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Ever since making the switch on Saturday I've felt hungry all the time. I don't know why. When I was vegetarian I never felt hungry. It's like even when I eat stuff I am still hungry. Will my body adjust to this lifestyle??
 

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I had this too when first going vegan. For me, snacking often and making sure to eat things with protein and fat helped a lot: nuts, nut butters, hummus. You might feel like this for a while, but it's really just a question of figuring out what to eat. After another week or two, I bet you'll be OK.
 

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I had this too when first going vegan. For me, snacking often and making sure to eat things with protein and fat helped a lot: nuts, nut butters, hummus. You might feel like this for a while, but it's really just a question of figuring out what to eat. After another week or two, I bet you'll be OK.


When I went Vegan, I felt PAINFUL hungry the first couple weeks, for no apparent reason at all, it went away with time.
 

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Vegan food tends to be lower fat and lower calorie so you can eat more without gaining weight. It's great if you're like me and love to eat!


Sometimes it seems like I'm eating more food in a day than my omni boyfriend but I'm a whole lot tinier than he is, it's insane.

Try incorporating more snacks or bigger portions. Also heavy foods like potatoes, pasta, beans, nuts, etc.

I dare you to eat a big plate of vegan mashed potatoes and gravy or spaghetti and not feel stuffed after!
 

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One thing that could be stimulating your hunger is that when you give up animal products, it's easy to load up on refined carbs, sugars, starches, etc. without realizing it. If that's the case, I'd try to be extra-conscious to try to consume at least your 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, as well as to avoid any carbs that aren't whole grains. So far that's kept me from gorging too much.
 

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I felt the same way when I went Vegan, I was hungry all the time, I think it was the sudden reduction of fat on my diet. And as Ashlend said, eating more nuts, nut spreads, vegan butter (Nutelex in Australia) with bread, it helped a lot, now I am just used to eating more. I eat all day! I eat fresh fruit and nuts in between meals to keep me happy, and I am eating more bread, but its home made bread, so no nasties, and mostly wholemeal (I love crusty white bread, or white flavoured bread once in a while too!).
You will be fine, its just while you and your body are adjusting to new habits.
 

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I'm a big eater and I feel like I'm constantly eating. I keep snacking all day and so far I haven't gained any weight and I've been vegan for a while. If you're hungry, eat. It's that easy. Just make sure you eat things that actually make you full, like high-fibre stuff and whole grains.
 

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Vegan food tends to be lower fat and lower calorie so you can eat more without gaining weight. It's great if you're like me and love to eat!


Sometimes it seems like I'm eating more food in a day than my omni boyfriend but I'm a whole lot tinier than he is, it's insane.
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simple solution: eat more food


lots of reasons why you can be feeling hungry, may not even be related to changing your diet.
I agree with both of these! It could be your simply needing more food, especially if you've stopped eating a lot of high-calorie non-vegan foods and replaced them with things like fruits and vegetables which are much lower in calories. I always eat much much bigger platefuls than men (including my omni boyfriend!) and people much bigger than me - it's sometimes quite embarrasing when people are saying how full up they are after a meal and I'm still hungry


Also perhaps in switching vegetarian to vegan alternatives, you're inadvertantly switching higher calorie for lower calorie? (ie: replacing cheese with tofu, or similar) Or even just missing food you'd normally eat out (ie: instead of having egg on toast, just eating toast, instead of having a cheese and fake-ham sandwhich, just having the fake ham, etc)?

It could also be un-related to your diet, and you just need to eat more! A lot of the time people tend to associate things with being vegan when the likleyhood is it's something else entirely - although the veganism/hunger seem to correlate here so it's not as likley to be the case, it's worth bearing in mind! Perhaps you've been more active this week, or it's just a normal fluctuation in hunger, or something else entirely!

whatever it is, I hope you start feeling satisfied soon! Some foods do leave you feeling more satisfied than others, which is easy to confuse with hunger. For example, I feel much more full up after mash potato, mushroom pie and gravy than something equivilent but less homely!
 
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