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4 things that happen when you go Vegan

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4 months ago after a magical trip to Bali, I went completely cold turkey (excuse the pun) and went completely vegan. There was no lead up to this, no transition period, no pre-warning to anyone – even myself. See the truth is I’d never planned – or even thought – about going vegan. But obviously my subconscious was working overtime. And, after seeing some wonderful animals in the wild jungle of Ubud, when I returned to England I just decided that same day that I was going to be a vegan, and I haven’t looked back.

You lose weight.

Far from the stereotypical view of vegans you do not become a stick thin insect that eats leaves for fun. But you do lose weight, I haven’t lost a significant amount, but I eat a lot more than I used to and still managed to keep the weight down. I feel significantly less bloated, less crappy about myself and overall happier for the lifestyle that I live and what I put in my body.

You eat loads.

Yep I eat at least twice as much as I ate when I was a meat eater SO much food! I don’t know any vegans in my inner circle, but my meat eating friends and boyfriend are always shocked at how tasty vegan food is (and how much I eat), and how much variety there is (not enough but I am hoping the market will expand significantly over the years!) The truth is vegan food is delicious! Just pick up a vegan cookbook or search a vegan café and drool over all the amazing foods if you’re still not convinced!

You start thinking differently…about pretty much everything.

As I became hyper aware about what was in my food, I also became hyper aware about society (stick with me) the constant cycle of materialism and sales. January fitness, Valentine’s day pressure, Easter, Summer bodies, Christmas. A bigger car, a bigger house more & more money. Get married at this age, have an established career. There are so many pressures in society that start really from the moment we open our eyes. It’s important to step outside of it all and see your true self and get your own mindset right, without being manipulated by a money mad world.

People will treat you differently.

When I first started on my vegan journey I read about how people will judge you and make assumptions about you. And boyyy have I witnessed this, I have even been called a ‘weirdo’ a few times. The meat eaters will COME FOR YOU about protein till there’s no end, but I am really uninterested in others opinion of my healthy lifestyle. I am actually not a preaching vegan, I do not try and influence people. People can make their own minds up but this is a life that I have chosen for myself. This isn’t a diet as I hate diets and I love to eat! I feel so much happier knowing I am helping our world, animals and environment every day and that I am not causing any cruelty to animals.

What about you? Are you thinking of being a vegan? And if you have already made the transition how is it changed your life?

“When you adopt a vegan diet we make a connection, you don’t go back, it is not a diet, it is a lifestyle.” ~ Freelee the Banana Girl

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Tara

    I am going to try going vegan in February, it started off as a lent thing, but decided it would be easier to start at the beginning of a month. I’m unsure how long I will be able to keep it up, but I will do my best. This month I have reduced my meat intake and throwing in a few vegan recipies to get an idea of what to cook. Protein is definitely my biggest concern, but I am researching food groups to make sure I get a healthy balance.

    January 9, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Year of You

      Yes good for you! Its definitely a big decision and takes time to get a good balance! I take specific vegan tablets including B12 which have helped me a lot! Good luck with it all, looking forward to hearing about your vegan journey! Xo

      January 10, 2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Yasmin

    This is such a good post, thank you for sharing! I’m kind of the opposite, I really want to go vegan but I’m kind of transitioning slowly – being vegetarian first. But even since I’ve stopped eating meat I’ve felt hugely different!
    http://www.yasminanicole.com

    January 11, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply Year of You

      Yeah i think i am quite rare as it is a massive transition, for some reason it just worked for me! I think the key is just step by step and what works best for you! Glad to see its made a difference going veggie! Looking forward to hearing about your veggie journey! 🙂 x

      January 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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