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Jan 22nd, 2006, 03:09 AM
I used to get headaches every night, pressure types, that'd keep me awake, i don't get them anymore.
I'm still waiting for the increase in energy and the weight loss, it's been two months now. Oh well, i still eat too much food. Heh.

Jan 22nd, 2006, 05:17 AM
More energy overall, better control over my blood sugar (prolly because I actually pay attention to my protein and complex carbs now), and my cats will (usually) leave my lunch alone if I get up to refill my beverage.

Jan 22nd, 2006, 06:27 PM
Little sign of aging. Gradual reduction in chronic health problems. Change in consciousness.

Jan 22nd, 2006, 07:31 PM
Almost no symptoms of arthritis. I don't need any medication and I was on several pills a day.

Jan 22nd, 2006, 08:44 PM
My digestion is just...incredible now. No pain at all. And my complexion is clearer. I also swear my hair and nails are thicker and grow faster.

Jan 25th, 2006, 03:11 PM
My skin is clearing up, my hair is so much shiner and i feel so much better in myself.

Jan 25th, 2006, 09:43 PM
Besides the energy and the happiness I've gained, I feel like I've become so much more organized! At first, I felt like I'd have to really have it together and work hard to eat well. Although I've found it easier than I thought, I retained that level of organization and planning and it's touched every part of my life, from working out to teaching.

Jan 26th, 2006, 07:31 PM
My favourite unexpected effect of my veganism has got to be..............meeting the lovely, amazing maisiepaisie!!


My increased feelings of good health and general well being are great effects too.

Jan 26th, 2006, 10:35 PM
*Complete change to my approach to food: I am inclined to try a LOT more- just not because its vegan so I may as well try it, but because I want to!
*Some weight loss, and when I cut back on junk food (bourbon biscuits, kettle chips etc etc) I don't feel as bloated and lose a bit more weight each time, something that has NEVER happened before.
*Awareness of packaging, environment etc, I recycle more, try to only ever use my Bags For Life etc.
*Cut down on 'food miles': source food locally ie in the Uk at least.
*Understand more about food seasons.
*Make my food much more from scratch.
*Eat out in Brighton more (not so good for £...!)
*Try out more recipes.
*Feel healthier.

Jan 26th, 2006, 10:54 PM
This forum :D

Jan 26th, 2006, 11:09 PM
Many of my favourites have been mentioned but anyways..

my stomach ulcer has stopped paining me(I can't believe my doctor was advising me to consume more dairy products -on top of nasty drugs that made me ill:mad: )
I haven't had any colds/flu's since going vegan (I used to get a cold at least twice a year!).
I've met some wonderful compassionate people near(ish) me and become more active & educated on both health & A. R. issues.

My mum going veggie as a (admittedly belated) result of admiring the conviction of my beliefs :D
Discovering loads of new food & finding out how good it tastes.

It has also greatly increased my global capitalism awareness and the connections/knock-on effects of where we spend etc..which is a good thing but quite depressing also.
And I lost a couple of pounds in weight:D

Jan 27th, 2006, 01:16 AM
It sounds wierd, but now 2 months after taking the final step and giving up dairy (was vegan-ish for 10 years,everything but dairy. I loved cheese), its like my sense of smell is more acute. Its like scents are more intense then they were before.

Its crazy how bad dairy is on our bodys. I don't know if it was all in my head or what but its crazy that I can smell so much better then before.

Jan 27th, 2006, 02:17 AM
I already mentioned some of this on another thread, but here goes: So far I've noticed LOADS of physical health benefits in the short 7 months since I switched from ovo-lacto veggie. I used to have joint pain (in my knees or shoulders) at times and haven't had any in months, used to feel fatigued a lot and now have more energy, used to have overly sensitive teeth and haven't in months, my gums look pinker (less red--gingivitis seems to not like veganism;)), used to have worse allergies and asthma (don't think they're gone, but definitely vastly improved), have less pain during menstral cycles, used to have dull headaches a lot and now have had very few, used to feel nauseous quite often and now it almost never happens, used to have abdominal pains and now I don't, my nails seem thicker and healthier, have less skin problems, haven't had a virus since becoming vegan, etc. I've been amazed by how quickly these changes have come and understand that I will probably have even more positive results the longer I go. Everything also seems to taste better, in that I can taste more--maybe as previously stated due to better ability to smell things (as that's a big part of taste):cool: I've also learned a lot more about vegan ethics, which helps me feel better psychologically and spiritually in my veganism. And, of course, I found this group of like-minded people to chat with:)

Jan 28th, 2006, 03:03 PM
I am more at peace with myself and push myself to imporove all the time - still a little too opinionated I guess but what the hell.

