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#1 Old 06-01-2018, 09:06 AM
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It doesn’t matter what diet you actually follow – if you aren’t careful about eating a variety of different foods, you may be at risk for nutritional deficiencies. When it comes to the vegetarian diet, however, there are certain nutrients that have a higher risk for deficiency. What Every Vegetarian Should Know About Nutritional Deficiencies
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Do you take any supplements or are you able to get all of your nutrients from food?
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#2 Old 06-01-2018, 10:25 AM
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This is the first year i have been REALLY focused on nutrition. I guess you could say I am transitioning from Vegan to WFPB.

I take a multivitamin (DEVA Tiny Tablets), a Vitamin D supplement - vegan and 4000 iu (my doctor recommended that dosage), and a DHA/EPA (the bottle says 2 a day - but I just take one, i do eat flaxseed daily), occasionally I take a probiotic.

Oh, I have GERD, so I take a regular strength Tums as sort of a prophylactic. not every day. just when I have been bad. Anyway that gives me a little extra calcium.
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I think nutrition is really important! Especially as a vegetarian or vegan, we are at risks of many nutrient deficiencies... For example, except if you are really, really careful and planning your all meals perfectly, you need to take B12 vitamin and calcium supplements to get your daily intake. It's way more complicated to get those nutrients from food without eating meat, fish or dairy products.
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#4 Old 06-07-2018, 08:50 PM
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I think nutrition is really important! Especially as a vegetarian or vegan, we are at risks of many nutrient deficiencies... For example, except if you are really, really careful and planning your all meals perfectly, you need to take B12 vitamin and calcium supplements to get your daily intake. It's way more complicated to get those nutrients from food without eating meat, fish or dairy products.

Hi emily, and welcome to the forum.

I've been a vegan since 1991 (and a lazy vegan at that), but I wouldn't say that vegan nutrition is complicated. A vegan multivitamin can cover any little nutritional "gaps": https://www.amazon.com/Deva-Vegan-Vi...n+multivitamin . Also, calcium- and vitamin D-fortified soymilk, almond milk, and orange juice are available in regular supermarkets nowadays: https://www.costcobusinessdelivery.c....11138657.html. Some people would consider this "cheating", but plenty of omnivores take vitamins (and drink cow's milk that has been fortified with vitamin A and vitamin D), so I think it's OK.

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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
- United Nations' World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/topics/diet/en/

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I agree with David. It's just not that hard for vegans to get all necessary nutrients. many vegetables are loaded with calcium and B12 certainly isn't hard, either. I've been vegan for nearly 30 years and have no problems w/ B12 or calcium. I do take a high-quality, high-potency multi-vitamin because my diet is lousy, and because I have to take high doses of iron and vitamin C help the uptake of iron. So, rather than just taking C, I get it in a multi. (I don't take iron because of diet, it's a medical issue.)

I think we have to be careful of making it sound difficult (or worse, dangerous) to be vegetarian or vegan.

To answer the OP... Count me among those who aren't focused on nutrition. Maybe I should be, but I enjoy having a mere nodding acquaintance with my kitchen these days.
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