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I am trying to go vegetarian in hopes I will have more energy and feel better. Also if the symptoms of my crohn's disease subside that would be a bonus. Do you feel better and more energetic since becoming vegetarian. I am thinking about becoming a vegan but I am still considering if I should eat eggs. Dairy is definitely out of the question. I think it might be making me sick. I think meat is way too hard to break down and it might be making me sick as well.

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Oh Yeah!!

When I went Veg 5 years ago I lost unwanted weight (about 35 lbs) very quickly and noticed that I wasn't super tired in the middle of the day anymore. Plus I hardly ever get sick and my skin has looked great.

It's not totally the same, but related.. another thing I noticed was that my higher self energy level raised a whole bunch.

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[QUOTE=Lydiah;14257544]I am trying to go vegetarian in hopes I will have more energy and feel better. Also if the symptoms of my crohn's disease subside that would be a bonus.


DO IT! I had horrible IBS growing up..In and out of hospitals my entire childhood/high school days. I use to beg to become veg/give up diary and noone would listen. When I got old enough to make my own diet decisions I went mostly vegan(as in I don't have animal products in the house BUT will consume cheese/eggs OCCASIONALLY!!) and it's the greatest thing I ever did. I've never felt healthier then I do being a HEALTHY vegetarian..I'm sure if I ate a lot of "vegetarian crap" I wouldn't feel well, but sticking to a veg whole foods diet is the greatest thing!

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absolutely. I switched a little more than two months ago, and i feel so much better. Before, i felt constantly ill after eating meat and dairy. I am not 100% vegan, i do eat cheese on things and bake with eggs sometimes but no milk. My energy is higher, i don't feel foggy, and i am finally losing weight again. The other day i ate traditional french toast, and felt soooo ill afterward ( i think the eggs ? ) and i was so glad that it wasn't an everyday feeling anymore.

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What is considered vegetarian junk food? What are some things I should avoid consuming too much of? TMI question. These foods make me super gassy. Will it even out after awhile?

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I consider junk food to be things that come packages. Breads, pastries, tv dinners, veggie burgers/chickn etc.
And as for the gas, it took about two weeks for everything to settle down for me.

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I consider junk food to be things that come packages. Breads, pastries, tv dinners, veggie burgers/chickn etc.
yes.. I consider veggie burgers, hot dogs, cookies, candies, etc.. junk food. There is a lot of it out there. Sticking to whole foods is the best way to go, and I do indulge in a few "junk" foods every once in a while for a special treat.

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What is considered vegetarian junk food? What are some things I should avoid consuming too much of? TMI question. These foods make me super gassy. Will it even out after awhile?
I agree on the veggie burgers/hot dogs/ sandwich meat. There are some fairly healthy options like the Amy's Brand(I LOVE the burritoes, but eating that way gets really expensive after awhile!)

The gas thing will settle down. If you cut down meat quickly, not a gradual thing, your body will prob go through a "detox", so you'll poo alot more then your use to...especially if you try and limit dairy, which I would suggest doing until your body gets use to the no-meat.

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ive been vegetarian almost my whole life, but since going vegan a few years ago ive felt Fantastic! two weeks after i cut out the dairy, i felt like a new person!!
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ive been vegetarian almost my whole life, but since going vegan a few years ago ive felt Fantastic! two weeks after i cut out the dairy, i felt like a new person!!
You took the words right out of my mouth. I've been veg for 28 years,but I went vegan this summer and fully committed to it (after previous unsuccessful attempts) - and I feel SO GOOD! My complexion cleared up, I dropped 19 pounds, and I didn't have any cramps this cycle.

To be fair, though, I've been a healthy, whole foods, sugar free, green smoothie vegan all summer - not a french fries and veggie nuggets vegan. I didn't eat too badly before, but kicking the dairy is what made the biggest difference - for me, anyway.

