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I went vegan from vegetarian about five months ago since I didn't see the point of continuing to fund the animal industry by buying animal products. But anyway, that's not the point.<br><br>
Thing is, I don't eat badly. In fact, I eat pretty damn well. I don't eat cakes, biscuits, bread, potatoes, anything fried, I don't binge on fast food, I don't eat refined sugars or flours-- anything like that. I make nearly all my own food.<br><br>
To give you an idea, a typical day's food (well, what I ate today) for me might go something like--<br><br><i>Breakfast:</i> porridge with soya milk<br><i>Snacks through the day:</i> A ton of fruit (mostly apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, avocados), ~3 tablespoons of mediterranean-style couscous<br><i>Lunch:</i> Tomato, aubergine, green pepper and courgette stew<br><i>Dinner:</i> "Thai" (heavy emphasis on quote marks) curry with 1:8 ratio of coconut milk to soy milk, soy mince, spices, aubergine, courgette, green pepper (we just have lots of those right now xD), butter beans and brown rice<br><i>Dessert:</i> Soy yoghurt with agave syrup<br><br>
Plus I'm a herbal tea addict so I know that dehydration is really not my problem. I can't go more than like four hours without a cup of peppermint tea. xD<br><br>
I'm lactose sensitive, so I've been eating soy products for years with no effects and I know it isn't a soya allergy. And as you can see... I'm probably the most healthy teenager anyone knows. That isn't just a healthy day for me, this is how I eat every day (with more variation of course, generally quite heavy on chickpeas, lentils and beans).<br><br>
So I'm pretty confused why it is that since I've gone vegan, I have been just... I've looked so ill. I didn't look this way before. My skin is really bad, really dull and blotchy with breakouts everywhere (I used to just get them on my cheeks, now it's everywhere on my face); I sleep ten hours a night but still have eyebags and I'm still tired. My hair is bleached to hell and back so it's pretty normal for it to be not in great condition, but now even my regrowth is weak and dull.<br>
I have no energy, I feel bloated all the time and not to put too fine a point on it, the thing that usually wakes me up in the mornings is needing to go take a #2 <i>right the hell now</i>. And that keeps happening through the day, and (if you get my drift), it doesn't exactly look... healthy.<br><br>
I've also lost some weight, but I'm not really concerned about that since I think it's more a consequence of cutting out all the cakes and biscuits from my diet. I've always been generally on the lower end of the healthy BMI scale and I'm not underweight. And I'm pretty sure that after five months, my system has cleared the junk out by now; it's not that my body's still going through any kind of purification process.<br><br>
I don't wear makeup either, so it wouldn't be that causing bad skin, and I use home-made cleansers and scrubs to wash my face and moisturise with aloe vera gel, which I've been doing for years with good results, so it's not an allergy to some new, animal-product-free products.<br><br>
Does anyone have any ideas on this? Am I missing out something crucial?<br><br><b>Edit:</b> I just remembered something else kind of weird that happened, about a month and a half ago. I was just doing things, as you do, when suddenly in front of my vision there were a bunch of weird glowy lights, like fireflies. I know I've got a whole host of issues, but hallucinating is definitely not one of them! Can that be caused by some vitamin deficiency? (And no, before you ask, I do not take drugs. I don't even drink alcohol.)
 

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A typical deficiency among vegans is vitamin B-12. You need some every day. Without it, one is likely to feel run-down. So it's possible.
 

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B12 deficiency is a problem, but it can be stored in your body for years. It's unlikely you would be getting symptoms like that after only 5 months.<br><br>
I would really recommend going to the doctor and getting a thorough checkup and blood test, the symptoms you're describing are definitely not normal and could be caused by anything from a food allergy or a deficiency or something unrelated.
 

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make sure you have a reliable intake of vitamin B12, D, as well as essential fatty acids (esp. DHA). It seems as if you don't have a proper fat intake (which is required in moderate amounts). Go easy on the soy as well, try some almond milk. I noticed that you don't eat much whole grains either. I know some people say you don't actually need that much grains, but they are a good source of B vitamins (but not B12). Good Luck!
 

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I would talk to a doctor about possible allergies, as well. You might have a soy or nut allergy that you're unaware of, or got worse as you at more of it.
 

