Through little research & long time of thinking near the end of June, I decided that I wanted to change my life-style & go vegetarian. I feel more & more disgusted with eating meat through the past couple months of my life. My bestfriend that I’ve known since seventh grade has been vegetarian for almost three years so she showed me the ropes in a sense on what to eat (Whole Foods), etc. When I talked to my parents through time about this, they supported me completely. I was going strong for three weeks or so but I kept feeling weak & feeling like I was going to blackout. My parents told me that feeling extremely weak & feeling like blacking out was extremely unhealthy. We agreed that when I research a lot more & figure things out then I can go back. I need help from you guys, if you’re willing to talk to me. Can I please have tips & other things to help me?
A brand called yves adds vitamins such as iron, B12, Zinc, Magnesium, etc into their mock meat. Some non dairy milks, like coconut milk, also have B12 and other vitamins added to them. One of the best things to keep around if you don’t want to take pills is probably nutritional yeast because it has every vitamin ever in it for just 3 tbsp and you can buy a giant can of it for around $15. I think keeping track of what you eat is probably a good idea. Also since iron might have been what the problem was, try to avoid eating or drinking anything with a good amount of calcium 1 hour before or after you eat something high in iron because it keeps you from absorbing it as well. Try to eat or drink something high in vitamin C with things high in iron because vitamin C helps your body absorb iron and other vitamins. I admire that you aren’t giving up on being a vegetarian even after that experience. Best of luck! (:
The last time I had that feeling was back when I was still eating animal products.
It was caused by not taking in enough calories (poverty related).
I started drinking sugar water (with a tiny bit of Kool-Aid added for flavoring) and it went away.
For testing purposes, to see if you’re lacking a particular nutrient, I recommend taking a multivitamin for a little while. Link (take four a day)
If the multivitamin solves the problem, make a list of the nutrients listed on the multivitamin bottle and start doing some calculations to determine which of those nutrients is not sufficiently present in the foods (and food amounts) that compose your current typical daily diet.
Ok. Well, first off there are a number of deficiencies that can cause fatigue and/or dizziness. Notable ones are:
It’s also worth mentioning that it is actually possible to consume too much protein, which can cause ketones to build up in your body, forcing your kidneys to “flush” your system, essentially causing dehydration.
But that would be far more likely on a meat-based diet, as it’s pretty difficult to get “too much” of anything on a plant-based diet (Though, if your protein shake is whey-based, you may want to consider changing to a plant-based protein shake).
I would suggest using a site like cronometer.com to log the exact foods you typically eat in a day. It’ll tell you if you’re lacking in any nutrients, or possibly getting too much of some of them. If it turns out that you are lacking in some nutrients, you’ll need to adjust your diet to include more foods (preferably fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains) that will give you an adequate amount of whatever you’re lacking, and we can help you with that if you like.
It may seem like a lot of effort, but it’s well worth it, and it becomes extremely easy after initially figuring out what you need.
And of course, always make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.