Withdrawals from Meat and Dairy- how long do they last?
I made a commitment to become a vegan 5 weeks and 5 days ago. I went cold turkey. I knew that a change such as this might cause me to feel worse before I got better. I understand and was ready for this.
However, after almost 6 weeks, I'm feeling really sluggish, tired ALL the time, and kind of over-all crummy. I thought I'd be feeling better by now, and I've only slipped once (cheese) in about 6 weeks.
I'm eating lots of whole grains and fruit, and try to get raw veggies in about 5 days a week for lunch. I'm drinking a decent amount of water, very little caffeine, and sleeping as usual.
When will I start to feel better? I mean, I feel the positive effects of the change in diet, certainly. But I'm so lethargic all the time... It's really affecting my life and work.
I'd greatly appreciate anyone's help or insight on this matter.
Thank you all kindly.
Congratulations on deciding to go vegan! Any big change in diet can make our bodies confused for a short period of time, and as you mentioned, it takes some adjustment.
It worries me that you are feeling sluggish, and I'm wondering if you're eating enough protein. You mentioned whole grains, fruit, and vegetables, but didn't say anything about beans. Beans are an excellent source of protein, and will make you feel amazing. I'd make sure to get a few cups of beans, tempeh, or tofu each day.
Also, you said you have veggies at lunch. Do you eat vegetables at any other time? One of nature's richest sources of nutrition is in the dark, leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, and other greens. You can eat these raw, add them to sandwiches or soups, bake them, or sautee them.
You should really start to feel great very soon after switching to a vegan diet, but it's important to make sure you are eating a balanced diet with enough calories and protein.
I wrote an ebook about quitting cheese that you also might want to check out for tips on dairy detoxification.
I hope this helps!