I realized that it’s been since September that I wrote a vegan challenge diary entry, so I thought I would share with you what’s been going on for me during this past year of being vegan. Now granted, there has been a few un-vegan moments, but I’m not one to dwell on imperfections. They happened, I moved on. I have been feeling really great so far! Food moves in and out of my body with great ease, my skin looks better now than when I was a 21 year old smoker eating fast food 4-5 times a week (not surprising) and have a growing sense of purpose and fulfillment surrounding The Vegan Project. I’m not sure if it’s the vegan food that has contributed to this or the satisfaction that comes with doing what you love every day and sharing it with others in hopes that they will love it, even just a little bit, too.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all vegan bliss. There has been some side effects along the way. A couple of us have experienced some annoying yeast imbalances due to a lack of ‘good bacteria’ in our stomachs. Seems to be under control now though, thank God! I personally have also noticed a bit of fatigue and ‘fogginess’ and a hormone imbalance during peak times, which is what sparked this post in the first place. After discussing this with the group and doing some research online I decided to embark on two different supplement regimes that are said to remedy these ailments that I would like to share with you.*
The first is Ascenta’s NutraVege, which is a vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids containing high potency levels of DHA, GLA and SDA, which are vital for brain function and a healthy nervous system. Non-vegans get these from animal fat and fish oils. A concern amongst the vegan community is that the most important one, DHA, was most difficult to mimic and obtain the necessary potency. Well this brand contains 400mg compared to their non-veggie version which contains 500 mg. I don’t have much to say about NutaVege yet as it’s only been a few days, but it does have a lovely and palatable citrus flavour.
The second supplement I am experimenting with is MacaSure, by Sequel. These are certified organic Maca Root Extract Vegicaps (no gelatin) hailing from the Andean Plateaus in Peru. Maca is rich in amino acids, alkaloids, sterols, vitamins and minerals. It also claims to increase energy and stamina, enhance fertility and sexual function and aid in stress adaption and hormonal balancing. Just began this regime yesterday, so no results yet, but I tell you, I’m pretty excited at the prospect of these claims being true!
So, If any of you have tried these products or other lines out there, please let me know your thoughts. I will do my best to be most diligent with my supplements (following a routine is not my best skill) and keep you up to date on my progress.
*I like to fly by the seat of my pants, but suggest that you consult an expert before experimenting with supplements.
~The Vegan Project