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vegatarian for 10 years, then meat eater, then vegan for 4 months, then vegatarian. Over these years I have gained 80 lbs!!! I still ate junk food constantly. Still, I confused doctors w/ my fast (most of the 80 gained over 4 years) - so I have had endless tests for something more serious going on .... all tests come back normal.
Alicia's book brought new hope and I tried to jump in. The past 2 weeks I've been committed to cooking instead of buying processed vegan food. I dropped 6 pounds and started to get VERY excited (I was getting close to breaking out of a number on the scale that I haven't crossed in years). Then the last 2 days I've gained 2!!!!!! I don't know what to do!! I haven't changed what I'm eating. It is the middle of my cycle (so I can't blame that).
I really hate radishes so I haven't been able to drink the tea. The first time I made it ... I grated and grated and grated and put it together and then the smell just did me in and I dumped it...I REALLY hate radishes.
Well - thanks for reading and letting me vent a little.
I'm in much the same situation JR...I've been mostly vegetarian for a few years but decided to make the transition to vegan. It's been two weeks and to begin with I lost five pounds and was also about to break into a family of digits on the scale that I haven't seen in over five years!! I was thrilled. I've felt that I'm eating the same (and really well -- hardly anything processed), so I'm not sure where the gain is coming from. I usually see a slight one at the onset of my period, but it's not that time. I'm feeling hungry a lot at the end of the day, so I'm wondering if I'm not eating enough and my body is slowing down and storing more things as fat. I don't have much to lose, only about 10-15 pounds, but I've been struggling with these same pounds for so long. Ah well, I guess a significant change in diet such as this is going to take some time for our minds and bodies to get used to! I wish I had some better words of wisdom. Hang in there!
Thanks YogaMama. Sharing your experience is very helpful! I hope you re-post when you cross your scale digits!! I guess we just need to stick with it longer!