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#1 Old 09-30-2013, 02:29 PM
 
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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!

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#2 Old 09-30-2013, 03:36 PM
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It really depends on your personality. Some do really well with cold-eggplant, and others need a gradual switch. If your personal experience dictates (and it sounds like your tummy!) a slow transition, then that's what you should do.

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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#4 Old 10-01-2013, 07:38 PM
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I found that slow transitions tend to work better for me personally, I'm not the type of person who does well plunging into things and I find I'm more likely to stick with decisions if I take my time thinking about them and easing into a new way of doing things. So if that's the way you feel you are too I say go for it, although I can't give any advice about your digestive issues besides talk to a doctor about it. Maybe you could also try avoiding foods you know from experience make your stomach upset, and your doctor may have advice on what veg foods are best for you to eat too.

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