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Vegan diet to help with back surgery? Namaste, I am a recent "convert" to veganism, many factors drew me towards it - health social awareness and it just made sense that it the real way I should eat. I am 44 and recently underwent a lower back surgery. I was 80lbs overweight before the surgery and when I "converted" to vegan lost 20 the two months prior to surgery. Fortunately the surgery was successful but I'm in a bit of pain which can be expected. However I know that extra 60lb I still have I need to permanently leave my body would help my back feel and recover better. With the healing I have going and the meds I am on I am limited to what I can do. Anyone have any thoughts the best approach to go about shedding the weight healthily. Been thinking a green smoothie fast fair a while or a mix of smoothies / raw salads / and bean soup. I'm a real newbie to this and looking for advice! Don't want too screw up the surgery plus really would feel better is I was not overweight. Post Date: 06/20/17, Replies: 6 06/20/17 6
Plant-Based Personal Training/ Nutrition Hi there guys, I have been viewing this forum for many years now and referring to it as a resource, but haven't contributed an awful lot! I have been vegetarian for 13 years, vegan for 9 years, and am a highly experienced Advanced Level 4 PT, Sports Therapist and Nutrition Consultant for the last 5-6 years. I don't want to spam the forum with advertising, but if anyone is interested in my services or would be interested in helping to spread the word please feel free to do so. It would be much appreciated! A bit about me - I am a keen martial artist (Muay Thai and Wing Chun in particular) and have competed in a fair few ultra-marathons over the last few years. Whilst certainly not a 'pro' level sports person, I have seen my own personal performances improving over the years, (particularly since becoming vegan!) and have managed to build up my Muay Thai to compete in an Interclub fight, get certified to Instructor Grade in Wing Chun, and have also seen a few top 10 places in Ultra marathons. I would love to be able to offer support and guidance to those of you are perhaps new or struggling with the vegan lifestyle or improving your health or sporting performance in accordance with this. I offer 1-2-1 personal training sessions in my private studio, online/distance training and nutrition programmes, sports massage and exercise/injury rehabilitation services, pilates for improved sporting performance, nutrition consultations and more. Thank you for your time, and please feel free to check out the links below. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me on any of the methods below. I look forward to chatting with you all soon! Dave Lewis [email protected] Post Date: 06/14/17, Replies: 1 06/14/17 1
Advice on going vegan Hi all! So I have found that in approaching this subject that many vegans get offended by my contraints and reasons why I am happy being an omnivore, a well educated omnivore with two degrees: one in Environmental Studies and the other in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability and working towards a master's in forestry. So if you have no kind input please do not respond. THank you. I have a few vegan friends and have asked them the same advice I am asking you and they really didn't have an answer because they don't have dietary restrictions for health reasons, nor do they have time restrictions. Mind you nothing in my life is going to change in terms of time restrictions and financial restrictions. It's just how my life is at the moment and will be likely for the next 4 years. That being said, please just provide me adivce based on my contraints because those will not change. I'm sorry to sound 'uppity' but I've gotten a lot of mean responses saying i need to change my life and schedule, which is obviously not going to happen. I'm merely seeking a way to save money on food a few days a week, and maintain my macros which make me feel best and most energetic and happy. I have heard that veganism is very cost effective. That being said, can I go vegan for 3 days a week maintaining the following macros based on the following dietary constraints: I am allergic to soy, dairy, gluten, and highly sensitive to starches, grains, any and all processed foods. I eat raw veggies, fruits, fish, eggs, chicken, beef (all lean), seeds, nuts. THe macros I maintain are: ~80-120 grams of protein a day sometimes more, I am moderate to very active in my lifestyle; 150 or less carbs but most of my carbs are from veggies--too much fruit and sugar in general makes my sleep and anxiety so bad. I'm very sensitive to sugar. I eat ~35-40 grams fiber any more I bloat, any less than 25 grams I feel 'backed up'; low sodium (sensitive to sodium I retain water like you wouldn't believe even drinking over a gallon a day); I drink approx. a gallon