HUNGRY!! It has been about a month since I became a vegetarian. And about 2 weeks ago I just felt hungry, hungry, hungry! No matter what, I was hungry. I tried really hard to not eat anything bad for me, and I didn't cave in for any meat but I just felt soooooo hungry. And now I feel that way about once a week. Is this normal?? Is it just my body adjusting?
Hey Sarah, it's me again! Yes! I totally have felt that way. I still do a bit, I am new vegan as well. I just try and make sure I am getting enough protein in each meal, and eat more filling foods (like peanut butter or whole grains). I think in Alicia's book it says to eat more slowly - that it should help.
Amen to that, Meaghan! I think it takes....I think I've heard 20 minutes or so?...from when you begin eating a meal for the body to process that it's getting full.
No such thing as a dumb question here! (Ooops, that's from your other post, Sarah, but true anyway so I'm leavin' it - LOLOL) :) I'm afraid I'm have the opposite problem, though! With eating more whole grains and fiber-y veggies, fruits and legumes than I ever have, I'm waaaaaay satisfied - but it's because I'm covering all the bases - balancing things out way more than I did before by hitting several food groups every meal. Lord knows I didn't do that before The Kind Life!
This was one of my main concerns when I thought about changing to a vegan diet. As an adult, I have experienced many effects from low blood sugar. It used to happen to me in just a few minutes. I would go from being hungry to breaking out in a cold sweat and shaking literally within five minutes. I was worried that without animal based proteins that I might experience that more. But from all the suggestions I have found here, in vegan cookbooks and vrg.org I have not experienced that drastic drop in blood sugar at all since I changed my diet. Not even once. I think it has a lot to do with choosing those nutrient packed foods and conciously eating rather than the mindless eating I used to do. I have found that I actually have to remind myself most of the time that it is time to eat again because my body just doesn't feel like it used to when I was hungry. I think I am learning to read the signs of actual hunger as opposed to emotional hunger. I do, however, experience those times when I feel ravenous and my go to food is some kind of nut butter, usually peanut or almond on a brown rice cake. Awesome! Makes me feel satisfied and so happy!