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I was gluten free and vegan for several years. In fact I was a raw vegan so I did not cook any of my food. Talk about feeling GREAT! I sure did. But it does take time to prepare all the raw meals. Here are the changes I experienced on a raw vegan gluten free diet:
Zits cleared up
I slept about one hour less each night
But woke up refreshed
How lots more energy
Age spots disappeared
Blood work was super: cholesterol was down, blood sugar down, Ph higher
Did not get sick
No afternoon brain fog
But this is a VERY difficult diet to maintain especially if you eat out.
I got tired of people commenting on my food - potlucks are brutal!
I did add cooked food and gained weight
Right now I am trying the paleo diet - eating animal protein is very filling but I don't like the way I feel or the way my body smells!
My body just doesn't like the gf substitute foods: I have slight reactions to them. So am better off eating a simple diet: vegetables, some fruits, very few nuts.
I have been toying with returning to the raw vegan diet. My body loves it but it is hard on my social life.
Bottom line: you have to figure out what YOUR body needs!
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
I love fruits and veggies, but don't do well on dairy and flesh free diets.
I need the type of high quality protein these animal products provide.
More so now that I'm older and have thyroid dysfunction/am menopausal.
My thoughts here are that a lot of chemical/hormonal processes within my body that worked well when I was young, don't work as well anymore.
So anything I can do to make it easier for my body to get the nutrition it needs, including animal proteins with their stellar amino acid profiles... sign me up!
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My B12 levels have always been LOW. I went for shots for a while but I grew tired of that. I just take a supplement, they are small dissolvable tablets. I take one a day and feel great, you can find them at a local vitamin shoppe. I get a relatively high dosage. Plus they are pretty inexpensive. But I make sure I take multivitamins as well as vitaminD since that tends to be low as well. Before I started taking them i was dragging a bit, stomach felt great but I was still feeling BLAHHH. If you are taking supplements just make sure they are high enough to actually make a different, if you are normally deficient you will need a higher dosage. If you are unsure hopefully someone who works there can tell you what would be recommended for a deficiency.
I don't get tempted often, but when I do it's usually a carb. Sweets are my weekness. I don't ever cheat because I eat out a few times a week and I always worry about contamination. It's really hard at a party or on holidays, but temptation lessens as I feel better. Still there are things I miss. Now I will have a few dark chocolate almonds, instead of a gluten free cookie.
I was wondering about your vitamin b levels. Mine are terrible. I am allergic to shell fish, so I never touch sea food and my cholesterol is through the roof. That is genetic (thanks mom)! So now I just feel like food is all I think about and I am trying to turn it around so I'm not thinking about what I can't have, but concentrate on what I can. I would really just like to simplify all of it. There are only so many battles you can fight at one time.
GOLDILOX8- Yes, going GF was a real eye opening experience for me but it has remarkably made the transition to vegan relatively simple. I guess I got used to cutting out many common foods I once loved...Whats a few more?! LOL
I can relate to your sister, when I first went GF I was in a rut because of my gastroparesis the Dr wanted me to avoid fresh fruits and veggies and large sums of meat. I got very thin and was bruising insanely bad around my knees. I was a mess.
I finally got to point where I said screw this...I NEED to eat and I think forcing my stomach to consume this new vegan diet has actually improved my digestion a bit. The more I avoid the lazier and weaker my stomach seemed to get. I was afraid by the time I hit 50 Id be on a feeding tube.
So far things are great...but temptation is hard when I leave my house and am out at a restaurant or at someone elses home, but I know Im not willing to sacrifice my health...so I just have to be strong and hang in there. :)
ILLINITEACHER52- I have been wanting to see that and seem to have my boyfriend (Meat, pasta, dairy lover) interested in watching it..Hoping to get it soon. :) I am finding many great vegan/ healthy options tat I never really considered before..it has been fun experimenting. (but seems like a full time job)
Hi. So glad you are feeling better. It's funny how much effort it takes to go gluten free, when it sounds so relatively simple. I just wish I could eat and not worry so much about the specifics of it. When you have a family who can eat what they want, it really complicates things. I find that I am cooking 2 meals many nights. The kids pediatrician doesn't want my kids on a GF diet unless they are having symptoms and get a proper diagnosis.
