I recently made a life changing decision to not only go gluten-free, but to go completely vegan again. I’ve gone vegan in the past, but it was difficult. I ended up getting HelloFresh, and they don’t offer vegan-friendly meals, so ultimately I had to sacrifice my eating habits.
This is the second time that I’ve gone vegan, and it has truly been life changing for me. I have food allergies and food sensitivities and it makes it really difficult for me to eat healthy and stay healthy. I am allergic to dairy and I have a sensitivity to gluten.
My gluten problem seems to be controlled by taking probiotics, but I still choose not to eat it because I feel much better when I don’t. Having a dairy allergy is really tough because it really causes a lot of problems not only with my stomach, but my skin and my energy levels.
If I eat dairy, even the smallest amount, I get an extremely upset stomach. I get stomach pains, gas, constipation and cramps that last sometimes days. Not only does it cause problems for my digestive system, but my face and my back breaks out terribly. I get bad cystic acne along my chin, cheeks and jawline, as well as all over my upper back and shoulders. It looks bad, it hurts, and it’s depressing.
Besides those problems, I also have a serious lack of energy. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get, I’m constantly exhausted if I’m consuming dairy. So I decided to quit eating it once and for all, and not only did I make the decision to stop eating all dairy, I decided it was time for me to stop eating ALL animal products.
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Don’t get me wrong, I love a good burger and a delicious bacon breakfast burrito, but in the name of better health, I had to let it all go. I knew from the last time I went vegan that I felt incredible on a vegan diet and remembering how great I felt was a huge reason that compelled me to give it another try.
I never get sick when I’m on a vegan diet. Last year I remember the flu was going around and everyone around me, including people in my household, were getting sick. I didn’t get sick once, and I attribute it to my vegan diet! Eating healthy foods, lots of fruits and veggies and protein sources that didn’t come from animals really helped build up my immune system.
My energy levels have already skyrocketed. I usually find it very difficult to get through my day without a nap somewhere around 3pm, and so far I’ve been up from 8am to past midnight and haven’t once felt tired, burned out, or the need to nap.
My skin has already improved tremendously. A few weeks ago a family member of mine passed away and my eating habits got out of control. I ate everything and anything I could find, gained 4 pounds and my face broke out really bad. Now that I’ve gone vegan again, my face is already clearing up and there is hardly any blemishes on my face. The acne is going away and my skin is looking so much clear than it has in a long time!
I have never felt so good in my life. It’s unbelievable to me that this is how normal people feel on regular diets, but it’s great. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have some sort of stomach pain or cramp from the food I was eating. But now I feel so much better that I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to eating normal.
Being vegan is a little hard, but it’s not as hard as a person might think and the trouble is worth the cost of eating regular food. To me, it’s not worth it anymore because I’m tired of feeling sick all the time. Being healthy, having energy, and functioning like a normal person is more important to me than a bowl of ice cream or a slice of pizza (although I love both). Plus, I can remake all of my food favorites with vegan recipes, so am I really missing out on anything?