I have had a lot of success with hulled hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds (must be roasted on a clean line, can't do anything raw). Sunflower seeds can be problematic so I try to limit these. So, I try to work the hemp and chia in as much as possible to get the protein grams I need per day but find they really never seem to satisfy me or make me feel energized or full or satisfied the way I used to feel when I was eating wheat--I used to live on pretzels--they gave me so much energy--but, of course, I was terribly sick every night. I'm still recovering from the almonds I ate out of desperation on Friday night b/c I was so depleted and feeling so weak and knew I could never get through my busy Saturday w/o something else--I felt terrible GI-wise, but had the energy I needed to get through the day--then the symptoms just got worse and the outcome has been really tough to handle. I don't think I can ever look at another almond again. And I was so hopeful that reintroducing them would work.
I just really appreciate being able to share this with people who understand. It's incredibly helpful and I hope you realizse what an amazing thing you are doing to help people who have been suffering and feel at the end of their rope. I am so lucky to have the most understanding, kind, loving husband who is always there for me but he is worried too and there is only so much someone can talk about this when it's not your problem, you know? Knowing there are people like you out there who have suffered, survived and flourished and are kind enough to now help others is really, really helpful and healing. Thank you so much. I will keep everything you have advised in mind and move forward. My husband has been suggesting the going back to meat thing as well, but I can't get there yet (almost 30 years a vegan). I realize I may have to. Every nutritionist I talk to is completely clueless on how to help a vegan with my restrictions so I've read a lot of books and nutrition and tried to get myself the help I need that way but realize I still need work. Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and ideas and kind suggestions!