A little background info on my situation: I've been on and off vegetarian since I was 11, an ovo-vegetarian through high school (would've been lacto-ovo but I'm severely allergic to cow dairy products), and vegan for two years of university. I "quit" veganism a year ago for various reasons that I'd rather not get into, and have since been eating an omnivorous diet. I've been giving serious though to returning to vegetarianism or even veganism over the summer, and have finally decided to give it a real go.
My question is, do you think it'd be best to gradually ease my way back into the diet or to jump in headfirst? So far I've been trying to eat vegan 2-3 days a week, and on days when I'm eating regularly will usually only eat one meal that is not vegetarian. I've been suffering from some digestive distress because of it (I have some longstanding stomach problems that make it hard to eat a lot of fibrous foods) but for now I'm trying to pull through to see if the problem will subside. In my personal experience I've always tried to gradually go into vegetarianism or veganism but I wonder if the slow transition just dragged on the problems longer? Do you think that my digestive problems would subside a lot sooner if I just went full-blown vegetarian all at once?
I'd love to hear about people's experiences and/or opinions!
Unfortunately we're not doctors and don't know exactly what's wrong with your digestive system.
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I'm with River on the tum issues.
It's great that you have the goal to go veg, but if it's going to make you sick to do so all at once? It just might make it all the more hard to reach that goal. If you can, find out from your doctor what you're meant to do re: Fiber.
When you go to your doctor, if you haven't already, maybe get them to clarify 'which' fibrous foods you can eat. There's soluable and insoluable and sometimes, with problems like IBS, you have to stay away from large amounts of soluable fiber (and here I was, thinking I'd never get to discuss fiber and IBS with anyone but my doctor! :P).
I don't know whether you can just 'pull through' tummy problems. I think you need to get them looked at, so you don' do any real damage to yourself
As I said, it's great that you want to go veg. But look after you too.
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