Surprising Health Benefits of Going Vegan

I originally made the full transition to a vegan diet in 2016 after my dog died.  When I was watching him suffer, I realized that I never wanted to contribute to an animal’s suffering for as long as I lived.  I also made the connection that “meat” came from an animal, an animal who was tortured and killed for my five minutes of pleasure.

Although the animals were absolutely enough to keep me vegan for the entirety of my lifetime, I truly love the health benefits of being vegan as well.  I had hoped that I would feel better but some of these benefits were truly unexpected.  My body has completely transformed inside and out.  I will take you through some of the major health benefits that I have experienced over the last two years.

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Lyme Disease Remission: for those of you who haven’t been following my blog for long, you may not know that I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2015 (for more information on this please click here). I had awful symptoms including severe leg pain, digestive distress, anxiety, brain fog, insomnia, memory loss and fatigue.  I spent $1000’s on treatment and at one point was taking over 90 supplements per day.  Within a few months of switching to a vegan diet, almost all of my symptoms disappeared.

Less constipation and bloating:  okay this may seem like TMI, but going to the bathroom is a really important part of our health.  On a diet that consists mostly of animal products, we are not getting the fiber that we need (meat, dairy and eggs contain 0g of fiber!!!!).  This can lead to constipation and bloating.  (Side note: did you know that a healthy person should go to the bathroom 3 times per day?!).  Going vegan definitely helped me with this issue.

No more thyroid pills: just like many people around the world, I was put on thyroid medication at a very young age. I had been taking thyroid medication for 15 years prior to going vegan.  After a year of being (mostly) a whole food plant based vegan, my thyroid had healed itself and my doctor took me off of my medication.  No more of those nagging pills!

Clear skin and strong nails: this one may not seem very important but I am sure that most of us know what it feels like to wake up with a giant pimple on the center of your face!  It can truly halt your confidence and put a damper on your day.  Whenever I would consume dairy, I would almost immediately develop cystic like acne on my face and body.  My skin has cleared up dramatically since being vegan.  In addition, my nails are stronger than ever!!!

Less pain during that time of the month: I can vividly remember the days of curling up in a ball on the floor because my menstrual cramps were trying to kill me!  This would happen every single month and I truly dreaded my period.  Nothing seemed to help including Midol or chocolate.  Although I still get a tiny little cramping, it is nothing like it used to be.

Transitioning to a vegan diet has truly been one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I love the feeling of saving animals, but it has improved my health dramatically, and in only two years.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds and to see how my health will improve from here.  I bet that it will just keep getting better and better ❤

I would love to hear from you; what health improvements have you seen from switching to a vegan diet?

 

Wellness Wednesday Spotlight: Dementia, Aggression and High Blood Pressure

Today’s Wellness Wednesday Spotlight is from my friend and fellow activist, Heather Priddy.  Please read this amazing story about how a plant based diet helped heal her mom’s dementia-related aggression and high blood pressure.

 

Name: Heather Priddy and Barbara Priddy (Mom)

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“Mom and I were Vegan 3 years (I went vegan when I switched her diet). The health benefits were that she no longer had borderline diabetes. Her high blood pressure had been a problem that required medication for years but within no time her blood pressure was normal. She had actually almost entirely stopped eating before the switch. After 2 bites of her favorite foods she’d say she was full and refuse to eat, but after switching her to a Vegan diet her appetite returned and she’d even often want seconds.

The biggest change that I really didn’t expect was that her aggression associated with her dementia (sundowning and such) disappeared 100%! Before feeding her a plant based diet she would get very mean and aggressive any time, a few times a week. All episodes lasted anywhere between 1 and 3 hours and often happened when she started screaming in the middle of the night, including getting out of bed and throwing my tarantula’s cage on the floor and smashing it, biting, punching, kicking…….. ALL OF THAT WENT AWAY!!!

She went back to her sweet self. A few months in, I gave her 2 meals with chicken (she could only feed herself if it was hand held food) and her aggression came back.  I never gave her animal products again. After her death earlier this year, my sister told me that Mom was lucky I was her caregiver, because I switched her diet since “every time she ate eggs or meat she got aggressive again”. My sister watched Mom when I went to ComicCon and had decided since she was her daughter too she could feed her what her family was eating. The aggression came right back so she fed her a Vegan diet the rest of her stay!”

Do you have a Wellness Wednesday story about how a vegan diet impacted your life?!  Please contact me.  I would love to feature you!

Healing From Allergies, Asthma and Acne With a Vegan Diet…

There are so many benefits to switching to a vegan diet including incredible, health transformations.  For Wellness Wednesdays I want to feature those who have healed from an illness, disease or health issue from simply changing what they were eating.

Today’s Wellness Wednesday Spotlight comes from Kathleen Kastner, my inspiring friend who has been vegan since 2002. Below is her story:

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“I’ve been vegan since 2002. I was already vegetarian due to my love for animals and fish. I was having allergies, asthma and acne and was on an inhaler and nasal steroid. My doctor never asked me the four magic words, ” What are you eating?!”

I learned about the book called Diet for a New America by John Robbins and decided to go vegan to see if it would help my health issues, and it worked! Turns out I was allergic to the dairy. My skin cleared up and I got off my allergy and asthma medicine.

Once I learned about the cruelty of the egg, dairy and veal industry I became vegan for ethical reasons. Veganism is my passion and purpose in life: for the health, the animals and the planet!”

 

Thank you so much Kathleen for sharing your story with us.  If you want to learn more about Kathleen, please visit her Instagram: @Kathleenvegan or check out her Youtube channel.

 

Did you heal a health issue by switching to a vegan diet?  If so, I would love to feature you!  Please send me a message ❤