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Hey. Sorry to start a whole new thread, but this is a really BURNING question (pun intended).<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"> I went completely vegan about three weeks ago. The first couple of weeks I started dropping a couple of pounds and felt great. Lately, though (like the past week) I have been feeling pretty crappy. Today I had to buy some rolaids just so I could function. What's with all this new stomach acid?!<br><br><br><br>
I have always been a label reader/healthy eater/Never ate at Mc Donald's type of person. So, for me, going vegan was not a major leap, other than giving up animals and all dairy. So, I guess I'm saying I didn't go from crappy habits to going healthy overnight. I suppose I am eating more wheat. Could this play a part in it?<br><br><br><br>
I'm looking for answers on this one! I really appreciate it because this confuses me. I thought I'd be feeling better, not worse.
 

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Different people have different triggers. For me, if I eat garlic, I'll get heartburn. You might want to keep a food log and write down whenever you get heartburn, that way you can figure out what foods to avoid. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartburn" target="_blank">Here</a>'s an article on heartburn.<br><br>
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well I was always told that heartburn (acid reflux) is the result of too little acid not too much. All rolaid/ antacids do is kill the acid you have so you have to produce more. It does not stop the problem at all. Many doctors give hydrochloric acid pills (i.e. more acid) to fix acid indegestion. My guess is that you are giving up highly acidic foods (meat, milk) in favor of low acid foods (rice, greenbeans). <a href="http://www.ctds.info/acidic-foods.html" target="_blank">http://www.ctds.info/acidic-foods.html</a><br><br>
Simply go through the foods you are eating now and compare the charts.<br><br>
On the other hand, there are some who say acid reflux is because your stomach cannot handle acid. I disagree because your stomach is filled with one of the strongest acids (hydrochloric acid) and to say you can't handle it is BS as far as I know. Good luck with that!
 

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Do you think you produce excess gastric acid? Eating whole meal products might help. It might be the case that your digestive system still functions as to digest meat, then it will adapt during the next weeks.
 

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On the same boat

I have been trying to transition to vegetarian for 3 months and have been cutting back on almost all dairy but I have the same issue.

I feel weak and my stomach hurts like I have an ulcer. I find I get nauseated easily as well. I definitely eat acidic foods still as well as more grains than before. But haven't been seeing any heath improvements and I've been gaining weight. I already was a very healthy eater since I'm a type one diabetic so I would have thought I could transition fairly well too.

Any hints or guidance is really appreciated.
 

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I have been trying to transition to vegetarian for 3 months and have been cutting back on almost all dairy but I have the same issue.

I feel weak and my stomach hurts like I have an ulcer. I find I get nauseated easily as well. I definitely eat acidic foods still as well as more grains than before. But haven't been seeing any heath improvements and I've been gaining weight. I already was a very healthy eater since I'm a type one diabetic so I would have thought I could transition fairly well too.

Any hints or guidance is really appreciated.

Hi Cherish, welcome to the forum.

3 months of discomfort sounds horrible! Very unlikely to be caused by a vegetarian diet per se; properly-planned vegetarian diets are approved by nearly all mainstream health organizations.

Although it may be possible to solve this issue yourself, it may be faster / simpler to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian who specializes in digestive issues and food allergies.

A Registered Dietitian can also help you to adjust your vegetarian diet, such that you can lose excess weight, while still eating until you're satisifed.

In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through this website: http://www.eatright.org . Just click on the "Find an Expert" button, located in the upper-right-hand portion of the webpage.

In the U.K., you can find a local Registered Dietitian on the Freelance Dietitians website: http://www.freelancedietitians.org/

In New Zealand, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Dietitians New Zealand website: http://dietitians.org.nz/find-a-dietitian/

In Canada, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at the Dietitians of Canada website: http://www.dietitians.ca/Find-a-Dietitian.aspx .

In the Nederlands, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at http://www.nvdietist.nl/ .
 
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