I've been on a vegan diet since Thanksgiving day of 2011. There was no peer pressure, I just did my research and this diet seems to me the most logical diet, plain and simple. The logic in it is what made me go "cold cucumber." I have been eating more whole foods than ever and feel healthier than ever. I never get sick, thank God! And, thanks to my diet. I used to get headaches, I used to feel lethargic all the time, cramps etc. All that is gone!
I hope you guys are thriving on this diet as well!
I agree. I've never eaten this healthy before in terms of whole foods, vegetables, friuts, whole grains and beans. It feels so pure and I'm totally in love with each new dish I make. I dont do a lot of fancy recipies, just tonight I made simple collard greens and tofu with onions. The greens piled so high on the plate and tasted so good. Im glad Im off all the foods that I was literally addicted to, chez, sugar, etc. Im losing weight, I'm a calmer driver, Im calmer in general. I have been noticeably happier from this diet. I think it makes you beautiful from the inside out.
said#3Aug 11, 2012 at 1:09pm
Want to know something funny? I only recently found a store where you can 'make' your own peanut butter! It's just the peanuts, no other added ingredients - and I have to agree, the more 'whole' the food the better *I think* it tastes.
Hi. I have a very embarrassing question, but need help. I have been vegan for a couple of years now, and have no doubts that I am doing the right thing for me. However, with this high fiber diet, I cannot help constantly feeling bloated and gassy. I thought that with time, my body would adjust. It hasn't. I try drinking camomile tea. Not that big a help. Does anyone else feel this way?
Viva - I feel the same way! I've been back on this diet for almost 2 weeks and I know that bloating and gassiness is normal at frst, but I had the same issue last time I was on this program.
For me, I work through it by pinpointing what is causing it specifically. Broccoli is a big culprit and I'm wondering if daikon might be for me too, b/c I've been eating a lot of that lately.
I combat the bloat by allowing myself a day here and there of eating what I call "vegan light". I still stick to no animal products, but I will have some crackers or bread that are a lttle more processed. Bananas can help too. Last night I was feeling particulary bloated and full, so I ate some soy cheese on bread and skipped the veggies.
Miso soup seems to really make me bloat up, so I'm not sure what's going on there.
I'm surprised at how little there is posted on this topic. I know a lot of other people must be having the same issues as you and me.
Since I changed to the plant-based diet, I actually don't have the bloating problems as described above anymore. I use canned beans and rinse them before using them in a dish. I also stay away from processed food as much as possible since most of it has lots of sodium. Is the miso soup you mentioned home made or instant package? Sometimes it's just one spice or one ingredient that causes this. Don't get discouraged. BTW, if you are vegan for only 2 weeks, your body is still getting used to the change. Think about for how long we stuffed our body with processed stuff - it will take a bit for it to detox.
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