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Hello friends, I would appreciate your input.

I have been a vegetarian my entire life (29 years), however, I just made the switch to vegan about 2 months ago. I am very happy with this choice, but one thing I am struggling with is that I feel hungry all the time. I eat a lot of raw, unprocessed foods. Lots of fruits, veggies, salads, and beans. But I never feel full. Is this an adjustment period? Has anyone else had a smiliar experience making this switch?

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A few things I would suggest;

- Firstly, make sure you're having plenty of water, 80% of the time we feel hungry, we're actually thirsty. So when those hunger pangs next appear, have a glass of water. If, after 10 minutes or so, you're still hungry, THEN have one of the snacks you're already having! :)

- Things with a lot of protein in them fill you up more, as you've cut out eggs (obviously a big protein income), make sure you're keeping your diet balanced still, try including things like;
Hummus - GREAT with cucumber on crackers... I often have it in sandwiches too! It's also a good source of iron and vitamin C. So a good all rounder.
Try eating quite watery fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, rather than dry ones such as carrots, watermelon will fill you up way quicker!
Also nuts are really good for snacking on and filling you up (unless, of course, you are allergic like me!)

Those are the only things I can think of right now, I'll let you know if I think of anymore! :D

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This is something common among veganism. It sounds like you keep a very healthy vegan diet. Basically, your body is actually USING what you're giving it and you don't just have junk "sitting in there" for hours on end.

Like Annie said, make sure you are drinking enough and also try the suggestions she gave.

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Make sure you're getting enough fats too (such as with nuts, seeds and oils), that can significantly impact satiety as well. And it's important for your health anyway.


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Agree with the other posters. Try to up your protein and fat (healthy ones) a bit , drink more water, and you should adjust very quickly.

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I agree with the above. I especially agree with Annie's suggestion about hummus on crackers. I find that filling and satisfying. Congratulations on your transition!

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I totally agree about the HUMMUS ! Don't really know what it is made of exept beans ... But It's delicious and full of proteins !

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I went vegan 7 months ago and I'm never hungry because I make sure I have beans/lentils with my lunch, I snack on fruit during the afternoon and have a large dinner made with lots of veg :) I lost 2 stone in the first 5 months but now I've found my weight is almost constant.

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I share this on the Facebook, and you may see this link to get more answers!

http://www.facebook.com/vegetarianpage/posts/235161059850573



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Congrats on transitioning to a cruelty free diet! I found that when I transitioned from veg to vegan, I needed to up my fiber. Now I have a bowl of high fiber mixed cereal in the morning with some almond milk and it keeps me full for quite a few hours. Listen to your body and try different approaches. Some bodies respond better to fiber, others to protein. And make sure you're drinking PLENTY of water!

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I am having the exact same experience. I am 31 and have been vegetarian for 20 years. I went vegan just a month ago, and ever since I have felt like I am constantly hungry. I'll eat a gorgeous, healthy, balanced, mostly organic meal and about two hours later I feel like I haven't eaten in days. During the first two weeks I lost about four pounds (without trying) but over the last two weeks I've gained it back plus a couple more and I know it's because I'm just eating so many calories (I've been counting and each day it goes up). I tell myself every day that I'm going to resist and keep my calories down to normal, but I'll have such strong hunger pangs I feel like I could cry if I don't eat. I liked the suggestions I've read on here, but I've tried most of them to no avail (water, extra protein and fats). I really do think that it is my body adjusting to not being filled with cheese, since I used to put it on pretty much everything. I am thinking of incorporating green smoothies into my diet. I'm hoping all that fiber will filled me up and keep my full longer. What do you guys think about that? Do any of you drink green smoothies?

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xiaokang wrote:

I share this on the Facebook, and you may see this link to get more answers!

http://www.facebook.com/vegetarianpage/posts/235161059850573



-- Edited by xiaokang on Wednesday 27th of July 2011 10:47:36 AM


 Thank you for sharing, xiaokiang, and thanks to everyone who responded so far. This is good feedback.



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Similar situation. Filling dinners: Potatoes w/fresh herbs and olive oil; tvp sloppy joes; tofu and veggies over rice....
Breakfast/lunch: Bagel w/pbj; cereal w/ coconut or soy or almond milk; oatmeal...

