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#1 Old 05-26-2014, 01:49 PM
 
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Trouble exercising

Hi, I'm a 19 year old who recently transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a vegan diet and I've noticed I'm lacking energy when I go to the gym. I've always been quite fit, but today at the gym my vision blurred and my hearing went for about 5 minutes. I've been eating enough protein and taking supplements for B12, problems which I was already warned about, but I'm still struggling. Anyone have any advice?
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#2 Old 05-26-2014, 02:16 PM
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Are you getting enough calories?

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Think so, I include a lot of beans and things like quinoa in my diet because for a while I wasn't, but I'm still not sure if there's something else I could be missing? I'm also not sure if the supplements are very effective, but I'm trying to get iron and calcium at least from natural sources
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Blurred vision and hearing loss to me sounds like something much more than diet related. I would get myself checked out if I had these issues. That sounds very alarming!

That said, I am very sensitive to supplements (and drugs and chemicals) and it took me several brands and types before I found a B12 supplement I could tolerate. Some made me feel like I was jumping out of my skin or that every nerve was on fire. I would get dizzy spells too. Did you just start the supplements?
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Hi, I'm a 19 year old who recently transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a vegan diet and I've noticed I'm lacking energy when I go to the gym. I've always been quite fit, but today at the gym my vision blurred and my hearing went for about 5 minutes. I've been eating enough protein and taking supplements for B12, problems which I was already warned about, but I'm still struggling. Anyone have any advice?
Hi vegeta. We get a similar question weekly here at the forum and it almost always turns out to be that the new vegan is accidently eating too few calories. You have to eat a lot of vegan food to get enough calories, especially if you're physically active.

If you have an eating disorder history, the losing hearing/blurry vision symptoms should send you to the doctor. Otherwise, there are sites and phone applications where you can plug in your daily foods and get the nutrition info.

Good luck!
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One additional thought. Are you drinking enough water? One sure way I know I'm dehydrated is my vision begins to blur. Dehydration can suck your energy too.

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I'd speak to a registered dietitian if I were you but I think vision problems can be iron related. When my mom was pregnant with me she had temporary blind spells and the doctor had her double up on her iron vitamins, that solved the problem.
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What the others said.....make sure you're OK from a medical perspective.

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When I lack energy I blend my raw fit vegan protein powder with some berries and a banana a few dates and some almond milk add a few ice cubes and I'm good to go!

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#10 Old 05-29-2014, 05:05 AM
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I agree with Naturebound that this could be something that needs to be checked on by a doctor. If it happens again, go and have a check-up with a full blood analysis. It could be completely unrelated to your diet. And the sooner you find out what it is, the better.
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