Hi friends, how are ya??
I know it has been a while and there is a good reason for it. Long story short, my GI tract is all messed up! It is really, really messed up 🙁
I tried a plant-based diet for about week and a half, and it did not go so well.
I purposely did not use the word “vegan” because the word “vegan” tends to offend people for no reason. I am guilty of that. I just did not want them around me for no good, logical reason. Maybe I felt their silent judgment and supremacy. It totally could all have been in my head.
The reason I tried the plant-based diet was not because I care about animals. I did not grow up with a pet, so I personally don’t have the intimate connection that many people have with animals. Not that I don’t care about them (I did almost cry after watching “Earthlings”) but my main reason was to see how my body would react to a plant-based diet.
I watched numerous documentaries, read a book’s worth of articles, and watched many YouTube videos before I embarked on this crazy journey. With my husband’s blessing and support (he decided to do it with me), I started this plant-based diet.
If I were to sum up my experience in one sentence, “It SUCKED!!!”
I’m not going to lie. My expectations were high. I thought it would give me a beautiful glow, I would lose couple of pounds, I would feel more energetic, and I would increase my appetite for even more veggies and fruits.
I had to go to the bathroom three times a day (yes, to do the number two! If I count number one, it would well be over 15 times), I felt bloated, I had a weird lingering stomachache after I ate, I had a body ache, and I was in a bad mood most of the time (the feelings of sadness and anger usually took turns)!!!
I didn’t drink soda. I didn’t really eat any junk food. I didn’t eat any processed fake meat during. I didn’t use extra oil when I prepared my meals. I made sure to pack lots of fruits for work so that I didn’t go hungry. I planned my week’s meals carefully so that they were wholesome and plant based. I just simply couldn’t understand why I was having such a horrible time!
So I Googled “Symptoms of going vegan” and “side effects of a plant-based diet”. Obviously, I didn’t need to learn the benefits of going on a plant-based diet since I didn’t experience ANY!!!!!! (You can tell the feeling of anger is my dominant emotional state right now)
Then I started to read how pretty much all the things I’m experiencing are common side effects. Whaaatttt????? This is COMMON????
Then my birthday came around and people took me out to celebrate my birthday. So I stuffed my face with all the meat and dairy that I was missing for the entire time. It was yummy!!! I did have a flashback of couple images in my head from the documentaries I had watched, but I forced those out of my head. After all, I’m not nearly convinced of this diet, so concentrating on crispy salty bacon in my mouth to not think about those images wasn’t so hard.
I came home with a full happy stomach minus the weird lingering stomachache. At that point, I almost decided “screw this plant-based diet!” Then, my body started to crash after couple of hours. I felt super sluggish. I had to take a three-hour nap. I was constipated. I felt like something was clogged in my body.
I probably should have gradually increase the amount of vegetables I’m consuming and reduced the intake of meat. I did shock my system by changing diets drastically, and I’m paying for it now.
I’m currently eating about an ounce of fish every other day to see how my stomach reacts to it. My stomach definitely was not ready for chicken, and I learned that the hard way. I’m very careful with dairy products as well. I just had two small slices of pizza, and I will find out whether my tummy is ready for cheese or not.
Since my diet is very tricky, I will fully concentrate on getting myself back to normal. So please forgive me if it will take a while for me to share more delicious recipes with you guys. And please shoot me an email if you have any advice on troubled tummy!
Until then, stay healthy!!