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feeling nausea and dizziness after becoming vegetarian

post #1 of 66
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I have been on a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet for almost one month now, for about three days i been feeling a bit dizzy "out-of-no-where" and some nausea either right before eating or while eating sometimes. My first thoughts are that this ia happening because of my new eating patterns.please help
post #2 of 66
It sounds like you aren't getting enough calories, I usually feel kind of nauseous and dizzy when I don't eat enough. Try eating bigger portions and more snacks, you can also track your calories on a site like fitday to make sure you're getting enough of everything

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post #3 of 66
You've been veg for a month and have only been dizzy for three days and are blaming on the diet? Really? That doesn't make sense to me. There are people who subsist on absolute garbage (fries, burgers, sodas, burritos, etc...) for years who never get dizzy or sick, and when they do, they certainly never blame it on the diet. You are either not getting enough calories, or have something else going on. There is no reason a lacto-ovo vegetarian should have any deficiencies at all. None. You should use a program like Spark People to make sure you get the nutrients and calories that you need.
post #4 of 66
I am sorry if I come across as rude and unsupportive. I just don't like it when people blame everything on vegetarian diet. It gets frustrating. If vegans can make it without issues, the lacto- ovo vegetarians certainly shouldn't be having issues.
post #5 of 66
I agree with the other ladies. I suggest keeping a food diary and then use the sites they suggested.

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post #6 of 66
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I am sorry if I come across as rude and unsupportive. I just don't like it when people blame everything on vegetarian diet. It gets frustrating. If vegans can make it without issues, the lacto- ovo vegetarians certainly shouldn't be having issues.

I saw the thread title and said out loud "ANOTHER one?" Yeah, the first thing people do is blame vegetarianism, which makes no sense because there's nothing missing in a balanced vegetarian diet. Honestly, I think most people are quick to jump to vegetarianism because they want an excuse to drop the diet and not feel guilty about it. Not everyone, but in my experience, most.


OP: If you post a typical day's food intake, we can help
post #7 of 66

I agree with the others on exploring sites that allow you to track the foods you eat. Often when beginning a new diet of any type there is an adjustment period where you have to get used to providing all that your body needs within those restrictions.

 

I have been a vegetarian for nearly twenty years. A few years ago, when I had to restrict my calories to control weight gain, I had a solid month where I experienced dizzy spells. I took the time to write out everything I ate (we didn't have handy sites like SparkPeople back then) and quickly discovered that I was not eating a well-balanced diet. In cutting out foods, I had neglected to replace key nutrients with other sources. 

 

 A vegetarian or vegan diet is completely capable or providing everything you need and diet need not be causing dizzy spells. After a little time of being more aware of what you eat, you will quickly find you can get everything you need without putting much thought into it.

 

Side note: Even after all this time, if I have the slightest little dizzy spell or feel sickish in any way it is blamed on being a vegetarian. I know it may seem like comments get a bit harsh when this topic comes up, but it can become so frustrating when one aspect of your life is always to blame. It's amazing the stretches people can make!

post #8 of 66

You may be coming down with a bug.

post #9 of 66

I agree with the others who said that a new diet is sometimes wrongly blamed for medical symptoms. If you have been on it for a month, I doubt it is the culprit. Dizziness and nausea can be symptoms of some heavy duty illnesses. You might consider a doctor's visit, and tests that can rule out serious medical conditions.
 

post #10 of 66

It may not be vegetarianism in general that is causing your problems, but as others have said, it could be your specific version of a vegetarian diet. I agree that you should use an online food-tracker, such as Sparkpeople.com, to see if you're missing anything major. 

 

However, since you've been vegetarian for a month now, it could be something else entirely that's causing your new symptoms. You might just have a stomach bug. 

post #11 of 66

I think people are jumping on this a bit too much. As earth said, once you change your diet, there is a decent change that the shift has left some deficiencies. It is possible, and even easy, to be a healthy vegetarian, but you could look through and see if you are missing anything i your diet, and if that deficiency would explain your symptoms. Also be aware that your diet may not be the reason, and be looking for anything else that can be.

post #12 of 66

I really don't want to start an argument here but it bothers the piss out of me when people jump on a new veggie like this.  Whenever anyone is feeling ill, vegetarian or not, it is perfectly natural to consider diet as a possible culprit.  Despite the fact that us long-term vegetarians hear this line of reasoning a lot, and it sometimes bothers us, it is the first time for the OP and we hope that he/she continues to stay vegetarian do we not?  Rolling our eyes and saying 'OMG I am so tired of hearing this!' is not at all helpful.

post #13 of 66

It seems that people jump to this the very first thing without even considering anything else though. It's always the diet, 100% of the time for people. Always. Never mind that there are a lot of way more common reasons for dizziness than eating vegetarian such as a stomach bug, ear infection, dehydration, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, not eating enough, hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart problems, not enough sleep, sleep apnea, pregnancy--I can keep going with this.  

