From the article: How can I get enough nutrients on a vegetarian/vegan diet?
Have you lost weight or improved your health on a vegetarian diet or a healthy vegan diet? Share your stories and your tips! Share your success!
No more heartburn!!
- In Oct 2012 I experienced severe abdominal pain and heartburn that kept me out of work for a week. I could no longer digest fats and meats. I decided to eliminate them from my diet and I lost 20 lbs and my abdominal issues stopped. I went home to Jamaica for the holidays and could not resist the jerk chicken and jerk pork. This started the painful cycle all over again. I am now back being a vegan and I am feeling great.
- —Guest Retta
Success still in process
- In about 10 months, have lost 50 lbs., reduced my high blood pressure med dosage, with doctor's support, by one half, and totally eliminated need for high cholesterol meds, which I'd been on for nearly 10 years. Feel absolutely great, enjoy eating more than ever, and this vegetarian, almost vegan eating absolutely is excellent. I've started my own blog of this journey, which I hope inspires somebody. http://alanevan-schwartz.blogspot.com/
- —Guest aesincr
Health improved by Vegetarian diet
- I have a healthy colon, heart, and lean body mass. Everyone tells me I look twenty years younger than I am. Not only does the vegetarian diet improve your health, but improves pollution on the earth. We must protest he mass production of animals and put an end to the violent and abusive treatment of animals!
- —Guest Gail
- I stopped eating meat just over 5 years and I lost 22 pounds and have kept it off, also arthritis in my fingers gone.
- —Guest Nida
Dolores' improved health as a vegetarian
- I had a fistula for many years. When I ate a vegan diet it healed completely. I also lost over 40 pounds in less than a year
- —Guest Dolores
- I stopped all dairy and meat and ate boiled veggies. My skin showed improvement and I become lighter. Thanks
- —Guest mokete
Veggies cut our sick days drastically
- I love animals and I'm a tree hugger when it comes to the environment, but these reasons have little to do with why my family became vegetarians. It is only recently that I started learning how bad massmeat production is for the environment. I have dabbled in vegetarianism off and on throughout my life. For the past 2 years we have been 90% plant based vegetarians. I have always been interested in diet, ever since medical school, and I started researching the links between meat eating and cancer. The studies are unanimous...meat and sugar in the diet are directly proportionate to cancer risk. The light bulb went off for me when I noticed that at least one member of my family had a cold every single week of the year. Our immune systems were struggling. Then we became vegetarian and the number of times we are sick in a year can now be counted on two hands for all of us. Additionally, my cholesterol normalized and I no longer have to fight weight gain and I still splurge, a lot.
- —Guest drlaurel
Longterm Health of Vegetarian
- As a very serious animal lover, I became a vegetarian at the age of 14. It's been 20+ years, now - and it's hard to say what changes were directly from not eating meat. But here's what I know - I've never really had to count calories and have always stayed slim. I've always been optimistic and had a great deal of energy. On a more physical level, I've always had great, healthy skin (even in highschool). In my early years, my periods used to be heavy and painful - but that hasn't been the case in almost 20 years. My eyesight is 20/20, my hearing is sharp, my blood pressure is low, and my cholesterol levels are perfect. I've honestly had a very easy 20 years when it comes to health, and I believe that it's largely because I eat lots of veggies, avoid excessive sweets, avoid processed foods, and typically buy local and organic when I can. It's been a great life choice.
- —Guest G Jane
- I went vegetarian in 2000 staying with vegan friends. The stomach pains and arthritis pain went away. Then I found out the dairy products were making my arthritis flair up. No pain makes me stay on my diet. And I dropped thirty pounds in 8 weeks. without trying. I don't feel 61 yrs old.
- —Guest Peggy
- I was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago. They told me that I had probably had MS for at least 20 years before that. During all this time I have been vegetarian (25+ years). I've read many things lately about diet and MS and I have done all the things recommended long before I was even diagnosed. Although slightly disabled now, I have had no new symptoms since diagnosis. I truly believe that being a vegetarian has kept MS as a mild case.
- —Guest Melanie
20 years and counting
- My husband and I became vegetarians 20 years ago when I retired. We have remained healthy and we have never had colds or flu since. I never realized it could be so easy to change to a different lifestyle. We have a bowl of fresh fruit for breakfast every day and a sandwich of Avocado, Greens, Cucumber and Tomatoes for lunch. We follow the Fit for Life diet, never eat meat, very little fish and don't eat bread with other starches. The thing that surprised us the most was, we didn't realize there were so many different fruits, vegetables and grains etc that we had never tried. It makes me so happy when I hear of another person who has weaned themselves off meat!
- After watching Dr. Oz speak on dieting and health, I challenged myself to lose the amount of weight he suggested within an allotted time. So on January 6, 2013 I decided to go Vegetarian to lose weight and feel better. By January 24, 2013, I had lost 14 pounds! I feel so much better! I don't need naps in the afternoon any more, I'm exercising daily, and my glucose levels are in the proper range.
- —Guest Harriet
Veggie first then vegan
- Back in january 2012, my husband was given a joint of lamb. When I cooked it and went to serve it, I noticed that the meat was black nearer the bone.I couldn't eat it. I was told later that the meat, probably, wasn't bled properly. That experience put me off all meat straight away.I wasn't going to risk that again! I had been having period problems for a while. (Heavy bleeding and cramping pains from below the ribs down to the pelvis) After a bit of research I decided to drop dairy from my diet.Went the whole distance and gave up eggs as well. Best thing I ever did. The pain has gone,the bleeding is lighter and the periods have gone back to the regular cycle. The other side effect of becoming vegan is that I'm able to stay awake all day.I've lost 16lbs, taking me out of the obese weight range. No calorie counting and, yes, I am eating nuts and chips and frying my mushrooms, yum yum.I'm not finding it hard to live a vegan diet at all. It's adventurous and an eye-opener.
- —Guest Alys
- I have been eating plant based, no oil (with a tiny bit of fat free plain Greek yogurt) and have lost 26 lbs. and never felt better in my life! I have a long way to go, but after years of dieting my way up to a high weight I feel I have finally found my way.
- —Guest Laura
- I gave up sugar and white flour (doctor's orders) and have lost a lot of weight and feel really good in spite of being nearly 72 I make vegetable stew which does me for several days. I also make 100% wholemeal bread with dates and walnuts in it (yummy)! Can still walk and do that most days although I am nearly 72. Have got osteo arthirtus in my hips, knees and hands but keep going anyway. Walking does me good.
- —Guest Maureen Thoresen
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