of water a day, give or take, depends on how active I am (I listen to my body); I eat mod. healthy fat like coconut oil (raw), avocado oil (raw), etc.; no grains and no starch unless is tiny amounts maybe once or twice a week and even then I bloat and get gasey so in general I stay away since I want to feel great, not like [censored]ze. I eat all organic and local foods from local farmers I can literally walk up and meet and spend a day on their farm. I eat paleo basically. I have done raw vegan, vegan, and vegetarian for several years each and could not do so sustainably which I believe to be due to my constraints. Hence my seeking advice. Note I want to maintain these macros I feel best on and have been living on for years. I have no problem maintaing a lean toned figure and if I'm aiming to lose weight I can. Currently I am happy wiht my 144lb 6ft ~18% body fat figure but ideally want to lose some fat on my legs so I may cut my fat back a bit and carbs as well and adjust my workout regime. I do PIIT pilates, hike, vinyasa yoga and light jog. I f'in' hate running so I do high intensity pilates and vinyasa yoga in a heated roomed instead if I'm not feeling jogging is 'cutting it' lol. On average I am active 4 hours a day, some days I do all day field work hiking and collecting samples. Depends. Some days I sit on my butt. So I adjust my calories based on how hungry i feel. I eat between 1700-3k calories a day. Never a prob. maintain my weight and measurements so I'll assume listening to my body is working since calorie intake is always changing for every person based on lifestyle, muscle mass, etc. as I'm sure all of you know. Lifestyle constraints: I have 2 hours a week to cook (I work 80 hour a week, run a household and have a partner. No I cannot manifest more time--I prep my protein and/or pop a meal of veggies and protein in the oven and shower. That's my life.) I have 200-300 a month to spend on food. Ideally I would like to cut about $50 off my food bill a month which I think (and again based on what I heard from my vegan friends with no constraints, that would be easy to do). However considering most protein sources for vegans are soy, gluten based, higher in carbs, may have starches or be grains, I'm not sure what I can eat given I don't have much time to cook at all. After grad school I think I'll have more time. I mean I would hope so. But as of now that's just not going to happen and is not up for debate. Any advice would be nice. Thanks. Post Date: 06/14/17, Replies: 10 06/14/17 10
Gaining weight on a vegan diet I've been a vegan for 10 months now. The first month I lost 2 or 3 kg without working out at all, but after that I started gaining weight and I don't know why. I eat low fat and as many vegetables as possible, I do eat quite a lot of rice though, I'm not sure if that would be the problem? Has anyone had similar problems? Post Date: 06/12/17, Replies: 11 06/12/17 11
Constantly getting sick on a vegan diet I have been vegan for about a year and a half. Since then I have been getting sick the last 10 months at least once ever couple of months. I am in college and every time I fly home every couple of months I get sick! I don't feel bad on a vegan diet I enjoy eating vegan. I either get sick before coming home or a couple of days after I am home I will get sick. I have been home for 2 weeks now for summer break and I just got sick again! I think I eat a decently good diet with variety such as I make my own water melon juice, salads, lots of stir fry with rice, toast and avocado, soy products, almond milk, seeds and nuts and so on! I need help figuring out how I can help my self from getting sick all the time. I am a vegan because I don't like the slaughtering and torturing of animals just so I can have an omelet or a piece of stake. I am getting desperate here. Please I need help. Post Date: 06/12/17, Replies: 8 06/12/17 8
HELPPP!!! Looking for variety I am having trouble with eating this way recently and finding variety to sustain my eating meals at work and meals on the go. I am a healthy person who only wants to consumes whole foods and find anyone I go to lately for advice on what to eat leads me to the processed fake garbage in the stores. I have a skin issue that seems to inflame when I eat to many cold foods like smoothies, banana nice cream, oats, rice and potatoes. I also can not eat nuts as my stomach gets very bloated and uncomfortable and beans/legumes do the same. I am not to found of high carb foods as they make me feel dizzy and crash. So I ask what can I eat? I eat chia seeds occasionally and flax everyday and hemp hearts as well on occasion but I need protein and just food for energy. I can not sustain this by living on chia seed, etc alone. I am hungry, frustrated and confused. PLease nay help would be greatly appreciated. I am not a bunny and like eating real food with texture and as a very hungry person often and one who eats a lot I need things that will fill me up? Post Date: 06/06/17, Replies: 1 06/06/17 1
