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Hello everyone, this is my first post.<br><br>
I've been ovo-lacto-vegetarian for 2 months now. I don't eat much eggs or honey and the only dairy I consume are the traces found in bread, granola bars and other products. Ever since I started I've been suffering from weird headaches and overall weakness. I've put up with them in the hope that it's just something temporary but they've gotten worse. I don't know what else to do.. At first I thought I wasn't getting enough variety in my diet and I fixed that. After that I thought it was the omega-3 so I bought Udos oil 3-6-9 but that still wasn't enough so I then bought Deva daily multivatimins and still didn't feel any better. I also bought some sea salt with Iodine and that still didn't fix anything.. These headaches get pretty bad after I eat lunch so I try to go for a walk right afterwards.. but i get so tired it feels like am dying so I fall asleep.<br><br>
I've already given up once because i lacked the resources but this time I have a reason to keep going. Please help
 

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Is it possible that the headaches aren't diet related at all? Have you seen a doctor? Maybe they can order a blood test so that if you are missing something, they will be able to tell you where you are deficient.
 

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If it happens after you eat, maybe it's a food intolerance/allergy or perhaps a blood sugar issue?
 

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Did you also cut back on coffee? I had lots of headaches when I stopped drinking coffee. But admittedly, it didn't last 2 months.<br>
Do you drink enough water?<br>
Maybe there's something you eat you are allergic to?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Limes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2933272"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Is it possible that the headaches aren't diet related at all? Have you seen a doctor? Maybe they can order a blood test so that if you are missing something, they will be able to tell you where you are deficient.</div>
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I had a general check-up around February and everything was fine. The first time I tried going vegan it was even worse. I don't understand?<br><br>
does not eating organic matter?<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>IamJen</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2933276"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If it happens after you eat, maybe it's a food intolerance/allergy or perhaps a blood sugar issue?</div>
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hmm it might be the blood sugar.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Did you also cut back on coffee? I had lots of headaches when I stopped drinking coffee. But admittedly, it didn't last 2 months.<br>
Do you drink enough water?<br>
Maybe there's something you eat you are allergic to?</div>
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I don't drink coffee, alcohol or smoke. The most water I drink in one day is one bottle which i always have next to my desk. How would I know if am allergic to certain food? it could be any food/ ingredient...
 

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Honestly, I don't think the organic thing matters until you have some super-sensitivity to pesticides or something. One bottle of water sounds a bit low maybe, but of course it depends on the size of the bottle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Have you added in any new foods? Soya's a particular common addition for new vegheads, and is a not-uncommon trouble food, both for allergies and intolerances.<br><br>
Does it happen only after you eat lunch, or after every meal, etc? You could try keeping a food diary and that might help.<br><br>
Do you drink fruit juice at lunchtime?<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>IamJen</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2934022"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Honestly, I don't think the organic thing matters until you have some super-sensitivity to pesticides or something. One bottle of water sounds a bit low maybe, but of course it depends on the size of the bottle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Have you added in any new foods? Soya's a particular common addition for new vegheads, and is a not-uncommon trouble food, both for allergies and intolerances.<br><br>
Does it happen only after you eat lunch, or after every meal, etc? You could try keeping a food diary and that might help.<br><br>
Do you drink fruit juice at lunchtime?<br><br>
<<asks more questions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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I did add some new foods to my diet but I don't eat them enough because there quite expensive so I only consume them a few times a month. Instead I eat larger quantities of fruits, veggies, beans, seeds, nuts and rice. All I did with my diet was replace the foods I always enjoyed with an alternative for example: ham burger/ veggie burger, sausage/ veggie sausage, cheese/ veggie cheese ect.<br><br>
this is how much I eat during the day:<br><br>
morning: A glass of water, mix of oats, barely and rye cereal with either soy, almond or hemp milk (I don't like rice milk too much plus I eat plenty of it during lunch so am ok) and a piece of wheat bread.<br><br>
mid: some fruit, fruit juice or sometimes a granola bar.<br><br>
lunch: rice/ brown rice with beans (I eat all kinds), mixed veggies with veggie cheese and tomato sauce (that was today's lunch). I eat other stuff like potatoes, pumpkin and plantains. Salads with a bit of olive oil and tomatoes. I also take both my vitamins (omega-3 and multivitamin both are vegan) Anyway this is just to give you an idea but generally lunch is my strongest meal of the day.<br><br>
mid: more fruits/ juice and nuts<br><br>
Dinner: Peanut butter (smart balance with omega-3) and Jelly (polaner) sandwich with a banana and a cup of almond or Hemp milk. Sometimes instead of the milk I'd drink some aloe vera juice and combine it with pine apple or orange.<br><br>
night: either a bowl of cereal (Kashi) or some green tea depending on how i feel<br><br><br>
The headaches mainly happen after a big meal which is lunch and sometimes at night.<br><br>
no I don't drink juice during lunch, only water.<br><br>
BTW I recently measured my blood sugar and it was just fine.<br><br>
I don't really have anymore questions. I'm trying to feel good and be positive but am lying to myself. I really don't feel good and am feeling weaker and weaker each day. I weight 140 pounds when I first started and now am 130.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Reflection_Eternal</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2933298"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><b>The most water I drink in one day is one bottle</b> which i always have next to my desk. How would I know if am allergic to certain food? it could be any food/ ingredient...</div>
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You might want to increase your water intake. One bottle (unless it's a 64oz. bottle) is not near enough. I get raging headaches when I don't drink enough H2O.
 

