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Hello everyone,<br><br>
I have been a vegan for a little over a year now.<br>
A few months ago, I had to donate half of my liver to my dad to help him beat cancer.<br>
Glad to say that my dad is doing well now but the surgery really took it's toll on me, both physically and mentally.<br><br>
I have gained 50 lbs since the surgery. I have recovered enough to be able to workout now but it's very discouraging because all my strength is gone and I get tired really easily. Also, I don't know what to eat to help me lose weight.<br>
Before I was vegan, I would just eat lean meat based diet to get rid of my body fat (obviously I was ignorant and selfish then). But now nothing fills me up and I end up eating lots of carbs in the form of bread and pasta.<br>
I will never go back to eating meat but at the same time I want to be thin again.<br><br>
I'm not sure what I'm seeking from you guys and I am sure I haven't articulated my situation/state of mind well enough to warrant a specific response but any help is greatly appreciated.<br><br>
Cheers.
 

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I'm glad to hear your Dad is doing well. Sounds like you've had a rough time of it, but I'm sure it was worth it.<br><br>
The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine does a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart that is focused on eating healthier and losing weight. They offer a 3 week meal plan. Not to say you need to follow the plan, but looking at it might give you some ideas about how to eat differently.<br><br>
Here's a link to the meal plan:<br><br><a href="http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/mealplan/index.cfm" target="_blank">http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/mealplan/index.cfm</a>
 

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You might want to consider finding a veg*n registered dietitian in your area.<br><br>
Here is an article about doing that if you live in the US.<br><br><a href="http://www.vrg.org/journal/dietitian.htm#finding" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/journal/dietitian.htm#finding</a><br><br>
I am not sure how you would go about doing this in Canada.<br><br>
Virginia Messina is a prominent veg*n RD in the US. You might find the dietary information on her website helpful.<br><br><a href="http://www.theveganrd.com/" target="_blank">http://www.theveganrd.com/</a>
 

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Welcome to the boards. Glad to hear your dad is doing well. That's an amazing thing you've done. I do know one of our VBers, WonderRandy, recently lost a lot of weight by following a vegan low carb diet. I'll ask if he can give you some tips.
 

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Thank you for all the suggestions everyone. I really appreciate it.<br>
I've been reading a lot of threads on this forum. What I've concluded is that I haven't been a vegan long enough to fine tune a balanced diet for me and the fact that my metabolism and immunity have plummeted since the surgery, hasn't helped.<br>
Hopefully I can learn some new things and bounce back from this low point in my life <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.<br>
Cheers.
 

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It's tough. For me personally, too many carbs is my downfall. I feel lethargic and put on weight when I overdo it in that department. Good luck!
 

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Carbs can be a real challenge - it seems that everything is grain-based! Before I started my weight-loss program, I was a carb junkie. chips, crackers, cookies, breads.... I would say I was eating EASILY about 80% of my calories from carbs. I know that high-protein, low-carb diets are a bit controversial, but for me, it's a good fit for now.<br><br>
The important part: Stay away from processed refined carbs - sugar is poison, and white flour and white rice are no better. Enjoy whole grains (real whole grains, like sprouted Ezekiel bread) and legumes, in moderation.<br><br>
In less than four months, I've lost 40 pounds, and nine inches from my waist. I'm active, for the first time in my life. I'm on a monitored program with a great trainer, and an amazing support group. I'm lucky, that this came along at a time when I was ready to make a big change in my life.<br><br>
Real change never happens without a certain amount of discomfort. If you're ready to do it, you will. Best of luck to you!!
 
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