Vegan Is The Only Option
(Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
I had been an lacto-ovo vegetarian for about 6 1/2 years, but for the past couple of months the idea of being a vegan really started to interest me. I had heard that there were a lot of health benefits and since I am going into the nutrition field I need to be as healthy as possible.
I decided to start doing my research and after reading a few books on the subject decided to make the switch. There were just too many pros that outweighed the cons. I haven't been a vegan for very long, just a couple of weeks, but they have been the best few weeks of my life. Seriously.
I feel like I've been reborn or something. It's like I had been living in a fog for the past 19 years and I'm finally experiencing life how I'm supposed to.
I'm not going to lie; the transition has been a little rough. Since I'm the only vegan in the house it's hard to find food to eat sometimes, but there is no way I can go back to eating animal products. I'm going to continue to live my life as a vegan and, once I get my degree and finish school, teach everyone I can about the benefits of going on an animal free diet.Editor's Response:
Wow, this is truly an amazing testament to the power of changing your diet.
My story is very similar to yours; I stopped eating animals when I was around 12-years old, but I kept eating eggs, milk, and some fish for years and years. Only when I went vegan did I experience the incredible benefits of increased energy, weight loss, clear-headedness. And, only when I stopped eating all animal products did I really feel like I was doing as little harm to the world around me as possible.
To me it seemed like dairy products were really holding me back from looking and feeling my best, almost like they were piled up in my stomach and once they had a chance to escape, they ran for the hills. Giving up cheese was the hardest thing for me to do, but after a few months I no longer wanted it, and within a year the smell alone of cheese made me feel sick. The casein in cheese is so concentrated that it's truly one of the most addictive foods we eat, so it's perfectly normal to have trouble giving it up.
Congratulations to you on your new diet, and I hope you continue to feel amazing and fog-free!