hey guys- ive been veg for about 4 months now agfter reading TKD. (loving it!) my hubby is back to school 3 days a week, as well as working full time, so im by myself tue/wed/thu. i went to a local VegFest last weekend and was insipred to go vegan these three days a week. (he's still an omni)
here's my problem. i tried severely limiting dairy when i first went veg, and i was out of my mind after a couple days. i get shaky, beyond famished, and totally miserable. the first time that happened i looked back on my day and realized that i hadn't had a whole lot of fat. i figured that was probably why.
so last tuesday when i gave it a try i made sure to have lots and lots of beans for protien, lots and lots of greens, and i had walnuts and almonds with my lunch (a little 100 caloroe pack) and then when i got home i even had a handful of cashews. but sure enough- come 8:00 that night i was miserable, shaky, and feeling totally insatiable. i ended up caving and having a bowl of cereal with milk and then i was fine.
Where are the whole grains? That is probably why you are shaky!!!! Whole grains are the backbone of this diet.
Another thought- People have GOT to get out of the low carb mindset. It is literally killing us!!! If you don't believe me read " The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell. There's some good solid science!!!!
At vegsource.com, there is a link to a lecture you may find interesting: Dr Neal Barnard discusses the physiological impact of certain substances in chocolate and dairy, and the information he gives may help you to understand just what it is that's happening to you at 8 o'clock cereal-with-milk-craving time! I'll post a link at the bottom of this note.
You have all my sympathy. I agree with Michelle that you may find it helpful to incorporate some good whole grains into your diet--not just on "vegan days," but all the time--as these will give your body some good steady brain-chemical-nourishing carbohydrate nutrition.
Hopefully others here will have better information for you about ways to get over the shakes--but if Dr Barnard's assessment makes sense to you, you may find that going "cold tofurky" on the dairy, while supporting your brain chemistry with good nutritious carbs, is the best way out of this problem! Worked for me, but of course YMMV.