I transitioned to be a vegan almost 2 years ago and tried it for close to 1 year. Now I am back and fired up after reading the book 80/10/10 diet by Doug Graham. About a month or two into eating a fruit diet I felt my throat be irritated and feeling high on sugar a lot of the time. I decided to mix in some more water-rich fruits like melons and cut out dried fruit. Also I started eating pasta, tomato sauce, potatoes and beans.
Q#1 has any one else experienced this same effect of eating only fruits? What was your learning experience and transition to continue feeling healthy like? What did you have to change and what eating habit are you in now?
Now, I eat a mix of brown rice, tomato sauce, green smoothies (with celery, carrots, kale, romaine lettuce, and some minimal fruit to make it taste good), oatmeal, almond milk, wheat pasta, all different kinds of beans and all varieties of fruit (mostly eat, from most to least...bananas, apples, pears, pineapple, persimmons, oranges, melons etc). I've lost some weight and feel good overall. Did a blood test recently and found that my good cholesterol level is low (35) so I decided to try and eat more almonds and include some good oils in my diet. My next goal is to gain muscle and lose fat with diet and exercise.
Q#2 has anyone experienced that if you do not eat enough beans during the day you feel sluggish, tired, being more hungry than usual? I have noticed this reoccurring event in my life which is why I always try to eat beans during my meals. Otherwise I am just eating way too much bread, brown rice and fruit to account for that headache hungry feeling and I feel sort of bloated.
Q#3 Any vegans out there aspire to lose fat and gain muscle? Other than exercise, what are some of your must-do's when analyzing your diet when you want to lose fat and gain muscle?
Always looking to connect with vegans out there as I have not encountered too many. Excited to hear your responses!