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#1 Old 03-16-2017, 11:17 AM
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Hello everyone,

I've been a vegetarian for a little over 7 months. I feel great as a vegetarian and I have eaten new foods that in the past I would have never tried. However, in the span of these 7 months, this is the second time I get a cold.

It may not seem like I'm getting sick often, but to me this is very concerning because before I became a vegetarian I used to never get sick, like ever. I would get sick perhaps once every three years, if at all. So, getting sick twice in 7 months is something I am worried about.

What could be the cause and how can I get my immune system back up?

I eat zucchini, cauliflower, spinach, apples, eggplant, beans, eggs (very infrequently), milk (maybe once a month), bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, etc. etc.

I am very baffled by this because before becoming a vegetarian I used to hardly ever eat vegetables and fruits, and now that I do, I am getting sick. It makes no sense to me. And it's not just a mild cold, these two colds have completely knocked me out making me feel achy and weak. I even got a fever both times, which for me is unheard of since I've only ever had a fever once before this. I have never been so affected by a cold and I was hoping someone could help me figure out what is going on.
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Hello everyone,

I've been a vegetarian for a little over 7 months. I feel great as a vegetarian and I have eaten new foods that in the past I would have never tried. However, in the span of these 7 months, this is the second time I get a cold.

It may not seem like I'm getting sick often, but to me this is very concerning because before I became a vegetarian I used to never get sick, like ever. I would get sick perhaps once every three years, if at all. So, getting sick twice in 7 months is something I am worried about.

What could be the cause and how can I get my immune system back up?

I eat zucchini, cauliflower, spinach, apples, eggplant, beans, eggs (very infrequently), milk (maybe once a month), bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, etc. etc.

I am very baffled by this because before becoming a vegetarian I used to hardly ever eat vegetables and fruits, and now that I do, I am getting sick. It makes no sense to me. And it's not just a mild cold, these two colds have completely knocked me out making me feel achy and weak. I even got a fever both times, which for me is unheard of since I've only ever had a fever once before this. I have never been so affected by a cold and I was hoping someone could help me figure out what is going on.

Hi WinterReign,

As always, it's a good idea to see your doctor if you are having serious / persistent illness symptoms (just to rule out any serious conditions).

I had an experience similar to yours about 10 years ago, after I had been vegan for 16 years. I actually got sick 5 times in 1 year! In order to identify possible deficiencies in my diet, I made an appointment with a Registered Dietitian (RD). She had me write down everything I ate for 3 days (taking pictures of your food with your phone makes this easier). When the RD looked over my 3-day food diary, she immediately saw the issue: Simple lack of calories. I never would have guessed - I was thinking it was iron or something. Calories fuel our entire bodies, including our immune system and brain!

Your dietary issue could be something completely different. I really want to emphasize how helpful it is to see a Registered Dietitian - it avoids a lot of worry and guesswork!

In the United States, you can find a local RD through the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Just click on the red "Find An Expert" button on the upper right-hand part of the webpage: http://www.eatright.org.

If you are from another part of the world, please let me know - I can find the appropriate RD-locating website for you.
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from Witch Baby, Francesca Lia Block, 1991

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#3 Old 03-30-2017, 10:20 AM
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