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It wasn't something I was really looking for and so I didn't notice right away. I guess the difference that I notice is that I feel...cleaner, I guess, is the best word that I can come up with. And even if I do eat too much (which we all do on occassion!) I feel full but not heavy, if that makes sense. Even the high fat things...guacamole, peanut stew, curry with coconut milk, don't seem to make me feel gross, if that makes sense.

Sadly, my stomach has never really gotten used to all of the beans, though soy doesn't bother me anymore. However, my weak point has always been my stomach/digestive system, so this isn't too surprising. Also, my complexion hasn't really cleared up (I'm 22) but I'm working on getting dairy out, so hopefully that will help a bit.

You know, the thing about eating, is you can always change. So try vegetarian for a few weeks, and if you hate it, go back to eating meat. Nix dairy for a few weeks, bring it back; same with eggs, etc. Just make sure to give your body about 3 weeks to adjust at least. And if it doesn't work for you, or some parts do and some don't, it's fine! Good luck! ::: lol

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You took the words right out of my mouth. I've been veg for 28 years,but I went vegan this summer and fully committed to it (after previous unsuccessful attempts) - and I feel SO GOOD! My complexion cleared up, I dropped 19 pounds, and I didn't have any cramps this cycle.

To be fair, though, I've been a healthy, whole foods, sugar free, green smoothie vegan all summer - not a french fries and veggie nuggets vegan. I didn't eat too badly before, but kicking the dairy is what made the biggest difference - for me, anyway.

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This is me too, except I've lost 30 pounds and still losing. I eat only whole plant foods. Wish I'd discovered this lifestyle years ago.

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I was a vegetarian for 6 years. When I first became a vegetarian, I felt so much healthier. I lost weight and just felt like I had more energy. However, over the years that sense slowly dissolved. By my 4th year of vegetarianism, I was regularly craving meat. I finally started reintroducing meat into my diet a few years later, and I did feel that it gave me more energy and made me feel less tired.

It's pretty clear to me that my body needed different things at different times in my life.

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What about TVP? is that stuff healthy?

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Wow, sorry op, not trying to high jack. But I got to ask.....what motivated you all go go vegan? I really need to lose 10 lbs......before it gets worse.

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ive been vegetarian almost my whole life, but since going vegan a few years ago ive felt Fantastic! two weeks after i cut out the dairy, i felt like a new person!!
You took the words right out of my mouth. I've been veg for 28 years,but I went vegan this summer and fully committed to it (after previous unsuccessful attempts) - and I feel SO GOOD! My complexion cleared up, I dropped 19 pounds, and I didn't have any cramps this cycle.

To be fair, though, I've been a healthy, whole foods, sugar free, green smoothie vegan all summer - not a french fries and veggie nuggets vegan. I didn't eat too badly before, but kicking the dairy is what made the biggest difference - for me, anyway.

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This is me too, except I've lost 30 pounds and still losing. I eat only whole plant foods. Wish I'd discovered this lifestyle years ago.
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I read the book Skinny Bitch. I had no idea what I was stumbling on to but it really opened my eyes. Talk about tough love. lol. :

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Thanks Pookiemom

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PookieMom I read the book Skinny Bitch. I had no idea what I was stumbling on to but it really opened my eyes. Talk about tough love. lol.
I'll look for it. I need something.

BTW I use to live in MO, in TX now.
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To answer your question, I've been veggie for over 3 yrs. The first thing I noticed was my joints feel better. My hips use to hurt early in the am. Not any more.

Good luck on your journey. :
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Giving up dairy pretty much eliminated my chronic gall bladder pain (went from happening several times a week to 2-3 times a year) and stopped a lifelong pattern of chronic sinus headaches and infections.

I actually gained some weight, though, mostly because I had to try every single vegan cookie recipe I could find in the first months. I lost it again, though.
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I recommend reading "Controlling Chron's Disease" by Virginia Harper. She talks about helping her illness by modifying her diet.

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