Some people have learned from my example and are now concious of animal rights and diet issues. I am really proud of that :) .

Jan 28th, 2006, 05:00 PM
morally: My re-awakening to AR has been the most horrifying and satisfying of my existance. Ignorance is bliss, but a confused, unmanigable, unpredictable one. At least now I have goals and beliefs that I believe in so much, that what people think of me or approval, is not of consequence.

physically: god, i haven't been sick at all in the past year, i smell better, i do feel better, i don't need as much sleep.

emotionally: I'm still working on this one... :| it can be a hard, lonely battle.

pat sommer
Jan 28th, 2006, 11:42 PM
The vegan lifestyle has made me more individualistic in a fashion sense: no running out to grab the latest reptile cowboy-boots and silk blouse!
I sometimes get things made when shopping leaves me tearing my hair out; do I buy fabric content "other"? My winter coat is a John Lewis upholstery fabric: I am wearing a sofa.... Gloves hats shoes are always a problem because I am not dainty.... Anyone found an online supplier of vegan transvestite clothing? That's how I found stilettos to fit in Sydney at one such shop in King's X...... and let's not get me started on flights without reaeaeal leather seats....:rolleyes:

Jan 28th, 2006, 11:54 PM
Cleaner Underwear!!! :D:D

Soft Effortless Poop Every Morning And Evening!!! :D:D

Jan 29th, 2006, 11:54 AM
I feel proud that I AM actually making a difference and helping animals. I had a digestive disorder so I'd get sick after every meal, vomitting etc, especially cheese, carbs and fats but now that's all gone! I used to LOVE cheese but damn I'm pleased I don't miss it. Seeing it makes me feel icky these days. Weight loss. I'm very aware of nutritional information now, like sodium content and such. But I'm really dodgy and can't be bothered figuring out a stable diet with iron and vitamins and so on so I'm pretty sick at the moment...haha I suck.

Jan 29th, 2006, 04:05 PM
just feeling overall happier, healthier & more relaxed...:) !


Feb 14th, 2006, 06:27 PM
When I went vegan I did it to help my conscience and reduce migraines.

Many unexpected benefits have come along the way. Right away, it got rid of my asthma, and my periods became regular and lighter, with much reduced PMT and no period pain. I also get the feeling that a healthy vegan diet can help with conception - we certainly got our two daughters on the way as soon as we tried unprotected sex!

It has only been years later that I found out that going vegan has a greater benefit for the environment than any other single thing we can do as individuals, even better than never flying or not having a car. See: http://www.tvvvs.makessense.co.uk/articles/205.html

Feb 14th, 2006, 10:17 PM
I lost weight without trying, my rheumatoid arthritis went into remission, and I have had no dental problems. I was having gum and plaque problems, but they have gone away. My theory was that animals protein/fat was causing the problems. People think that I bleach my teeth now because they are so white and healthy.

Feb 14th, 2006, 10:21 PM
A lot of the stuff mentioned above, well, I rather expected it as I had read about it. What I hadn't read about was that mosquitoes would no longer care for the taste of my blood. I used to get eaten alive every spring/summer/fall even though I slept under a mosquito net and out of desperation, used pesticides. Last year was the year I turned vegan. Never got even ONE mosquito bite. They'd be hovering around me when I took the dogs out for an early morning pee, but none would even land. This was certainly the biggest surprise. :D

Feb 14th, 2006, 10:44 PM
omg, if that's true i am SO HAPPY. i always get eaten alive by mosquitoes.. as in 30 or more mosquito bites at one time... and i am lucky enough to be one of those people who itches them until theyre gross

Feb 14th, 2006, 10:56 PM
my asthma is much better too. I havent had a cold (touch wood) and I dont feel as tired as I used to.

Feb 14th, 2006, 11:49 PM

Well, it was true for me, but I imagine it isn't true for everyone or others would have talked about that already. It might be that American mosquitoes would still find me tasty and it's just these Korean ones that find me repulsive. Win-win situation as I didn't get bitten very often back when I lived in the States.

Oh, and when I realized it, I DID google mosquito and vegan and found that there was somewhat of a debate on whether or not it's true. The ones that don't get bitten, naturally say it's true. Of course it's the ones still getting chewed on who say it isn't true. :)