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#1 Old 02-24-2015, 11:28 AM
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Question Vegetarian diet is making me feel sick, help needed!

I've been vegetarian for about a year, i don't eat much diary or eggs either but i'm not completely vegan. My problem is that being vegetarian made me very tired, a little moody and i get sick very easily now. I've also been having problems with bloating which i discovered was because of soy products, but i think cutting out soy made my diet a little boring and even harder for me to get enough protein. What could be causing this problems? The only thing i could think of is lack of nutrients but i eat a lot of vitamins and minerals so that shouldn't be the problem. I'm so tired of feeling like this that i'm considering eating meat again but just the thought of it hurts in my heart..
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Sounds like you might not be eating enough calories. Can you give us a general idea of what you eat in a day?

Also it is not too difficult to be a soy-free vegetarian. Here's some info on soy-free veganism: http://www.soyfreevegan.com/ (I know you are not completely vegan, but this may apply to you as well)

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Sounds like you might not be eating enough calories. Can you give us a general idea of what you eat in a day?

Also it is not too difficult to be a soy-free vegetarian. Here's some info on soy-free veganism: http://www.soyfreevegan.com/ (I know you are not completely vegan, but this may apply to you as well)
Actually i eat more calories now than i used to do.

Thanks for the soy-free tips!
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#4 Old 02-24-2015, 12:00 PM
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It could just be your body adjusting to a different diet.

I remember the bloating (and gas) with a certain amount of awe when I transitioned from an omni diet! Took a month or more to settle down in that respect.

Eating lots of calories doesn't necessarily translate into 'good' energy sources. Some foods have a high GI index (eg baked potatoes) which result in peaks and troughs with insulin levels.

As per River's post, could you give us an example of what you eat in a day?
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Actually i eat more calories now than i used to do.

Thanks for the soy-free tips!
Make sure they're not empty calories (ex: French fries, chips).

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Hi ricecake,

I'm sorry to hear that things are a bit rough with your diet. The quickest and surest way to solve this is by making 1 or 2 appointments with a Registered Dietitian.

A Registered Dietitian is a professional with a university degree, training, and certification in human nutrition. If you make an appointment with one, they will ask you to keep a record of everything you eat for 3 or 4 days. It's important that this record be as accurate as possible - taking photos of everything you eat is helpful also.

Looking at your food record, the dietitian will quickly be able to identify any deficiencies in your diet. Like I said, you only need to see the dietitian once or twice. In my experience, it usually costs $80 to $100 per appointment.

In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at this website: http://www.eatright.org/ . Just click on the red "Find an Expert" button in the top-right part of the webpage.

In Canada, you can find a Registered Dietitian through this website: http://www.dietitians.ca/ . Just click on the "Find a Dietitian" icon on the right side of the webpage.

In the U.K., you can find a Registered Dietitian through this website: http://www.freelancedietitians.org/ . Just click on the options in the bottom part of the webpage.
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May be vegetarian food is not for your. Or should I say - you're not ready to become vegetarian. You must have a will power in the first place. Check out the ingredients you are consuming. Know how much nutrients and calories your body needs. You can take health supplements too if you feel tired. Or I suggest you should see a good dietician.

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I've been vegetarian for about a year, i don't eat much diary or eggs either but i'm not completely vegan. My problem is that being vegetarian made me very tired, a little moody and i get sick very easily now. I've also been having problems with bloating which i discovered was because of soy products, but i think cutting out soy made my diet a little boring and even harder for me to get enough protein. What could be causing this problems? The only thing i could think of is lack of nutrients but i eat a lot of vitamins and minerals so that shouldn't be the problem. I'm so tired of feeling like this that i'm considering eating meat again but just the thought of it hurts in my heart..
Hi,
I suffered from the same problem,And it has a much simpler solution, just eat Tahini,before you go to consult with professionals that cost a lot of money, or take supplements,try to add to your daily menu Tahini, Tahini contain high nutritional value and is recommended for integration in almost every type of diet...
2 spoons Tahini every day and mix them with a spoon of olive oil and parsley:
Nutrition Value you will get:
Tahini iron and calcium
Olive oil-Omega 3, 9
Parsley also contains some iron and calcium and a significant amount of potassium, magnesium and vitamin C.

And you will feel much better ,it's worked from me

Best regards
Inbar
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Make sure you eat plenty of things like lentils/ pasta/ rice/ potatoes/ bread to get the calories you need...Lentils contain quite a lot of protein too...You could try a protein shake as well...If you still have trouble you could talk to a dietician
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I like Go Vegan's advice...although you say you're eating enough calories you may be short of protein, even if not in amount your body might not be able to digest it properly. Eat lots of lentils and split peas in the form of soups and dahls. They are easy to digest. Consider a protein shake such as hemp seed protein powder. Lots of dense food such as peanut butter or tahini as mentioned above. You may need to be tested for allergies or intolerances if you still feel unwell. I really hope you feel better soon.

P.S I should also say that eating large amounts of grains can make me feel bloated and nauseous. If you eat considerably more grain such becoming vegetarian that might be disagreeing with you. Try to increase your intake of protein by the foods mentioned above, and not overload on grains. You can get enough carb from starchy veg and fruit. Speak to an experienced dietician for more advice if necessary

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