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Feeling sick

So I've been a vegan for 2 weeks now!
I know its nothing but I'm so proud of myself for making it this far.
That is until today.
I had a late night and woke up at 1:00 pm, lunch was served on the table.
I had to eat before everyone else because my class was about to start in 15 minutes.
Without even thinking I chowed down 4 gnochi balls, gnochi being made with eggs and cheese.
As I finished my fourth one I remembered and was so dissapointed in myself.
Like WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST DO? I wasn’t even thinking when it happened.
I’m always very carefull with everything I eat, reading every label, asking my cook if it contains any animal products. There was a tomato rice served on the table that was for me. I ate the wrong dish obviously.

Now I swear I'm feeling sick, everyone is saying that its physcological, that in now way eggs and cheese could make me feel sick.
I know its only been 2 weeks, but after eating no animal products and now this, does my body accept it???

Or is it really just me???
...and am I even still considered a vegan.
I have asked this question before after consuming whey protein - but that I didnt even know until the end.

This however I knew very well, just completely forgot in the moment.

I feel like I'm back in the day one, with an intoxicated body of animal products. uughhh

Relax. You're probably not actually sick, unless you were getting sick from those ingredients before and maybe have a sensitivity. You're still vegan. Every body makes mistakes. No guilt trips allowed.

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You really need to stop being so hard on yourself.  I doubt there is any person here who has not eaten something that contained animal products at one time or another, either accidentally or deliberately.  It doesn't mean you're not a vegetarian or a vegan, it just means you had a slip.  Move on and get back on track.  Don't beat yourself up over it. 

I've been a vegetarian for eleven years and a vegan for about half that.  Six months after becoming a vegetarian, I sat down and ate three beef tacos from Taco Bell before I realized what I was doing.  I knowingly ate chicken after my father died because I was so devastated I couldn't deal with procuring my own veggie food in a small town with a lousy grocery store.  I deliberately ate salmon when I was on my honeymoon in Alaska because I really wanted to know/experience the taste of such a strong culturally-associated food.  Who knows how many times I have accidentally eaten eggs/dairy in breads and such items I have been served at a restaurant?  I am almost certain I ate beef once in a 'marinara' sauce that seemed to have an odd taste to it.  I can't count how many times I have had a vegetarian soup at an ethnic restaurant only to find out later it was fish/chicken broth.  The point is, do the best you can. 

As for feeling sick, it could be real or psychological.  Your body produces enzymes to break down the foods you eat, if you stop eating certain foods, your body quits making those enzymes.  I know that your body will quit producing lactase to break down milk proteins, but I don't know how long it takes.  If you have no lactase left in your body, you might feel sick when you eat dairy.  As for eggs, I really don't know if those enzymes are different from other ones that break down proteins.  If you feel sick and gross after two weeks, it may be psychological, if it's after two months, it was probably something you ate.  Either way, you will feel  better when you get some good vegan food in you.

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of course youre still a vegan. you only stop being a vegan when you do it intentionally. and i totally feel you on the feeling sick thing. if i ever accidentally eat something not  vegan i feel TERRIBLE.

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1) Joining the confessional: I've nommed down half a bag of crisps before I realised they were yoghurt and chive flavour; the Christmas after I went vegan, I ate pretty much a whole batch of kheer just because I felt awkward and didn't know how to deal with no longer eating a food I really liked. It's all part of the learning experience. You screw up, you feel bad, you end up strengthening your convictions because you know for sure that the grass really isn't greener on the other side.
2) The feeling sick is almost certainly psychological. That doesn't mean it's not real. Take some deep breaths, drink some tea, chill and take it easy until your stomach settles. It'll all work out... what's past is past, and there's no use dwelling on it. Just use it to get back up and keep on keeping on.

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I did the same thing a few weeks into my vegan journey when I ordered some Thai tea.  Another friend ordered it and said it was good, and asked what made it so good.  I said "It's the......OMG...it's the CREAM.....aaaaggh".

As for being sick, some people say that when they accidentally eat dairy or eggs after being vegan they get sick. 

So of it of course, could be in your head, but if you're sick, you're sick. 

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tweety, the thai tea got me too. it pisses me off sooooooooooooo bad when i accidentally eat dairy or something non vegan. each time i get closer and closer to just boycotting food from anywhere unless i've made it myself or it's from a vegan restaurant.

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tweety, the thai tea got me too. it pisses me off sooooooooooooo bad when i accidentally eat dairy or something non vegan. each time i get closer and closer to just boycotting food from anywhere unless i've made it myself or it's from a vegan restaurant.

