A vegan blogger has revealed some of the negative things nobody tells you about following a plant-based diet, including bloating and gas.
Nicole Vranjican from Los Angeles went vegan for 'health reasons' over two years ago and while overall, she feels veganism has transformed her life, she shared that she wanted to highlighted some of the unspoken things that nobody in the vegan community really talks about.
'Today I'm going to be talking to about some things that nobody tells you about going vegan,' she said at the start of her video.
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Truth: Vegan blogger Nicole Vranjican from Los Angeles has revealed the truth about following a plant-based diet, including the bloating and gas nobody ever talks about
Speaking out: Nicole who goes by Nikki Vegan on social media shared that while overall she feels veganism has transformed her life, there are certain aspects people don't usually discuss
Before and after: Nicole also shared what her stomach looks like before (left) and after (right) eating to highlight her point
Expensive: Nicole also revealed that when she first turned vegan, she found it expensive but she has since learned how to not spend lots of money on vegan foods
Bloating, gas and farting
'The first thing that nobody tells you about going vegan is the bloating and the gas and the farting which isn't' a great thing to talk about on the internet but I wish more people did,' she began.
'I wish more people talked about this because the first thing I noticed when I went vegan was girls in crop tops and bikinis on Instagram, drinking banana smoothies and living their best life. And then when I went vegan I felt really good and I lost a lot of weight but I definitely had a food baby at the end of every night. It wasn't necessarily uncomfortable but I was like "is this going to be forever?"'
Nicole then started that when most people go vegan, they are switching from a standard American diet that is generally low in fiber to a whole food plant based diet.
'It's so much more fiber for your body to process and it just takes some time. Your body will adjust over time naturally but there are a few things to help it,' she added.
Nicole then advised to drink lots of water 'to help push' fiber through your system but also warned that people shouldn't 'push' their bodies to drink too much water and should sip between meals instead.
She also shared that new vegans can 'baby step' their way with less fibrous foods and replace whole grains with refined grains insetad.
'Try white rice instead of brown rice,' she suggested.
Nicole also advised that intuitive eating can help and for her, means listening to her body and 'tuning in and being gentle'.
An example of this was her struggle to eat raw foods, especially apples, so she cut them out entirely and replaced them with cooked foods instead.
Bare bones: She now side-steps unnecessary, expensive super food powders for whole foods instead and says stripping her diet back to the 'bare bones' has helped her save money
Prep: Nicole detailed that she has to be super prepared when she travels so always ensures she has homemade granola bars, protein bars or instant oats with her
Informative: Nicole has also created her own e-book where she shared easy vegan recipes
Mind over matter: Nicole says she feels more powerful as a vegan and while she has experienced physical benefits, she also feels mentally more 'empowered'
'Everyone acts like it is so hard to be vegan, including myself,' Nicole started off.
'I was really fascinated by all these super food powders and these different things you can add to it and making sure I had vegan items so I would be able to maintain a vegan diet,' she said.
And while she initially felt like she had to spend lots of money on vegan foods and super food powders, when she stripped back her diet to the 'bare bones' it was one of the biggest 'no brainers'.
Nicole soon realized that she didn't have to spend lots of money on super food powders as long as she was eating a wide variety of whole foods. 'It's such a freeing experience,' she added.
She has also created her own e-book filled with recipes to help others eat affordably and healthily while following a plant-based diet.
And when she's travelling, she always ensures she's prepared so she doesn't get stuck when she's hungry, so always brings protein bars, homemade granola bars and instant oatmeal with her so she can eat on the go.
Mental health benefits
'The last thing that I've learned from being vegan is how much power I actually have,' Nicole concluded at the end of her vlog.
'I never really realized that power, but you can save thousands of animals and thousands of gallons of water, you reduce greenhouse gases and your own personal well-being is enhanced by eating this way.'
She then explained that her weight and cholesterol have both gone down and her skin has also cleared up.
'It's not one big change, it's a series of choices I make every day, no one's forcing me to be vegan. I make a choice of my own volition to be compassionate to the planet and the animals and all those little choices add up and make you feel confident and so empowered.'
She also shared that being vegan has changes the way she treats people and treats herself.