 

I am not sure what people who post this want to hear. We aren't doctors. If you are having weird symptoms, it's pretty unlikely that people on a message board can diagnose what is wrong with you, and you really shouldn't rely on strangers on a message board to guess what is wrong with you. Sometimes I also wonder if people jump to it being the lack of meat so they can justify going back to meat. With that said, if me saying I am sick of hearing vegetarianism being blamed for every single sneeze, itch,and cough drives someone to run back to eating meat, then they have a lot bigger problems in their lives than meat eating and dizzyiness. 

post #14 of 66
Nausea can certainly be related to diet and is not too concerning, but dizziness is a serious symptom especially if you feel like you could fall, or if it happens while you are driving, for example. It could be from diet related causes (dehydration, hypoglycemia, etc), but it certainly could be a sign of an illness. Best to go to a doctor and get checked out. Hopefully it is nothing serious, but better to talk to someone who can evaluate your overall health.
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I stumbled upon this thread while doing research for a advice and tips article for new vegetarians and/or vegans making the first steps into their new diets.  I too am unsure concerning "vegetarian sickness". As it has been called before.  I myself experienced symptoms on and off for the first three months of a vegetarian diet.  These symptoms included: fatigue, dizziness, digestive problems, and the most conflicting of them all weight gain! My friends and family as expected were quick to jump to blame my new vegetarian lifestyle.  I myself was cleansing emotionally during this same period of time. So pure determination keep me focused to change my eating habits. By the end of month four my symptoms stopped. I was full of energy, no longer sick, and lost all the weight. My general physician who encourages the decision at the time to be vegetarian and my recent transition to vegan. 

Accredited these symptoms to the body cleansing toxin build up accumulated over years of abusive and unhealthy eating habits.  I myself as a busy student, athlete, writer, and bartender ate like crap until the inspiration to become vegetarian changed my health around completely. This recent transition to vegan has been a cake walk compared to that first step to vegetarian.  I see my doctor regularly to test my levels because of anemia and keep a detailed log of what I eat and drink each day. As my doctor said being vegetarian or vegan is not only a diet but a lifestyle. 

My best advice is to see a doctor and check everything out.

I've had several friends new to vegetarian and they too have expreniced similar symptoms. So you may just be cleansing. Good luck to you and don't give up!

post #16 of 66

I stumbled upon this thread while doing research for a advice and tips article for new vegetarians and/or vegans making the first steps into their new diets.  I too am unsure concerning "vegetarian sickness". As it has been called before.  I myself experienced symptoms on and off for the first three months of a vegetarian diet.  These symptoms included: fatigue, dizziness, digestive problems, and the most conflicting of them all weight gain! My friends and family as expected were quick to jump to blame my new vegetarian lifestyle.  I myself was cleansing emotionally during this same period of time. So pure determination keep me focused to change my eating habits. By the end of month four my symptoms stopped. I was full of energy, no longer sick, and lost all the weight. My general physician who encourages the decision at the time to be vegetarian and my recent transition to vegan. 

Accredited these symptoms to the body cleansing toxin build up accumulated over years of abusive and unhealthy eating habits.  I myself as a busy student, athlete, writer, and bartender ate like crap until the inspiration to become vegetarian changed my health around completely. This recent transition to vegan has been a cake walk compared to that first step to vegetarian.  I see my doctor regularly to test my levels because of anemia and keep a detailed log of what I eat and drink each day. As my doctor said being vegetarian or vegan is not only a diet but a lifestyle. 

My best advice is to see a doctor and check everything out.

I've had several friends new to vegetarian and they too have expreniced similar symptoms. So you may just be cleansing. Good luck to you and don't give up!

post #17 of 66

You also have to remember that you have (probably) radically changed your diet, which means that you are probably craving certian things that your body thinks that it needs from before.

