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#1 Old 06-22-2008, 05:23 AM
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Hey everyone



It seems like every summer for the past 3 years I've tried to go vegetarian, and then failed come October. Something about the hot weather makes me not want to eat meat, and when I do, I just feel gross and unclean. Even in the cooler months, I feel so much cleaner when I don't eat meat. I typically only eat it when I'm out of the house because I don't like the hassle of preparing it myself (which doesn't say much because I'm not much of a cook anyway!) Another reason I really want to do this and not fail this time is because I know that I am consuming way too much protein, which depletes the body of calcium, and my bone density is below average for someone of my age (23). I also am super vigilant about being environmentally conscious, and I think this is just one more step I can do to help the Earth!



However, this time I want it to last. My biggest concern is that I've recently found out due to some tests I had before a major surgery that I'm pretty anemic. How can I make sure I get enough iron without eating meat? I know this is possible, I just don't know enough to know how it's possible. Anyone have any good tips for that? I do take a supplement, but I'd also like to get as much iron from actual food as possible.



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no suggestions about iron intake, but welcome to veggieboards! good luck with the diet.

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FLORADIX is a liquid plant-based iron supplement that builds the iron in your blood pretty quickly (and increases the low energy that also comes with anemia.) You can find it at any health-food store. Also, dairy products actually deplete the iron in your blood, so going vegan with lots of leafy greens can help you out alot in the area of anemia.



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#4 Old 06-22-2008, 07:40 AM
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^^thanks for the suggestion!! I will definitely check it out! I have serious problems with the low energy that my anemia causes... all I want to do is lay in bed
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^^thanks for the suggestion!! I will definitely check it out! I have serious problems with the low energy that my anemia causes... all I want to do is lay in bed



and welcome , has the Dr prescribed any iron supplements?
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good luck and hope you can stick with it.
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#7 Old 06-23-2008, 12:57 PM
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and welcome , has the Dr prescribed any iron supplements?







After I had a leg surgery a few months ago, my doctor had me taking an OTC iron supplement 3x a day since I already am anemic and I lost a bit of blood due to the surgery, but I couldn't handle the pills - it made me feel so sick to my stomach and I was having to take tons of stool softeners with them Really that was the only time a doctor was concerned enough that my anemia was dangerous enough that supplements were imperative. Otherwise, the doctor has just said "well, if you aren't going to take them or consume enough iron in your diet... then you will basically feel like crap" No one has ever suggested this natural, liquid vitamin to me though, so we'll give it a go.
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^^Any Dr that gave me that advice , I would change immediately . He could have pulled you back to one supplement a day .

Have a talk to them in the health store and explain the situation Do you have your iron levels , if not ring your Dr up and get them , then , get yourself retested in about 4 weeks and see if the levels have started to move .

Wish you well
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