucus.<br><br>
i use other plant milks like coconut, rice, oat, hemp and almond
 
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