First of all, I’ve never been totally into the vegan movement. I own a pair of leather boots, eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and trust that eggs and Greek yogurt help my health. As someone who’s constantly hitting the gym and quite health-conscious, I didn’t actually think going vegan for seven days would have much of an effect. If anything, I thought I’d try this experiment and ditch it when the pizza cravings kicked in.
The thing is, I was wrong. In just seven days, I noticed a ton of changes, both physically and mentally, after foregoing animal products altogether. And I plan on continuing this diet for the foreseeable future.
The most alarming thing: How tired I was before going vegan
It’s no secret most of us are pretty tired. We live in the 21st century — we have a thousand places to be, a million things to do, and not enough coffee to help us get through it. I thought I was just your average millennial, running on the treadmill and performing my daily duties half-awake like the rest of America. I didn’t realize animal products may be contributing to my exhaustion.
The first couple days of my vegan experiment, I didn’t notice my energy levels increasing. But by the end of the week, I discovered I didn’t even need coffee to fuel my workouts or get me through the workday. And it only took one alarm, instead of five, to wake me up in the morning. It was a modern-day miracle.