View Full Version : I used to be veggie and then....

22-09--2005, 10:46 PM

I got ill...

Well more precisely I discovered *and at this point if you are squeemish about the discussion of ladies problems then do not read on* that every time I came on - I would get anaemic.

Now when I had Charlie they told me this would be a likely recurring problem through the rest of my life and to make sure my diet included plenty of foods to prevent against being anaemic. So I went back to being vegetarian last autumn and very quickly discovered that the anaemic thing came back with a vengeance :(

So I started eating meat again at the insistance of me fella and it has helped loads - I no longer get so pale and feel so poorly during me period but what I want to ask is what vegetables and pulses and grains would be good for me to eat so that when I stop eating meat again I can avoid getting anaemic?

Thanks for any advice

Love n Lentils

Sarah xxxx

22-09--2005, 11:38 PM
I was anaemic for about a year, not badly so but enough to get so tired I'd fall asleep during films, not want to socialise, get palpitations and become out of breath really quickly. I've been veggie for 16 years and never previously been anaemic so it weirded me out. The doctor prescribed me iron pills which I took for a few days just before our holiday, then I read practically a whole book on nutrition and decided they were BAD for me.....dunno if you know much about the synergy of vits & mins but you need certain ones to help the body absorb others and some are antagonists of others. For example, vit C is essential for iron absorbtion whereas zinc & iron react and prevent absorbtion. The were giving me such a high dosage of iron I knew it just wouldn't help, so I made a list of exactly what I need to be eating (check out response to Kat's post about being vegan) and how much of it I need. I compared what I was eating to what I needed to eat and realised I just wasn't eating enough of the right food. Now I eat so much more fruit & veg and seeds mostly. I've got into sprouts in a big way and they're SO good for you!

I think you need to spend a bit of time planning what to have - it helped me loads and stay away from processed foods as much as you can.

A smoothie during the day is a good idea 'cos you can just chuck loads of stuff in there especially the crushed up seeds - you don't even notice them (except when you need to pick them out of your teeth) My breakfast involves rice cakes with tahini, pumpkin seeds and sprouts. Tahini and Pumpkin seeds are full of iron. Then you can do things like have dried fruit as a snack, figs are high in iron as well as apricots and dates.

I'll leave it at that for now 'cos I'm knackered!! I'm planning on starting a nutrition sticky and a links page. For now, check out the Vegan Society (http://www.vegansociety.com)


22-09--2005, 11:57 PM
yeah same here, i try and eat only organic and when i know the animal has died/lived happily, i hated it at first but at the end of the day we have to look after ourself's or who will be here to slag people off? i got anemica so bad it was horrible, i slept all the time, was pale everything, and bruised sooooo bad - i didnt even know where they where from, and whenever i cut myself it bleed for ages - it was bad stuff.

23-09--2005, 12:03 AM
Thanks for the pointers Whirler :)

Funnily enough I absolutely love sprouts so am gonna look into growing some :D
I had iron pills when I first had Charlie and they were not good for me - had constipation and all sorts of nastiness - this is why I am hesitant to go to the doctors about my problem -don't trust doctors very much as you know.

The synergy thing sounds like something I could research - thanks :)

I did read with great interest Kat's post about veganism and will check out the vegan website tomorrow too...

Thanks muchly me dear xxxx

23-09--2005, 12:10 AM
Well the problems I get wiggy is that I bleed very heavy and for a prolonged period of time during my period. Like it lasts from 6 - 8 days which is NOT normal for me. I go very very pale and have no energy. I feel dizzy and light-headed all the time when I am bleeding and I find my asthma is worse during my period which ties in with what whirler said about feeling breathless. I also tend to sleep lots during my period and have had quite a few spells where I have had to lie down because I felt like I was going to fall over or faint. It definatley has not been so bad since I started eating meat again - I have kind of proved this by deliberatley not eating meat through my period and then getting sick and then eating something like a peice of lean steak (apologies veggies) and feeling my vitality return.

Thanks for the advice hun - I am gonna take on Whirlers advice about the sprouts because I love them anyway so it won't be hard to start including them in my diet.. now all I need is a big jar :D

23-09--2005, 12:33 AM
i never thought about the baddness of me rag might be the fact i'm veggie.. but come to think about it it only got so bad after i was one... its long its painful its BAD - I need to sleep lots too and have really serious lack in energy.. i just thought that was part and parcel... but my sisters neveer get that way :vomit: bugger

23-09--2005, 06:00 PM
Dandy I'd recommend going overboard with iron-rich foods a few days before a period and during - see if that helps? Also you're probably aware that soy products are really good for menstrual problems........make smoothies with fruit (duh!) soft tofu, soya milk, seeds and some black strap molasses (really really high in iron) yummy and good! Interestingly I've never really suffered with my periods even during my anaemic stage yet my mum & sister have (both eat meat)

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Over and out! :D