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I suspect you are not getting enough iron. There is not much mention of any green veg in there, and iron deficiency is a strong cause of lethargy. I am often tired after lunch, and taken a level further that could easily lead to headaches. Do your vitamin supplements contain any iron? Also, I believe some people have difficulty absorbing iron from certain sources, so it may be that even if your vitamins have some in there you aren't fully benefiting from it. Omega 3 I believe is more of a long term issue, so you wouldnt expect headaches from a short term deficit.<br>
Did the headaches start as soon as you went veggie, or a few weeks later? Immediately would be more likely to point to a food intolerance, whilst a delay suggests nutritional deficit is more likely.<br><br>
Another idea to consider is whether you have changed anything else in your life recently. My sister has headaches associated with a number of different types of perfumes, cosmetics etc and if you have done an overall veganizing of your life could you have changed a non-food item that could cause these symptoms?
 

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I suspect you are not getting enough iron. There is not much mention of any green veg in there, and iron deficiency is a strong cause of lethargy. I am often tired after lunch, and taken a level further that could easily lead to headaches. Do your vitamin supplements contain any iron? Also, I believe some people have difficulty absorbing iron from certain sources, so it may be that even if your vitamins have some in there you aren't fully benefiting from it. Omega 3 I believe is more of a long term issue, so you wouldnt expect headaches from a short term deficit.<br>
Did the headaches start as soon as you went veggie, or a few weeks later? Immediately would be more likely to point to a food intolerance, whilst a delay suggests nutritional deficit is more likely.<br><br>
Another idea to consider is whether you have changed anything else in your life recently. My sister has headaches associated with a number of different types of perfumes, cosmetics etc and if you have done an overall veganizing of your life could you have changed a non-food item that could cause these symptoms?</div>
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I think I get enough green veg daily. A plate during lunch is enough and about all I can eat. Every other meal I eat is plant based so how much exactly am I suppose to be eating?<br><br>
Deva Vegan Multivitamin contains 1.8 mg of Iron which is 10% of the daily value and the rest I get from beans, raisins, eggs (I don't eat them often) and cereal. Are there any better sources?<br><br>
I had them slightly a week after going veg but then they got worse.<br><br>
That's interesting that you brought up cosmetics. I got rid of everything that had animal ingredients or was tested on animals. Those products including moisturizers, toners, soaps, shampoos ect. I replaced them but there not organic some of them still have stuff like sodium laureth sulfate in them and I decided to keep just as long as they weren't tested or used animal ingredients. I even made sure by calling the companies. I often use Hempz moisturizer which is "100% vegan"
 

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Here's a few simple things you can try before spending money on blood work -<br><br>
Take a daily or weekly B12 supplement.<br><br>
Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.<br><br>
Do morning and evening stretches, especially the "bend over and touch your toes" pose.<br><br><br>
If you still have bad headaches after a week or two, go to a doctor.
 

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Here's a few simple things you can try before spending money on blood work -<br><br>
Take a daily or weekly B12 supplement.<br><br>
Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.<br><br>
Do morning and evening stretches, especially the "bend over and touch your toes" pose.<br><br><br>
If you still have bad headaches after a week or two, go to a doctor.</div>
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Oh yah, I hadn't thought of it possibly costing money, Canadian medical and all. Reflection_Eternal, where are you located?
 

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Oh yah, I hadn't thought of it possibly costing money, Canadian medical and all. Reflection_Eternal, where are you located?</div>
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U.S - Miami, FL<br><br>
^ also I have to admit I haven't exercised much since i turned vegetarian but at the same time it hasn't been all that easy.
 
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