That One Time I Went Vegan: What It Did to My Hair, Skin, & Body

Today, I ran into HEB for some Kettle cooked potato chips *don’t judge* & ran across all kinds of traditional dairy butter alternatives. There was coconut oil butter, avocado oil butter, just to name a few. I was shocked! 
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The whole reason I started transitioning away from animal based foods and over to plant based foods was because of the many health benefits it has. I don’t want to get too sciency on y’all BUT some of the benefits are clearer skin, reduction of inflammation in the body, increased antioxidants that ward off diseases like cancer, hypertension, obesity, yadda yadda yadda. 
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I’ve only been at it for roughly 3 months, and it’s been a roller coaster of physical changes. First off, I lost a ton of weight and fast. Just from the change in diet alone, I lost roughly 10 lbs the first month and a half. After month 2, I realized I was losing too much weight too quickly and started increasing my caloric intake and being more mindful to ensure I was getting a good variety & quantity of fruits and vegetables. 
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Another exciting thing I noticed by month 2 is that my hair was falling the boatload! At the time, I already only had like 3 inches of stretched natural hair. So I decided to cut it all off again. My hair is still adjusting to the changes in my diet, even at this length. All the more reason why I have to make sure to take in lots of leafy greens, protein (through soy, beans, & protein powders), and a good multivitamin to supplement any areas such as Vitamins B & D, iron, iodine, and selenium that may be missing. 
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My skin was definitely the most receptive to the change. There’s been a considerable decrease in the number of breakouts I have and my skin has more of a glow before I put on any makeup. Prior to switching to a plant based diet, I only experienced like 1 or 2 pimples here and there, but even that slowed down.
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Honestly, if you’re thinking about going vegan or vegetarian, do your research first & listen to your body. Make sure you’re getting a good variety of foods so that you’re not lacking in any one are. If you don’t know where to start on your vegan journey, Fat Belly Vegan is a great place for guidance. They have super affordable weekly meal plans to get you started in the right direction. 
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