Hi all! I have a question about detox and I'm hoping you can help! I was a regular vegan for 3 months after being a vegetarian for 5 months and didn't experience anything when I went vegan except a less sensitive stomach. After my incident of passing out at the gym relatively recently (tried raw vegan, must have done it wrong because I had no energy), I freaked out and went through a 2 week period where I ate some fish and had a lot of dairy. At the end of those two weeks was when I found Alicia's book, and I read it cover to cover within 2 days. It's been a few weeks since I've been consuming a lot of superhero foods, and I've been extremely strict about cutting out the dairy, eggs, and fish...No bites of the boyfriend's pizza, no eating a slice of cake without asking what's in it, and not buying myself cheese, not even local organic cheese. This week, I've had trouble sleeping, and I am ridiculously phlegmy but don't have a cold. I am blowing my nose a lot and feeling like my throat never stops producing mucous. I've never been through a detox before. How long will this take to go away? Is it even a detox? I don't have a headache, I've just felt kind of sad, mucousy, fatigued and restless. Has anyone else experienced this?
this is fantastic...i know it sucks but stick with it...just keeping eating superhero. and you will feel amazing soon. and if its too much for you eat vegan here and there to calm it down. i have been thru this...and the other side is magical...your body is letting go of old stuff....years and years of old stuff. enjoy the magical process of healing....you will feel good soon. just stick with it. make ume sho the cure all tea. it will help too!
Oh WOW - thanks for bringing this up, Evie, and thank you for all you said, Alicia! I'm experiencing these EXACT symptoms this week as I'm swearing off more and more of what I was doing before, no joke. Not so much digestive/stomach stuff, but all that you enumerated. It's not so much that it sucks but that it 's dang annoying - LOL!
Alrighty then, at least I know it's not just me...phew, the relief...
Yeah, I got really mucousy and broke out a bit. That's still happening to some extent, but it's only been a few weeks since I had my whole dairy stint. I think the only way to deal is to try to get enough rest, drink some nice hot tea, take warm baths and eat healthy wonderful tasting foods, basically, what you would do if you had a cold. I guess we just have to keep the faith that these symptoms will go away soon! It's so weird to think that at one point I was having micorowavable pizzas and taquitos every day (highschool). It's no wonder my body is detoxing! haha
I've been 99% vegan for the last two weeks. This is a dramatic change since I was previously eating meat at every meal. I'm a figure competitor and everything is a protein emphasis, so 6 meals a day of protein. Needless to say, this has been a BIG change! Feeling a bit tired and dragging along. My nose is mucous-y too. Yesterday I had some nasty stomach cramps for a short while, but that passed (literally) after a trip to the bathroom. Most of my detoxing seems to be coming out the other end... but it's resulted in my tummy flattening out better. I think my intestines are happier. As a gluten-free celiac, happy intestines are important.
I'm planning to do at least vegan and aim for superhero, but I've been using up some food and just trying hard when eating out. I know that some dairy has snuck in here and there, but nothing I've consciously chosen.
@Sierra - I was also training to be a figure competitor and now I'm struggling with weight gain since I was eating almost NO carbs before and now I'm incorporating all these new veggies and grains. I work out at least 5 times a week and drink a ton of water, but still have an extra 5 pounds over 2 weeks. Just wondering if you had any issues with weight/water gain since you've been vegan/superhero? I posted on another page with details....any thoughts would be super helpful!
Alessia - I posted a detailed response over in the "Frustration over not losing weight" thread.
In summary - don't freak out and give your body time to adjust. It took a while for your body to get used to all that animal protein. Now it's going to take time to get used to grains and carbs. Focus on your goals, not just the scale weight. If you feel good and look good, that's the important part.
As for the competitive part, check out Robert Cheeke. He's a vegan bodybuilder. It can be done!!! Just give your body time to catch up with what your heart and brain really want.