Going Vegan has helped my mental health. Fact. The effects were almost immediate. Within the first 2-4 weeks I was seeing differences. I was hooked. I hadn't even gone Vegan yet, I'd simply made a few tweaks to my diet to direct myself in that direction.
For more on what I had started to do, regarding diet, in those early stages, click here.
So, here are the top 5 benefits I experienced mentally through eating a Whole foods Plant-Based diet:
Note: it's important to eat a 'clean' vegan diet as opposed to a junk-food one! For my thoughts on the difference, click here!
1. More Energy
This one is a game changer. Eating a Vegan diet gave me more energy and in turn my mind, my brain, now has enough good fuel to function properly. It's easier for me to think clearer, my mind feel like it's running on a full charge rather than struggling on the minimum. The increase in energy also gave me more motivation to move more and incorporate exercise into my life which leads to point number two..
2. Increased Fitness
Increased energy leads to increased fitness, in my experience and being more active, getting more exercise can positively impact your mental health. A few months after beginning my transition to a vegan diet I felt so full of energy that I decided to go for a jog, something I hadn't done in ages! I was amazed by how much better I felt, I wasn't getting out of breath like I once would have, my body seemed to move better, everything felt like it was well oiled and running smoothly. This short little jog added to my growing belief that my dietary changes were having a far reaching affect!
3. Better Sleep
I had never suffered massively with insomnia but I would get restless nights, find it very hard to go to sleep, not sleep deeply or have vivid upsetting dreams. Since I've been vegan this has really changed. I'm getting better sleep, less dreams (or at least, less upsetting or disturbing ones) and I'm waking up feeling like I have actually slept. This, of course, massively helps my mental health in the day that follows.
4. The Future Got Brighter
I had been thinking very negatively about the future but quite simply, as these changes started to take place I started to see that the future had a lot more possibilities in it than I had been thinking. Suddenly I was thinking that things which had previously seemed out of my reach or impossible were in fact, coming closer and all I had to do was continue on this pathway to health and who knows where it might lead!
5. Much better overall health
Although I started this journey to see if it would help my health mentally, I could never have imagined the wealth of positive effects going vegan has had on my life in every aspect. Physically, mentally and spiritually. Every avenue has been benefited, not a stone has been left unturned. It is as if I have built myself a new body and a new life. My mind, body and soul now feel lighter, happier and on top of their game. I now understand them, I work WITH my body, I listen to it, I help it to do it's job in the way that best suits it. The flow I have now with mind, body and spirit is beautiful.
If any of this inspires you, please do give a plant-based diet a chance, you could have much to gain and nothing to lose by just giving it a go :)