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I decided to give up just meat about 3 weeks ago,and lately i have been feeling very tired and have been getting headaches. I am eating soy, in the form of burgers and hot dogs and lunch meats, but that's only about once a week. Is it possible I am developing an iron defficiency? And if so,does anyone know of any good supplements to take? I'm stilll new at this!!!Thanks!
 

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Make sure that you are eating a wide variety of veggies and complex carbs. Also, it is a good idea to take some form of multi-vitamin every day. Don't give up.
 

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put all of your food into <a href="http://www.fitday.com" target="_blank">www.fitday.com</a> and see what you are lacking in. Also, if you post a sample menu of your food here someone may be able to say what you should more or less of.
 

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You've only been vegetarian for 3 weeks. Its incredibly unlikely you have developed any type of deficiency - although its a pretty common concern (mostly psychological.) People always worry about iron, and protein, etc, but if you are eating well balanced meals, you will get all of those things in perfectly sufficient supply. Remember: there are MILLIONS of lifelong vegetarians living around the world, born and raised vegetarian. You are not going to be harmed in any way from 3 weeks of this diet.<br><br><br><br>
Several years ago, my husband and I gave up meat completely "cold turkey". We've never gone back, and between our diet and exercise, we are both in the best shape of our lives.<br><br><br><br>
I recommend getting some books to read about your new diet, especially one called "Becoming Vegetarian", which is written by nutritionists. It will calm some of your nerves. Good luck!
 

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hey ok so i was in your same situation! only it hit me after about a month of vegetarianism. i was sleeping all the time, and extremely tired.<br><br><br><br>
of course at the same time i was being bombarded by my family and friends about whether or not i was eating healthy, or getting enough PROTEIN.<br><br><br><br>
well i'm now just fine and not like i used to be. i didn't really change anything, i just waited it out. i think it was because of all the important people in my life worrying about what i was eating, which made me super worried about it and it was stressful. i think that it wasn't really a body thing- but rather an external thing.<br><br><br><br>
All i can say is give it some time, and then if it keeps up, go and see the old doctor.
 

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How much meat were you eating before? Were you eating it several times a week? If so, your body is probably just adjusting to your diet...if you're concerned see a doctor or start taking a multivitamin.
 

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How much are you eating? If you cut out meat but didn't replace it with anything, you're likely not eating enough. Make sure you're getting about 2000 calories a day from healthful foods.
 

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While eating soy dogs/burgers/lunchmeats?<br><br><br><br>
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Hi<br><br><br><br>
I decided to give up just meat about 3 weeks ago,and lately i have been feeling very tired and have been getting headaches. I am eating soy, in the form of burgers and hot dogs and lunch meats, but that's only about once a week. Is it possible I am developing an iron defficiency? And if so,does anyone know of any good supplements to take? I'm stilll new at this!!!Thanks!</div>
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i was feeling really tired and weak earlier this year. i took a blood test and i wasnt lacking any iron. they told me it was anxiety, i had other symptoms also. But the thing with anxiety is that you could be stressed out about something and not realize why. funny, but more than a few professionals have told me the same thing
 

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These type of symptoms happened to me for about a week or a little longer.My job requires that I walk around for 5 to 7 hours per day, depending on overtime.<br><br>
I kept reading about my diet and trying to take the right Vit. and eventually it passed, and now I have no problems, except for normal fluctuations (good days and better days). Hang in there. do more research. it will pass.
 

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Hey thanks for the good advice. im starting to feel better cause im taking an iron supplement now, and apparently Kelloggs Total cereal is high in protein(a pharmacist told me this) so im switching to that. My family was on me about my protein, which is exactly what lioness mentioned. But, Im sticking with it and just eating alot more protein and taking supplements!
 
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