Yes, there are benefits to becoming vegan. The biggest benefit for me is the weight that has been lifted off of my shoulders. I feel more of a connection to the natural world, and don’t feel the guilt that was gnawing at me before. I feel clean and have a clear mind.
One of the first questions people ask when they find out about my lifestyle, is “How do you feel? Like do you feel better? Do you feel healthier?”. I have found this answer difficult to answer in the past. I feel better of course because I’m no longer contributing to the man-made creation of life and death on a mass scale, and that feels f-n incredible. That is the purpose and single reason I am doing all of this and have changed my life. But what they really want to know, is how has the diet part affected my health, i.e. have I lost weight, do I have more energy, do I think more clearly, do I sleep better, is my skin better, are my nails and hair better? Yes for some of those questions, and I think so for the others, but I don’t know if I just think that because that’s what I’ve heard. I didn’t feel all of those benefits right away. I’m not sure if it’s because my body was adjusting or if it’s because I hadn’t yet begun taking vegan supplements. I can answer those questions more easily now though, now that I’ve reflected and have truly adjusted to the lifestyle.
There are more benefits as well:
One thing I’ve happily noticed is that I rarely have to take my seasonal allergy medicine. I’ve been tested and I’m allergic to all weeds, most grasses, a couple trees, and many molds, which leads to year-round allergies. I haven’t taken any anti-histamines in the last couple months, which is great because it was costing $30 a month. I’ll have to update once I get through a year to see if this is a lasting effect. August 26th, 2015 UPDATE: I have felt the need to take my allergy medicine one to two times per week recently. I probably could do without it, and sometimes I take it because I feel slightly congested and am worried that I am low on anti-histamines before I go outside for some type of event. However, this is still a huge change from taking a stronger allergy medicine daily. (I have a need to take the anti-histamine only, rather than the ones with added decongestant, i.e. Allegra vs. Allegra-D. The great thing about this change is that the purchase frequency and amounts of Allegra-D are regulated because it’s used to make methamphetamine, hence I no longer am ingested a product such as this)
I just feel better all around, less aches and pains to where I don’t take any pain-reducing pills. Another great thing is that I can’t remember the last time I had a headache or migraine. I used to pop ibuprofen like candy to treat my headaches and body aches, and it has been months since I’ve taken anything besides my daily vegan supplements. I still get neck pain, but don’t feel the need to take a pain-reliever. I go to the chiropractor every few months for any adjustment for that is needed.
Another benefit is no more need for medicine for an upset stomach or heartburn. Pepcid AC Complete was my favorite. Haven’t felt a need to take anything like that since I went vegan.
Possible TMI tidbits below, but necessary for those to know that are thinking about making the switch, or have switched and are feeling the same thing:
One more benefit that is possibly TMI. I am experiencing less effects from my menstrual cycle. I won’t go into it, but it is a fact.
Non benefits? Yes, just two. First is that I’m am generally less thirsty. I’m not sure why, but I would be thirsty in the middle of the night all of the time, even with drinking water at night before bed. No longer happens. Second, the TMI piece, is that I seem to have more gas if you must know. However, there is very rarely a smell. Smells like roses? Not quite, just no smell most of the time. Not all the time, but most of the time. I’m happy to put up with these small things though.