Asthmatic Vegan Discovers Meds Aren't Veg TL/DR: I'm an asthmatic and have been vegan for half my life. I recently discovered my medicines contain a milk protein. I'm upset with myself and ashamed. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 5 and back then I would occasionally get asthma attacks so it was pretty serious. By the time I was 25 my asthma was more controlled so I was given different medication - Advair Diskus and Singulair. I stayed on those for ten years, up until two weeks ago, when my doctor discovered my asthma was under even more control. He changed my medicine again, this time to FloVent. And I should mention I've been vegan since 18 (I'm now 35). For two weeks I haven't taken the Advair, by my doctors orders, while I waited for the FloVent to come in. And I felt fine without it. Then the FloVent came and right on the box it listed Lactose Monohydrate as an ingredient. Now, I'm familiar with that ingredient because when I was shopping for a new seasonal allergy med it was in most things. My doctor knows I'm vegan and he himself is vegetarian so I was pretty upset when I saw this med he prescribed had a milk ingredient. Then I looked up Advair -- same manufacturer as FloVent, same lactose monohydrate ingredient. Oh and Singulair has the same ingredient as well. So basically I had been consuming milk, unbeknownst to me, for at least ten years. I felt like I got punched in the face and I started tearing up. Just the thought of all those cows in all those factory farms, their utters hooked up to tubes, their bodies tricked into pregnancy to force milking. They are sexually assaulted and abused so people can put their milk on their Cinnamon Toast Crunch. And now the realization that I was a part of this - that without my knowledge, I have been contributing to their suffering. It was just too much for to handle at that moment. ***NOTE: its already hard enough for me to deal with the fact that these medicines are tested on animals. Not a second goes by when I'm not thinking about how some animal in a laboratory is getting forced to take my asthma med to see potential side effects. And it upsets me so much but I've been led to believe for so long that I need these meds. I guess I'm writing to let people know to check their meds' ingredients but mostly to vent. I don't know why I never checked earlier. I feel so stupid and ashamed. I called my doctor to see if there's something else I can be switched to and I'm waiting to hear back from a nurse. But at this point, I really feel like I want to stop taking anything though. I feel fine. I'm able to run a couple miles every day and I haven't had an asthma attack since I was a kid. I have to keep telling myself that we learn from our mistakes. I just wish I learned the truth sooner. Have a great day everybody. - Jason Post Date: 06/02/17, Replies: 0 06/02/17 0
How do I start? I am not sure this is the place to ask, but I want to significantly reduce the amount of meat that I eat within a week from every meal to only 1 meal once or twice a week. That being said, how do I go a day without meat? Where do I start? How do I utilize vegetables and fruits to gain a balanced diet? Any advice is very much apprecuated. Post Date: 05/25/17, Replies: 0 05/25/17 0
Accidentally eating meat I've been vegetarian for 12 years and on two occasions I have accidentally eaten meat in the form of broth (soups). On both occasions I was told there was no meat in the soup and I didn't know that I had ingested meat until 1am when I was in the bathroom puking up everything in my stomach. Every single article I have read online tells me that it's all psychosomatic and has to do with the guilt of eating meat. I have had zero clue that I ate meat until I was already sick. So I'm certain it isn't that. One time it was beef broth and one time it was chicken broth, so it isn't likely that it's some allergy to a type of meat. It must be something in my stomach rejecting the meat and forcing me to throw it up because it is unable to digest it. Yet every article states that's not possible and that it must be all in your head. No research has been done on the topic to see if there is some counter action in the stomach that makes a long time vegetarian throw up from eating meat. In both cases it was a very small amount of broth, I wasn't out eating a steak or a double pounder cheese burger. Has this happened to anyone else? I can't believe I'm the only one that has this reaction. Post Date: 05/24/17, Replies: 2 05/24/17 2
