3 Weird Things That Happen When You Go Vegan

I’m vegan for 6 years and here are 3 weird things that happened to me when I went vegan. It’s very likely that these crazy things will happen to you as well.

So without further ado, let’s just jump right into it.

1. The Stomach Relief

I remember I was lying in bed with stomach pain. I was in Thailand.

There were 5 other people in the hostel room, having fun and partying. But I went to bed early. I needed to.

Why? Because my stomach was killing me. I felt like vomiting but that would have been super awkward.

So I was lying there in bed, alone. Trembling and biting down on my teeth, hoping to not vomit.

Eventually I fell asleep.

At 3AM I woke up wide awake. Sweat dripping down my forehead. The whole room was quiet and everyone was asleep. I ran to the bathroom and puked my brains out.

Go to Thailand they said, it will be fun they said.

Vomiting. This was a normal occurrence to me, happened at least once a year, especially when travelling.

Yet since becoming vegan this is an issue of the past. I never vomited ONCE in the last 6 years of becoming vegan and I visited easily more than 10 countries in that time.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

See our gastrointestinal tract is essentially a tunnel through our body. Goes in at the mouth and comes out at the – yeah, you know where.

Now if our bodies detect early on that the thing in the tunnel, the food that we just ate, is not good – it will throw it out of the entry of the tunnel. Meaning we vomit.

This never happened since going vegan, so that is a good thing.

2. Brown Unicorns

I remember I was waiting. Waiting. And waiting.

And pressing. Pressing. Pressing. But nothing came out.

I knew I needed to. But somehow it just did not happen.

I’m not talking about pregnancy and giving birth.

I’m talking about constipation. Sitting on the toilets for 30 minutes at a time, red face and sweat dripping down my giant forehead. Feeling something extremely hard and painful slowly creeping up at the end of your – tunnel.

Constipation s*cks.

Yet you know what the best thing about constipation is? It’s 100% avoidable.

Since 6 years of going vegan I was not ONCE constipated. My bowel movements are clean, regular and smooth.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

See, constipation is almost universally a lack of fiber in our diet. And fiber is a component only found in plant foods.

So the more fiber you eat, the smoother your bowel movements.

The average American eats about 10g of fiber a day. That’s a recipe for long waits on the toilet and hard, painful rocks creeping through your – tunnel.

As a vegan on the other hand, I get anywhere from 30 – 80g of fiber a day. And that my friend, feels exactly how it sounds like. It feels like brown unicorns galloping through my tunnel and jumping graciously and head first into the warm toilet water, without making a big splash.

3. The Teeth Issue

Anxiously, I called my mom during lunch break.

“Hi, can you pick me up in a few minutes? This pain is unbearable.”

30 minutes later I was at the dentist. It was an emergency case.

The dentist opened my mouth and started drilling like there’s no tomorrow.

About an hour later it felt like he was digging so deep he must have found Adele, 20x over.

So I walk out of his practice, my whole mouth still numb. I can’t eat solid food a day or two. I’m calling in sick – but why? Why does this happen to me so regularly?

Little did I know that all of this was avoidable.

6 years being vegan and I did not have cavities once.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Turns out that phytates, found in beans, grains, nuts and seeds protect against cavities. And people that eat a vegan diet, on average, consume twice the amount of normal folks.