I went vegan a little over a month ago. I have been so thrilled with the results, up until about a week ago. I was having more energy, feeling lighter, clearer skin, ect....and then one night, I woke up feeling like I was going to faint, you know the wave of heat and then cool you get right before you pass out? I just kept getting it over and over and really wanted to just faint and get it over with. Anyway, I finally did. The next day was ok, but I was having some pretty severe abdominal pain. I went to the, uh hem, bathroom and that did seem to help. However, now everytime I eat ANYTHING, I get severe cramping/pain. I am still going to the, eh hem, bathroom, and sometimes that helps, but sometimes not. Any ideas on what could be going on? My only thought is that my body is still detoxing and confused?? Any ideas would be much appreciated!
I have considered that...I"m just having a hard time seperating the two since I just started this lifestyle and haven't ever had any stomach problems before. I'm not taking any supplements. My diet before consisted of sugar, lots of sugar, dairy, again lots, and fast food. I ate horrible. So I know my body was in pretty bad shape. ANd I didn't do any flirting, just jumped in head first to no meat, dairy or eggs. I also switched to all whole wheat and low sugar (only raw). So I figure my body has got to be in some shock, but I just don't know when to be concerned and go to the Dr.
I think it's just the shock to your body of such a drastic change all of a sudden. Are you eating much soy? As in soy milk, soy meats, etc? Your response reminds me a bit of what I experienced 2 years ago when I first attempted to go vegan. I went all in, out of the blue. I used to drink lots of milk, and made an about-switch to soy milk. Still drinking the same amount. And I was eating plenty of the soy "meats." After a month or so of that I started getting dizzy spells, somewhat like you described. I felt like I was going to faint, and/or like I had vertigo. It came out of nowhere. I'd be sitting on the couch, for example, and get that sudden wave of "I'm going to pass out!" I never actually DID pass out, unlike you, but the feeling came many times. I went to the doctor, she found my thyroid levels SLIGHTLY low, and got me on thyroid meds. I felt in my gut that wasn't the core of the problem. I told her about my diet changes and she dismissed that! After further internet research on my own, I discovered that a large amount of soy CAN lead to thyroid disfunction. So I fully believe that what it was for me. NOT a thyroid problem, but too much soy. I stopped with the soy milk and so much soy products and was fine, after my body readjusted. No problems with it since either! This time, my 2nd attempt at vegan-ism, I'm not drinking any milk, and when I do buy it for recipes, I use rice milk. I also use rice cheese instead of soy cheese. I still eat soy "meats" b/c I like them, but not on a regular basis. Just thought I'd share my story....maybe it'll help you. But I'd definitely look into your soy intake, for one. And if that's not your problem, consider taking it a little more slowly, for your body's sake. I think that might help.
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