Just wondering how things are now going with your vegan lifestyle. I, too, saw forks or knives as well as a couple other food documentaries and decided to give it a try. After about a month now I am beginning to feel the same weak feeling you described. I'm a runner and training for my first marathon and I do bootcamp 2-3X/ week. For the past couple days I have felt completely drained and very weak. Wondering if it will pass and I should stick it out or if this is just not the right diet for me. I would be interested to know how things turned out for you.
> Very Excited to find this site! My husband and I saw the movie Forks over
> Knives and both decided at the same time to go vegan! It's been about 3
> months and I (Sherry Ann) am not feeling better, I am actually feeling more
> fatigued and have had more things seeming to not be well! All we read is
> how well people feel and we are thinking we must be doing something
> I really feel good about the change and feel more 'right' about our
> lifestyle and the choices we are making!!
> We are new at this, not sure what to look for, we are not sure if our diet
> is enough protein or not, we were taking a supplement for Vitamin B12
> (Trader Joes) and trying to eat well. Though we have to admit we found some
> vegan baked goods and have added them to our diet. Not on a large scale
> though! We take supplements, exercise regularly.
> What is a 'good vegan' diet you are talking about, what should a
> day/week look like?
> My husband had lost weight, lots ;o), I have not, ;o(!! We eat oatmeal
> every am with fruit. I make a broccoli salad with Veganaize and other nuts
> etc. Home made granola bars.
> Anyway, I am concerned as my muscles feel different when I stretch, they
> hurt and feel like an old rubber band. I am having back problems now.
> Digestive....that seems to have settled some, at first it was a lot of
> baloatedness. Just not a really good feeling, the zip is gone!!
> Any wisdom you have would be appreciated.
> Thank you,
> Sherry Ann
> (By: Sherry Ann)
You probably know Scott Jurek is vegan, too, as are a lot of long distance runners, so it can be done! It's not automatic, though- I spent the first few months tracking my nutrient intake to make sure I was getting what I needed as an athlete. There are some great online nutrient trackers, and I really think they're worth the time. Once you have a routine and a sense of what's enough, you won't need to track everything so closely anymore.
http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/dailyrecs has a quick list of nutrients vegans should think about. For me, I feel best when I'm eating a bit more protein and fat than most people need.
If your diet is sufficient and you still feel tired, try eating 7-8 small meals instead of 3 big ones. That made a big difference for me.
Natala,I was one of those people that tguhoht I would never be a Vegan, and then I had a heart attack when I was 40. My wife found your blog, and we started to read up on going plant based and being Vegan. My heart disease went away, and I will now be around for my children. My children will not have to get the disease that almost killed me. Now we eat things like tofu. Sure, I get shit for it, but I also know that all of those people will one day have to make a decision between getting over themselves and learning for themselves and changing what they eat. Again, thank you for all you wrote this year.Mike T.