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My First Veganniversary


I have now officially been vegan for a whole year, and I couldn’t be happier about it! Veganism is something I absolutely love and I wouldn’t want to live any other way. In a previous post, I mentioned what it was like to become vegan and the difficulties I faced. Here, however, I decided to write about all the positive things it has brought me, both physically and mentally. I noticed many differences in a very short period of time, that have now become normalities, so I will focus on the immediate changes, since I haven’t experienced any new ones since.

Physically:


Before deciding to quit animal products, I did some research about how it could affect my health and whether or not it was dangerous or beneficial. My conclusion was that
it is beneficial, and I experienced it that way (at least for now, and hopefully that’ll never change…). Firstly, I had more energy. It became easier for me to get out of bed in the morning and to spend entire days without napping, which was honestly very rare. I also noticed that I felt much lighter; considering that my food became easier to digest, I stopped having that hour after lunch or dinner where I can barely move and I’m completely exhausted because of the meal I just ate. Stomach pains decreased a lot as well, and now I honestly have some extremely rarely.

Something that remarkably changed and that I wasn’t expecting, is period pains. Before going vegan, my period pains were so intense I could barely move sometimes, making me skip class and even not being able to leave my bed. When I’d finally get up I would often faint a couple times, forcing me to go back to bed until the pain became more bearable. My first period after stopping dairy was uncomfortable, but not painful; I managed to go out for a walk without needing any pain killer. It then kept getting better, and in the past year I’ve only taken one pain killer for my period, which surprisingly was painful, but usually I can barely feel a thing. I honestly did not understand the relation between dairy and period pains at the beginning; I thought it was odd that I stopped hurting but I never related it to my change of diet. It’s only months later that I learned that a natural way to decrease period pain is to quit dairy and/or gluten. So for my part, dairy was the problem, and I honestly feel so much better. If you have terrible period pain, you might want to give it a try! I do know vegans who still have painful periods, so of course, it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone, but it is something to keep in mind.

Mentally:

Going vegan has helped me mentally too in several aspects. Firstly, like for many other vegans, I stopped feeling remorse. Once I started gathering information about the different food industries, I often felt so much guilt when eating a meal containing animal products and it became unbearable. Going vegan made it go away and I was able to start enjoying food again.

When I became vegan I was going through depression. For those of you who’ve been there, you’ll know that we often feel like our life has no meaning, and being vegan gave me a purpose. It made me feel like I was a part of something, that I belonged somewhere, and that for once I was actually making a change. I don’t know if I am personally making a change in the world, but I do believe that I’m part of something good and positive. Not all vegans think the same or became vegan for the same reason, which is still sometimes a dividing factor: I did it for the animals, while others did it for the planet or their own health. Animal lovers and the healthy vegans often clash and it can create conflict and hate in the community, but it is mainly loving and welcoming. For many of us, we have the same goal so it’s easy to make friends and to meet like-minded people who support and encourage me.

I believe that veganism’s main values are peace, compassion, equality and love; so I think it’s a shame when some vegans are very hateful and violent. They do not represent the entire community, and often being generalised as a self-centred and aggressive group is not beneficial to what we are trying to accomplish. Like for many other movements, there are extremists who tend to focus on hate instead of love.

I also just wanted to mention that it’s not because we’re vegan that we do not care about humans. We are capable of caring for both, and honestly just caring about animals doesn’t really make sense to me. I am trying to be an ethical vegan, meaning that I make sure that the products I buy (food and clothes) have not been made through human exploitation. It takes time to turn your life around, but I think that it’s possible with enough motivation and dedication!

Thank you for reading, and please don’t hesitate to contact me on twitter (https://twitter.com/_simplewriter) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_simplewriter/) if you have any vegan-related questions (or questions in general), or if you’re struggling with it. I'd love to help!  

Lots of love,

Eleonore

Comments

  1. This is such a great post to share, I'm on the border of becoming vegan and cutting out meat and dairy did so much for my skin and has already had a great effect on my mental health x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌻🍂www.kayleighzaraa.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it was able to help you too, good luck!

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  2. You have done amazingly! ❤️

    www.juderivers.com

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  3. Great post! And I am so so glad that veganism has helped you in so many ways xx

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    1. Thank you ! You were one of the people who helped me so thank you thank you :D

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    2. Absolutely no need to thank me lovely! <3

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  4. First, i want to congratulate you for a year as a vegan! It’s a very courageous decision to take, especially around French people who still remain behind Anglophone countries in regards to acceptance of this lifestyle.

    Second, I love the structure and content of your new entry, well done!
    Like you, I cannot imagine life and not being vegan, as it’s a second nature.
    The positive physical effects you mention are quite often repeatedly many who went from omni to veggie or vegan. This is simple to explain as the body gets tired to process and breakdown all those toxins we’re not supposed to eat, so most find that they regain energy (logical as your body has far less work to do to process the food).

    It’s true that period pains are a separate issue & that vegans can suffer from extreme pains just as much as omnis, or that omnis can have low pains… So, it’s great that in your case, the effect has been positive towards reduction. I think that the most logical explanation regarding dairy and pain would be due to the high acidity that comes with dairy, not to mention all those hormones and meds that are given to cows, that probably throw off any human person-with-periods’ hormones off-balance.
    It’s clear that not feeling remorse clears up the mind and allows the brain to have more free space, a bit like a defrag does. But this isn’t limited to veganism, off course.
    I totally agree with your main values’ listing and share it in full.
    Lastly, off course you make a difference in the world. In 1 year, this is what you impacted :

    You saved 1,519,823 liters of water ; 6,607 kg of grain
    You didn’t cause the deaths of 365 animals. 1 per day.
    You didn’t participate in deforestation of 1,022 Sq.m
    Nor in emissions of 3,322 kgs of Co2 into the atmosphere.

    Every person that gets inspired to go vegan and remains it for a year gets the same impact, as a direct impact from you. How cool is that?

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  5. Thank you so much!! :D Yes I don't know if I'd ever become vegan if I'd stayed in France!
    Yes for sure, getting rid of all the negative foods has a great positive impact on our body.
    Haha those are such high numbers! It's refreshing to see them and think that after all, we are having an impact haha, every one of us!
    Haha it's extremely cool ;) I just hope to inspire people ! x

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  6. Really like this blog Eleonore, I can relate to much of what you say. Also we are part of something amazing and you ARE having a big impact. Small ripples stretch out far and something good you do now will have far reaching consequences! Attitudes will change, because it's fundamentally wrong to exploit innocence for financial gain and food. Your voice helps those with none! Keep up the good work! Love, peace and best of wishes to you ❤️ ✊��

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    1. Thank you!! Yes I think it's difficult to notice the impact one person has, but when I see the large vegan community online , I realise it's making a change and that it's constantly growing!
      💙💙

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