RE: VITAMINS? HELP PLEASE!!!!
Posted Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 12:10 AM
Jill Eckart wrote:
An effect on your B12 levels after one week of eating vegan is not likely. But nonetheless, in this second week, pump up your fruit and veggie intake, drink plenty of water and you will want to consider a multivitamin (should have both B12 and D) if you are not taking one already.
If this feeling persists, talk to your doctor about it, there could be something else going on.
I personally find it a challenging time of year to stay up beat. I took an hour long walk yesterday and it really helped!
This is for Maryijane. I'm a bad example since "breakfast" for a long time has been V-8 and coffee with half and half, now with Silk plain. I've never taken a daily vitamin in my life. I've only recently decided I have to leave this couch potato life of many years and begun to try to take control. Of course, my bones could crumble at any second and I become a mass of jello! But I've been very fortunate to be a healthy person.
Changed to vegan 8-15-09, and didn't get any of the colds, crappy stuff, etc., that my co-workers got over the winter! I'm NOT a fan of flu shots, even though my Dr. said I should get one - I'm 57 and believe that's what my immune system is for, so don't get shots.
Jill, if the 21-day participants want to take vitamin supplements, please list what you feel are the best "brands" or display those supplemental sites that support a vegan lifestyle. Many supplements have animal products/derivatives in them.
My "annual" is coming up in 6-8 wks. and I need to research the thyroid med I take; that will be a forever constant. Since I've lost 35 lbs., I'm hoping to get off BP med. I'm going to look at what I currently take just in case. Sorry to admit I'm a smoker and I know that is a BP issue. I'm trying to get my head around quiting... Going vegan was a piece of cake compared to THAT!!
I'm NOT a sun person, so will ask my Dr. if he can have the annual blood test (for my thyroid) check for vitamin D level. Maryijane, you just might ask your Dr. to add a TSH test to your next blood test (thyroid stimulating hormone). Discovered I was severely hypothyroid - no wonder I was using my electric blanket even in our rather mild summers! BOY, did it make a change in my life - after menopause started and I was continually cold and "bone tired". A thyroid condition can happen anytime during one's life - age is not a factor. Consider where you are in your cycle too, and see what happens in the next week or so. If things still are not where you feel you should be, contact your Dr. Like Jill said, something else could be going on.
Nothing to worry about, though! Changing to a vegan diet will certainly enhance your health, and this challenge will teach you about the proper stuff to add in place of the awful meat, eggs, and dairy crap you were eating! Stay tough and work this wonderful challenge one day, one meal, at a time.
I KNOW from experience the first 7-10 days are the hardest. You will be so amazed where your mind is on day 22! Stay strong and keep up the good work! I can't begin to tell you how great you will feel!
"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy." Plutarch.