There’s a woman at my gym who shows up for every class, kills whatever workout she attempts and has freakish stamina. She also happens to be 60 years old and a vegan.
I tell you this because, regardless of my own experience of veganism (which I struggled with*), I know that some people make it work and more power to them. I was forced into veganism by an attack of acute gastritis that left my stomach severely inflamed. This meant I had to follow a very alkaline diet for a few weeks which translates to no meat, no dairy and no fish. I ate fruit, vegetables and some seeds.
- I lost my spud belly. That 5-10 lbs of holiday weight I gained on my Irish holiday just vanished. Having said that, this could also be a contender for the ‘bad’ category because it came off too fast and therefore wasn’t a good thing for my body. Despite society fetishing it, I’m not a lover of the jutting hip bones and thigh gap look.
- I slept really well. Not sure what this was about but don’t look a gift horse and all that….
- My performance at the gym fell by about 40%. And that’s when I had the energy to go.
- My core body temp plummeted and I was cold all the freakin’ time.
- My skin got very dry. I had to slather myself with coconut oil on a regular basis just to keep it feeling normal.
- I had the most horrendous mood swings (let’s take a moment here to recognise poor Hubs’ valiant efforts to keep the crazy under wraps).
You can see why I was very, very happy to get back to my normal carnivorous ways this week.
*it’s not entirely the fault of the vegan diet however because I was following a more restrictive eating plan than most vegans – I had very little protein and I certainly wasn’t eating enough fats (such as coconut oil or olive oil).
Weigh in: Are you a vegan? Have you ever tried it? Do you think it’s good to switch up your diet every once in a while?