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Thanks for the great responses, everyone! I think I might be gluten intolerant, and am trying to go gluten free. Every weekday at lunchtime, I have a salad with dark green lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. Peppers of any sort, oranges, apples, bananas and tomatoes bother my stomach too much, so I tend to avoid them. I eat a lot of berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc.) and love nectarines, plums and peaches. They're not in season right now, so I usually buy the frozen ones with no sugar added. I am working on cutting down the amount of rice I eat as well.
Fortunately, the food they recommend here is stuff I can eat for the most part, so I'll see how well I do with it.
What kinds of veggies do you eat. You didn't mention what other things you eat. Protein is the part of the diet that is really the least important because it is the easiest to get. Protein is in every food. It is in veggies, whole grains, beans and even most fruits. There is even enough protein in white potatoes that if white potatoes were all you ever ate you would have enough protein in your diet...... amazing fact huh?
But... if you leave out colorful veggies, fruits, beans and whole grains you can be deficient in many nutrients. So eating a diverse diet is very important for overall health. Soy is not ever necessary in a vegan diet and a gluten intolerance is capable of making you feel pretty rotten too. I hope you figure out what is making you feel not so great.
If you are not losing weight I would suggest upping your veggie and fruit intake and cutting back a little on the rice and breads. Eat as many veggies and fruits as you want, in fact eat them all day long as much as you want. You cannot over eat on these. They are sooo good for you and so low in calories you can just eat and enjoy. I do..... I eat them all day long.
DJ those calories are very low, I was on another plan at 800-1000 cals and my hair really started falling out,and others were also. Get those cals up,make sure your getting enough protein from beans and legumes.I also take a multi vit that has live cultures from whole foods and B12. Hope we helped a little. Diane
I am so sorry to hear that in spite of your efforts you are feeling so poorly. Is it possible you could be gluten or wheat intolerant? There seems to be a lot of symptoms associated with this intolerance. From what I have learned not everyone reacts exactly the same. I had blood work done which turned out to be negative. That seems to not be a true indicator for some that are intolerant do not always test positive. My point is that gluten is in a lot of things- some yogurts for one thing. Before I went vegan and gluten freeI was always finding my hair everywhere and I stayed feeling full all the time, blotted and exhausted. I wanted to rest shortly after getting up and especially after eating. I saw Dr Joel Furhman on Dr.Oz and purchased his book. He explains how different foods including animal products how they can put toxins in the body and bring on a world of symptoms. I started the end of September and although he says you can add animal products to 10% of your diet after 6 weeks I have not. I feel a thousand times better. I am getting more and more energetic each day. I have less headaches, aches and pains. My hair has stopped shedding so much and I sleep like a baby at night like you are suppose to.For me staying clear of gluten/wheat was the first step to feeling better but becoming vegan was the icing on the cake. It has given me hope that I can feel good again. I hope any or all of this info can be of help to you. I know I wish I knew a year ago what I know now. Please feel to contact me if you have any questions.
Teresa- VA Girl
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I became a vegetarian about 15 years ago when I finally got tired of meat not being digested by my body. (I think I lack an enzyme or something) I had been raised in a meat and potatoes family and found that meat never sat well with me, even in childhood. Going meatless was a good decision, but it took me a long time to adjust to the vegetarian diet because of my allergy to soy. I learned how to balance protein with beans, cheese, low fat yogurt and such, thanks to a dietician and I've finally begun to feel better digestion wise.
Because of my food allergies and digestive issues, eating has never been my favourite thing and I only get between 400 and 1000 calories a day. (I've never been a binge or emotional eater - I can't eat when I'm stressed out) I was a personal trainer at Curves for a year and found that I only had a net loss of 10 pounds despite working out 3 times per day, 3 times per week. Unfortunately, the Curves went bankrupt and there is no longer one near my locale. I tried other gyms, but it wasn't the same and I lost motivation. I take the stairs often at work and try to get up and move around as much as I can, so I do get some exercise. I could use a lot more, though.
Now, I'm gaining weight, losing hair and barely have the energy to get out bed and go to work each day. I've been checked for thyroid issues, etc., but keep coming up on the lower end of normal, so the doctor won't do much about it. I'm not one for greasy foods and because of my allergies, I make everything at home from scratch or eat very bland foods when out. I do love my carbs, and I know this is where my problem lies. I eat very little in the way of breads and such, but love rice (a bit too much)!
According to the websites, I seem to be eating all the right things and doing all the right things. So, what's going on? Looking online, I see that I might need to increase my daily calories properly and hopefully get the energy back so I can start exercising regularly again and hopefully lose this extra weight. If I can get down to 180 lbs, I'll be happy.
I joined Sparkpeople because I tried other websites, apps and diets and found that they didn't really fit my needs. This one seems to be the most balanced and also accommodating to my dietary restrictions. I also like the support aspect.
I look forward to learning from all of you and helping you reach your goals in any way I can!