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From: Echo (
Subject:         Re: Feeling ill after turning vegan??
Date: May 31, 2009 at 12:25 pm PST

In Reply to: Feeling ill after turning vegan?? posted by Sara on May 26, 2009 at 7:24 am:

Hi Sara

From my personal experience and from what I've read about other people I think what you describe is fairly typical. The worse your diet was before the harder the 'detox' symptoms will be.

It was a very long time ago but the thing I remember the most when I became veg*n was not having the energy to get off the couch. I slept a lot and had terrible headaches, maybe withdrawal from coffee since I quit that at the same time.

Just think of someone giving up cigarettes, caffeine, or harder drugs....they always feel worse before they feel better. I think it's similar but maybe not as severe as giving up meat and dairy since they are full of hormones and drugs that the animals were fed before they were slaughtered.

Plus giving up sugar, chocolate, ice cream, salty and fried foods all that stuff are typically foods we eat to stuff down our emotions. I'm sure you've heard the term emotional eaters? Well when we give up the things we usually stuff down our throats to suppress emotions it only stands to reason that anxiety and irritability will surface.

So now we have to find new coping mechanisms instead of turning to food to comfort ourselves when we are dealing with stress.

Does that make sense to you? I hope so and I hope you hang in there long enough to see that thinks do get better. Good Luck!

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