 

I often feel a bit off while eating and after eating. I kept a track of it an noticed that it was when I was eating too many processed carbs, like white bread and rice. If you keep a track of when you are feeling off then you may find that it is a specific food.

And I agree with everyone else that you probably need to eat more. Or go see your doctor.

post #18 of 66

my first thought was is the person taking a multi-vitamin. Perhaps some B-vitamins would  be in order.  That was my first inclination. That & dehydration from the doo-doo festivities involved in a diet change.  Eating oatmeal w. raisins & almonds helps this

Been a vegetarian for a month now & my blood pressure has gone from 150/90 to 119/71.  Had the wonderful experience of the digestive system stick-up, otherwise known as the toilet paper olympics.  Once that nifty little detox period was over, I've never felt better.  Don't see the diet as an "ism" though.  Like buddhism, judaism, capitalism.....it's a diet.  There's no Atkins-ism...south beach-ism...LOL!    It's a defining characteristic to be sure, but I'm a lot more interesting than the food I consume to keep the plumbing going, lol! cool3.gif    

For the dizziness, I'd check to make sure that you're not dehydrated because, as I've said before, the bathroom olympics can dehydrate you.  I'd also make sure you take a multi-vitamin, one that is made for women (if you're a woman) & one for men if yer a guy.  Men don't need IRON in their multi-vitamins.  It actually can cause heart problems down the road.  You get it from the food you consume & is hard to "purge overboard" for the body.  Women on the other hand should make sure they're getting their iron.  SO, this is what could answer the dizziness (if any)

B vitamins, Iron (for ladies), plenty of clear fluids, multi-vitamins.

 

As far as the nausea, ya got me there.  Don't eat so much? OH, make sure you do your best to get organic fruits & veggies.  Pesticides stay in LOTS of them, no matter how much you wash them at the sink.  it gets inside the fruit as well!  something to consider.


Edited by jason1977 - 8/30/12 at 10:33pm
post #19 of 66
Yeah, I've noticed this too. For me, it's not a nauseous feeling but an uneasy feeling lik something is missing or something is off. I've only been a vegetarian for a few days so it could just be part of the adjustment period. You'll make it through.
post #20 of 66
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Yeah, I've noticed this too. For me, it's not a nauseous feeling but an uneasy feeling lik something is missing or something is off. I've only been a vegetarian for a few days so it could just be part of the adjustment period. You'll make it through.

This too shall pass.  (no pun intended, lol)

It's normal.  It's like a sort of digestive boot camp.  It's hell while going through it, but once you're through the other end, you feel great & glad you did it.  Kinda like that, LOL!  It's too bad too because I think if you can go through that, you can pretty much withstand anything.  (almost anything..lol)
 

Things I remember in the new way of eating are ~Variety, Nutrients, Balance, multi-vitamin, & hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  

post #21 of 66

Not to be too graphic, but the military uses charts like these to self-check hydration / dehydration.

 

 

 

If your color is in #4-5, drink about 2 pints of water in 30 minutes

If your color is 6-7, drink 4 pints in 15 minutes.

 

If it's #8, drink 4 pints now.

After a while you kinda remember the colors.  Most often, when a person is thirsty, they're actually short about a quart of water.  When you perspire through your feet, you lose 10 ounces of water a day via perspiring through your feet.  That's 1/2 a vending machine soda / water bottle.  Also, it's important to drink clear fluids as much as possible during the winter time because drinking things like soda, gatorade, etc in the winter, when your body isn't using all those electrolytes, it leaves deposits in the kidneys in the form of 7mm stones.  If you're a guy, it's about the closest you get to experiencing the pain of giving birth.  Clear fluids.  Also, don't drink your calories.  That's what I go by.


Edited by jason1977 - 8/31/12 at 10:34pm
post #22 of 66

I used to pee clear, but now I just drink WAYYYY too much coffee laugh.gif

post #23 of 66
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Originally Posted by jason1977 View Post

Not to be too graphic, but the military uses charts like these to self-check hydration / dehydration.




If your color is in #4-5, drink about 2 pints of water in 30 minutes


If your color is 6-7, drink 4 pints in 15 minutes.

If it's #8, drink 4 pints now.


