i'm no expert or professional but oh my being vegan has completely changed my life! No joke..
so here is some of my story so far with being vegan..
I decided to go vegan in February but to be truthfully honest I had eaten vegan for 3 days without even noticing it. I've had a quite restricted diet since 2014 after being diagnosed with polycystic ovaries, I never wanted to take the pill and I didn't want to pump my body with artificial hormones which my body hasn't created.
So I did my research and found what food was best for me and what was best to avoid, it really helped and improved my symptoms.
But I don't want to tell you my whole PCOS story i'll save that for another day. Haha!
I first truly learnt about vegans when my best friend at college became a vegan and I saw her life change just over a few months from becoming vegan.
She was always telling me to try it and see how I got on because she thought it would help me loads. (man was she right! She's a keeper!)
so after I unintentionally went vegan for 3 days I just knew I could do it but didn't set myself a goal and just took each day as it came. That was the best decision I ever made.
After a month I decided to get more experimental in the kitchen and also do some large bakes so I could freeze some for those lazy days.
I love to make vegan stews- I have no recipe and have just perfected it over the past 7 months but I still usually just throw it all in together in a wok and see what happens.
what I've noticed has changed about myself over the past 7ish months?
The list is truly endless!
As I mentioned earlier I have PCOS and turning vegan has totally improved my symptoms and my PCOS in general, I've been having more regular periods which is amazing for me as I used to only get them around every 4-6 months, which wasn't ideal.
A few months ago I had to have an up to date ultra scan done to see if my condition had improved or change in any way and to mine and my doctors amazement, I know longer have cyst on both my ovaries- my Left one is completely free from cyst but my Right one is still covered in them but if it takes me just over 7 months to improve one, i'll be happy with even a small improvement on the right one. Anything is better than no change or worse.
Most of my symptoms have most definitely improved my moods have improved I feel a lot more balanced in myself (if that makes sense).
I used to have high blood pressure but I most definitely don't have that now either.
My acne! Wow this truly amazed me how your diet can truly affect your skin.
When I came back from Australia last year my skin was the worst it has ever been I had really deep scars across both my cheeks and on my forehead and I had sore large red spots across my cheeks and I just didn't know what to do, no make up would cover but putting make up on would just make it worse. ( I was fighting a battle with no chance of winning!)
So I went to the Doctors and she game me some acne cream but told me it would make it worse before it gets better and would take around 6 months to work and I don't want to have to wait that long so I didn't use. I seem to have a theme there....
I've noticed over the past 7+months that my skin has been slowly but surely improving and today I have one spot on both my cheeks and a few hormonal ones on my chin but my scars have almost completely faded which has truly amazed me.
I just can't get my head around how amazing being vegan has saved my skin. I truly can say I'm starting to love my skin.
I don't want to be that person that fires all these facts at you but I wanted to explain how my life has dramatically changed since turning vegan and maybe inspire some of you to give it a go.
I truly advise you to look into going vegan if you suffer with bad acne or bad skin in general and or have polycystic ovaries or anyone just try it. Maybe give it a go for a few months or 60 days and see how you feel and if you like it you can carry it on forever.
Once you see one improvement in yourself you won't want to stop because the improvements in your body and health will just keep rolling in.
Top tips that helped me:
*Buy some great cook books for inspirational meals.
*Try to have a varied meals throughout the week so you don't get bored.
*Vegan snacks are amazing buy loads, so you don't get bored of the same flavour.
*follow vegan accounts on all forms of social media so you get inspired throughout your day.
*Try and find someone you know who is vegan so you can ask them for advise or get inspiration from them.
*or join a vegan group!
Now Just go for it, i'm cheering you on!
This is just a brief dip into my life of being vegan, i'm just slowly warming you all up for a big bang post on being vegan.
Love Drew x