Hi Laurwe. Isn't it exciting to solve these puzzles, thank you for responding. I think I have solved my issue too and I beleive it is a common one when switching to a plant based diet. I need to watch my protien to carb ratio to not gain weight and especially to lose it. Too many carbs will equal nutrient, fat, storage but low carb can be a challenge with plants. What I did was changed my daily vegetable and fruit smoothie, I call it "Love Sludge", by eliminating as much of the fruit juice as I can stand. I call this one "Like Sludge". I also replaced my veggie burger dinners (high carb) to salads, a vessel for all the nuts and seeds I love to chow. Now my body seems to be shedding the weight at about the same rate it was before. I now am making tofu my new best friend so I gets lots of protein again like I did with meat. I run a 10K three times a week and do strength training the other days, resting on Sunday, so I do not want to lose any strength. So low carb high protient plant based is for me. I was eating zero sugar before and just have to continue to treat it as a treat, even with healthy fruits.
It's so good to hear others have had the same issues as I am currently freaking out over! I have recently made the vegan change after eating high protein paleo style for nearly 6 months. The protein load was too much and I just didn't feel good about it. I know being vegan is for me but weight gain has concerned me. Thanks for sharing your ideas and solutions. I have a much better idea of how I need to modify my new eating. I feel more confident I can make this work for me. Again, thank you!
Just wanted to pop in and say I very much appreciated this posting. I've been struggling with making the leap for a long time now. Alicia might call it flirting, but with the new year, I'm doing it full on. Reading Laurwe's post, it sounded like it was a gluten issue and I'm glad she discovered the issue and is better off for it! Not only is it reassuring that she did not give up when times got very difficult, but that she came here and found a lot of honest, true support.