“Get ready with me while I talk about something that I never thought I would publicly talk about," Jade admits, "I feel like veganism is ruining my life.”
@jade.here is an influencer and TikToker who has been vegan for five years. In an emotional confession, Jade admits that veganism has actually affected her health. She goes further to explain the existing stigma in the vegan community – that if something is "wrong," then "you don't talk about it." But because of this, Jade says she doesn't have anyone to relate to or talk about her issues with.
"I don't feel good, and," Jade pauses to cry. "It's gotten to the point where I'm lethargic every day, I don't see any results in the gym, and I feel like my skin is started to loosen." The influencer adds she is training very hard but is seeing little to no results. "It is so hard for me that I use to train half as hard and have twice as many gains – and training the hardest – of anyone that I know, and seeing no results."
Her vegan friends’ solutions are incredibly concerning. "Every vegan tells me, 'eat more lentils, eat more peas, eat more protein powders, eat more tofu!'” she says. "Only a vegan would tell you to consume an entire tin of chickpeas. Everyone else would be like, 'are you nuts?! You're gonna feel awful!'”
“But for some reason, it's normal as a vegan to have to eat a whole tin of chickpeas and drink three protein shakes a day,” Jade adds. “Like, how many inflammatory and processed foods do I have to put in my body to feel normal? On the other hand, I really struggle with the thought that I am more important than the animal that I consume. Like, why should a pig die for me? He's just chilling, he's just existing as I am."
Many vegans start to become deficient in nutrients the longer they refrain from eating animal products. Studies show that vegetarians are at a higher risk of having a vitamin B12 deficiency, a nutrient that’s found in meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. A plant-based diet is associated with other nutritional deficiencies, including vitamin D3, omega-3, selenium, folate, and iodine. A lack of vitamins and minerals could lead to mental disorders and health problems. For this reason, it’s incredibly important for vegans and vegetarians to supplement in order to avoid malnutrition.
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