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Dealing with Difficult Emotions, Depression, Sadness or Anxiety after Going Vegan

One of the topics I get the most questions about here at Brownble are the vegan side effects, aka, what are some of the symptoms you might experience when switching to a vegan diet. I talk a lot about the physical changes you might experience when going vegan in this post, and I also cover some of the special, more emotional side effects of going plant based in this post, but today I wanted to talk about a comment and question that has been popping up quite frequently these past few months. It's the question of whether or not it's normal to experience difficult emotions, sadness, anxiety or depression when you go vegan. 

There are so many resources when it comes to physical health and some of those physical changes one might go through, we hear endless talks about improvements in bloodwork, changes in digestive health, among others, but you know me, I love to give it to you straight, and since I consider talking about the negatives just as important as talking about the positives, and since I also consider mental health and well being just as important (and part of) physical health, I thought it was time to talk about these issues.

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Body Image Series: My Rock Bottom Moment and the Tools that Helped me Climb Out

I want to paint a little picture for you. It was right after Christmas, and although I would happily leave my decorations and my Christmas Tree up until September, I quickly had to take it down because Carlos's birthday (which is on January 14th) was coming up, and with that, his birthday party. Since I go overboard on Christmas and I have a tree that is suitable for a house twice this size, it occupies way too much space that needs to be cleared for all the party people. There I was, taking all the ornaments down, wrapping the fragile ones in newspaper, untangling lights, ornament glitter all over the place and boxes everywhere. My wooden dining room table covered in ornaments and decorations. My headphones are on, and a podcast episode is coming through. I  listened, having to sit down once or twice. A couple of tears falling down my cheek, Carlos unaware that any of this was happening, sitting at his computer working away in the other room. Those little tears that were part sadness, part anger, part desperation, with a very tiny but present feeling of relief. It was too minuscule to notice everything was going to be ok, but present enough to give me a glimpse of hope. All I could think at that moment was to take the phone out of my pocket, and take this picture.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Veganism

We've got so many new vegans on board! As I told you in last week's episode in which we talked all about the importance of mindset when it comes to this transition, we've been receiving daily emails from you guys filled with questions, struggles, victories, challenges, and stories when it comes to your transition to a vegan diet. This inspired me to create today's post and podcast episode, in which I show you some of the frequently asked vegan questions we get, and the tips and resources that have helped so many of you and that helped me on my journey when switching to a vegan diet.

We'll cover everything from "where do vegans get protein and other nutrients?", "are vegan meats safe to eat?", "can pregnant women be vegan?", "can infants or children be vegan?", how to build a balanced plate, how to be in a relationship with someone who isn't vegan, questions related to calcium, omega 3s, iron, vitamin B12. Whether or not a vegan diet is difficult to maintain, and so many others.

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