I must admit: I've found I lose too much weight being totally meat-free. By eating less meat I can still feel well and maintain my weight. I have a digestive issue as it is (that would be IBS) so I already find it hard to maintain a healthy weight for my small frame. Has others encountered this? Any suggestions or kind words of advice?
Make sure you are eating enough protein to supplement the meat you are cutting out. Also, if you have IBS, stay away from spicier foods and high fiber foods, as those can cause irritation. Also, with the increase protein intake, increase your activity or add some weights to your walk to build up your muscle mass. Best wishes!
Don't forget about your good fats! Coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, avocados! Maybe start having a fruit smoothie with coconut oil and Vega protein in it every once and a while. My husband has the same problem!
I have the same issue and am still working through it. I buy a variety of vegan snacks to have on hand so that anytime I get hungry there should be something available that sounds good. Also, I think for a long time I wasn't getting enough protein, so have started to include multiple servings of beans, lentils, split peas per day (which may seem obvious, but I used to rely too much on nuts like almonds as a main source of protein). Healthy fats are great too, but I do that already and it hasn't seemed to help increase my weight. I wish you luck!
I am 6 weeks in to super hero. I don't feel that great though and am gaining weight, my knee joints hurt. I think I am going thru some detoxing.? I put some questions on the newbie section if anyone has time to read them and respond. No one around to get help here.
I'm quite small but tall and I lost a few pounds when I became vegan. Like Jen said, having snacks to hand is a huge thing for me.
I have IBS as well so I usually have lentils only a couple of times a week (as they seem to really irritate my stomach) but things like chickpeas and beans, I can have maybe 1 portion a day and just keep mixing it up. I used to eat a lot of raw vegetables in isolation, so just carrots as a snack etc, but I now make up mini meals so I'll pop a few wholegrain carbs in as well or an avocado and it stops my stomach getting gnarly.
I don't know if anyone else has found this but my 2 biggest issues with IBS seem to be:-
1. Leaving a lot of time between meals (more than 3 hours)
2. Not drinking loads of water
So I try to deal with these. Hope that helps a little :-)
I was diagnosed with IBS for years, since working with a homepath, going vegan, quit smoking and no coffee I have no problems (almost) other than when high stress hits! Be sure to make the transition slow, my body couldn't handle an overnight switch. I also be sure to eat protein based foods with each meal as someone else mentioned and I get to eat so much! Ground Flax seed on at least one meal a day has been of benefit to me as well, it is great for soluble fiber as opposed to insoluble that goes straight through, good luck!!!
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