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#1 Old 04-15-2018, 08:20 AM
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Vegan and eating disorders?

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So I was wondering does being a vegan lead to eating disorders? Because you need to keep track of what you're eating what if that gets your mind obsessed with it and you and you restrict yourself from eating so many kinds of foods. I only ask because eating disorders are super common in my family and i'm worried that if i go vegan i'll fall into it and wont be healthy or happy because i'll be obsessed with getting the right nutrients and not eating so much junk foods. Also can you recommend any multi vitamins for teen vegans so i can keep up with iron and b12 low iron runs in my family too because of our Russian side of the family and many vegetarians so no matter how much iron foods we have its still pretty low
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#2 Old 04-15-2018, 10:37 AM
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I cannot say anything about eating disorders, but I know people who have b12 and iron deficiences (they are not vegan) and they either need injections or specific pills. Over the counter b12 and Iron doesn't get absorbed so well, especially if you already have pre existing conditions. Better to talk to a doctor.
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The only association I am aware of with Eating Disorders and Veganism is that many papers have been published about Anorexics who disguise or camouflage their eating disorder with veganism.

You know, like, "Oh, I can't eat that. It's not vegan."

The papers mostly describe underweight teenage girls.

Anyway, as far as your concerns go. I don't think a person who is " obsessed with getting the right nutrients" could have a typical eating disorder. Most eating disorders are "anti-calories", not "pro-nutrition". Although any obsession could be classified as an OCD, I can't see how it could negatively affect your physical health. Although I do think it could affect your mental health.

It would not be a bad idea for you to discuss this with your family doctor. Although if they have been reading those articles I mentioned AND if you are an underweight teenage girl, I think he will discourage veganism reflexively .

As far as dealing with "obsessed with getting the right nutrients", goes, my favorite piece of advice is to start a CronOmeter account. There is a tiny bit of a learning curve but after a while, it takes only a few minutes a day. The website is free, and it even can remind you to log on. The app costs money - but try it for a while before you buy it. The app also unlocks some extra features.

CronOmeter is really easy to use and Understand. Color-coded bar graphs and pie charts. You can see each night before you go to bed how well you ate. and even make adjustments to what you were planning to eat tomorrow. And like I said, once you learn how to use it, it just takes a few minutes a day. So as far as obsessions go - its pretty mild. Probably no worse than someone who is "obsessed" with brushing their teeth before bed.


As an alternative, you could try SparkPeople. It's also free. but way more complicated but also more comprehensive. It even makes a healthy week long meal plan for you. With recipes and a shopping list. It has no vegan checkbox. but it's not hard to adapt it the meal plans.


I also have issues with anemia. but multis with too much iron make my poops too hard. I found that DEVA's Tiny Tablets give me just enough iron to keep me AND my butt happy. They have 50% of the RDA of iron. And I found thru trial and error that I don't want anything with over 66% iron. You could also take a multi without iron. They make them. and then take a separate iron supplement. The iron in plant foods is not as absorbable as the heme iron in animal protein. So vegans should shoot for over 100% of the RDA. Anytime you get a checkup they test your iron levels. So its pretty easy to stay on top of it. But if it is an issue - they have affordable home kits for testing iron. All you need is one drop of blood.

If you do take an iron supplement - take it with a glass of OJ or a Vitamin C supplement - or your multi - or any combination of the above. the vitamin C helps you absorb iron.


Oh, by the way, DEVA tiny tablets are vegan and inexpensive. They also contain 100% of the mRDA of B12.

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#4 Old 04-15-2018, 03:02 PM
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Thank you!! Haha I am a underweight teen girl due to my high matablism my doctor says im a healthy underweight though so i'm safe haha OCD is something I have as well as everyone in my family but I can keep mine under control really well. I'll check out sparkpeople as my family doctor does not want anyone in my house to keep track of calirous or anything due to lots of my sisters eating disorders.
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The only association I am aware of with Eating Disorders and Veganism is that many papers have been published about Anorexics who disguise or camouflage their eating disorder with veganism.

You know, like, "Oh, I can't eat that. It's not vegan."

The papers mostly describe underweight teenage girls.

Anyway, as far as your concerns go. I don't think a person who is " obsessed with getting the right nutrients" could have a typical eating disorder. Most eating disorders are "anti-calories", not "pro-nutrition". Although any obsession could be classified as an OCD, I can't see how it could negatively affect your physical health. Although I do think it could affect your mental health.

It would not be a bad idea for you to discuss this with your family doctor. Although if they have been reading those articles I mentioned AND if you are an underweight teenage girl, I think he will discourage veganism reflexively .

As far as dealing with "obsessed with getting the right nutrients", goes, my favorite piece of advice is to start a CronOmeter account. There is a tiny bit of a learning curve but after a while, it takes only a few minutes a day. The website is free, and it even can remind you to log on. The app costs money - but try it for a while before you buy it. The app also unlocks some extra features.

CronOmeter is really easy to use and Understand. Color-coded bar graphs and pie charts. You can see each night before you go to bed how well you ate. and even make adjustments to what you were planning to eat tomorrow. And like I said, once you learn how to use it, it just takes a few minutes a day. So as far as obsessions go - its pretty mild. Probably no worse than someone who is "obsessed" with brushing their teeth before bed.


As an alternative, you could try SparkPeople. It's also free. but way more complicated but also more comprehensive. It even makes a healthy week long meal plan for you. With recipes and a shopping list. It has no vegan checkbox. but it's not hard to adapt it the meal plans.


I also have issues with anemia. but multis with too much iron make my poops too hard. I found that DEVA's Tiny Tablets give me just enough iron to keep me AND my butt happy. They have 50% of the RDA of iron. And I found thru trial and error that I don't want anything with over 66% iron. You could also take a multi without iron. They make them. and then take a separate iron supplement. The iron in plant foods is not as absorbable as the heme iron in animal protein. So vegans should shoot for over 100% of the RDA. Anytime you get a checkup they test your iron levels. So its pretty easy to stay on top of it. But if it is an issue - they have affordable home kits for testing iron. All you need is one drop of blood.

If you do take an iron supplement - take it with a glass of OJ or a Vitamin C supplement - or your multi - or any combination of the above. the vitamin C helps you absorb iron.


Oh, by the way, DEVA tiny tablets are vegan and inexpensive. They also contain 100% of the mRDA of B12.
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