Great post Izzy!
I was just wondering - have you learnt how to drive? I'm just curious, as you were suffering from anorexia when most people start learning (at least, here in Australia), and I've heard that heaps of people in Europe don't drive because of the public transport. (Public transport is a lot better for the environment anyway!)
Hope you have a great day!
No I haven't learnt to drive yet. I'm not so motivated to actually learn either, I know that it's a great thing to have but I'm rather scared of cars and driving. It's most probably because driving and how it works is so unknown to me,I've never tested and never had that control over a car so I don't know how it works or feels. I had the goal to start driving theory last summer but then I worked so much that I never got around to it, and this summer I might start with the theory depending on time and if I can invest in it :) I don't personally want to drive but having and drivers license has so many benefits and also means I can go on road trips without being the person who just sits in the back seat ^-^ it's just about me facing my fear and actually doing it!!
Have you found you are less hungry since following the vegan diet? ie not wanting to eat so often because the amount of vegetables and fibre fill you up for longer? I have found this myself and was wondering if this was normal?
Hmmm, it depends and is different from day to day. In the past I used to eat 5-7 meals per day and that worked well for me and my lifestyle and I felt hungry every 3 hours but now I just eat 4 times per day and my meals are very huge and that works best for me. And of course days I'm extra hungry I eat more often or eat less days I'm not so hungry.
Vegan food often has more fiber if you cook the food yourself and if you use alot of vegetables and potatoes, beans and lentils it will make you feel full and bloated. But I find that for the majority of the time I get hungry every 4-5 hours, but of course if I just eat example a salad and some fake meat then I get hungry within 69 minutes. Or if I just eat one portion of oatmeal and some nuts that doesn't fill me up at all.... so I eat rather big portions and make sure that I am satisfied after every meal :) the important thing is that you are getting in enough energy. For example when I ate a bunch of fruit I wasn't getting enough energy and the fruit filled me up which meant I wasn't eating enough and didn't feel so hungry. So if you aren't getting the right energy because you feel too full then you need to try to eat more energy dense food or add seeds, nuts, oils, avocado etc to your meals.
Hey, do you maybe have any of the food that you really don't like and it's vegan? Do you have any kind of food that you don't like because you had to eat in hospital very often? I for example started to hate apples because I had to eat it every day in hospital!!
Of course, there are plenty of vegan and non vegan foods I don't like. Example sausage I don't like the vegan or non vegan version and I don't eat it. And like I've written before, I couldn't eat potatoes for roughly 2-3 years after my time at Mando because I had to eat boiled potatoes 1-2 times a day for almost 1,5 years (of course Somedays I got rice or pasta instead but it was mostly potatoes). But eventually I began eating potatoes again and love them, but can still not eat or like boiled potatoes ^-^ if you find that you are getting tired of apples then eat another fruit, you might like apples again after some time of not eating them! When you eat too much of something or eat it too often it's easy to get bored or dislike the food for a while.
For example I eat food in phases, sometimes I find a combo which I love and eat it all the time until I get tired of it and find another combo I like and it continues like that :)
hello, Izzy, when you next do vegan Q&A, maybe one on veganism & menstruation? and veganism & metabolism?
I haven't read so many studies or done research about these topics but first off I want to say is that you shouldn't lose your period even if you change to a vegan diet. If you lose your period that's a sign that something is right in your body and you need to get it checked out. It could be that you aren't eating enough or you aren't getting enough healthy fats in your diet, but if you notice your period is gone then you need to get that checked up so that it doesn't lead to long term consequences.
And with vegan diet and metabolism, I have many people write to me and say they want to eat vegan just so that they can eat alot and increase their metabolism. It doesn't work that way and veganism isn't a diet... then you just want to eat plant based for health reasons and can't call yourself a vegan, but also I personally think that type of question is disordered. The whole "eat 30 bananas a day" and you can eat as much as you want when you're a vegan isn't accurate. A person can eat plant based and gain weight and you can eat plant based and lose weight - I've personally done both. I.e i lost weight and also regained about 3-5kg on a vegan diet. Sure plant based food has more fiber and can leave you feeling more full but that can be both positive and negative. It doesn't increase your metabolism and you can't go from eating X calories to y calories just because it's vegan. Of course you shouldn't be scared of eating more or enough but I don't think you should eat plant based just to try to increase metabolism, but also if you are just eating lots of salad and fruit and thinking "I can eat as much as I want, I'm never hungry" you might not be getting the energy or nutrients you need eating such low calorie foods.
I needed this today, thank you so much! I have a question, I've felt like I'm avoiding a lot of interactions with friends and even people in general. I know I feel better when I'm around others, it just can be difficult, with limited places to go in my area, and anxiety when talking/talking over the phone. Any ideas or experiences would be helpful. Thank you Izzy
Hmmm, it's easy to isolate yourself and not realise you are doing it, but I would recommend maybe a study date with friends or a work date? Or just suggesting going for a coffee. It may be scary but the best thing you can do is ask.... sometimes friends don't even realise that you have been isolating yourself or they have noticed and stop inviting you to things because you never join, so then the best thing is to just be the first one to ask. Take the initiative!!! And things you can do.... cinema, study, go for coffee/to a cafe, go for a walk, maybe suggest they come to your house and you can bake something or make dinner, watch a movie at your place etc maybe not the best ideas but just a few suggestions. Know that the more you isolate and avoid people the worse you will feel. Maybe set the goal to meet someone at least once a week so that you do something and meet someone, it's just to do it. There are times I've wanted to cancel plans because I have anxiety or just don't feel like being social but I make myself go anyway and often have a good time,or if I'm not enjoying myself I leave early and can at least be proud that I did go!! :)p