At the beginning of 2013 I had a light bulb moment that resulted in me making the decision to live a vegan lifestyle. I announced my decision to you and I was overwhelmed with support. I have been keeping you updated on social media but now at just over 6 months since the change I would like to update you on some of the things I have noticed.
My motivation for becoming vegan was definitely the animal cruelty angle, but like most who become vegan it is hard to ignore the health benefits that come with it. I know vegans who do it purely for the health reasons and that is great for them, but for me any benefit to my health is just a bonus.
I have always been lucky enough to have well-behaved skin. My main concerns have previously been dark under eye circles, pigmentation and sun spots, and depending on the products I am testing I can have dry, itchy patches. As a teenager I had a lot of blackheads but I know I was lucky to just get away with that. However, since becoming vegan the amount of compliments about how my skin glows has shocked me. Nearly every person commented on it within the first instance of seeing me after the change. I have personally noticed clarity in my skin, and with some bad results from recent product trials my skin has repaired itself faster.
This one was a weird compliment for me because just like above with my skin, the number of compliments that increased about how “bright-eyed” I looked surprised me. It is funny how previously no one mentioned that I always looked tired or that I was going to fall asleep on them (although that is exactly how I was feeling) until this change.
I have thin hair and for as long as I can remember it has been falling out at a great rate. I don’t have any bald patches or anything, but I just hated how much hair would fill my shower drain. Some topical treatments have helped to slow down the fall but nothing has had such a positive result as my change to a vegan diet. My hair is definitely falling out at a slower rate and I am hoping to eventually lose as much hair as the average person,
Bloating used to rule my life. No matter what I ate, when or how much, my stomach was in a permanent state of bloat. Aside from it being extremely uncomfortable for me, it didn’t exactly look good having a pregnant belly when I wasn’t pregnant. I had previously thought bread and gluten were the problem but after cutting out all animal products and the bloating disappeared, I found I could eat gluten and not have a problem.
I have always believed that when you feel good you look good (and vica verca) and I have never felt so good in my entire life than I have the past 6 months. I don’t want to ramble on about the psychological benefits just yet but living vegan, buying products and clothes that weren’t marks of the abuse an animal has endured, having the positive vibes in my life has dramatically improved how I carry myself. I have and overwhelming confidence to tackle the world and build myself a great life. Sure, there are down days here and there but now they are maybe one day a month as opposed to 25 days each month. And what is that famous old quote, “Confidence is the most beautiful thing a woman can wear”?
Have you noticed a change in my blog since I became vegan? Do you think veganism can improve ones looks? Let me know by commenting below!