Green smoothies are probably too healthy for me, but we do make lots of smoothies and they are pretty filling. In the summer, if you have any fresh fruit that is starting to go bad, freeze it. Take it out and put it in your Ninja with orange juice or your favorite nondairy milk and smooth away!


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Diana wrote:
xiaokang wrote:

I share this on the Facebook, and you may see this link to get more answers!

http://www.facebook.com/vegetarianpage/posts/235161059850573



-- Edited by xiaokang on Wednesday 27th of July 2011 10:47:36 AM


 Thank you for sharing, xiaokiang, and thanks to everyone who responded so far. This is good feedback.


 You are welcome! Hope this would help you!



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I totally agree about the HUMMUS ! Don't really know what it is made of exept beans ... But It's delicious and full of proteins !


 I never used to like hummus & still don't unless it's my own made! Try butter beans instead of chickpeas ~ the consistency is similar but the flavor is better.  Don't skimp on the tahini & use lime juice instead of lemon.  Also, flavored hummus is good if you like the spices.  I love cilantro (which kinda makes hummus taste like Mexican food!) or just a quarter tsp of sweet curry powder. 



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Diana wrote:

 

I have been a vegetarian my entire life (29 years), however, I just made the switch to vegan about 2 months ago. I am very happy with this choice, but one thing I am struggling with is that I feel hungry all the time. I eat a lot of raw, unprocessed foods. Lots of fruits, veggies, salads, and beans. But I never feel full. Is this an adjustment period? Has anyone else had a smiliar experience making this switch?

 

 


 i have 2 words for you: Quinoa.  (well, one word with 2 syllables.)  it's full of protein & carbs, tastes great & you can put it in so many things & put so many things innit! 



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I never would have know about quinoa if it wasn't for my boyfriend.
We have made it twice and so far it has been good.
The first time I made it by myself wasn't that great tho. haha.
It has all your essential complete proteins and amino acids.
And you say it "keen-wah".

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I've yet to try Quinoa, do not know what it tastes like, where to buy it, what to use it in etc... any ideas?

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You can use it as a hot side dish in place of rice, or cold in a salad.
You can get it in all the main supermarkets in the UK. I bought some fairtrade organic quinoa in Waitrose in a box (brand name - Markal) near the rice etc. The important thing is to wash it *really* well before you cook it, rinse it several times or it will have a horrid bitter taste and you may then decide you don't like it. Cooking instructions are always on the packaging.

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Oh! Sounds quite easy then... what does it taste like?

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It has a nutty taste I'd say....kind of difficult to explain. I find mine with other packaged grains. It's not hard to find here where I'm at anymore. I use it in place of rice or pasta or couscous type of stuff. Mix in some beans and veggies and spices, top with vegan tomato sauce.....


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Oh and I bet you could use it like a morning hot cereal too...in place of oats.


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Hmmmm, see this makes me unsure. I'm allergic to peanuts and intolerant to most other nuts, so anything that tastes 'nutty' I don't like. Like oats in cereal *shudder*

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And I honestly don't know if nutty is the best way to describe it. I initially thought "grainy" for the taste, but that could mean anything, lol.


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I think quinoa is technically a "seed", no? And now that I think about it, it's similar in taste to sesame seeds. Am I at all being helpful? LOL.


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I guess it's subjective, I don't think quinoa tastes nutty, but I don't think oats do either :)

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I guess I'll just have to buy some and find out! Hahahaa! I think the oats are related to granola which IS nutty... so I guess it's just association!

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To me, it kinda reminds me of rice. Or maybe it's just because I eat it instead of rice or potato. I find it near the grains, but I do believe Spaz is right. It's technically a seed.

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Annie wrote:

I've yet to try Quinoa, do not know what it tastes like, where to buy it, what to use it in etc... any ideas?


 As others have said it's a grain seed thingy, and is sort of like rice.

You know how if you add nothing to rice it's bland and gross? Same as quinoa. You can add anything you can think of to it for flavor. It sort of absorbs it all and takes about 15-20 minutes to cook it. The kind I got was in a big bag and you did not have to pre rinse or soak it - you could just start cooking with it.

