I said I'd do an update about my new flexi-vegetarian (it's a real word!! I found it on this awesome vegie site) diet a month after starting and it's only been 11 days. But, I thought I'd highlight some of the highs and lows of this experience (Yes, 11 days in and already I can feel a difference).
Some positive changes I've noticed
- I have lost or at the very least, maintained weight despite the odds... more on why I was really surprised at the end of this post.
- My skin has improved! I don't get as many breakouts, it's kind of dewy... I'm quite pleased!
- I know I'm getting enough fibre, and a lot more vitamins and minerals
PROBLEM #1 I am having this TERRIBLE PROBLEM!
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Anyway, apparently having a sudden increase in fibre intake can cause this, especially when coupled with sugar. Which brings me to problem number two.
PROBLEM #2 I can't stop craving sugar
Sweets, sweets, more sweets. Biccies, chocies, cakes! I crave them all day, at any time of the day. I have cake before lunch, cake after dinner, cake for tea. And biccies all day in between. I just can't help myself. Frankly, I'm amazed I'm not 100kg by now. Tonight, I'm going to bake myself a carrot cake. Just because I've been craving it all week.
|Oh Brunettis, you are my Candy Mountain|
Apparently, it's because I lack protein in this new vegetarian diet. But how can I, when I've been eating the beans/lentils/chickpeas/etc that have been giving me !@$#)!& Problem #1 in the first place?!
So, all you vegetarian n00bs, if you've been experiencing any of these, you are not alone. I just really hope I don't get stuck in a lift one day with a whole bunch of starting vegetarians. :P
Any tips on surviving this diet change?