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I've been feeling pretty off the past week or so. Its bad today. I'm devoid of energy. I feel weak and dizzy when I stand up or carry my children. My head spins sometimes.<br><br>
Is it because I went vegan so abruptly? I have heard of this happening to others before.<br><br>
I eat too much protein because I am overcompensating and really paying attention- so its not that. Tons of fruits, veggies, and grains and I eat 4-5 times a day. I don't exercise really anymore, but I chase around 2 toddlers and it makes me sweat all day. I am taking a women's one a day with iron, and calcium.<br><br>
I feel like I should have more energy and feel more on top of the world- changing my diet like I did. But I can barely crawl through my day lately.<br><br>
Any ideas what I might be lacking? Did this happen to any of you? Any suggestions how I can feel better?
 

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Firstly, it might have nothing to do with being vegan, a lot of people assume veganism is the answer to all their troubles when it could be many many other things! Is anything else going on? You say you have two toddlers, maybe you're just plain old tired? It seems unlikley it's due to you going vegan 'abruptly' if you're diet is adequete, I see no reason why your body would react that way.<br><br>
Secondly, are you eating enough calories? If you haven't been vegan very long, it's unlikley to be a decicency or anything - as (I believe) your body usually has stores and it takes a while to become deficent, but not eating enough calories would affect you straight away.<br><br>
Personally, I'd just go to your doctor. Your symptoms could be a LOT of different things as they're common for lots of different reasons, and some quick blood tests can rule out a lot of things or highlight things easily.<br><br>
I just thought I'd mention as well, you don't mention taking a B12 vitimin. If you're not, and you're not getting it another way (shots, or lots of fortified food) you really do need to, it's unlikley to be the problem now unless you were deificent before, but it is something you need to do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> If you do, just ignore me!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Identity_thief</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2963086"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Firstly, it might have nothing to do with being vegan, a lot of people assume veganism is the answer to all their troubles when it could be many many other things! Is anything else going on? You say you have two toddlers, maybe you're just plain old tired? It seems unlikley it's due to you going vegan 'abruptly' if you're diet is adequete, I see no reason why your body would react that way.<br><br>
Secondly, are you eating enough calories? If you haven't been vegan very long, it's unlikley to be a decicency or anything - as (I believe) your body usually has stores and it takes a while to become deficent, but not eating enough calories would affect you straight away.<br><br>
Personally, I'd just go to your doctor. Your symptoms could be a LOT of different things as they're common for lots of different reasons, and some quick blood tests can rule out a lot of things or highlight things easily.<br><br>
I just thought I'd mention as well, you don't mention taking a B12 vitimin. If you're not, and you're not getting it another way (shots, or lots of fortified food) you really do need to, it's unlikley to be the problem now unless you were deificent before, but it is something you need to do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> If you do, just ignore me!</div>
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the b12 is in my one a day- should that be enough?<br>
I wish it was just being tired and worn out- thats an easy fix! But I have been chasing the toddlers around for some time now and its just recently that I have been feeling this way. I don't feel sickish- cold/ flu/ or whatnot- its a different lightheaded dizzy feeling all the time. I can't think of a time in my life when I ever felt weird like this.<br><br>
Does it sound weird that I fear going to my doctor because he might laugh at me and tell me to eat meat and I will end up crying?
 

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The only time I get that feeling is when I've been running on a calorie deficiency for a while. Like Identity_thief said, make sure you're eating enough. Just eating a large amount of food doesn't matter if it's all stuff that's super low in calories. It's really easy to mess up here since vegan food (especially the non-processed stuff) tends to be fairly low in calories.<br><br>
The only thing you'll learn if your doctor tells you to eat meat is that your doctor's an idiot. I guarantee that only eating plants is not your problem. Also, with the short time you've been vegan, any problems that <i>are</i> diet related would have already been there before you went vegan.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2963098"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Does it sound weird that I fear going to my doctor because he might laugh at me and tell me to eat meat and I will end up crying?</div>
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It doesn't sound weird, but I don't think it should keep you from going to the doctor. You need to be healthy not only for yourself, but for your family. It could be diet related (not enough calories is a possibility if you start eating vegan abruptly), dehydration, or something potentially more serious. Definitely make an appointment ASAP.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jinkies</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2963139"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The only time I get that feeling is when I've been running on a calorie deficiency for a while. Like Identity_thief said, make sure you're eating enough. Just eating a large amount of food doesn't matter if it's all stuff that's super low in calories. It's really easy to mess up here since vegan food (especially the non-processed stuff) tends to be fairly low in calories.<br><br>
The only thing you'll learn if your doctor tells you to eat meat is that your doctor's an idiot. I guarantee that only eating plants is not your problem. Also, with the short time you've been vegan, any problems that <i>are</i> diet related would have already been there before you went vegan.</div>
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The dizziness you're describing does sound a lot like how I feel when I don't eat enough. Maybe use one of those calorie tracker sites like Fitday and see how much you're eating in a day on average?<br><br>
You really can get away with eating a LOT of vegan food, it's one of my favourite parts!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2963098"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
the b12 is in my one a day- should that be enough?<br>
I wish it was just being tired and worn out- thats an easy fix! But I have been chasing the toddlers around for some time now and its just recently that I have been feeling this way. I don't feel sickish- cold/ flu/ or whatnot- its a different lightheaded dizzy feeling all the time. I can't think of a time in my life when I ever felt weird like this.<br><br>
Does it sound weird that I fear going to my doctor because he might laugh at me and tell me to eat meat and I will end up crying?</div>
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I expect so then, you just mentioned calcium and iron so I thought maybe that was all it had <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
It's not weird, a lot of people worry about going to the Drs I think, but it's unfounded - and if your doctor does react in a bad way that's THEIR mistake not yours. A good doctor would never laugh at a patient.
 

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Make sure you are getting complete protein along with enough calories. I know everyone says if you eat a variety and eat enough, protein isn't a problem, but if I don't pay attention to protein specifically I often don't eat enough of it/eat the same thing all the time and end up feeling just as you described. I have no problem eating enough calories, so I know it's the lack of protein in my case.
 
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