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Doctor Approved!

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So yesterday I had my first doctor’s appointment since I went vegan. As a good patient, I told my doctor because that’s usually what you do when you make a big change in your lifestyle.

I was a little apprehensive since some doctors seem against veganism, but mine was genuinely happy for me! She also noticed how my skin looked much clearer and that I looked more energetic. I also mentioned to her that my seasonal allergies have been much, much milder this year, and I was wondering if it could be due to my new diet. I was told it’s entirely possible. Just to give you an idea, last year, I suffered from seasonal allergies from March to late October. 7 months is a long time and does not feel so good. Now this year, my allergies only started at the end of July, which coincides with ragweed allergy season. It’s not too bad either, since I don’t feel miserable.

She also asked about my full-body rashes that I would get randomly. I told her that as soon as I dropped dairy off my diet, that they disappeared instantly. She confirmed that many people have an hypersensitivity to dairy products. Dairy also made me sleepy, and since I cut it out, I feel like I have more energy.

So now I can safely say that my vegan diet has officially made me healthier!

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Health Benefits Of Being A Vegan, Pt. 1

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The Effect of a Plant-Based Diet on Plasma Lipids

I really like reading about research studies on vegan diets. Recently, someone in my Facebook friends posted this picture:

In case you can’t read what is written…

ABOVE:

This woman is 51. She is TV health guru Gillian McKeith, advocating a holistic approach to nutrition and health, promoting exercice, a vegetarian diet high in organic fruits and vegetable. She recommends detox diets, colonic irrigation and supplements.

RIGHT:

This woman is 51. She is Nigellea Lawson, a TV cook, who eats meat, butter and desserts.

I REST MY CASE.

Now, I don’t even know where to begin about this piece of crap. Obviously this is just going to get anti-vegan and anti-veggie people to point out how unhealthy this diet is, and well, you know the drill. I  responded to that friend, saying this is a very gross generalization, and it was actually a misrepresentation, which is very dangerous. And I could bet actual money Nigellea has had cosmetic surgery. Therefore, this little piece is not proving anything.

Anyway, back to the article I linked at the beginning of my post…

After 4 weeks, the participants eating the plant-based diet, rich in nutrients and phytochemicals, reduced their total and LDL cholesterol significantly more than the participants consuming a standard low-fat diet.

That is from the article. You can even read the Abstract of the study. This is great news, and just proving that we are super healthy. 🙂