RE: Way-of-life-hawaii, hows your,DAY 6
Posted Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 12:23 AM
THANK YOU for sharing your HONEST, maybe NOT so great, initial bodily reactions that you've encountered with this change to your dietary lifestyle! I think this is VERY important! One's body will CERTAINLY react after having meat, cheese, and dairy products removed and more veggies, nuts, beans, etc. introduced; like a detox of sorts. I changed to vegetarian 8-5-09, then to vegan 8-15-09. I'll gladly share some of my issues. I hope all that have "been there, done that" will step forward and share their issues also. Consider this a "Dr. Oz No Embarrassment Zone"! If the veterans don't share, the newbies may just give up - and WE DON'T WANT THAT!!!
First of all, I'm a member of zootoo.com and accepted one member's offer to "Meet Your Meat" and try a 30-day challenge last Aug. to go vegetarian (no meat only) on Sept. 1st. Well, I started early. I did my "homework" and watched Peta's and other videos, and those images will NEVER leave my mind. They made me strong, and in a weak moment, those images came to mind and kept me on track. I found that I HAD to change and strive to become vegan! One member of our challenge had the courage to say she had a problem with gas, albeit, in a roundabout way. Hey, Dr. Oz said the "average" person, regardless of sex, passes gas "on average 14 times a day". We all do it! Well, I never noticed an increase, but over the months have found that there is a "pattern" to mine. A little gas passing in the morning before BM's, and for some strange reason, between 1-3 p.m. I find more gas incidents. Have chalked them up to the natural digestion process, since they occur "on schedule" if you will. Hey, I'm not proud, and I'm betting no different from you - only willing to admit to gas. It's healthy, and you know what? No longer "killer" or "stinky" farts (yeah, farts!) since changing eating habits. Can't believe I'm saying this, but they are just sort of "veggie" smelling.
I'm only a coffee, juice drinker for "breakfast" and now take healthy snacks to work for "lunch". Dinner is my main and only "meal". Yeah, bad, but something I need to work on. I found in the beginning of my first challenge, I started to cut down on salads and dinner became a total cooked veggie dish. Well, cooking breaks down the fiber as such. While not constipated, I became sluggish now and then. I'm not a big "drinker" and have worked to up my water consumption. It has helped but need to drink more.
I also need to get back into my salad routine that I had before going vegan. Try to have a salad, even though small, every night with my dinner. I think adding more raw veggies and nuts will help "even things out" in the long run. I'm just so much more into cooking veggies that I get carried away! I've recently just started to slightly steam my fresh veggie dinner mix through, then toss into the pan with the garlic/onion/evoo/sesame oil, to coat with flavor. Pour into a bowl, top with nutritional yeast and some spices, and voila! Edamame is a wonderful snack for my lunch now, along with raw broccoli and cauliflower. When I steam asparagus, I make sure to add extra to eat as a snack the next day while still firm. Celery dipped into hummus or my sunflower seed nut butter is great.
I'm still learning for sure! It takes baby steps to learn to walk this new vegan road. I'm so very greatful to those folks that participated in the zootoo vegetarian challenge and gave me such inspiration. True, I went all the way to vegan, and I hope to add some input and inspiration to those participating on this 21-day challenge.
I think your topic is an important one and I thank you for it! Newbies will surely be turned off by some of the "detox" things the body goes through but hoping other "survivors" will post here and give the confidence and inspiration!
"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy." Plutarch.