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#1 Old 05-08-2017, 02:43 AM
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Hey fellas~

Recently I've got a problem, that is: 
I hardly eat any meat, then when I stand in front of mirror, I feel myself look pale.
Maybe it's because of I failed in intaking some necessary protein.
And as I am exhausted after work, I seldom go jogging now.
That's a pity... I usually jog at night in the past.
PS. I have two or three cups of black tea a day.

Could you give me some tips about it?
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#2 Old 05-08-2017, 06:41 AM
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I gave up meat over two years ago and haven't had any issues with being pale or weakened. Just the opposite, actually. However, I make it a point to be in nature much more than I used to, increasing both my sun and activity exposure.

Are you eating enough to compensate for calories lost? What do you typically eat and drink within a day - did you increase your fruit/veggie/starch/legume/nuts intake or just simply subtract meat? How's your sleep?

Caffeine affected my biology negatively, too, although it was my favorite morning and afternoon beverage for most of my adult life, and I'll soon be 50. I had to let that go along with the animal products and the alcohol.

My adrenal glands (and the rest of me) tired of the constant state of fight or flight for many reasons, with caffeine only serving to greatly add to the complications rather than helping.

There are other folks here who can readily share helpful documents and such that will offer suggested daily intakes to give you a good idea of what is suggested in being your best choices to meet your nutritional needs. That's a good place to start in ensuring you're getting enough nutrients.

Food seems to act as a stimulant of sorts when ingested, and we absorb the energies within the product, too, and when we switch out our main source of fuel, there's always an adjustment period, but we shouldn't feel poorly more often than not. Best wishes in healthily figuring out your needs and bravo for trying.

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Hey fellas~

Recently I've got a problem, that is: 
I hardly eat any meat, then when I stand in front of mirror, I feel myself look pale.
Maybe it's because of I failed in intaking some necessary protein.
And as I am exhausted after work, I seldom go jogging now.
That's a pity... I usually jog at night in the past.
PS. I have two or three cups of black tea a day.

Could you give me some tips about it?
People are so used to the effects of a meat based diet they don't often realize when they're suffering poor health. They switch to another diet and look for every bad symptom
You say you 'hardly' eat meat- that's not even changing your diet! What is "hardly"?
Protein is pretty hard to lack, and takes quite some time to become deficient enough to notice- a do most deficiencies.
Whats a typical days meals for you?

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#4 Old 05-08-2017, 05:38 PM
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In addition to what others said, protein isn't an efficient energy source. Carbs and fats are what give you energy. Protein helps build and repair muscles. Protein is made up of amino acids, all of which are also found in plant foods such as beans, nuts and seeds, some vegetables such as broccoli or kale, most whole grains. meat is a source of iron, but so are all of the foods I mentioned above.

Most often when people cut out animal products and go vegetarian or vegan, the most common mistake is eating too little or replacing with foods that are low calorie, such as salads, fruits and vegetables. Those are excellent foods, but you need to include more beans, nuts and seeds, whole grains. When I first went vegan I found that I needed to incorporate foods such as peanut butter, almonds, whole wheat seeded bread, and grains like quinoa or brown rice as a base with meals to feel more full and satisfied. I remember at first, though I had more energy, I felt like I was going to float away. It really helps to become very familiar with vegetarian staples and common recipes so you don't feel bored or lost trying to figure it all out.
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#5 Old 05-09-2017, 12:49 AM
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Most often when people cut out animal products and go vegetarian or vegan, the most common mistake is eating too little or replacing with foods that are low calorie, such as salads, fruits and vegetables. Those are excellent foods, but you need to include more beans, nuts and seeds, whole grains.

When I first went vegan I found that I needed to incorporate foods such as peanut butter, almonds, whole wheat seeded bread, and grains like quinoa or brown rice as a base with meals to feel more full and satisfied.
Agree, sometimes I look at the what did you eat vegan today thread (no poster/s in particular -
but more often with newcomers) and there's such a dearth of complex carbs that I wonder 'where are you getting your calories?' Our media has done such a great job of demonising carbohydrates that I think people are nervous of eating them, even after cutting out meat/dairy.
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Look for iron rich foods to add to your diet as well, lots of dark green leafy veggies and lentils, etc. Also, you may want to go to the Doctor and get blood sugar, iron levels checked.
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I totally agree with @Naturebound - when I first went vegan, I really relied a LOT on peanut butter, it was totally my go-to whenever I was feeling hungry. It was something familiar, and easy to grab when I wasn't sure what to eat. I still do occasionally, whenever I am feeling "empty" - it provides a much needed boost of healthy fat and protein, and is also very delicious of course! ^_^ If you're not into PB, another nut butter, or even plain old nuts will do the trick!
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