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2/16/11 9:48 P

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Welcome to the team. I am not vegan so I don't really have any input.

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2/14/11 10:33 P

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Just a question, have you had your gallbladder checked? Curious because of your symptoms. When I had GB problems, I had lots of GI symptoms and fat especially was not tolerated. Still isn't in large amounts and IBS can feel a lot like GB, just a thought.

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2/14/11 2:14 P

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First of all, you can have some of my fat (extra pounds!) if you need them! I would be happy to share them with you and you can keep them all!
Going dairy free is a good idea since I found out that I was lactose free and switching to lactose free milk and ice cream no longer bring on the labor pains I was experiencing. I also love Activia yogurt just because it sooths my tummy if I ate something too fatty (like french fries) and I love their Peach Cobbler dessert flavor!
I find that steaming my vegetables make them so much more easy to digest than eating them raw~especially broccoli and cabbage.
My son was a vegan by choice and is so skinny! I don't want to be that skinny but it seems like going vegan would be a good way to lose weight or lower your cholesterol. Watch out for the salt!!

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2/14/11 2:02 P

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I'm returning to SparkPeople after a long hiatus. Since I've last been on here, I've been diagnosed with both high cholesterol and IBS (these in addition to my already limited diet due to food allergies). After reading Skinny Bitch and doing a little research, I've decided to try going Vegan to see if my symptoms improve. My gastroenterologist recommended going dairy-free at my last visit in Februrary to see if symptoms improve, so I figured this could be a very logical step in seeing how things improve. My family has a long history of heart and blood pressure conditions, so hopefully this diet could help out a little.

I figure making homemade, whole food recipes can't hurt, right? The only hard time I'm having with this is that due to a pretty bad bout of IBS I had in the fall, I've lost a lot of weight that I need to put back on. It's hard trying to do that while eating a high-fiber, low fat, low cholesterol diet. But, here's a shot - bring on the beans!

My symptoms have been mostly pain on my right side which gets crampy and sharp at times and other times feels like a softball is stuck under my rib cage. My bowels go back and forth from normal to thin and from constipated to diarrhea. Basically, I seem to be all over the place.

If any of you have had success/setbacks with going vegan, I would love to hear about it. :)

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