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since I have become a vegetarian I lost a significant amout of weight, I went from being 135 to 112 in 4 months. Not that I am complaining or anything, but I am tall I am around 5'7". When I first became a vegetarian I felt so limited on what I could eat, It was so frustrating at times, that sometimes I would just not eat much. So I have been expermenting a lot with tofu, and I really like it! However I still am experiencing fatigue and weightloss. I don't really understand why? I have a vitamin supplement I take and I have this tea called "yerba mate" and that has vitamin B in it along with a bunch of other vitamins. should I be taking anything else?<br><br><br><br>
I also haven't had my period since october...and no I am not pregnant. But my period has always been regular(except in the summer, cause I am very active then). So I don't know why I haven't gotten it yet? I thought about asking my doctor but my doctor is male..I would feel really embarassed to ask him something like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
 

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A specific B12 supplement would be a good start. However, you <i>really</i> need to see a gynecologist about your period and you should probably get blood work done to see if something's off.
 

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forget about the vitamin supplements--what you need is more CALORIES. if you have lost your period due to weight loss what you need to do to get it back is to get your weight back up. even at 135 you are thin.<br><br><br><br>
and don't be embarrased to ttalk to your doctor about anything--they've heard it all.
 

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calories is true. you need to eat a good deal--particularly if you have a high metabolism. be sure you're getting enough food altogether, plenty of fat, carbs, and protien (a diverse diet, i mean).<br><br><br><br>
with this, you might want to cut soy completely. it's known to cause fertility problems when overconsumed, and you may be particularly sensitive to it. if you haven't mensturated since october, that indicates a pretty major problem. i recommend taking a good fertility tea-traditional medicinals makes a good one.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://susunweed.com" target="_blank">susun weed</a>'s book the wise woman herbal for the child bearing year is great for fertility, <a href="http://gardenoffertility.com" target="_blank">FAM</a> (fertility awareness method of charting cycles) is a helpful form of natural birth control, when used properly it's as effective as the pill.
 

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Are you sexually active? do you use any birth control? i ask because some methods will actually make your period very minimal or not at all ( the depo shot for instance)<br><br>
it sounds like you are not eating enough of the right foods, you also sound like you may be anemic.........maybe you should post a typical days food so we can see how you eat, it sounds like you need more calories for sure.<br><br>
a trip to the gynocologist is a good idea, there is something definitely wrong if you are not menstruating each month,<br><br>
good luck
 

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20 pounds down in 4 months= 5 pounds per month= about a pound lost per week. That indicates that you're eating at least 500 calories less than you ought to be every single day. Vitamins aren't your main problem, your main problem is that you need to eat way more! Try calorie-dense foods, like nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
 

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Well it varies what I eat everyday, some days Im not hungry other days I am famished. I guess you could say my diet is kind of un-balanced.<br><br><br><br>
Breakfast, I usually have a hot or cold cereal with some sort of fruit and usually hot tea or soy milk to drink. I don't drink regular milk I think it is gross. I do usually have eggs once a week.<br><br><br><br>
Lunch, most of the time I'll have grilled veggies and a granola bar or Ill have a grilled tofu salad on rye bread with a slice of tomato.<br><br><br><br>
Dinner, varies, lately it has been tomato soup and ocassionally pasta. Generally I don't eat much for dinner it is probably my lightest meal. I also don't like to eat after 7:30.<br><br><br><br>
Snacks: whole grain crackers, grapes, pretzels, occasionally Ill have a bowl of soy ice cream.<br><br><br><br>
Also I don't eat more then one serving of bread a day....do you think I should consume more bread then that?<br><br><br><br>
No I am not sexually active and I don't use birth control.
 

