Oka so I’ve been trying to vegetarian for a long time now and I’ve done it for eight months last time. But the problem is I always end up getting sick. Does anyone have any idea why this keeps happening and I can fix it. P.s. I do take multivitamins.
You need to eat healthier. Ask your doctor and see which vitamins you’re missing. Even though you take multivitamins, you might still be missing some. Vitamins from the pill aren’t as easily absorbed as vitamins from food. Perhaps you’re low iron(very common amongst the veggie people). Plus, make sure you eat some oranges for some vitamin C.
When I was an omnivore, I had a HORRIBLE immune system. Ever since I was very young, I got sick allll the time. I got strep throat at least twice a year, UTI’s became so common that I was getting them every month, as well as inner ear infections. I even managed to end up with Chicken Pox THREE TIMES! Now, eating a mostly healthy balanced vegan diet (I do still splurge on processed vegan snacks once in a while, but I feel like poo after I eat them), I hardly ever get sick. I eat between 1,700 and 2,000 calories a day, about 85% of which comes from fruit and vegetables (the rest comes from nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and whole grains) and I exceed ALL of the daily nutritional requirements for my age/height/weight, except B12 (because I’m not very fond of Nutritional Yeast).
The only vitamin I really feel I need to take is B12, but that’s not actually because of my diet. My body naturally produces a sufficient amount of B12 on it’s own, but I take extra because it helps with my Fibromyalgia.
I also supplement with Vitamin C, Cranberry, Cinnamon, Biotin, and Zinc. Again, not because I -need- to, but because they help with problems caused by Fibromyalgia. Of course, Vitamin C and Zinc will help boost your immune system – but it’s best to get as much as you can from your diet, as it’s absorbed into your body better than supplements.
If you’re concerned about the balance of your diet, try using a free program like sparkpeople.com or caloriecount.about.com (that’s the one I use), to ensure that you’re getting everything you need on a daily basis. It may help you understand what you’re lacking, AND if you’re consuming too much of one thing or another.
Make sure you’re eating as many raw fruits and veggies as you possibly can in a day – kudos if they’re organic, but living on a very limited budget myself, I know that’s not always possible – and non-organic fruit and veg is still a better option than a block of cheese, or a glass of milk.
Try to limit your intake of processed foods – if you want chips or cookies, make them yourself from scratch so you know what is in them.
Of course, if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, don’t eat it.
You may also want to consider a test-run of a gluten free diet for a while. If you’re even mildly gluten-intolerant, consuming it can have a pretty huge effect on your body.
You can still get sick on a vegetarian or vegan diet. If you’re around people a lot, chances are someone may share their cold with you. Abstaining from eating animals won’t make you immune to sickness, but it will make you a lot healthier, granted you are eating properly. There are lots of veg junk foods out there (veggie burgers can be unhealthy, some fatty potato chips and even Oreos are vegan), so be aware of what you are eating. Mostly raw foods (simple fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, etc) are great for your immune system. Also, be careful with multivitamins, as too many can harm your health. Something I highly recommend is replacing cow’s milk with almond milk. It tastes amazing and is far healthier than cow juice. Dairy can also be a major cause for illness (despite what the ads say – those are just for money-making purposes). Exercise, fresh air, and clean mentality are also key to great health. If possible, find a nutritionist and talk with them about going vegetarian and staying healthy.
You just need to eat a balanced diet. That includes as much veggies and fruits as you want. grains and protein (beans, meat subsitues and nuts.
As long as you eat a verity of foods on a regular basis you will do fine. Also drink a lot of pure water.
I have done a lot of research on how to stay healthy. You should look up complete proteins. And try new veggies and fruits weekly. That way you do not get in a habit of only certain things which limits your diet.
i love being vegan because it force explore the world of new foods.
P.S before I became vegan and I was just vegetarian I ate a lot of cheese and other animal by-products which did make me sick so be careful.
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