Why I’m Vegan-ish and the Benefits of Veganism

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words vegan or plant-based, for me it was what are the benefits of veganism and are Jammy Dodgers are vegan?

Let’s be honest, by now we’ve all heard a lot more about veganism in the last 2 years. It’s one of those controversial words that can trigger a lot of different reactions. Some people are weary of veganism and think it’s for hipsters, some people love and practice it, and some are just plain indifferent to it. 

The fact is, that just like with many other things in this world, everybody has their own view on the vegan lifestyle. And today, I’d like to share with you my story and tell you why I adopted a mostly vegan diet that I call Vegan-ish. 

 

The Start of Becoming Vegan-ish

Let’s turn back time for a quick moment. The year is 2018 and I was working on an awesome transformation project for a corporate client. 

Because this was a complex project in another city, my schedule didn’t look very exciting. Just to give you an idea, this is pretty much how my days went by: 

  • leave the house at 6:00 for a 90-minute drive 
  • spend the day running from one meeting to the other
  • drive 90 minutes back home
  • collapse on the sofa to eat a pack of Jammy Dodgers for a couple of hours before going to bed 

 

The next day this whole process was put on repeat. But the consequences of this kind of lifestyle soon started appearing, and let me tell you, they weren’t fun. I was putting on weight, and I felt tired all the time. 

And I can’t even say this was a secluded event. Like many of us, I’ve had my share of periods of intense work, which brought fantastic professional results, but took a great toll on my body. In fact, back in 2009 I worked myself into such a state of anxiety over my career and working life that I had to be hospitalised with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 

So when I was offered a contract role as an interim MD 90 minutes away in a different city again in April of 2019, I knew I had to change something. I couldn’t spend three hours of my day on the road anymore. Instead, I decided to stay in the city three nights out of the week and proposed to myself to eat vegetarian food for 3 days.

Let me tell you, the more I tried vegetarian food, the more I liked it. I would find myself looking forward to cooking veggies even over the weekends. 

 

The Game Changer 

Now, although I was eating mostly vegetarian food, I would still indulge in the odd meat pizza, lamb stew, or Polish Kiełbasa.

That is, until I saw The Game Changes. There, Patrik Baboumian made a comment that made me rethink and change my whole diet. 

When Patrik was asked “How did you become as strong as an ox without eating meat?” he replied with, “Have you ever seen an ox eat meat?” That small comment made me rethink my lifestyle once again. In the end, I decided to ditch dairy and meat and try being vegan for a two week trial. 

Two weeks turned into three and that’s when I noticed a real difference and started to understand the benefits of veganism. I started getting personal best times on all my runs, I felt like I had more energy, I was sleeping better, and I was performing better and better at work. 

And now, 18 months in, I’ve never been happier with my vegan-ish balanced life. I feel cleaner, more productive and I have a lot less inflammation problems in my bowel which in turn reduces my anxiety.  

Of course, If I go to a friend’s house and they serve a meat dish I will eat it, but I’ll often have a food hangover from it, which will leave me bloated and tired. 

 

Proven Benefits of Veganism

We all know that different people have different needs. Just because a mostly vegan diet worked wonders for me, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will perform just as well with you. 

But along the time, research has been made and a few benefits that are tightly related to veganism have been discovered. I’d like to show you some of those benefits and the impact a vegan-ish diet can have on your body and your mind.

 

1. Get More Nutrients 

Because a vegan diet is mostly formed of fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds, you have the opportunity to get more nutrients. In fact, when consuming mostly vegan foods you will be getting more fiber and antioxidants. Vegan food also seems to be richer in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E.

But although you’re getting a diet which is richer in all these nutrients, you might also be missing out on vitamin B12, which usually can be found in meat. 

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient whose role is to keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy, help in the process of creating DNA, and prevent megaloblastic anemia. To make up for the lack of vitamin B12, vegans are encouraged to take B12 supplements and/or include foods fortified with B12, such as marmite 😉

It’s also important to note that you’ll be getting all of these nutrients only if you have a balanced and well researched diet.

 

2. Lowers Blood Sugar and Chances of Heart Failure 

Besides the fact that veganism can make you lose weight and protect you against obesity, it is also linked to type 2 diabetes. Research shows that vegan diets, among other plant -based diets, have been associated with a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes. 

When it comes to heart failure, a UK study shows that non-meat eaters have up to 22% lower rates of ischaemic heart disease, but their chances of having a stroke increase due to the lack of vitamin B12. This is why getting B12 supplements is a necessity in most cases.

 

3. Boosts Your Mood 

Having a healthy diet that incorporates mostly fresh plant based produce will definitely help you feel more energised. Not only that, but it will also trigger better sleeping habits and it will make your body feel better altogether. 

Once your body will feel healthier, lighter, and more energised, your mind will follow this pattern and you will notice being happier and more productive.

 

And what about the Jammy Dodgers?

Years ago, Jammie Dodgers were vegan but those on a plant-based diet were heartbroken when dairy was added during a recipe change.  Luckily since the middle of last year, the recipe has been changed to make them 100% free of animal products, but still just as delicious.  So now they can be enjoyed on a plant-based diet again.

Bottom Line

These are just a few benefits of veganism. But being vegan is more than that, and adopting a vegan lifestyle has many more benefits than just the ones pertaining to your own body. 

Some of the major changes that veganism brings include the decrease of the carbon footprint and pollution, and the prevention of animal cruelty, which are changes that we all know the planet needs. 

If you’re interested in hearing more about my journey towards veganism, want to try a vegan diet yourself, or just want to improve the quality of your life, then you’ve come to the right place!

Contact me today and allow me be your life coach. You’ll see that life coaching, just like having a mostly vegan diet, will exponentially improve your personal and professional life.