Changing Up My Diet & Thinking About Going Vegan...? *

*This post is in collaboration with Health Labs

As you may have seen on my social media, my health has not been great this year at all and I still don’t really have any answers why my body has basically turned against me either. But because of my ongoing health issues I’ve had to change up my diet quite a lot and go from being a pescatarian to a full on veggie within a matter of weeks as I realised that eating fish was setting off my diagnosed stomach and pelvic pains even more as well as giving me acid reflux (which is something I’d never experienced in my life until now and wow, it sucks) I've also realised that my body doesn't currently like some other foods including some of my favourite fruit and vegetables from strawberries, broccoli, carrots and most chocolate brands too *sob*. It’s all kinda weird... believe me I know. I’ve been tested for IBS/IBD and basically had a full on MOT on my body and I still have no idea what’s going on and it’s just been getting me down.

Because of the problems I’ve had to change up my diet significantly to suit my body as well as making sure I’m getting the nutrients my body needs. Months later and I'm still figuring out what works for my body and what doesn’t. But going vegan is something I would consider, even if it means just trying to be vegan a few days a week at first and to just see if it actually suits me and my body. The only problem with me is I'm a huge fan of dairy food but I have proved to myself whilst being unwell that I can cut back significantly on dairy if needed. I've also been opting for more vegan-friendly and also gluten-free products lately and to be honest, a lot of the time I can't tell much difference between the two so I do think going vegan is something I could probably do and something to think about once I'm better (hopefully soon!).

If you’re in the US and in the same boat as me and wondering if changing your lifestyle and becoming vegan would work for you and also be beneficial then you’re in luck! 

Private wellness company HealthLabs offer a variety of different tests including a ‘Should I Be Vegan?’ Panel Test for $199. The basic panel test tests for the more common allergies in animal-derived foods. The panel tests 18 different meat and dairy products including cheddar cheese, beef, lobster, egg white/yolk and more. So if you’re experiencing sluggishness, stomach pains, headaches and other ailments when eating animal-derived foods and think you may be allergic to a certain food but can’t figure out what then this test should point you in the right direction.

If you’re reading this and are already vegan they also offer a Vegan Nutritional Maintenance Panel test for $149 which checks for possible nutritional deficiencies that vegans may encounter so then you know what you need more of in your diet to make it more beneficial to you. Because I do follow a lot of vegetarians/vegans on both twitter and instagram I thought I would mention this test because I thought it may be helpful by giving you a better insight into your current lifestyle and food intake.

According to Health Labs website their tests are are administered in approximately 10 minutes or less at one of their 2,000+ nationwide locations. You can easily search for the closest location to you via the website. No appointments are needed or no paperwork and you don't have to wait around either which is always a huge plus. Also you should get your results back within 1-3 working days. 

If you are in the US and would like to try out their vegan testing panels then I have a 25% discount you can use: KIRSTY25 (not an affiliate code) 

What are your thoughts about going vegan or are you already vegan and how has it changed your life? I would love to hear your thoughts! 
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*this post is in collaboration with Health Labs, 
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