I have been a vegetarian for just over 2 years and a vegan for 6 months. A few months ago I decided I wanted to get some blood work done, and my doctor (who I love actually) suggested giving the diet change a full six months before checking blood levels. I just got a phone call from the doctors office and everything is perfect! (I had a lot of stuff done, but know that I'm not anemic, my calcium and vit D levels are fine, my electrolytes are all in check and my cholesterol was fine - this is my first time checking my cholester/lipid panel). There are going to send me the results so I will see what the actual number are.
It is so nice to hear that all of my levels are normal after so many other people (co-workers, I'm a nurse, so they are medical people, my husband and friends) were so worried and sure that I wasn't getting enough calcium and vitamin D!
Aside from having no issue's there; I feel great! My periods are so much lighter and shorter and I really don't have any PMS symptoms anymore, my skin looks good (I have acne and have been in treatment for that, but its looking much better), I've lost weight (not alot, 5 lbs, didn't have any to lose really) and I have now trained for 2 half marathons (and ran one, the next is in 2 weeks) with success! I eat all the time, which I love - someone commented to me the other day that I am always eating and that don't I worry about calories? I said no (I do watch it some) because there is so much high calorie/fat food that I don't eat (cheese, meat, processed junk) that I need to eat more low cal stuff to get the calories I need!
Throughout this journey, I have realized that I love the changes that I have made and I know that this is whats right for my body.
Awesome post Laura! I had a similar experience. I just got some blood work done as well and everything is A+ perfect! I've been a vegetarian for over a year and have followed a vegan diet for the past 5 months. I felt so reassured after getting my results and now I have a little ammo to fire at anyone that questions my eating habits ;)
Laura that is great. I was vegetarian for six years then went back to meat and dairy for two or three years and now have been vegan for at least six months. I have not noticed a big difference in energy levels yets... I hope I see some improvement soon. I want to learn how to transition my dog into vegan menus without harming her health.
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