I can empathsize with all of you and your detox symptoms. I have been doing vegetarian 60% and vegan the other 40% for 5wks now and yesterday I caved and ate an icecream and today I feel horrid...flat out awful..dizzy, headache, nauseaous, tired....and that's from just eliminating the "gunk" 40% of the time. ew.....over the 5wks my skin has just errupted like a pimplely faced teenager , I am sure this a detox sign just a little harder to stay motivated through the zit attacks. I'm going full on superhero as much as I can in the following weeks in hopes that I see the huge results Alicia describes.
I'm sorry I have failed to provide a follow-up until now. I was feeling bad about what I had to tell... Good news, bad news, good news:
The 1st good news is that I started feeling better. The headache subsided and the general achiness disapated. Bad news- I ate meat. (I'm still 'flirting,' and my primary focus is to remove all meat from my diet. I'm trying to reduce dairy, but not pulling that totally just yet.) I was feeling horrible and hubby wanted to get me out of the house and said some friends invited us out to eat, and it was a local Japanese restaurant that has the primary focus on sushi. I love me some sushi so gave in and indulged. I'm not positive that was what made me feel better (physically), but I definitely started feeling better later that evening. The 2nd good news is that I've been back on the no-meat wagon for a good couple of weeks now and feeling good. Yay! Occasionally not feeling so great, but not like that first time. :)
Readygurl- Funny you should mention the zit attack because I've been having that problem off/on for a couple of weeks - and not necessarily related to any 'monthly' stuff. I hope that doesn't go on for much longer. Ugh!
Thank you all for your suggestions and support. I'll try to keep you posted - and please keep the suggestions and ideas coming! :)
Hi, I was wondering if you can experience these detox symptoms by just cutting out meat? I'm not vegan yet, still eat dairy and have been feeling really tired and low on energy. Is dairy a lot heavier than meat? I also noticed that I have intense cravings for sweets, especially chocolate. Anyone feeling the same way?
For me sweets are like drugs in the way that the more I eat, the more I crave. If I do not engage in sweet foods the cravings go away and I feel so much better, but as soon as I give in I have to almost go through a withdrawel again.
I went vegetarian about 3 weeks ago and found I had some mild side effects for about one week. I was a very heavy meat eater. I feel extremely hungry all the time, lightheaded and dizzy and just kind of weird-but now I feel the best I ever have and I know that when I start to go vegan (almost there) that I will feel even better. Hang in there and good luck! :)
I hear you Karen and Rekabeka - Sugar is Crack!!! I hate feeling like I failed and sugar is my failure. During this last week I do this thing where I take brown rice syrup, soy nut butter, and dairy free chocolate chips - mix them up and eat like 3 or 4 servings of it in one sitting. My stomach feels like a brick - which is no shock. My system is completely out of wack and my motivation is in the toilet. That is not supposed to be in the toilet. I just get in this mode where I know better but I still go for the sugar-crack. Does anyone know what chemically happens in the body when we have a sugar craving?? Like am I missing a vitamin or mineral that can help curb that craving? Does Alicia's book say because I cannot find it...
Im in the same boat. I cant kick the sugar. Ive been good about the meat, that hasnt been hard. Ive cheated a little with eggs and cheese, but not much. It seems I do this more when Im to tired to cook and my husband wants chinese or pizza. Maybe I need to make more of the peanut butter cups because I did better when I had those handy, even though Id eat a bunch throughout the day. I did make them smaller in the mini cups. I just cant kick the coconut m&ms and almond snickers...and my husband bought me a bunch of junk for valentines and I ate most of it. I keep telling myself that all three catagories are hard to kick at the same time and once I conquer the dairy and meat, then the sugar is next. Oh, and smores...
On another note, is anyone feeling dizzy at times? is it part of detox?
Alisha-- I am a total sugar addict, but I have gotten so much better (altho not easy!). I don't think we can ever fully recover, but there are many ways to help curb your cravings....
First crasins. The miracle little sweet. pop them in your mouth like m&ms. Second, I like to make a homemade granola-sweet-trail mix with crasins, pecans (or almonds) dried pinapple (amazzing) and other little naturally sweet delights. If you are craving a sweet crunch, throw in some kashi cereal but watch the ingredients. I find having some natural sweets mixed with a little bit of sugary processed foods helps to weeeen my body without being totally bad.
Eventually you may just want a banana, sliced and eaten with a fork. Its so naturally sweet! you can even dip it in warm almond butter for an even naughtier treat.
As for the dizziness? Check to make sure your eating a well-rounded diet. Sometimes I get on a kick and pack the same thing for lunch every single day for a week. Then the one day i switch it up i feel weird, even if it is just as healthy.
I love sweets too! I used to never keep them in the house, because I could control my intake much better if they're not around. But, then I would binge when I was at family things or special occassions since I never ate them. The refined sugar is so addictive, But with the new recipes, it's easier to stop at a healthy amount!
That's one of my favorite thing about Alicia! She encourages us to indulge our sweet teeth, just in a healthier way :) When I looked at the vegan meal plan, and saw chocolate chips in the pumpkin bread for breakfast on the first day I knew I could do it :)
I just made her Crispy Peanut Butter Treats last night. They taste so naughty and delicious, but I made them w/o chocolate, which makes them superhero food! Even my non-vegan baker roommate thought they were amazing. Throw in some non-dairy, non-sugar chocolate chips and you have an indulgent and kind dessert :)
i have found that if i eat the grain sweetened chocolate chips the sweet tooth is somewhat taken care of... also i was feeling the headaches for a while... i dont have them so much now - been on the vegan/superhero diet for 1 month today... i had always been basically vegetarian anyway... my problem is i have a hard time finding breads and such with no sugars of any sort in theem... also with the iron - be careful! my iron being low was linked to my seizure back in Oct of 2009! i cook as much as i can of my foods in the cast iron and i am planning to get a cast iron dutch oven soon as i can find and afford one! glad you are feeling better!