looking for advice and experience Hello, Long time lurker, but 1st time poster. This post is more about my experiences with Veganism, Vegetarianism & healthier choices. And hopefully some insight from people who've experienced this too. My background is Mediterranean. So meat is/was a staple, daily, at least twice a day. I recently made a massive effort to shift my diet to see what would happen. I'm not "unhealthy" (I don't think I am). 6ft, 72Kg, active. Take a standard Swiss mens multivitamin a day. Ever since reducing and almost eliminating meat and dairy, my stomach has flattened, adn I feel amazing, usually :) see below; After reading a lot of resources, I started to eliminate meat and dairy from my diet, that was 6 months ago. I do though still occasionally eat meat once a fortnight, maybe a once a week, depending on how often I see my parents. Mum is a great cook, and will usually cook something vegetarian for me on the odd occasion. So, I changed my diet about last October. In late November, I had the strangest pins and needles up and down the right side of my body. Had some blood tests, everything seemed normal. This feeling went away after 2 weeks on it's own. Now just last week, I woke up with double vision, vertical diplopia they called it. They rushed me into hospital and did a cat scan, all clear. Now just waiting to do an MRI to see if there is any nerve damage. I've been banned from driving too :( I don't plan on changing the way I eat, as I believe I function better as a Vegan. But these episodes are making me think that perhaps I'm missing something. And I'm terrified because my family and especially my youngest daughter is following what I do. Anyway, that's my story, if anyone has any advice, or suggestions, I'd love to hear it. Thanks for reading :) P.S. I'm also now taking a extra b12 supplement. Post Date: 05/24/17, Replies: 1 05/24/17 1
Olive oil Hi Everybody, I have been lurking on the forum for a little while, and reading your posts with interest. As I am neither vegan nor vegetarian, I have very little to offer in the sense of advice. However I am concerned what foodstuffs I consume, and it is also very important form my 7 year old son as he has allergies to certain additives found in Supermarket food. We are lucky enough to live in Spain, where fresh produce can be found on the daily market in the town we live in. As you probably all know one of the most important ingredients of the Mediterranean diet is olive oil, and that is what I was getting to. I work for a small family business, in which we produce our own extra virgin olive oil (and also related products, but more of that later in my story). We produce four varietals of olive oil, two of which are certified organic. And I was thinking that they might appeal to the members of this community. The first one is Wild Organic from the first cold extraction. Don't let the word extraction fool you, we get the oil from the olives solely by mechanical means, and in this case by centrifuge after the olives have been crushed. The second is our Wild Organic from the stone mill. Yes, this oil is indeed crushed on an authentic stone olive mill, and is pressed by a hydraulic press. As mentioned before , we also produce other products i.e. soap, both cream soap and solid soap, which are made from only one fat source, Extra Virgin olive oil. We use a process called super-fatting, which means that the resulting soap contains olive oil that has not partaken in the saponification process. This ensures that all the lye is used, and that the soap contains very small amounts of olive oil to moisturize the skin. I'm sure everyone on these forums knows the health benefits of good quality olive oil, but if you want to learn more, head over to our website, where in the section "Information of Interest" there is a wealth of educational material. I am in a position to offer the members of this community a discount of 15% if you wish to purchase any of our products, and you can get the discount by using the code "happycow2015". I am not going to time limit the coupon code, so use it at your leisure, and by all means give it to anyone who is looking for good quality olive oil. A distant cousin of our family who lives in California, takes care of shipping our products in the US and Canada, so delivery is usually somewhere between 2-5 days. Anyway, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this post, and if anyone has any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them. Kindest regards, David Johnston, Post Date: 05/22/17, Replies: 5 05/22/17 5
(Partially)family related unhealthy habits Hello guys! I live with my mom and sister, and although I know how to eat healthy, it is never easy. My mom is not that interested in this topic and doesn't want to talk about it. She claims I already eat healthy enough. Well, she has obviously never heard of body fat, which I have abundantly, and is oblivious of the fact that my diet mainly consists of refined sugar and hardly any fruit, veggies or proteins. She usually does the shopping, so we have not-so-healthy items at home that 1. have to be eaten and 2. usually taste better. Also while grocery shopping my mom could care more about sustainability and frugality (which also means she shouldbuy less) Unfortunately, as long as we live together, I will need my mom's support. How can I convince her and how can I myself boost my will to live healthy? Post Date: 04/30/17, Replies: 0 04/30/17 0
