I was trying to go from lacto-ovo vegetarian to superhero and it is just too hard because I haven't been grocery shopping for the items in Alicia's recipes yet, and I am quickly running out of stuff to eat. I decided that for tonight, I am going to take a break and just do vegan for dinner. I have been vegetarian for a year and a half. I have been vegan 3 days now. I feel cranky, but very calm and warm and unstressed. I have lost 1 1/2 inches and 7 pounds already. I feel better physically. I feel less hungry, even though I have been eating much less. Weird. I actually get full really fast. I have more color in my eyes, cheeks, and skin. My intestines feel less dense and heavy. They feel light and fluffy. Cool beans!
Hi lisa, I recently stopped eating meat to start my process to becoming vegan, but I'm still eating dairy. I was wondering if you felt really tired when you stopped eating meat? I feel like I have no energy and I'm constantly craving sweets. Have you noticed a big difference in cutting dairy out of your diet?
The sweet craving is because you are so tired and want to keep going. Of course giving in will only fix this for a few minutes and then it will be worse. I have found that, being vegan (7 weeks now) however my body feels is authentic and I need to honor it, if possible. For instance, if I am very low-energy, I lie down and close my eyes, if only for 5 minutes. Then I get up and drink a big glass of water and am surprisingly energized. That being said, dairy is the most tired-making of foods for me. It created a heaviness and a slowness in my movements. You should get some relief if you give this up. Also, a lot of folks need a good B Complex when they give up meat -- particularly B12 helps with brain function and central nervous system (my Dr. prescribes Multigenics Glycogenics). You can read more about B vitamins in The Kind Diet. Good luck.
I'm in the same position as you at the moment. I have decided that I want to become vegan but haven't done the shopping for it and I am trying to scrape together snacks and things to get me through. Meals are generally ok because like yourself I have been vegetarian for about 10 months. I did not miss meat when I became vegan and I hope that I will be the same with dairy and eggs but it is really hard I have a feeling that it's more of a convenience thing though. I will have to get some shopping in soon :)
I commend you for trying the superhero diet, I'll keep at the vegan and see how I get on.
When I first changed my diet, I felt kind of lightheaded and lethargic for a little while. It goes away once your body gets used to running on a cleaner fuel. In the meantime, what helped me was making the most filling meal I could prepare, usually something like rice and beans. Hope this helps! It gets a lot easier the longer you go! :)
I salute you all, my fellow Kind lifers, for your concern for other sentient beings! Today I am celebrating exactly seven years as a committed vegan, but it's only recently that I've begun to take health into account into my food planning, such as it is;-) Part of my inspiration to do so has been a wonderful website I'd like to share with you (and everyone on the planet;-) called http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/. On this marvelous website are several excellent videos by doctors who have actually studied nutrition and scientists who have done the research and they all make a wonderful case for the natural plant-based diet. The very first video I saw on this site was Dr. John McDougal's wonderful talk "The Shocking Truth about Dairy" at http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/the_shocking_truth_about_dairy.html. More recently I was blown away by the video called Nutrient density is the key to Good Health. Again, thank you all for all you do toward creating a kinder, more caring, more loving world. <3
Sarah -- Yes, following a balanced vegan diet takes some planning, but not necessarily at every meal. My suggestion would be to avoid the cheese and egg substitutes for a while. They won't be satisfying if you are newly off dairy. I only began enjoying them about 3 months clean. Instead, have some different "go-to" foods. When I was newly off dairy and didn't have time to cook or plan a real meal, I would reach for some eziekiel bread toasted with hummus or almond butter. That with a plain dark green salad would have most of your nutrition bases covered. The "mouth feel" of the creamy hummus or almond butter is very satisfying and filling, and you are getting all your protein and can forget about cheese for a while while you detox. Good luck -- dropping dairy has been my most dramatic beneficial health change! -- http://midlifevegan.blogspot.com
I've been a vegetarian for just over 5 months now and I'm going to start slowly taking sairy of of my diet. After a little while I felt so good to not be eating meat anymore. I definitely feel more peaceful and I love it! I'm hoping that cutting dairy will help with that as well.
hi, i think the most important thing is to go at your own pace, my daughter rachel 22, introduced me to the kinddiet in march & i took on her 7 day vegan challenge & found it ever so easy, that was april 1st for 1wk. since then, ive mostly consumed vegan type meals, and vegertarian type meals, excluding eggs, cheese & milk, i found with having had a small serving of egg/cheese after a few wks, that id didnt agree with me, so off the list they went :) in the past 6wks, since my new diet, ive only consumed a few prawns/shrimp, during wk 5, when i had lunch at a sailing club, with my youngest daughter grace. i will never go back to red meat or other types of meat, after having read Alicia's book, but i dont have issues with the odd small amount of seafood, perhaps once a month, eating out on a special occassion. do i want to be a vegan or superhero, im not sure, but ill know when the time is right, just like i found myself doing what im doing now, after 46yrs of eating anything & everything. i would describe my current diet, as strict vegetarian & that suits me just fine. i dont want to be perfect & i dont want to live in a perfect world, near enough is good enough :)
my point is this, just feel it, go with your instincts & find a balance between other peoples experiences, words of wisdom & what your inner self guides u to. any kind of eating improvement, is a positive step in the right direction, so if it takes one person longer to reach being a vegan, or superhero, than the average person, then im saying, thats ok :) because we are individuals & none of us would be here, if we really didnt care about making changes or making a diffrence :)
I think a vegan diet is most easily adopted when one has plenty to eat. Eating enough I think is key to not feeling sluggish. If one feels sluggish, I imagine one is less likely to stick with it. Just my thoughts.