The health benefits of my journey without meat or dairy__
It’s been over 5 and a half months since I turned vegan. Guess what… I am still alive!
Not only am I still alive but I am actually thriving. I have never felt so good. The benefits I have seen from my new plant-based lifestyle have been incredible.
Here’s what I have noticed so far:
I personally was not trying to lose weight when turning vegan. However, this was a welcome benefit from my new diet choice! I had always struggled with my weight since my teens. I was in pretty good shape in my early twenties due to a regular exercise habit but over the years I have noticed it gradually increase. I was 82.5kg when I was 23 years old. At 6ft 1in, this was my ideal weight. Turning 30, I had seen this weight rise to as much as 88kg. During that time I was eating quite healthy (or so I thought) and exercising quite regularly. I thought the weight gain was just all part of ‘getting old’ 😉
Since turning vegan, I now weigh 82.3kg which has now plateaued since reaching ‘a healthy weight’. All with a semi-regular exercise habit and never sacrificing a meal. I am actually eating more than I was during my pre-vegan diet. I never thought I would see my weight below 85kg again.
And for those of you who are thinking its because of muscle mass loss due to vegans being protein deficient (total myth by the way)… Take a look at my average monthly stats that I have been tracking which actually shows I’ve gained muscle and lost body fat:
- November 2015 — meat eater
Weight: 87kg, Body fat %: 21, Muscle %: 64.5kg
- December 2015 — meat eater
Weight: 87kg, Body fat %: 21.1, Muscle %: 64.5kg
- January 2016 — vegan
Weight: 85.6kg, Body fat %: 19.9, Muscle %: 64.8kg
- February 2016 — vegan
Weight: 83.8kg, Body fat %: 18.8, Muscle %: 64.9kg
- March 2016 — vegan
Weight: 82.8kg, Body fat %: 17.6, Muscle %: 65.1kg
- April 2016 — vegan
Weight: 82.3kg, Body fat %: 17.7, Muscle %: 65.1kg
- May 2016 — vegan
Weight: 82.3kg, Body fat %: 17.6, Muscle %: 65.2kg
(All stats were recorded from a Tanita body composition monitor which is widely regarded for its highly accurate readings — http://amzn.to/1rDFLds)
Energy, Brain and Body Function
Another function on the scales mentioned above measures your approximate metabolic age. Metabolism can be defined as chemical transformations within cells of living organisms (1). Take a look at my results below:
- November 2015 — meat eater — Metabolic age: 34 years
- December 2015 — meat eater — Metabolic age: 35 years
- January 2016 — vegan — Metabolic age: 32 years
- February 2016 — vegan — Metabolic age: 29 years
- March 2016 — vegan — Metabolic age: 27 years
- April 2016 — vegan — Metabolic age: 26 years
- May 2016 — vegan — Metabolic age: 26 years
As you can see, my metabolic age since turning vegan has rapidly decreased. I now have the metabolic age of a 26 year old (I’m 31:)))
As my metabolic age has been decreasing, I have noticed an increased efficiency in processes such as:
- energy balance,
- electrolyte and fluid balance,
- brain function.
With the efficient transformations I have noticed heightened energy levels in my every day life. I have had more motivation, more ‘get up and go’. Exercise has become easier which is encouraging a more regular habit to form. I am thinking clearer and my decision making is sharper.
Ageing and Longevity
I have only been vegan for just over 5 and a half months so it is a little early for me to make any comments that my new lifestyle is slowing down my ageing process. However, a very inspiring video I watched recently, should be all the evidence you need. Allow me to introduce Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, the 101 year old vegan!
In the past, my immune system has lacked some reliability to say the least. Every other month I used to be struck down by a cold (or man flu) for at least a couple of weeks. Since being vegan, I had a very slight cold at the start of the year which only lasted a couple of days. Since then, not one hint of illness (touch wood).
Skin Tone and Condition
I can definitely confirm that my skin is a lot clearer and smoother since making the change. There is an huge amount of research supporting that vitamin-filled foods help smooth and heal skin cells. Another benefit is the enhanced tone and colour of the skin. This can be explained by naturally eating more fruits and vegetables rich with carotene.
Oh and by the way… not only does a vegan diet have incredible health benefits, it is also environmentally sustainable (unlike meat eating;), and stops the mass murder of animals! WIN>WIN>WIN :O
Want to know more about where my vegan journey began? Here’s a link to ‘beginning my vegan journey’.
Why not try a vegan diet for yourself?
Take it from me, it really is not as hard as I imagined it would be 5 months ago. If you need any help or advice, connect with me on the following social media channels:
Twitter — @GoThryv
Check out the latest photos about the things I am discovering on Instagram
Thanks for reading x