I really feel this way too. I'm a little paranoid. I have never been one to eat out very much, and now that I'm vegan it's almost never. Restaurants do silly things!

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I've even asked about thai tea before, and one place said they used coconut milk (it's possinle...). I order it, and I see the server pouring half & half in it. Uh, I don't think they make "half and half" coconut milk.

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Do you live in the US?

I think in the US is is vertually impossible to be totally and completey vegan.  Honestly.  Over the weekend I was determined my son and I to be vegan for the weekend.  (actually it went so well I am expanding it to last the whole week, my son seems to do very well with this new diet, but that is another story) and he was hungry and needed a snack so I made us both a couple of english muffins with vegan butter and jelly...then afterwords read the ingredients and realized it had both eggs and diary in th english muffins, ugh!  Just about everything has animal products here in the US.  Unless you are VERY careful with everything you eat every single day, then you are bound to make a mistake every now and then, and who doesn't have a day when you are just groggy, or grouchy and don't think about it when you stick something in your mouth!  Especially if you are new and the habit isn't set in yet. 

You are still vegan, don't worry, you just had an oooops.  Havent we all?

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You have to give yourself a break!  It was an honest mistake, and as long as you are committed, you are still a vegan!  It was a slip up, and you just have to be a little more careful next time.  ALL of us have done it a time or two...or three.

I personally do believe you could have been sick.  I had a similar experience.  I had been vegan for almost a year at the point, and was working very early shifts.  My mom stopped by my work one morning to bring me some coffee, and she had put the wrong creamer in my coffee (dairy cream instead of soy) and I got quite ill.  I know it wasn't psychological because I didn't find out until after the fact that my creamer was switched.

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SQ, I don't know if you have a store up there that is in the same family as Kroger, but I believe their store brand of English muffins is vegan, and marked as such. You always have to be careful with baked goods that you haven't made for yourself!

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I've only recently gotten an interest in english muffins.  It's really hard to find vegan ones at a regular grocery store.  Most have milk, eggs, or honey.  Also be aware of vit D3.  I bought some Nature's Own brand...even after reading the label.  When I got home, I noticed the D3 (lanolin).  I did find a store brand that was vegan a couple weeks ago, but they had high fructose corn syrup..which I don't buy.  So, I guess I'll either be shellin' out the cash for the ones at the hfs or making my own. 

On that note, maiagoesvegan, stay with it.  Going vegan is a transition.  Every little bit helps.  Don't beat yourself up!

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ya seriously... why are vegan english muffins so hard to find? i have only found them once way far away... they always seem to have animals in them... bagels on the other hand :) yum... Thomas' bagels... blueberry... OMG!

oh ya and BTW if you accidentally eat something non vegan u are still vegan!!! don't beat yourself up!!! i have accidentally ate non vegan stuff too and i feel bad but it teaches me the lesson: DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING... unfortunate but true

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Hm. I guess I'm lucky.  My local grocery store has vegan whole wheat english muffins...the regular white ones are not, but the healthier whole wheat are  :)>>>

I know a blog I read had an awesome recipe for english muffins...I believe maybe A Veg*n For Dinner...I have her cookbook, I'll see if I can find it again.

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the recipe in Vegan Brunch is pretty fantabulous.

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ughh i'm such a lazy ass and don't you need to buy those english muffin baking rings so they cook properly? on a scale from 1 to 5 how easy is it to make english muffins? i checked out the bagel recipes on this site and they seem insane with all the boiling... i'm too scared to even try

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ughh i'm such a lazy ass and don't you need to buy those english muffin baking rings so they cook properly? on a scale from 1 to 5 how easy is it to make english muffins? i checked out the bagel recipes on this site and they seem insane with all the boiling... i'm too scared to even try

The boiling is super easy, I promise. It just dirties another pan. You make your dough, let it rise, punch down, shape into bagels, rise, boil them a couple of minutes, I let them drain a little, then bake. You should try it, you'll be surprised how easy it is! It's really worth it.

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ughh i'm such a lazy ass and don't you need to buy those english muffin baking rings so they cook properly? on a scale from 1 to 5 how easy is it to make english muffins? i checked out the bagel recipes on this site and they seem insane with all the boiling... i'm too scared to even try

I've made the English Muffin recipe from Vegan Brunch a couple times now, and never used rings. Just pan fry them on each side, bake, and done. I don't know how the rings would change things...

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I've not made the english muffins yet but I've made crumpets a bunch of times without rings, and they just aren't super perfectly circular round. 
Perfectly tasty though, which in my opinion is a million times more important than shape.

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