Vegetarian Lifestyle Update :: Physiological Changes After 7 Months, Learning Curve & 2015 Goals

Physiological and Body Changes on Vegetarian Diet, Benefits of Vegetarian Diet
Easy Mango Salad
(mixed greens, sliced mango, tomatoes, almond nuts, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette)

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. My feed is brimming with positivity and fitness resolutions this year. I say go for it and don’t let your goals fizzle after a week or two. Compliment smart diet choices with exercise to a healthier You in 2015! 

So I’m on my seventh month as vegetarian, enough time to give you updates as to some physiological changes that transpired (this post will explain my decision to go vegetarian and how I transitioned). Contemplating on becoming one? read further.

Let’s start with the most immediate body response, regular bowel movement. Prior to this, I’ve experienced bouts of constipation for years. You know it’s that bad when you have to take laxatives to unload (I hate that feeling so much!). At the risk of giving away TMI, let’s just say that I never have to struggle again, ever! *sings I can see clearly now the rain is gone*

My immunity level seemed to have improve. I may sniffle every now and then (I work with sick patients every single day) but it has not progressed to something worse than a sore throat, knock on wood! But even that is short-lived.

My stamina has increased. Prior to my transition, my energy is level zero at 4pm. I’m exhausted most of the time and find myself dozing off immediately after dinner (I work ten hours a day, just so you know). Since becoming vegetarian, the raging bull in me reawakened. In fact, I feel a lot stronger now compared to my 20s!

Fewer breakouts. Yes it may be hormonally-related and due to meticulous skincare but I attribute most of my pimple-free days to plant-based diet!

Curbed appetite, especially snacking. I still crave for sweets (that’s one hard habit to break) but I find it less of an occurrence. I don’t feel heavy, stuffed and bloated after each meal. I feel just right.

My motivation to stay fit (and fab) fortified. I’m more determined to sweat, move, gyrate, jump, dance. Age won’t slow me down, inactivity will. As hard it is to squeeze extra time from my extremely busy schedule but I feel incomplete without using my treadmill, yoga mat or hula hoop for at least an hour. With the help of my new BFF Will Power, I try my best to exercise at least 3x/ week.

Let’s touch-base on my learning curve. Going vegetarian means being more creative when it comes to meal preparation. Thankfully, there’s an organic/health food store down the road where I can buy hot meals and salads in days I can’t or don’t have the time cook. Which brings me to my next point, going green is one pricey decision. Organic food ain’t cheap netizens. That’s why for 2015, I want to learn more recipes and start my own veggie garden. On a positive note, the past holiday season was a success because I was able to cook exclusive meals for myself and my meat-eating tribe. Happy tummy for everyone!

Physiological and Body Changes on Vegetarian Diet, Benefits of Vegetarian Diet
My New Year’s Eve Green Spread: Portobello Mushroom Pizza (no crust), Penne Pesto & Mango Salad

’til our next chat… moi signing off with a lazy doggy in the background, haha! (But mind you, my furry baby is addicted to papaya, mango, carrot and broccoli!)

Physiological and Body Changes on Vegetarian Diet, Benefits of Vegetarian Diet

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  1. January 7, 2015 / 11:52 am

    When I was veggie my BMs were super regular, too. So I know exactly what you mean!! It's crazy how a plant based diet will do that. I'm proud of you for sticking with it because it can be so difficult!

    • January 7, 2015 / 11:17 pm

      Yes, never going back to carnivore lifestyle 🙂 Thanks Arielle, it's difficult..even my hub says the same thing.

  2. January 7, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I am also a vegetarian and love to be vegetarian 🙂

  3. January 7, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    Its good to hear you are liking the effects!

    • January 7, 2015 / 11:18 pm

      It's easy to make, wish it's summer again so I can feast on mangoes.

  4. January 7, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    Good for you, Kath! I was vegetarian for a while, and was even vegan. Now I eat some fish and poultry. It is fantastic that you have seen improvements in your overall healthy!

    • January 7, 2015 / 11:19 pm

      May I know your reason for going back to fish/poultry? If that's ok….

  5. January 7, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    You are such a strong woman! It's great to hear you are still so positive about this change.

  6. January 7, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Congrats! Amazing that you can do it while feeding your family a regular meal plus working full time. It would be better if I could become a vegetarian, but I just can't give up chicken and fish.

    • January 7, 2015 / 11:20 pm

      Start transitioning by eating less chicken, then fish. That's how I started my journey until I lost taste for both. Thanks much for your encouraging words 🙂

  7. January 7, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    I've been a vegetarian for almost 20 years – and I still love it. I don't think I could ever go back 🙂

  8. January 7, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    I've been a vegetarian for 9 years and love it 🙂

    • January 7, 2015 / 11:21 pm

      Wow, it's so nice to know we share the same lifestyle! Kudos for keeping it up! xo

  9. January 8, 2015 / 12:36 am

    I'm s proud of you. I tried to go vegetarian 3 times but keep getting sick. No wonder you look so great.

  10. January 8, 2015 / 1:16 am

    This looks so good. IDK if I could do without beef chicken and eggs lol No willpower.

  11. January 8, 2015 / 1:45 am

    Is your fam vegetarian too? It's so hard to change your eating habits around other people who don't!

    • January 12, 2015 / 5:02 am

      No, my hub is carnivore so I always cook separate meals for him and I

  12. January 8, 2015 / 1:52 am

    Glad you're enjoying the change! I was veg for about 6 years, but lately I've been craving ALL.THE.MEAT so I'm just listening to my body and indulging a bit.

  13. January 8, 2015 / 3:26 am

    So happy to hear it's working for you. We always struggle with what to eat at home because my husband is mostly vegetarian but with his parents staying with us they only want to eat meat. It makes meal planning a nightmare.

    • January 12, 2015 / 5:01 am

      Oh I can imagine. I always cook separate meals for my hub and myself but I'm introducing him to more vegetarian meals this year

  14. January 8, 2015 / 3:41 am

    Will Power and I are not friends at all, and he and Aunt Flo are equally unwelcome in my house! lol. Glad you're seeing such positive results from your changes.

  15. January 8, 2015 / 3:52 am

    I went vegan for a few months when I was 18 (and I even did raw vegan for a month), and it felt SO good. Sadly, it was just way too expensive to keep up. I am also a slave to seafood lol. I am hoping to get back on the bandwagon one of these days!

    • January 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

      I hear you. Vegan lifestyle/ organic foods earned the rep catering to the elitists. If healthier options such as fruits and vegetables are priced lower or you earn some kind of incentive or tax credit, imagine how healthy America can be! ***wishful thinking***

  16. January 8, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    I always love to see what recipes and foods you are coming up with. We try to have fish at least once a week, and vegetarian meals at least twice a week.

    • January 12, 2015 / 4:57 am

      Thanks Jessica. I will attempt to make "cheesecake" w/o the cheese possibly this wknd…. let's see how it goes! xo

  17. January 8, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    I miss being a vegetarian. I should give it a whirl this year.

  18. January 8, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Great post! I was vegetarian for almost five years and am thinking I might start to head back in that direction. It can be a bit challenging to figure everything out at first, but it's so rewarding when you feel amazing because of it.

    • January 12, 2015 / 4:56 am

      Try going back Bailey. May I know why you changed path after 5 years? if that's not asking too much….

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