We tried a curry one and an asian one. You can add vegetables to it, or you can buy flakes and make it into like an oatmeal.



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Ahhhh, I see! I might look into it. What other things are there similar to quinoa?

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My favourite grain that I use in place of rice is millet. If you cook it by the reduction method the same way you do steamed rice, it goes wonderfully sticky rather than fluffy. I like Thai sticky rice, and it makes great pudding as well as savoury sishes.  

I do love rice, especially brown and black rice, I just like to have variety. Mmm now I've remembered 'black rice pudding', with coconut - heavenly, probably my favourite sweet dish ever!

 Grains are technically seeds too... just the seeds of grass/cereal plants

Here's a list of a few more alternative grains Annie:

http://www.alive.com/2102a5a2.php?subject_bread_cramb=491

With amaranth, I don't like it as much simply because the seeds are so tiny that it is difficult to wash, unless you have a really fine mesh sieve! biggrin

 

Diana - have you managed to feel more full after your meals yet or are you still always feeling hungry?



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Ahhh, thank you! :)

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I recently tried teff...a very tiny grain. Reminded me of malt-o-meal or something. Wasn't bad...but I like sticky grains.

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I totally agree about the HUMMUS ! Don't really know what it is made of exept beans ... But It's delicious and full of proteins !


 Hummus is made up of garbonzo beans ("chick peas"), with some lemon, tahini (ground sesame seeds) and olive oil.  You can make it yourself with a food processor (which you can get for $30 at Walmart), and it's great.  I like to make both hummus and tabouli, and have a scoop of each over greens with maybe some homemade vinegrette (olive oil, vinegar of any type, brown mustard and pepper.  You can also add chopped scallions). 

 

 



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I recently had an olive oil and rosemary quinoa and I really liked it.

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I've just noticed in my local supermarket, they do a vegan co coa pops that's made using quinoa... I'm intrigued!
Also vegan chocolate and cookies... I've never been so happy! Hahahaa :D

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Hi Diana,
I have the same experience. It is transitional time. I hope you will overcome this situation very soon. Thanks for sharing everything.

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Granted, this is a fairly old post. Yet, I am new to being a vegan myself and was looking around online in an attempt to find ways to help being hungry all the time. Which lead me to this site with this very post.

As I read along I noticed someone mentioned Quinoa as well as trying to explain the taste. Personally? Id have to say it reminds me a lot of rice, yet every ones tastes very. I will say this tho. First time I tried it, a co-worker brought in a dish much like this one - www.theperfectpantry.com/2011/06/recipe-for-quinoa-avocado-tomato-black-bean-salad-with-chipotle-lime-dressing.html

I was quite surprised as well as loved it. Granted, this isn't exactly like the recipe that was used, yet its the closest I could find online. Nevertheless, if you like rice, you'll love quinoa.

As far as the original topic on this post. I to am having a difficult time with regular hunger pains. I had tried hummus once before and I can't say it's my cup of tea. Maybe a different mixed, or something. What ever the recipe was that I tried, did not agree with my taste buds and completely turned me off from it. Yet, I am fairly open minded, so. Maybe a different recipe would be more to my liking.

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I'm 38 and just switched to vegan as a challenge.  First off, I hate it and I will never stay vegan. The whole concept of vegan's healthiness is made null by the fact that you have to supplement your diet with synthetic proteins (that are natural in animals) just to live.  So my first week, I thought this was going to be easy, just don't eat meat, no biggie.  But now the lack of real protein is leaving me hungry, even after eating, as I am now.  Nothing satisfies me. This is a 90 day challenge and the hunger is driving me crazy.  How do real vegans deal with this? Why do they deal this?  I currently just ate a sweet potato, veggies and pasta, and now a protein mix.......still hungry/queasy.  DOES THIS EVER END??? HOW CAN YOU LIVE LIKE THIS??  90 days seems like forever.  My attitude is total crap because of the constant hunger.  I hate this. I was more happy eating a well balanced meal. 



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Hi. I'm newly vegetarian and can suddenly feel very hungry. Huge bag of chips needed yesterday . So it's good to see this is common. I'll drink more water. 



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