Hello everyone! My name is Jessica and I live in Phoenix, AZ with my amazing husband and 3 beautiful dogs. I joined the forum to gain knowledge from others and gain a better understanding of the Vegan lifestyle along the health-related aspects. I have followed a strict keto diet for the past year and lost about 15 pounds. However, I am a runner and after being on keto for that length of time, I still feel like I had less energy than before and I felt like I would eat too much protein due to convenience if I wasn't constantly tracking macros. I was vegetarian for two years about 10 years ago, but I wanted to make a change to completely plant-based excluding dairy etc. and become strictly vegan going forward. I became concerned about the harmful health effects of eating meat and animal products and prefer to follow what my body tells me I should have. I feel amazing since becoming vegan and am so thankful for the all of the Vegan options in restaurants and grocery stores. I am excited to meet some new people and to also hear about your experiences!