I watched a documentary, I did some research, I became Vegan for life!
Ok so there’s a little more to the story than just those things! Today’s post focuses more on the ‘how’ aspect rather than the ‘why’. Particularly around the impact on my health and the supplements I took whilst collaborating with Myvitamins and their Vegan products.
Before I decided to go Vegan I was never big on the supplement lifestyle. I’d occasionally take a multivitamin when I delved deep into my desk drawer and stumbled across one. I’d think to myself ‘well I may as well, they’re right there!’ but it was for no real health benefit or concern. I was already consuming extra protein though to help maintain and increase my gains at the gym.
I now found myself concerned because I was looking ahead towards the future of my health with such a huge lifestyle change. Many questions arose that needed answering, such as ‘where will my protein come from?’, ‘why am I suddenly being told I won’t get enough B12?’ and ‘how is that going to affect my health, fitness and energy levels?’.
I started to feel anxious but at the same time somewhat optimistic. I mean there’s millions of Vegans all over the world. They’re not only surviving, but seriously thriving! After all, it was The Game Changers documentary that first introduced me to a Plant-based diet and those athletes are seriously winning!
It was around this time I was approached by Myvitamins to try out some of their Vegan product range. I was asked to choose a few different vitamins and supplements that they offer, then try them and report my findings in this blog post. The timing couldn’t have been better!
I think my main concern around the testing was that generally I was already feeling fine, and had plenty of energy without any health issues at the time. So if I started taking these supplements would that normality just continue? How would I know they’re actually working?
My first impressions of the website itself were clean, easy to follow and professional-looking. I think for something as important as your health you need that solid first impression. You don’t want a dodgy-looking website where you order supplements and who knows what you’re actually going to be receiving!
I also loved the fact that there was a specific section dedicated to Vegan supplements. I know just how much of a mind-field it can be trying to ensure your food products don’t contain any animal-related ingredients, but when it came to supplements and specific vitamins, this became even harder to know for certain.
There was also so much to choose from, I wanted them all! There were various proteins and a huge variety of vitamins and supplements for specific bodily functions, such as to help you focus more, or to provide you with more energy.
I chose the following:-
- Vitamin B12
- Cacao Powder
- Soy Protein Isolate
- Hocus Focus
When you become Vegan for the first time, everyone around you suddenly becomes a health expert. Suddenly they’re specialists in B12 and Protein and come to the inevitable same conclusion that you’re going to become deficient in both and quickly wither away from your former self!
To me it was never a concern because I knew I could maintain this lifestyle, I just had to find the answers and solutions first. They’re right to believe that you do need new sources of protein and the Myvitamin version of the Soy Protein Isolate powder was one of the best I’ve ever tried.
In fact I can honestly say that after consistently working hard at the gym over the past month, as well as adding this protein to my post-workout shakes, I’ve never experienced such gains in such a short space of time! I know there’s no scientific evidence to back this up. I didn’t even measure my ‘before and after’ but after years of training hard, this time it really counted.
Despite all the ‘quick conclusions’ and judgements around a plant-based diet often proving to be false, Vitamin B12 can be a real issue. It’s naturally found in soil which is consumed by some animals and is the main source of how it’s eventually placed into the non-vegan diet.
This was never going to be the reason why I don’t go Vegan. Vegan is, in my opinion, for the animals first and foremost and always will be. There’s always a solution to a problem if you want to find one, and I certainly found one with the Myvitamins version of their B12 supplement.
What I loved about it was that it was seal-protected, which to me indicated quality and security that these supplements were definitely B12. The packaging was also very clear which meant I wouldn’t mistaken it for another vitamin or supplement by accident.
After taking it daily over the past 30 days I’ve maintained my energy levels and not experienced any symptom whatsoever that’s associated with low-levels of B12 in my body. This was the exact conclusion I was hoping for!
I wasn’t looking for my energy levels to suddenly spike or expect some kind of new-found power! I wanted a vitamin that would allow me to maintain the status-quo of my current lifestyle and provide the right level of consistency for my training, despite making this huge change to a plant-based diet.
Finally the Cacao powder has been so useful for me. I used it more as a treat such as over my Avocado Brownies, or even over my porridge for breakfast time. What I loved about the Myvitamins version was that it’s completely organically sourced without anything additional being added to the formula. It’s really high in fibre too which my stomach certainly thanked me for!
So that’s about all I have to say around my trial of Myvitamins products. I love the fact that everything I need for additional supplements, proteins and so much more, is all in the one place. I don’t have to worry about accidentally selecting a non-vegan product because they’ve carried out the necessary checks for me, and they’ve provided my body with the all-important sources it needs to continue to function to it’s maximum.