I follow a plant-based diet - basically Joel Furhman's diet as outlined in his books. No oils, no processed foods. I'm a very active female, 27 years old and working out on average 1-2 hours a day, 5'5", 108 lbs. I have an old left knee injury (dislocation) and had right ACL reconstruction surgery a few months ago.
My problem is that I don't seem to have a sufficient appetite to get enough calories to fuel all my activities following Furhman's diet. I have read his articles on this topic such as "Fueling the Vegan Diet" which provide sample menus but I am not able to eat that quantity of food. I have tried adding hempseed powder to smoothies, using plenty of nuts, avocados, etc, but still can't consume more than about 1200 calories a day without forcing myself to the point of feeling nauseous or ill. The issue seems to have to do with appetite; I've always had a modest appetite and never prone to over-eating. Even when I used to eat junk foods I would feel satiated after, say, one or two cookies, or one scoop of ice cream. I have a very petite frame (waist size about 22") and probably have a small stomach capacity. The only thing that allows me to eat larger quantities of food is cannabis, but I'd prefer not to use that regularly as an appetite stimulant. I also don't want to add animal foods, processed foods, etc, because I am pre-diabetic. If I can I'd prefer to stick to a completely plant based diet. Besides having slightly high A1C levels my bloodwork is all normal, though I do have hypermobility/laxity in my joints which predisposes me to sports injuries. Any ideas?