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Are you getting enough omega 3's. Symptoms of omega 3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings, depression, poor circulation, dry hair, dry skin, Why not try adding 1 tablespoon of hemp oil to your cereal in the morning(after you've cooked it of course). Hemp oil is balance Omega 3 and 6's and is available in health food stores. And if hemp oil isn't available then try flax seed oil. But remember to refrigerate both of these products.
 

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are you taking a multivitamin?<br>
Also what may help the intestine issues is lower the amount of fruits and maybe replace with some whole wheat snacks?
 

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My first thought would be that you aren't getting enough calories, or you have a nutrient deficiency. It seems like you may not be getting enough carbs, which your body needs to make glycogen. Glycogen is what our body uses for immediate short term muscle fuel. Low glycogen levels will make you feel weak and sick. Carbs are not bad. You just don't want to go around eating a ton of white flour, potatoes, and sugar. If you are avoiding starchy foods, you may also be potassium deficient. I think you best bet at this point would be to go to Calorie Count or Spark People and keep a food journal for a week. You should be able to get a good idea of the major nutrients you are lacking, and see if you are getting enough calories. You also need to take b12, and make sure that you are getting enough sun light for vitamin D production.
 

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I felt weird for a couple of weeks but it passed. I was getting tons of dizzy spells, but they went away. I think any major life change is going to upset the routine your body was used to- some people adjust more slowly than others. I need to eat a lot of food all day and frequently to avoid the blood sugar drop- is it possible you are hypoglycemic? You can get a fasting blood test to find out. I need starch and refined carbs to burn through- it could be a lack of that in your diet.<br>
Make sure you take b12 and maybe a multivitamin like the other posters said- try exercise too - that seemed to work for me. Also like smiling mentioned- make sure your calorie intake is on par with what you were previously getting.
 

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One thing you might consider... try using something like <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com" target="_blank">SparkPeople</a> to track what you eat. You can run a daily report after you've entered what you've eaten for that day and you'll see pretty quickly if you're not getting enough carbs, or protein, or calories, or vitamins, etc. It doesn't have to be a long term thing, but try it for a week or two. It could help you figure out if there's something missing in your diet.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jessickah</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2989907"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
so is it bad that i just bought b12 today</div>
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not really, do you eat fortified foods like cereal/bread/soymilk? b12 is in a lot of fortified foods and packaged foods even. also for some it can take years before a deficiency begins.
 

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I usually use almond milk in everything besides coffee. I've been eating out for the past few weeks because the hotl fridge is tiny.
 

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Hi <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Sorry you're feeling crappy!! I know a lot of people feel much better, brighter and healthier on a vegan diet ( and spiritually / ethically better too, of course ) so I hope you don't give up because of this temporary issue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> .<br>
B12 is a great idea and so is the sparkpeople suggestion. It doesn't really look like you're getting enough calories or macro nutrients etc. etc.<br>
Some other suggestions that I know have helped myself or other people:<br>
Fruit and veg and tofu etc are great but there're a lot of vitamins and minerals that aren't in them. Things like nuts, seeds, pulses and wholegrains are important for b vitamins, zinc, magnesium, tryptophan etc. etc. etc. etc. , so try to include a few more of those perhaps? Vitamin D deficiency is also common ( not just in vegans ) these days so make sure you're outside for 20 minutes a day or using soy milk / a multivitamin that helps with that, and omega3s are invaluable too!!<br>
I second the suggestion that you visit a doctor, just in case. It may be completely unrelated to diet ( not to say that it's something serious or hard to fix though! ) or it may be diet related and something they can spot more easily than you / we can <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
Let us know how you go <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>luvourmother</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2989963"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
not really, do you eat fortified foods like cereal/bread/soymilk? b12 is in a lot of fortified foods and packaged foods even. also for some it can take years before a deficiency begins.</div>
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On the other hand, a deficiency can happen a lot faster if there is any kind of inflammatory process going on in the intestinal tract or in the stomach. Inflammation inhibits absorption of B12 and since so little of any B12 supplement is absorbed to begin with, it might not take much to upset the apple cart if you know what I mean.
 
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