Hi Amanda, I'm pretty new to this, so bear with me. I've recently converted and I seem to be having the exact opposite experiance as you, so I thought I would share. You didn't really elaborate on what your eating, but I think if you're eating alot of Vegan "Junk Food" that may be the issue. I read another book since reading the Kind Diet called Thrive by Brandan Brazier and it's a great resource that explains the transition in much more depth (very scientific, not an easy read, but very helpful.) One of the things he talks about is how processed food can adversely affect you.
Anyway...Here is a quick example of what I'm eating:
Breakfast: either Steel Cut Oats or Oatmeal with agave necter and raisins (i found the steel cut oats keep me full longer.) Lunch: Mixed greens and veggies (salad) with avacado and a cup of barley and a tablespoon of flax seeds. Dinner: whole wheat pasta or quinoa with either marina sauce, oil and garlic or pesto made with no cheese and something green mixed in - brocolli, collard greens, spinach, etc.
If I stick pretty close to this pattern, that leaves me lots of room for fruit or veggies if I feel like snacking. Also, I usually drink a Naken Green Machine juice around 10:30am. I don't do a lot of homemade smoothies because I work at an office, but they're great too if you work at home or are somewhere you can use a blender.
* Drink loads of water * Partake in physical activity * EAT WHOLE GRAINS * Eat lots of veg, nuts, legumes * Add some fat to your diet if you think it's missing (oil - toasted sesame and olive are my favs!) * CHEW 30 TIMES
I think soups are pretty filling when you add a TON of veggies (I highly recommend adding butternut squash and sweet potato as well), quinoa or brown rice, and some kind of beans. Plus, you can make a bunch and eat it throughout the weak. Also, I suggest you try the weightloss tea. Aside from being great for you (although initially shocking first thing in the morning), it's very filling.
Finally, I don't know if you're cooking most of your meals, but I find that when I spend time in the kitchen chopping, mixing, sauteeing, baking, whatever, I end up feeling like my food's a work of art and for some reason it feels more satisfying; the process of cooking is very therepeutic for me as well. Like Juxta said, eat slowly and savor every bite. Why shouldn't you? You put all that hard work into it, and it's amazing! :)
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I will try to make some changes and see if it helps.
Tatum, I may have to read that book it sounds really interesting.
Juxta, I there a chance that I could be eating to many nuts? I am addicted to trail mix and love eating nuts.
Jessica, do you have a soup recipe that you would not mind sharing? Where can you find the ingredients for the weightloss tea? Is it bad to drink it if you are not extreamly over weight? I wish that I had the time and resources to spend lots of time making my meals into awork of art as you discribed.
It's definitely possible you're eating too many nuts, they're great in moderation but are high in calories and fat so you should definitely try to eat them minimally. I'm also addicted to trail mix but have been trying to stay away from it lately.
I am addicted to peanut butter and always want to eat it (even right after I ate lunch). I know that it's not hunger because I feel it when I'm full. Maybe it's a craving and we should just try to ignore it.