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Discussion in 'Transitioning' started by donsabi, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. donsabi

    donsabi Member

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    Not long ago I tried to go vegan. I hit snag after snag until I finally gave up. The first problem I realized that because I am not a big eater regardless of what I am eating I had a hard time eating enough veggies. It was difficult for me to consume more than 1200 calories per day. Secondly, I am on a FODMAP diet so foods like beans are off the table for me. Third, Vit B complex and Vit B12 have some nasty side effects on me like severe anxiety. The fourth thing that troubled me was I had no energy whatsoever. Actually the fatigue was overwhelming too. Surprisingly I was not losing any weight.
    I started eating eggs for breakfast and after a few days my energy began to return. I am eating a diet with small amounts of bison, salmon, and eggs. I would like to go full vegan but under my circumstances doubt I can do it. Comments appreciated, thanks.
     
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    I am not a nutritionist or an MD, but my wife is on a low FODMAP diet and I am vegan. I have cooked a lot of meals for us to share, accommodating both our dietary needs. There is a cookbook of information and recipes for a low FODMAP and vegan diet. I don't recall what it is called, but if you type in vegan and low FODMAP on Amazon or something, it should come up. I don't have it, but I have thought about ordering it. She is on a less strict low FODMAP diet now, as she has learned what she can eat in moderation and what she cannot eat even a couple of bites of. So, it's easier now, but I can remember making vegan meals and low FODMAP even when she eliminated any FODMAP. It was certainly difficult at times, but it worked.

    I think seeing a dietician could be helpful. That way, you could ask about the vitamin B12 issue and the energy. Actually, seeing an MD could help too.

    I wish you the best of luck!
     
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    It will be tricky and challenging but I think it is attainable. I have a friend with IBS an we eat together on an irregular basis. I don't think I have ever adjusted my recipe for her. She eats most of the same stuff I do. However I know that IBS in infinitely variable what is ok for one victim is not for the next one over.

    The other advice I have for you is to speak to your doctor about a Registered Dietician. At my HMO if a doctor refers you to one they pay something like 50% of the bill. and typically you only need one to three appointments. And if you haven't had one yet, a food allergy test is a really good first step.

    Of course it varies from person to person but according to most FODMAP charts - most beans are OK.

    Oh. and I've also seen people react badly to some of the B vitamins. But it has also been because they took too much. Some supplements have huge amounts. But typically a multivitamin has reasonable amounts.

    Go ahead and google FODMAP and vegan. I found a bunch of good stuff. Here is a sample.
    That book on Amazon looks good.

    https://www.amazon.com/Low-Fodmap-Vegan-What-When-Anything/dp/1570673373

    https://www.theveganrd.com/2016/03/vegan-diets-and-irritable-bowel-syndrome-the-fodmap-approach/
    http://www.theveganrd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/fodmap-handouts-1.pdf
    http://www.bloomnutritionist.com/blog/2018/2/28/the-low-fodmap-diet-for-vegans
    https://www.livekindly.co/vegan-ibs-low-fodmap/
    https://calmbellykitchen.com/blog/fodmap-tips-for-vegetarians-and-vegans
     
  4. donsabi

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    Thanks for your posts.
    Monday I will contact my insurance company and see if a dietician is covered for me.

    I do have IBS and Atrial Fibrillation, vagal afib, that is triggered by bloat. I try to avoid any food that might cause bloat.
     

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