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I was previously a pescatarian for about the past 3 years, so now, I've only cut cheese, dairy, and fish out of my diet. It's been about a week that I've been completely vegan, and I've found that I'm hungrier than usual. But I think it's strange, because dairy never made up a large part of my diet even when I did eat it, and I ate fish once a week at the most. Why would I be feeling hungrier, then? My usual day of food consists of oatmeal in the morning, then a sandwich, a granola bar, and apple for lunch, a banana and some nuts for a snack, and then whatever's for dinner--usually some combination of vegetables and grains. I also run for about 45 minutes every day, and I'm 17 years old, if that makes any difference. I'm just wondering why this could be the case, and if I should be eating more, or what. I do eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, but still, I don't want to eat too much.
 

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Doesn't sound like enough food. After I eat oatmeal, I'm starving 30 minutes later. And by starving, I mean stomach making noises loud enough for the room to hear. Do you eat beans? Lentils? Pasta?
 

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I eat a lot of pasta/other whole grains. And I usually add raisins to the oatmeal, but again, it only keeps me full for an hour or two at most, though I usually can't eat for at least 4 hours after I have breakfast because I'm in school. For example, for dinner, I had buckwheat noodles with vegetables, and it's a couple of hours afterward, and I'm hungry again. But it wasn't a small amount that I ate.
 

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Vegan food is often lower calorie by default, I'd just try increasing your portions and eating more snacks.
 

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Too few calories. More variety, more junk food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Okay, maybe not more junk food, but more calories. If you're still hungry after pasta and veggies, add a whole grain roll with margarine on it to the menu. Have a small dessert. More snacks.
 

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^^^ what danakscully wrote.<br><br>
Possibly you could use more protein in your diet. I know, a lot of non-vegetarians have a misconception that vegetarians are all protein-deficient, and we're generally not. But you're 17, physically active, and still growing- and the fish and dairy foods you recently gave up are all VERY rich sources of high-quality protein- except maybe some cheeses which are awfully high in fat. I'm not saying you cannot or should not be vegan- just maybe a little more variety would be good.<br><br>
I eat a lot of oats and other grains, too- they are the mainstay of my diet probably. But I also eat legumes. I think legumes are harder to make tasty than oats, whole wheat or rye bread, or rice, but that's just my opinion. Legumes are higher in protein than grains, and their carbohydrates digest more slowly, giving you energy for the long haul.
 

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I would guess that because of your age and activity levels, you could probably eat more calories. I find brown rice to be pretty filling. Unfortunately for me, it packs a lot of calories so I can't eat too much.
 

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i would suggest that you eat more calories... try more fruit or maybe add some avocados, coconut, or more nuts/seeds in there somewhere. Adding the calories is probably going to do the trick!
 

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I would also suggest more calories also and trying to eat foods with complex carbs and lots of protein to keep you full longer. Being at a young age and being active definitely plays a role in why you're hungrier. Your basal metabolic rate is higher, so you should probably be eating a bit more.
 

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I also feel more hungary since I've given up animal protein.<br><br>
I suggest that you add more fat into your diet i.e. yogurts, evo, nut oils, nut butters. Make sure that your sandwich has a substantial filling and who have wholemeal grainy bread instead of white. Have you tried mashed avocado and smoked tofu for example ? Vegan cheese and tomato with black olives on a roll with evo.<br><br>
For dinner I would add pulses/legumes to the grains. Have you tried veggie burgers ? Tofu stir fry with brown rice. Chili with cornbread.<br><br>
Have you tried having smoothies for snacks ? Whizz up a frozen banana, soya or oat milk, silken tofu plus sweetner ( agave or stevia). Nut smoothies, peanut butter and banana, cashew and vanilla. They taste fabulous and are really filling.<br><br>
Make sure you have a yogurt and fruit for dessert.
 
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