Bad vegan experience

hippyman

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So the past couple of weeks I had been trying to transition for the second time. I was eating cereal with almond milk and potato burritos for breakfast. This produced some unforseen results. I found myself dropping off at numerous times of the day, my skin looked pale, and my energy levels plummeted. What could I have been doing wrong? I hate eating my animal friends☹
 

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Hi hippyman

I just searched for 'transitioning to veganism' online, and a host of suggested sites came up. There is so much help out there.

One suggestion - I'd go for big bowl of porridge to start the day with. Oats are so good for you - and they're pretty cheap. Have that with some dried fruit/banana/blueberry combo and you're away!

Good luck, B&W
 
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I'm not too familiar with the concept of "porridge", lol. How would a bowl of cereal with almond milk, accompanied by a protein shake do?
 

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Strange! Try eating larger portions, drinking more water, getting more sleep, addding snacks, more exercise (or less if you already do a lot) or just trying something different. Expect a transition period. As you may be having difficulty, try a slow transition changing first only breakfast, then lunch after you have that sorted, then dinner after you have that sorted. Or try 1 day per week vegan, then 2 next week etc. Good luck.

I am a bit scattershot when I throw out ideas. I hope at least one of them is more useful. What works for one person won't for another. That's why I think the best thing in a case like this is I can just give you ideas and you can figure out for yourself which if any is best.
 

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Porridge - more than you probably want to know:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2011/nov/10/how-to-cook-perfect-porridge

My recipe is:
40g rolled oats - 39p/500g in Lidl
200g water (but your almond milk would be fine)

2 minutes in the microwave, then I add 1 dessertspoon blackstrap molasses. Gorgeous!

My wife adds 25g sultanas and a banana to hers.

Trouble with cereal is that it's often crammed with sugar - it's more like an after dinner pudding.
 

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For breakfast I eat sugar-free muesli. I add extra nuts and seeds plus a tsp of cinnamon and some stevia. Afterwards I have a piece of fruit and a cup of tea or coffee. I agree with Breadandwine that cereal is not very healthy.
 
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They had upped my meds that week, and it turns out, that was probably the cause of the lethargy, irritability, etc. As soon as my meds are straightened out I may give this another go.
 

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I eat a big bowl of oatmeal with frozen berries and a couple teaspoons of peanut butter, a tablespoon of wheat germ and almond milk. You need to eat a rainbow of plants and fruits, planning your meals to meet your daily calorie needs with snacks between meals.