Hi -- this question is for someone familiar with nutrition/detox associated with a new vegan diet. I have settled in very easily to this new diet and eat about 50% superhero, 50% other vegan (whole wheat pasta/bread/almond butter) I love the food and how easy and rewarding the change has been. I was moody for the first couple of weeks which I attribute to detox, and quickly lost 5 lbs. the first week and then 1lb. each week for two more weeks. Now I have stopped losing and am no longer moody, so I assume the detox has finished. My only worry is that occasionally I am overwhelmingly sleepy, and sometimes I feel very shaky. I can hold my hand out in front of me and see it shaking and I feel lightheaded. I am mindful of including enough beans/nuts etc. to get protein at least two meals a day, and I do have leafy greens at least twice a day, and snack throughout the day on healthy food. In the past I have been diagnosed with anemia. Could this be it? I think low blood sugar may be more likely since the shakiness went away as soon as I ate my leftover sicilian collards from last night (just as fabulous cold!) Does anyone have any advice for me? I do not want to go to a Dr. who will tell me I need to eat meat. I also do not want an iron supplement -- they make me throw up. I love this lifestyle and want to keep it. Could I still be detoxing after 5 weeks? Any help is much appreciated!
maybe try to make sure you're eating enough vitamin c with your iron-containing foods? and have you tried taking an iron supplement with food? that usually helps me with nausea... If it's not iron but blood sugar, i'd try carrying fruit, vegan energy bars, etc. around with you. good luck!
Thank you -- What a relief to just have a friendly bunch of like-minds to reach out to. Not pregnant or menstruating -- had to have a hysterectomy last year because the prolapse from my daughter's birth caused everything to press down on the bladder -- long ugly story, but all fixed now. I will try to walk around with some sunflower seeds or something for the time being. I bet this healthy food is just digested much more quickly, so the steady flow of sugar/nutrition I used to have is stopping. Thanks for the help and I'd love any more advice.
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