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Hey veggie friends,<br><br>
I have been a vegetarian for 20 years (since I was 5, my choice, not my parents choice). I love being veg however, for the past few years I have been feeling malnourished. I feel lethargic and have been craving meat. I consider myself to be a health nut and can't figure out what I might be missing in my diet. I don't take vitamins but I eat plenty of eggs, milk, yogurt, tofu, grains, veggies, and fruit.<br>
A few of my friends want me to try eating meat. I don't want to if I don't have to, but the ways things have been going I am considering it.<br><br>
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I'd go to a doctor and get a check up, there could be an issue besides diet.<br><br>
There's no magic nutrient in meat that you can't get anywhere else, so it's probably not a deficiency. You can get a blood test to be sure though, then if you are lacking something you will know exactly what it is and what foods to eat.
 

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I'd look into a B-12 and possibly an iron supplement, and also too many unrefined carbs like sugars can make you feel tired easily.
 

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How can you be "craving" meat if you haven't had it since you were a tiny child, 20 years ago? What does that even mean?
 

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Get a B12 level. It's not just vegans who need to supplement. I have read that many vegetarians are short as well.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Wolfie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2888850"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Get a B12 level. It's not just vegans who need to supplement. I have read that many vegetarians are short as well.</div>
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Also omnis, especially those who drink a lot of alcohol.
 

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How can you be "craving" meat if you haven't had it since you were a tiny child, 20 years ago? What does that even mean?</div>
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+1. It's been over 15 yrs since I've had "meat" and I can hardly remember the exact taste of it and I was in my pre teens.
 

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How can you be "craving" meat if you haven't had it since you were a tiny child, 20 years ago? What does that even mean?</div>
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I guess crave isn't the right word. Sometimes (a few times a week) when I pass someone eating meat it smells really good. I have never had this happen. I became a vegetarian because I don't like the taste of meat, so it feels abnormal.
 

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Eat lots of fresh produce - plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh sweet & nonsweet fruits. These are vitamin, mineral, protein, and healthy fat rich, not to mention full of good carbohydrates.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jamtoday</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2889500"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I guess crave isn't the right word. Sometimes (a few times a week) when I pass someone eating meat it smells really good. I have never had this happen. I became a vegetarian because I don't like the taste of meat, so it feels abnormal.</div>
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Is it a certain type of food? like barbecue or something? maybe its just the way its prepared that smells good to you bc meat really doesn't smell like anything w/o seasons and sauces and smoke and stuff.<br><br>
I'd be more concerned with why you are feeling lethargic. how long since your last check-up and blood panels taken?<br><br>
taking vitamins might be a good idea too<br><br>
maybe give us a run down of what a typical days meals are for you?
 
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