I was vegan for two years and in that short period of time my health diminished substantially. At first i felt great. I lost weight. i had more energy (probably because i was burning stored fat haha) but this soon passed and i started feeling weak and developed some hypoglycemic issues. i started feeeling extremely fatigued all the time and im positive i was deficient in almost everything haha. so i did a ton of research and stumbled upon the "paleo" diet. and it just sounded right. it made sense to me. so i cut out all grains and beans and started eating fish and then later on added poultry to my diet and then eventually added red meats back in. and now i feel much better. hypoglycemia issues are completely gone! i can go 5, 6, 7 even 8 hours without eating anything and not feel like im going to pass out. i have more energy, im much much stronger, and my body just feels balanced again. sooo i guess my question is: how many of you have tried a vegan diet and how long did it work for you before you asked yourself "is this really the diet for optimum health?"
It's great to hear from other former vegans who's health has been transformed from going paleo, or at least from adding animal products back into their diets. Like this dude: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSfAO7XBnZY
I was vegan for about two years and it nearly destroyed my health. I am all but certain that the soy I was using for protein nearly killed my thyroid gland. I went vegan because of mis-information about what constituted a healthy diet...just plain lies about what constitutes a healthy diet, actually. For me, far from being a diet for optimum health, veganism is a sure-fire diet for ill-health and death.
I was vegan for about 8 years and developed reactive hypoglycemia as well. It's a pretty good way to waste away and degrade your health.
My mind was blown the first time I went even 5 hours between meals. I couldn't fathom how it was possible.
Though I'm mostly carnivorous Monday through Friday, I'm paleo vegan on the weekends (I follow an 'anabolic diet' style protocol and also like protein cycling). The vegan way of eating is not that bad for limited periods of time, it only gets stupid when you dogmatically make it a lifestyle choice.
I was a vegitarian for about 15 years and a vegan for two years. I experienced the same thing you did, with extreme hypoglycemia, and I found myself unable to lose any weight no matter how much I starved myself or how hard I exercised. I even joined Facebook's "Fat Vegans" group. Not obese mind you, but about 15 pounds that I could not get rid of. My husband, who is very fit, and was already doing Crossfit for a few years, also developed hypoglycemia/pre-diabetes. Enter my brother, who started Paleo, and went from outstanding physical fitness, to down right RIPPED. He and his wife looked so great, my husband and I just had to try it. I am happy to report success!
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