Just to be clear, I'm not vegan. I'm a fairly new lacto-ovo veg (about 6 months). I do, however, try to restrict my intake of eggs and dairy.
So what I've been doing is having a lot of vegan meals. I make a really yummy bean chili loaded with veggies. I drink almond milk, bake and cook with it, and use it on cereal. I eat whole grains, pastas, stir fries and curries. The thing is, though, if I go the whole day eating entirely vegan, I end up feeling starved by the middle/end of the day.
I'm a healthy eater. I eat tons of homemade mixed salads, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and nut butters. On the days I eat vegan, though, it takes so much more for me to feel satisfied. I end up just cramming down raw almonds trying to make my stomach shut up, or just eating constantly throughout the whole day, which really isn't convenient for me.
This happened today. I had a full breakfast and lunch, and still felt hungry about an hour after eating. That isn't like me. I ate nuts, finished my almond milk, had a banana with peanut butter, and finally, after another half hour of stomach grumbling, ended up having a bit of cheese with crackers. That took care of it.
I'm completely willing to admit that maybe I'm not doing this right - I don't blame the vegan diet for anything, and I see several people on here posting amazing dishes and making the lifestyle work for them. I'm looking for help. I'm wondering if there's anything I can try so this doesn't happen, or if it's normal to feel hungry when making the transition. Maybe I'm addicted to dairy? I don't consume a ton of it, though, so that would surprise me.
I'm allergic to soy in any form, and it can be a real pain to find things I can eat sometimes. So tofu is not the answer for me. Soy-free meat analogues help with this on occasion, but I don't want to rely on them.
Any advice at all?
Thank you, vegans