The month I give birth to a vegetable baby.
I’ve been vegan for the length of a human pregnancy. This feels like a milestone although, in the grander scheme of things, 9 months is nothing. Once again, I feel like I’ve been doing this forever while also being consciously aware of the fact that it’s only been 9 months.
Last month, I was dying of the side effects of being vegan and not taking supplements. This month, I’m… dying less? I’m not dying anymore… I hope. I downloaded this app called CRON-O-Meter which allows you to record all the food you eat in a day and it records the amount of macronutrients ( carbs, protein, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) you consume. I love CRON-O-Meter. I tried other apps but they weren’t as detailed as this one. Other apps just recorded macros and no micros but as a person deficient in micros I needed to record and measure my micronutrient consumption. This app is also great to help you track and maintain your weight if you’re looking to gain or lose weight but I’ve just been using it to track my micronutrients. It has helped me tremendously in becoming aware of the nutrients I am lacking and the nutrients I am getting enough of. As a consequence, I’m dying less. My skin has improved drastically and so have my nails and hair. I am also not receiving mysterious and spontaneous bruises anymore and if I get a bruise from injury it heals at a normal and healthy pace.
I realised I haven’t updated you on the cosmetic aspect of being vegan in a long time. If you remember, I could not find a cruelty free roll on so I had to make my own. It worked… for a while, but it began to irritate my skin and I had dark pigmentation under my arms and they were really itchy so I stopped using it. After discontinuing use I would apply coconut oil to my underarms trying to heal the damaged skin because coconut oil solves all problems. My skin responded really well to it and began to heal. I then read that coconut oil is antimicrobial (basically it kills bacteria and prevents bacteria from reproducing). I also read that the cause of body odor is bacteria and that sweat itself does not have a smell. Since that discovery, I started adding tea tree oil to the coconut oil I would put under my arms because tea tree oil is also anti bacterial so that’s basically all I’ve been using on my underarms for the past 5 months now and it works really well. Now, I must tell you that this coconut tea tree oil mixture is not an antiperspirant so you will still sweat. I still sweat a whole lot when I’m nervous or it’s hot but I don’t smell. Or at least I hope I don’t. I also don’t feel as bad for sweating because sweating is a natural and necessary body process of thermoregulation (I studied :P) and it gets rid of some waste products and toxins so it’s healthy to sweat even though it feels uncomfortable. I also found out that due to my diet I am less likely to have body odor or at least my body odor isn’t as pungent. The food you eat contributes profusely to how you smell so basically if you eat garbage like processed foods and lots of meat then chances are you’re gonna have pretty bad body odor and if your diet consists of mainly plant based whole foods then you’re going to have less putrid body odor. I don’t know exactly how or why, but it’s science.
The homemade toothpaste with bicarbonate of soda, salt, coconut oil and peppermint extract did work well but it was kind of troublesome to use just because it was stored in a jar and not an easy to use squeeze tube like ordinary toothpaste so it took some adjusting to. But then I actually found toothpaste that was cruelty free and free of weird toxic chemicals from the brand, Nature Fresh at Dis Chem. The toothpaste comes in a bunch of flavours but there is not much variety in store. The flavour I use is Herbal and it takes some getting used to at first because it tastes nothing like commercial toothpaste but I really love it because it’s not as harsh and as strong as commercial toothpaste but your teeth are still just as clean and white as ever and you can drink a glass of orange juice after brushing your teeth with no problem at all. It’s a really dope toothpaste even if you aren’t vegan but want something a little more organic and environmentally friendly. The company also donates a part of their profits to charity which is a nice bonus.
Since becoming vegan I couldn’t buy ordinary Nivea body lotion anymore so I experimented with a number of brands of lotion from Good Stuff to Palmer’s and they were alright but not as moisturising as my naturally dry skin would prefer. In winter my skin gets really dry and the Palmer’s lotion I was using during the winter months was not moisturising enough. Coupled with my lack of essential fatty acids, my skin was horrendous as you would know from the most recent update. I then switched to Epi-Max which saved. my. life! Epi-Max is amazing if you have dry skin. As for my face I’ve discontinued use of normal face wash (which was cruelty free) to just water or oil cleansing. If you want to know the full story about what I do with my face and why I do it please comment or let me know on whatever social media platform so I can write a post about it because my face routine is a post all on it’s own.
In terms of fashion there aren’t a lot of things made from pure leather, silk or wool and any fashion items that are, naturally aren’t my style or are too expensive for me to afford anyway so buying clothes and shoes hasn’t been much of a problem for me.
All in all, this vegan experiment has been a great one and I feel good about the choices I make with the way I take care of my body with the food I eat, my hygiene, and skin and hair routine.