While I have not a vegan I have been trying to have at least a vegetarian meal for ALL of us one night a week. I love it and my daughter likes veggies so it's okay. But my sister is a vegan and I have to tell you, she is so restriced. She hates meat and has always had issues with certain food and just feels better being a vegan. However, I am quite concerned for her. Her face is sunken, her hair is brittle and dry, her skin is sallow and she is just too thin.
So I guess it depends on weighing how you feel, versus if you can honestly say you are getting what you need nutritionally. This website is really teaching me about what is nutritionally important for my body. If you have moral issues with eating meat than that's different. You have to do what you feel is right. Just make sure your getting all the important nutrients, including fat.
I am gf and dairy free but was just introduced to the movie Forks over Knives and am thinking about going toward more meat free eating. I already stay away from starchy and sugary gf foods most of the time. I am enjoying kale in my salads and like avocado instead of salad dressing. I am adding more beans to my diet cautiously. Have fun finding new foods to add!
I am not a traditional vegan, but for religious reasons I do go vegan a couple of times a year. I am the cook for the house so hubby goes along with it. This is going to be the first tiime that I go gf though. I don't know how it will go but I am excited about it.
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I live in a GF household and I am the cook! My husband was diagnosised with celiac disease in the late 1990's when really did not have anything available except Betty Hagman. I reverted to cooking out of a Fannie Farmer Cookbook that was published in 1898! It was a great benefit as no one used mixes or any type of shortcuts! There is a section of what you needed as far as kitchen supplies that I found were a blessing!
I am a vegetarian who uses quite a few vegan recipes. We combine the the two diets well and both eat from the other's diet. There are some really good recipe books out there that you are going to want to get! My go to is
The Gluten Free Vegetarian Kitchen by Donna Klein. I know that you are talking vegan but once you start recipes that are vegetarian it is easy to change to the recipe so that it is vegan.
I also use Chef Meg recipes and the make-over recipe calculator to change.
When discussing weight loss it does not matter whether it is GF or veggie the same rules have to be followed...GF is a starchy diet....so you need to develop healthy eating habits. I have lost 62 lbs. So I know that it can be done. My husband has gone from about 135 lbs when he was diagnosised to 185 and holding. (he is 6'1"" and that is a great weight for him!!!
Here is the link to the coookbook that I keep on SP. Use it as an example and learn to make adjustments to your pallet so that it is beneficial.
Good luck and let me know if there are avenues you think that I might help with!
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can. (Walter D. Wintle)
Hi Everyone! I am new to SP and this group. I suffer from gluten intolerance as well as gastroparesis. When I was first diagnosed about 3+ yrs ago I was on a strict dairy, gluten and sugar free diet and I felt amazing but over the past year I stopped the diet and ate whatever I wanted and in turn paid the price not only by gaining 15lbs but also compromising my health. 3 weeks ago I began my diet and am currently 100% GF and Dairy free...since I don't eat a lot of meat or try not to (strictly for health reasons) I decided to try being vegan and it has been somewhat simple, however I have spent most of my life consuming processed foods and now I am finding my meals to require a lot of planning, which I have not had to do for a while. I also was not a huge vegetable fan and I have spent the last week forcing myself to try new vegetables and recipes to find what I like so I have more of a variety of options. I have honestly felt really amazing doing it and I thought it was a bunch of bull when people spoke about going vegan. Being gluten free has been difficult enough let alone cutting out more foods. I would love to hear from anyone who is a GF Vegan or is considering it. I look forward to hearing your stories and also how going GF Veg has/has not helped with your weight loss goals and how quickly you noticed a change!