Vegan 30 day slump -- help!
Posted by LadyKlee at 04/27/2014
Hello! I went plant-strong vegan a little over a month ago. The first few weeks, I felt great -- high energy, clear mind, and light on my feet. This week, however, I have found myself sluggish, achey, bloated -- similar to how I felt in my pre-vegan life.
At this point, I'm about 90% whole food plant strong. The other 10% isn't horrible, but I'm wondering if it could be just bad enough to throw off my otherwise clean diet? For example, I had some sweet potato chips from Trader Joe's one night, another night, I had some "Sweets and Beets" from Whole Foods (Sweet potato and beet chips). Both mornings I woke up feeling hung-over. From the oil maybe?? Yesterday was the worse though -- I made some vegan cookies for a party, using an oil-free recipe, subbing coconut sugar for white/brown sugar, and using white whole wheat flour. The ingredients seemed pretty benign and "healthy" (as healthy as can get for a cookie that still tastes good!), however, I was bloated and gassy until the next morning after eating them! It was horrible, and such a reminder of how I felt on my old diet.
Can anyone with any nutrition knowledge shed any light on why I'm feeling this way? I haven't ruled out the possibility of a gluten sensitivity just because of how I reacted to the cookies yesterday, but I'm hesitant to make that assertion until I learn a little more about it. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!
One word of advice .. do not get scared if you have a bad day or days. Normally, a nutrition change takes time, more time than one month.
Yes, it is possible that there was some ingredient in the food which possibly does not agree with you, but do not underestimate the power of the mind.
If you tell yourself "OMG, this is unhealthy", then chances are you might feel unhealthy afterwards.Just take your time, take it easy, and enjoy the ride.
Thank you for the response, and I appreciate your insight into the "power of the mind." While I became a vegan for ethical and health reasons, I have always had an unhealthy relationship with food. I believe this lifestyle is a huge step in the right direction to help heal that relationship and give it a grander purpose than just fixating on every bite I take, but alas, old habits do die hard. It's entirely possible I was feeling the effects of those old habits this past week.
I am being more conscious about how I feel after eating certain things to see I can nail these slumps down to a particular culprit, but in the meantime, I do appreciate the reminder to take it easy and enjoy the ride :).