I make a big bowl of brown rice and keep it in the fridge along with containers of chopped veggies so a filling stir fry or salad is never more than 5 minutes away. Every week I make a big pot of some sort of soup so that is always available,,, and I make veggie burgers.... I also pre-make steel cut oats and that takes 2 minutes to reheat. I also make crockpot beans and freeze those in individual servings so I can pair those with the brown rice or use them in tacos or just eat them with chips.
When I first became vegan (a year ago this month) I was hungry all the time. I couldn't go two hours without eating something. I listented to my body, ate whenever I was hungry, and still lost weight quickly. Now the hunger is a little better (or maybe i just snack more regularly) but those first two weeks were really tough.
sounds like you need some snacks and prob more water throughout the day? Alicias granola is very good. I make a large green smoothie every day. It is hydrating, filling, and I get several servings of fruits and veggies with it. If you are nursing, your hunger may really be thirst.
I just started this way of life yesterday and had a lot of fun with it but later on in the day and in the middle of the night I woke up with ulcer like pains in my stomach and had nausea. Is this normal? I still feel a little queezy today but the pain is gone...
Oh thank goodness. This feeling is normal. After being inspired by The Kind Life book last weekend, I thought I would at least try vegan to see what it felt like and if it my improved anything in my life.
I do have to say that my energy levels have increased, my concentration at work has improved (I usually have the focus of a small rodent so an improvement wasn't a big step!), and I am sleeping better.
But the one thing I am is hungry all the time. Even my better half (who in true form is not converting with me just in case I don't stick at it!), commented today how much I have eaten.
To put things in perspective, today there has been miso soup, blackcurrant and apple tea, nuts, crackers, toast with PB (no J), salad, a variety of vegetables, mushrooms etc, and whole grains. I've probably eaten at least twice what I normally would in a single day.
To hear that this is totally normally - is a God-send. I don't necessarily want to stop eating this much as I feel really good about it and myself (and am a healthy weight/slightly under-weight anyway). But to know that it happens to other people too is great.