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From: Ron (
Subject: Re: info and help?
Date: March 25, 2005 at 1:29 pm PST

In Reply to: info and help? posted by tatia on March 25, 2005 at 1:08 pm:

I'm not sure exactly what your diet is. I suggest doing some reading/research on vegan diets. Try "Becoming Vegan" by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina- has lots of nutritional info.
Some people on vegan diets just eat salads and fruit and refined flour and junk food. this is not a balanced or appropriate diet and will result in nutritional deficiencies. Adding whole grains, legumes, nuts, and soy products and taking out refined flour and sugar will help. I don't know if this is your situation or not.
You can have your blood checked for nutrient levels. Ask your doctor about this. If you are pre-menopause, you could be losing your iron stores every month and be depleted. Meat has iron, so this could make you feel better.
There are vegetarian iron sources- whole grains, nuts, vegetables, legumes, fruits, and soy products. Fruit helps with iron absorption because of the vitamin c. Milk products have little iron and no vitamin C, so they can lead to low iron.
You say iron and b-12 are O.K., so perhaps it could be something else- iodine perhaps? If you don't eat any salt at all, you could eat sea vegetables for iodine or supplement with sea vegetables.
Best wishes to you.


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