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#1 Old 06-04-2005, 10:07 AM
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Greetings!



Today is Day 10 of eating no meat. Actually Day 9, because the first night I did have some fish (ack!). During these first days, I have cut out eggs and skim milk, but am still having a little cheese and sour cream.



The last several days I've been experiencing an upset tummy, with having to run to the bathroom several times a day.



I've been doing research online and at the library regarding veg*n since before Day 1, but have not seen this problem addressed.



Is this normal or typical for a person who abruptly quits animal flesh? Since this lifestyle is brand new to me, I haven't ventured into new foods, except soymilk (I only had a small drink of it yesterday when I brought it home from the store). This upset tummy has been for several days.



Thanks for any replies this topic may bring.
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#2 Old 06-04-2005, 10:21 AM
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Are you eating more fruits and veggies then you did before going vegetarian?
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#3 Old 06-04-2005, 10:58 AM
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Hi Venuzia. I am eating more veggies, but not so much fruit. I've always had problems eating enough fruit, but am trying to do better.
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#4 Old 06-04-2005, 11:21 AM
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Hey I think that problem is pretty common. I didn't have such probs because I was a transitional veg for so long when I was a youngster.

I have friends who went veg and they experienced upset stomachs for the first few weeks. Like maybe switching from all the meat to soy and veggies seemed to make their tummy upset. (one even mentioned constantly having to 'run' to the bathroom)

None, of them have these problems now, so I wouldn't really worry about it.

It seems like it is just your body getting used to your new (and superior) diet.



Congratulations by the way, I am proud of you!
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#5 Old 06-04-2005, 11:33 AM
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Thanks lauratiara, I figured it would take my body time to adjust and get over the shock of not eating animals. And...I'm proud of me, too!
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#6 Old 06-04-2005, 11:48 AM
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Same thing happened to me, i wasn't eating much veggies before going vegetarian so when i made the change i got diarea and an upset tummy for a few days but that all came back to normal once my body was use to this new way of eating
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#7 Old 06-05-2005, 12:40 AM
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it's the fiber that is likely causing this problem. vegetarians consume more fiber than the average omni.



yogi brand teas have one for sensitive stomachs. one has a lot of ginger; one doesn't. i get the one with less ginger, because too much ginger only makes it worse. i think the one i get is 'eater's digest.' i'm not certain, though. it's good tea. very flavorful, no caffine.
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#8 Old 06-05-2005, 02:04 PM
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Yeah..... Mint teas also help settle the stomach.



Most likely the tummy upset comes from an increase of fiber intake. This happened to me too, and still happens when I eat more raw veggies than usual.



Another thing to consider is have you ever eaten a lot of soy? I would assume it is fiber for now, but once you get used to this change in your diet, you might want to try switching to rice milk and avoiding soy products for a short time just to see if soy upsets your tummy.
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#9 Old 06-05-2005, 07:20 PM
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I'm glad that someone else is addressing this problem too. I had just gone vegetarian 8 days ago and have horrible stomach pains. I was lying in bed all day today... I couldnt find anything on the internet that talked about it so Im glad to know that its just not [email protected]
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#10 Old 06-05-2005, 07:52 PM
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It's very common. Especially if there's an increase in whole grains and beans / legumes. Soy sometimes does this too, especially if the diet is soy-centric. I've read that it takes about 2-3 weeks for the body to adjust but if you're still having problems by that time, then re-examine your diet to see if you're eating anything that you've developed intolerancy to.
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#11 Old 06-05-2005, 08:20 PM
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I think it's the abrupt change of diet that does it; for me when I switched 6 months ago, the weird stomach feelings lasted maybe 3-4 days and since then it's been all good (better than before, in fact).
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#12 Old 06-06-2005, 02:13 AM
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thanks!
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#13 Old 06-07-2005, 07:37 PM
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Thanks for the replies! I'm sure it's the increased fiber, because I'm eating more of it than ever (not too much, though). My diet was rather unhealthy before going veg*n, so my stomach is probably in a bit of shock. heh I'm still having stomach "pains" every now and then, and it seems to be getting better. Today was Day 13.
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