After a while you kinda remember the colors.  Most often, when a person is thirsty, they're actually short about a quart of water.  When you perspire through your feet, you lose 10 ounces of water a day via perspiring through your feet.  That's 1/2 a vending machine soda / water bottle.  Also, it's important to drink clear fluids as much as possible during the winter time because drinking things like soda, gatorade, etc in the winter, when your body isn't using all those electrolytes, it leaves deposits in the kidneys in the form of 7mm stones.  If you're a guy, it's about the closest you get to experiencing the pain of giving birth.  Clear fluids.  Also, don't drink your calories.  That's what I go by.

I noticed this even before I started becoming a vegetarian. My martial arts instructor was telling us about this. It makes even more sense for us especially as ones that have just started our journey to being vegetarians. It's important information for everyone vegetarian or not. Thanks for posting this.
post #24 of 66
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I noticed this even before I started becoming a vegetarian. My martial arts instructor was telling us about this. It makes even more sense for us especially as ones that have just started our journey to being vegetarians. It's important information for everyone vegetarian or not. Thanks for posting this.

no prob!  Yeah, the charts are out there, some people have never seen them.  It's good gouge for fresh eyes, especially for other fellow newcomers.  rockon.gif

post #25 of 66
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Originally Posted by jason1977 View Post

Not to be too graphic, but the military uses charts like these to self-check hydration / dehydration.

 

 

 

If your color is in #4-5, drink about 2 pints of water in 30 minutes

If your color is 6-7, drink 4 pints in 15 minutes.

 

If it's #8, drink 4 pints now.

After a while you kinda remember the colors.  Most often, when a person is thirsty, they're actually short about a quart of water.  When you perspire through your feet, you lose 10 ounces of water a day via perspiring through your feet.  That's 1/2 a vending machine soda / water bottle.  Also, it's important to drink clear fluids as much as possible during the winter time because drinking things like soda, gatorade, etc in the winter, when your body isn't using all those electrolytes, it leaves deposits in the kidneys in the form of 7mm stones.  If you're a guy, it's about the closest you get to experiencing the pain of giving birth.  Clear fluids.  Also, don't drink your calories.  That's what I go by.

That's a pretty cool chart. For a healthy young person, pushing fluids like the chart recommends works well, but anyone with kidney or heart issues needs to be careful of drinking that much water at once.
post #26 of 66
4 pints (1/2 gallon) at a time? That is approaching a dangerous rate of water consumption. Read about water intoxication before you start posting garbage like this.

Just drink fluids when you are thirsty. You don't need to be peeing clear to be well hydrated--healthy kidneys do a good job regulating our water balance as long as you drink when you are thirsty.
post #27 of 66
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4 pints (1/2 gallon) at a time? That is approaching a dangerous rate of water consumption. Read about water intoxication before you start posting garbage like this.
Just drink fluids when you are thirsty. You don't need to be peeing clear to be well hydrated--healthy kidneys do a good job regulating our water balance as long as you drink when you are thirsty.

If someone is feeling thirsty, they're down about a quart.  When their urine color is at 8, there's more going on than just being thirsty.  This is mostly in intense heat conditions (desert, jungle).  Go do a deployment in the desert & witness heat exhaustion & heatstroke......then we can discuss.  

If you drink only when you're thirsty, you're down about a quart as it is.  Let's be a little courteous in our disagreements, shall we?  I was responsible for 15 people & ensuring everyone was hydrated for 7 months & nobody fell out using this chart.  The beauty is they were able to self check themselves.  In the desert, you can drink 3.5 liters of water and not pee once.  I've experienced that on a daily basis.  I know something about water, hydration, & dehydration.  Chances are if someone is at #8, they're near kidney failure & are going through something heat related.  Chances are they won't be drinking anything.  Chances are they've got an IV drip of ringers going on.

Show courtesy when posting please.

post #28 of 66

note:  if someone is dehydrated to the point of being at #8 & haven't collapsed yet, & the sensation of feeling thirsty on average is being down about a quart, near kidney failure isn't much of a stretch that a 2nd qt. could come in handy.  (A qt. is that skinny coffee creamer container in the fridge.) Then ya wait to go to the bathroom, see where you're at.  You don't just grab 1/2 gallon jugs & down them til yer clear, lol.

 

Others say to drink 3L in 2hrs but that's under normal climate conditions, so there ya go.  But chances are once that 1st pint is down, you don't realize how thirsty you were & you go for more.  If people enter pie eating contests, egg, hotdog eating contests, the avoidance of kidney failure doesn't seem as ludicrous, lol.

