I'm 25 years old - a self-proclaimed fitness, yoga, and health freak. Well, atleast I thought I was a health freak; I gave up meat and dairy some time ago and thought that was enough to keep me healthy, however I didn't realize that I still needed to incorporate protein in my diet to replace the assumed protein in meat. Feeling weak and low energy for months, I went to see my doctor, puzzled because I thought I was doing everything right.
Long story short, my doctor said I was anemic, malnourished, and I needed to start eating meat again in order to regain my strength. "But what about all the other vegetarians/vegans in the world?" I thought, "How come they're not anemic or malnourished?" I valued my doctor's opinion on my matters, but I knew that something was not clicking with her recommendation. I was not going back to meat or dairy and I knew there had to be away that I can be healthy and stick to my principles.
That's when I found The Kind Diet. I've just started the book and am going for the Vegan/Superhero Plan, in hopes to be a full-on Superhero by the second quarter of 2010. I can do it! My pantry is stocked with grains, and I'm pumped to fully commit to this. I already feel healthier after only a few recipes from the book! I still need to take a B12, but that's even mentioned in the book, so it's nothing unusual.
Thanks Alicia for all that you do!!
PS - the brown rice crispie treats are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Hi Natalie :) I am also anemic. I'm still very new to the kind life, & I have always been told that I 'can't be vegetarian or vegan because of my anemia, but I figured that there has to be other people out there who have the same condition & still lead a healthy vegan lifestyle. After doing some research online, I discovered that a lot of vegan foods & ingredients have iron in them. I guess it's just a matter of figuring out which ones & making sure you get the required amount of iron everyday, which may mean eating a lot of beans, haha. Jen :)
that's exactly how I feel. Today for lunch I'm having a bed of balsamic-drizzled leafy greens topped with warm brown rice, chickpeas, raisins and almonds! For dinner I'm making the little tofu egg salad finger sandwiches. Can't wait!
Hi all! I actually went vegan 9 months ago and thought I was only going to try it for 30 days but after doing all the research about all the benefits I've stuck with it and am loving how I feel every day! A lot of my friends and family (specially Mom) was concerned about the nutrients I would be getting and so I thought I'd try it for several months and then go to the doctor to get checked out. A little over 2 months ago I got blood work done from A-to-Z--and pretty much got EVERYTHING tested. I was pleasantly surprised when my doctor said my counts for all my vitamins/proteins/healthy fat ratio/thryoid/etc was all within a perfect range--enough that I didn't even need to take any multi-vitamin! The only Vitamin I showed a low count for was Vitamin D but that seems to be a pretty common one to have a deficiency in (plus I work all day in an office with no sun exposure lol). I try and drink Rice Milk fortified with calcium and D and do take a D supplement a few times a week but that was IT! So it's def possible and I proved to myself and my family that diet alone really can provide all that you need. I've decided I'll get my blood checked at least once a year to make sure all is in balance but I have faith I'm on a good track :) After reading Alicia's guidelines I've found that I already incorporate a lot of what she suggests as far as having whole grains, a protein, and lots of veggies but what I consistently strive for is more and more variety in all of those departments. Keep reading, keep getting inspired, and keep trying new foods!