Originally Posted by Alicia Laucirica
I dont know whats come over me but its day 3 and im getting worse. Ever since i started this journey ive been getting more stressed about being a good veggie. Ive been getting some flack from the fam and i blow up over everything. I get tired easily now and i get mild headaches. Im loosing weight and my body feels better than ever. But my mental health is unstable. Getting moody and irritable. Am i not eating enough? Am i getting the vitamins i need? Plus i havent been to the doctor. Mind you im on day 3. Im mostly vegetarian but i dont drink milk, eat ice cream, butter or eggs. But if something might have some cheese in it i eat it.
If you are experiencing severe physical or mental symptoms, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor.
Having said that, it's not likely that you've developed a vitamin / mineral deficiency in only 3 days. It's more likely that you simply aren't eating enough calories - not enough gas in the tank!
Not eating enough calories is a common mistake made by people who are beginning a whole foods vegan diet. I've been a vegan for 25 years, and there are still days when I make this mistake. This mistake is very easy to make, because vegan staple foods (legumes, whole grains, fruit, vegetables) are low in calories, compared to most meats. On a low-fat vegan diet, it's possible to eat until you're full, yet still not get enough calories.
Here's how to fix it.
First, use a calorie-requirements calculator to estimate your calorie needs: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-li...s/itt-20084941
Next, just remember this calorie rule-of-thumb:
One cup of cooked beans/legumes contains about 230 calories
One cup of cooked grains/pasta contains about 190 calories
One cup of fresh (not dried) fruit contains 40-100 calories
One cup of non-starchy vegetables contains 5-40 calories
One cup of nuts or seeds contains 650-1000 calories
For example, I need to eat about 2500 calories per day to maintain my weight. Can you see how much beans, grains etc. I have to eat to do this? I have to stuff myself! Including nuts, nut butters, and/or seeds in your diet is an easy way to make sure you're getting enough calories.