I will admit that I am not vegetarian or vegan. Sorry, I feel that maybe I should not post. But I just bought the Kind Diet, the China Study, and am interested in this lifestyle. I was first intrigued by this when I read The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier. I only eat goat cheese occasionally now. I also eat chicken less, and turn to fish for meat sources more reliably, and have also started eating more bean-based or soy-based dishes. My issue is that I am currently battling health issues. They are not still solved and doctors enjoy terming it IBS - but this is just their diagnosis they rely on when it is a mystery to them. The complication is that I am underweight by approximately 15-20 lbs. I feel no energy for exercise (despite iron supplements) and spend my time sleeping, reading, and writing. This is highly depressing , worsening the mild depression I had initially. I am concerned that leaning toward a more vegetarian lifestyle may not be ideal when having to gain weight (I have to make myself, and it is difficult, but my body is frail and my energy and concentration not great). It might be easier if I were exercising and active. However, if I am just sitting and eating, then I fear the increased carbs and lack of lean proteins that are pure protein may be a problem. Does anyone have any experience or insight into this situation. I appreciate any advice or direction.
hi there! please read the kind diet. and if you can go to the kushi institute or to a macro councilor they will fix you up 100% in no time....i promise...they will get to the root of what is ahppening with you and it will change your life! and im thrilled you wrote here! this site is for people exactly like you! so welcome and im happy you are here....but read the book. i promise you will love it.
Dear Lucy, Hello and welcome! I think a lot of people here are completely new to the vegan diet and just starting out, and still others are curious like you, so don't even worry about not being vegetarian or vegan, post away! I'm really sorry to hear about your health issues. I'm not a doctor and I haven't been on the vegan diet for a long time, but I had problems digesting dairy, and meat would often make me feel constipated. Now that I am vegan, I don't get stomach upsets as regularly, even though my stomach is really sensitive. You can gain weight on a vegan diet; perhaps you should read the book, "Becoming Vegan" by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina. There is a chapter about gaining weight, and the book is very informative in general about vegan nutrition. Perhaps you could also simply go for a walk in the morning or early evening, and try that a few times a week? Walks are invigorating and the fresh air is uplifting. It's small, but at least you get to be outside. If it's cold, layer up. If it's raining, go with an umbrella? If nothing else, walking and really focusing on the sensations you're feeling, the smell of the air, the sounds of the wind in the leaves, and the general freedom of movement all help in feeling more connected with yourself. I don't think anything bad could happen if you try Alicia's superhero diet. You can always give it 2 or 4 weeks and perhaps keep journal entries about how you are feeling, emotionally and physically. Sorry I can't be more helpful, but check out that book at the library or bookstore, and I'm sure some people on this site will offer many gems of advice! Take care, and best of luck!
Thank you both. I bought the book. However, I do not have access to adequate healthcare or insurance and that will not be changing unfortunately. My greatest concern is that gaining weight via a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle may lay a foundation of a body that is not lean tissue. Since I am not exercising (I walk on occasion), I fear that the great emphasis on carbs without lean protein sources would not build the muscular enduring body I would hope to gain.
Hi Lucy and welcome. I was reading your post and agree with Evie about taking walks. Exercise doesn't have to be extreme. Just remember that some form of exercise is better than none at all which applies to anything you are trying to accomplish in life. Do something about it everyday if you can. Take small steps toward your goal but don't worry if you get off track for a while, it happens. Just get back on and remember consistency is key. I know depression gets the better of people. I go through life now kind of scared and just wanting to sleep and stay inside. That's one of the reasons I'm on this site. Alicia just brings me out of it and I love and respect her and her husband. Little things like calling a friend or listening to music that is upbeat will help a lot. The Kind Diet makes a lot of sense and is VERY inspiring. Alicia has written a great book and I believe her advise and the book will help you. I have sent you a friend request and would like to keep updated on your progress. You have friends here.Love Blake
bruce lee didnt have any problem being veg and building muscle. and either do gorillas. and robert cheeke the body builder in the book. and tevia the lady with ms. i promise you will not have a problem. the problem is your body needs real healing. and that takes a little time. just open the book and enjoy it and then when you are done decide what your next step is...we will all be here to help you!
Hey Karen-yeahh--that's them!! Have you tried their bragg org. ex. virg. olive oil & seasonings? They have great books too. I have their miracle of fasting book-i got it 1 year ago. I can't wait to buy Alicia's book---i'm going to get it on amazon.com.
Hi Lucy---don't worry--everything's going to be ok........take baby steps-& pray.......i also totally agree w/ the walks (& gentle sunshine).......good luck--i feel so good that we all have each other to lean on here......this is such a wonderful site! Everyone is so nice & supportive--