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It isn't necessarily about the bread - it is about the portions of wholegrain carbs - you don't seem to be eating much of those at all. It is recommended at least 6-11 servings (I know, I know, its loads) a day.<br><br><br><br>
You also sound like you need more fat in your diet. Try avocado, or frying your tofu in good olive oil. You are light for your height.<br><br><br><br>
You sound ok at the moment, but please don't let this control you. That is how I got where I am today, trying (mostly) to gain weight. I know how hard this is - I haven't had a period in almost 2 years, and it is why I originally went to the doctor. But I am not the point here.<br><br><br><br>
Just so you know, there are a lot of other people out there who have had this problem. You are completely welcome to pm me at any time. Let me know how it goes, ok?<br><br><br><br>
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You shouldn't be losing weight on a well planned vegetarian diet. You should be eating the same number of calories you were prior to becoming veg*n that maintained your weight. Aside from "sometimes grilled tofu" you don't mention much protein in your diet (and man is it rare for me to be concerned about protein intake!), and certainly you aren't eating enough fats and calories.<br><br><br><br>
I think it's time for some doctor visiting. Check with your GP and have some blood work done to make sure you haven't become anemic and have your thyroid levels checked. Visit your gyno because you've stopped having your period. Perhaps get a referral from one doc or the other to a nutritionist because your diet needs a bit of work. Good luck.<br><br><br><br>
[Mod Note: You must be more specific in your thread titles. People should know what the topic of your thread is without opening it. I'm editing this one, but you may start recieving formal warnings if you continue posting vague thread titles]
 

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I'm sorry I didn't mean to be vague on the title, i'll be more specific next time.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for all the advice everyone! Yeah I should probably make an appointment to see a doctor...I'm just really stubborn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"><br><br><br><br>
Today i've been trying to include more protien in my diet, so far this what I have eaten.<br><br><br><br>
Breakfast: I had a bowl of flax and fiber cereal with a banana, and whole wheat toast with fruit spread. I had hot tea to drink.<br><br><br><br>
Lunch: I had a granola bar, some whole grain crackers, and veggie pasta.<br><br><br><br>
Dinner: I am going to be having vegetable soup.
 

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You are also going to need to be having more calories, since that isn't going to cut it for a day!
 

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I agree on more calories. Track what you're eating on a site like <a href="http://www.fitday.com" target="_blank">http://www.fitday.com</a> and get an idea of how many calories you're eating now. That will help you put things in perspective.<br><br><br><br>
One way I've been able to track my calories at least in general is to take advantage of some of the pre-packaged foods such as those from Amy's. I've been working on limiting my calories, but having the calorie count there might help you add a few hundred calories a day. Consider adding some vegetarian cheese - add it to your pasta, or put it in your salad. Have a handful of nuts for a snack. Find a good salad dressing for your salad.<br><br><br><br>
You might also find it helpful to get a few vegetarian cookbooks so you can broaden what you're eating.
 

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^^^Thanks for that site, I really like it. I put in what I ate today, so far only 1149 calories. Which isn't much at all, considering I should be eating at least 2,000 -2,500 calories. I just get full very quickly, so my meals are generally small.<br><br><br><br>
Oh yes I love those dinners from Amy's they are good! I have to get some more, I ran out of them.<br><br><br><br>
I am hopefully going to go see a gynocologist on friday, even though I am not thrilled about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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Good luck for friday. I hope that you get sorted out soon - rrelearning how to eat is tricky. Go for it, and most importantly, enjoy it!!
 

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If you fill up quickly, starfruit, look for more calorie-dense foods. Even some salad dressing can add a few hundred calories quickly. Keep us posted!
 

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Okay so I went to the gynecologist today(I couldn't get in on Friday). It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.<br><br><br><br>
She was concerned about my weight, how pale I was, and she said my fingernails were too blue which means I could have poor circulation. Since my mom has problems with her thyroid they wanted to test me for thyroid disease. So I should get my test back from them in a week or so.<br><br><br><br>
I also have to make an appointment with my physician this week or next week to make sure everything else is okay.
 

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*update*<br><br><br><br>
The test came back negative for Thyroid disease. So I went to see my primary doctor a little over a week ago, and he order so many damn tests! I had an MRI done on my back since it is always bothering me. I also had an MRI done on my brain(I had a mild seizure when I was 7). I was also tested for anemia, my sugar levels, b12, and cbc. On top of all that I am getting an EGG done on Monday morning.<br><br><br><br>
Anyhow I get a call from the doctor yesterday saying he wants to see me again on Monday afternoon to discuss my test results. He wouldn't tell me anything over the phone; all he said was that he wants me to see a neurologist. I am now really really anxious and freaked out! Ugh.
 

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Just wondering if you had an update. I hope everything was ok.
 
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