Has low-carb now become the new truth? More and more often I read about low-carb diets or actually any kind of Lifestyle opposed to vegetarianism/veganism. Some undercover names for Low Carb are paleo, sugarfree etc. Carbs have finally been accepted as the new Enemy, while fat is more accepted. In fact, the new "good kind" of fat seems to be saturated fat found in animal products . However so-called polyunsaturated fats (most plant fats) are poison. For some Communities meat has even become the new superfood. I am afraid that this development will wreck the veg community because meat eating is not only encouraged, but presented as necessary, every damn day. This could result in a rise in meat consumption and eventually in even bigger crimes against animals and the environment . Have you noticed this development or do you think it's just a temporary hype? Post Date: 04/26/17, Replies: 3 04/26/17 3
I have to feed my baby meat? Little bit of background, I'm a dairy free vegetarian and I have a five month old son. When he's 6 months we'll be introducing solids and I plan to keep him on my diet. We went to his checkup, and he's doing great! We have the same doctor, and I loved her. She was amazing through delivery of my son, so supportive. So she said we can start to introduce solids slowly at 6 months. Fruits, veggies, grains, ....meats, then whole milk at 1. I told her I wouldn't be feeding him meat or dairy, and I would let him breastfeed as long as he wants even if he goes past 1. She looked very confused and said "I understand why you'd make that choice, but why would you make it for him." .... he's my son. It makes sense for us to have the same diet. As his mother it's my job to provide him with the best of everything that I possibly can, and that includes diet. I felt so uncomfortable that she was talking down to me as if I want my son to be deficient, we've had a great relationship up until this point. She said that I have to wait until he's 2 years old. She said before he's 2 years old, I can't provide this diet for him without it significantly damaging his health. Any advice, opinions, resources appreciated, thank you. Post Date: 04/15/17, Replies: 2 04/15/17 2
Neck Pain? I had severe neck pain for the last 3 weeks, i looked for different remedies but not a single remedy worked for my pain. One of my friend suggested me to get my neck massaged or to use any automatic massarger. I used a neck massarger and just in few minutes i got relaxed. Guys sometimes some remedies doesn't work for our body so do you have some other solutions for the severe neck pain? If yes then please suggest few of them.. Thanks in advance. Post Date: 04/15/17, Replies: 3 04/15/17 3
Irregularities with bowel, full vegan diet Hi all! This is my first time posting a health question. I've been a vegan a bit over a year and it's been a great experience for me. My diet is usually cooking at home (I try my best to stay away from over processed foods/too much starch) I have a lot of raw greens daily (spinach/kale/banana smoothie in the morning) as well as incorporating unsaturated fats and a normal amount of carbs. I've also recently started learning yoga to add to my health daily. However the past couple of weeks I've noticed my stools have gotten much smaller and I feel bloated a lot, it's possible it could just be just having terrible PMS (which includes me being really bloated sometimes) but it's really odd my daily stools are so small, given that I eat every two to three hours per day. I feel like I need to clear out but I'm not sure how. Any suggestions? Post Date: 04/15/17, Replies: 2 04/15/17 2
Menstruation issues Hi, So I turned vegan about 6months ago and my periods were fine, though I haven't have my period for more than 2 months now so I kind of worry a bit because I don't know what could be wrong, moreover I had my blood test results and they were pretty good so I'd love to hear from you if you had any issues like me thanks :) Post Date: 04/15/17, Replies: 4 04/15/17 4
Any diabetic vegans? I am having trouble keeping my GL at healthy levels! I don't eat foods with added sugars but I crave bread all the time, I try to replace it with seeds and nuts but ughhh its so difficult. I've been vegan since November 2016 and have been diagnosed for less than a year. any suggestions, comments or tips? Post Date: 03/16/17, Replies: 0 03/16/17 0
Joint pain? Hello, I started a Vegan diet about 20day ago and now I am experiencing joint pain. I didn't increase my activity level and I have not changed my daily routine. It mainly in my hands and my knees, advil doesnt seem to do anything for me. I do have some relief with activity but my question really is am I am missing something in my diet that would cause this? Should i be adding a supplement? I have been finding nothing but negative reviews on the diet and not a lot of help. Post Date: 03/09/17, Replies: 15 03/09/17 15