 

Edit: 3L = about a gallon.  I know people that drink TONS of water when they find out they've been tapped on the shoulder to provide a sample for urinalysis drug screening.  We all do.  We hit the water & keep drinking & drinking until we have to go.  We end up peeing the rest of the day, LOL, but we consume about the same amount of water for urinalysis & we'd be nowhere close to #8.  It isn't as dangerous as you make it out to be.


Edited by jason1977 - 9/2/12 at 8:48am
post #29 of 66
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If someone is feeling thirsty, they're down about a quart.  When their urine color is at 8, there's more going on than just being thirsty.  This is mostly in intense heat conditions (desert, jungle).  Go do a deployment in the desert & witness heat exhaustion & heatstroke......then we can discuss.  

If you drink only when you're thirsty, you're down about a quart as it is.  Let's be a little courteous in our disagreements, shall we?  I was responsible for 15 people & ensuring everyone was hydrated for 7 months & nobody fell out using this chart.  The beauty is they were able to self check themselves.  In the desert, you can drink 3.5 liters of water and not pee once.  I've experienced that on a daily basis.  I know something about water, hydration, & dehydration.  Chances are if someone is at #8, they're near kidney failure & are going through something heat related.  Chances are they won't be drinking anything.  Chances are they've got an IV drip of ringers going on.

Show courtesy when posting please.

There was nothing discourteous in RunnerVeggies post! Pointing out a dangerous recommendation is courtesy! 

The charts fine, your recommendation of quantity and time is out of line! Water intoxication is a real thing, and while I can't find exact amounts, 64 oz. in 15min. (or NOW if at #8!) is a dangerous recommendation, esp if the person is dehydrated!

There shouldn't be any difference in whether a person follows a veg or omni diet.The only difference would in adding fiber, but since most vegetarian diets incorporate more fruits and vegetables, it usually balances out.

I can't understand the "bathroom issues" you describe being part of changing from an omni diet, but diarrhea of course needs added hydration!

 

As for the iron concerns you previously pointed out, iron levels, whether for men or women, should be checked before supplementing.

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There was nothing discourteous in RunnerVeggies post! Pointing out a dangerous recommendation is courtesy! 

The charts fine, your recommendation of quantity and time is out of line! Water intoxication is a real thing, and while I can't find exact amounts, 64 oz. in 15min. (or NOW if at #8!) is a dangerous recommendation, esp if the person is dehydrated!

There shouldn't be any difference in whether a person follows a veg or omni diet.The only difference would in adding fiber, but since most vegetarian diets incorporate more fruits and vegetables, it usually balances out.

I can't understand the "bathroom issues" you describe being part of changing from an omni diet, but diarrhea of course needs added hydration!

 

As for the iron concerns you previously pointed out, iron levels, whether for men or women, should be checked before supplementing.

she said I was posting garbage.  I can think of other ways to disagree.  smiley.gif  The bathroom issues would be the non-stop diahrrea for a few wks.  The detox process, not chronic peeing, lol.  

I know what water intoxication is.

Dehydration occurs whether you're omni, veg'n or on atkins.

Edit:  Men's multi-vitamins should not contain iron.  We don't use it like women do.  It's tough for the body to eliminate from the body & if there's too much in your system if can actually cause heart palpitations.  Clearly a doctor should be involved.  I haven't posted anything nobody can google for themselves.   W. regard to the 4 pts, obviously it isn't going to be chugged as though in a dive bar.  A pint is 3/4 of my work out water bottle. 4 of those is not a stretch when the body needs it.  If you drink that much when the body doesn't need it, then yeah, there's a problem.  I drink about 5-6 of them on average when I'm working out.  I spend about 2 to 2 1/2 hrs in the gym at a time.  That's over a gallon of water during physical activity.  If you're short on water without that physical activity, your body is basically doing the funky chicken & needs to be hydrated.  Typically they're taken to a cool place in the shade, seated, ice pack on their back to cool their brown fat & they're told to sip slowly once heat exhaustion has set in, but a lot of the time the sips are pretty big.  Naturally the person is escorted home an is ordered to be on bed rest.  Before the symptoms set in, bottoms up!


Edited by jason1977 - 9/2/12 at 9:20am
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