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Old 08-11-2011, 03:29 PM   #1
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High carb vegetarian question

Long ago I lost all the weight I needed to eat on Atkins. Then I tried
to switch to a verry low fat vegitarian diet. At first I felt so much better
coming off that high fat high meet diet. But after about 2 weeks I started
feeling a lot of anxiety. The third week I had to go back to the old diet
or check in the mental institution. I always wondered what happened to
make me feal so bad. The only thing I can think of is I didn't eat many
fruits and vegitables and perhaps I didn't get enough magnesium. Does
that make any sense?
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:47 AM   #2
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Long ago I lost all the weight I needed to eat on Atkins. Then I tried
to switch to a verry low fat vegitarian diet. At first I felt so much better
coming off that high fat high meet diet. But after about 2 weeks I started
feeling a lot of anxiety. The third week I had to go back to the old diet
or check in the mental institution. I always wondered what happened to
make me feal so bad. The only thing I can think of is I didn't eat many
fruits and vegitables and perhaps I didn't get enough magnesium. Does
that make any sense?
When you say low fat veggie diet do you mean you left the low carb diet behind completely??
If so id imagine its more the new intake of carbs rather then the switch to veggie that had you feeling like that.
I've been veggie since i was 12yrs old, i dont/cant see how it can make you feel like this but i wouldnt know as i was so young. i do know that when i eat carbs i feel bad, especially after been off them awhile.

maybe try a low carb veggie diet? have you tried quorn? you might just miss the texture of meat?
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:18 AM   #3
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Low fat vegetarian sounds difficult to maintain. I would think adding coconut oil & olive oil & perhaps some of the fancier expensive oils on salads would up your calorie level enough that you would feel better. Maybe nuts & seeds also?

I found I had to cut fat somewhat due to horrendous cholesterol levels for the first time in my life. I dont worry so much about heart disease as I dont have it in my family but I dont want all the brochures arriving in the mail telling me I'm a mess .
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Thanks for the responces. But this was 35 years ago and the Pritican diet had just
come out. It called for a low protein verry low fat ( 10% or less) diet. It was supposed
to be super healthy ect.
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For me, low fat is not something I would recommend to anyone. We need the fat.

I did a totally low fat diet for a year and gained 38lbs and I never cheated and I even learned to like all that low fat stuff, but ya know it just isn't good for you at all. It's better than some things, but processed foods are just that---processed means that they have just about removed any of the vitamins and nutrients you need for your body.

I'm a high advocate of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and I eat meat rarely--in fact, most of my meat would be in the form of bacon grease or chicken and beef broth for seasoning. Eventually, I will get away from that too...I'm still in the weaning process.

I did a very strict Atkins diet in 1987 and lost 46 lbs and I never cheated.

These days, it's very hard not to cheat.

Anytime we change the way we eat, it affects us. Me, I generally get very tired and lethargic, cranky, etc. Our bodies need time to adjust to a new way of eating or lack of eating something it is used to. For example, giving up sugar. It takes a big toll on the body cause it craves it constantly. The same with caffiene or anything we consume daily that we refuse to consume now.

I recall the Pritikin diet. Our HEB stores were great promoters of it and they used to put the items on sale that were on the diet. I never did the actual diet though.

I would advise doing the vegetarian diet the best you can and eat the fats. Even when I was juicing, if I had eaten some cheese, I think I would have felt better.

There are lots of meat substitutes out there. It's even better if you can tolerate soy. I love Boca Burgers and eat them all the time.

I hope you can find a way to eat that makes you feel good and helps you lose weight too.
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