Physical anxiety symptoms going vegan Hi there, I recently went vegan about 2 weeks ago now and over the last 2 days I have suddenly been having some extreme physical anxiety symptoms. Has anybody else experienced the same thing? How long does it last and can I do anything to help it? Thank you. Post Date: 03/09/17, Replies: 5 03/09/17 5
Severe Sciatica pain :( Hi everyone! I'm 31 and have been a vegetarian most of my life and the past month or so have been going into a vegan lifestyle. I have always been conscious of what I put into my body and buying things that no animal had to die for. But my question is what to do you do in regards to medication for pain? For the past year I have had bad sciatica pain and it's only gotten worse. I had a horrible flare up a few nights ago which felt like my entire leg just seized up in pain and nothing would relieve it, it was the worst pain I've ever experienced. I was screaming crying in agony and my husband wanted to take me to the emergency room but I couldn't bare the thought of moving. Doctors just keep giving me different meds and I HATE taking meds, just putting them into my body constantly just made me cringe. But I've had moments I was so desperate I've had to and even they don't help hardly. Has anyone else had to deal with this? Was there anything naturally that helped you? Nothing seems to help me and this is seriously affecting my quality of life. I'm only 31! Thank you in advance. Post Date: 03/09/17, Replies: 2 03/09/17 2
ED Vegan Recovery Advice Hello everyone, I am 5' 10" and 115 pounds. I am happy at my weight I am active and not frail but I am constantly being told I need to eat more. I have had a few problems with anorexia but now I am eating consistently... just small portions. I usually eat around 680 cals. and I can't even imagine being able to consume 1500 cals. What vegan foods/simple recipes are specifically high in complex proteins and calories while not being a large meal? I'd love to hear your advice, I know I need to change so please don't criticize me. ? Post Date: 01/23/17, Replies: 1 01/23/17 1
I bleed easily since I went vegan - why? Hi. I have been donating blood for some years now and I only started my vegan lifestyle a couple of months ago. Since then, every time I have donated blood, I have to apply pressure on the puncture site several hours or else it starts bleeding again. I am super healthy and I take care that I get enough vitamin K. Can anyone explain why I bleed so easily? Post Date: 01/19/17, Replies: 1 01/19/17 1
My hair is thinning This is probably unrelated to my going from lacto ovo vegetarian to vegan 6 months ago but my hair is seriously thinning and Im only 25! I am getting bloodwork done at the Drs but Im curious if anyone knows of any vitamins or minerals that contribute to full thick hair. Post Date: 01/13/17, Replies: 22 01/13/17 22
Healthy Dilemna Happy To be Healthy Healthy to be Happy Sell Organic Meals offer to those unhealthy and unhappy. Explain the benefits of the food if you ask me. For some odd reason maybe they don't attract to meals made trying to be patience. What would you do if you're trying to attract more healthy clients and best way to explain how healthy food benefits the body? Post Date: 01/07/17, Replies: 2 01/07/17 2
We are diabetic, bipolar and schizo. :'( Hi, guys and gals. Please give me vegan advices for our family's health concerns because I stopped eating animal products, so what are all the foods that are good for our diabetes, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and our many illnesses? Please give me answers about it. Thanks. Post Date: 01/02/17, Replies: 2 01/02/17 2
Cholesterol lowering questions Hi all, I am new to this forum and would like some advice or personal experiences regarding your cholesterol levels. I have been vegan for just about three months, and my last cholesterol was still a bit high (215). I do have a family disposition to genetically high cholesterol, but I asked my primary care provider for another three months on a vegan diet before re-testing. I would rather not go on statins if I don't have to. So my question for the forum is for those who have had cholesterol issues: does the vegan diet actually lower your cholesterol? I am a REALLY good cook, I have tackled the creativity you can have while making wonderful vegan meals: but is there some other whole-food strategies I can add to my diet that might help? About me:I get moderate exercise (I ride my bike/walk) every day weather permitting, as don't own a car. So I am in pretty good physical shape. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Post Date: 11/30/16, Replies: 8 11/30/16 8

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