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My hair is thinning This is probably unrelated to my going from lacto ovo vegetarian to vegan 6 months ago but my hair is seriously thinning and Im only 25! I am getting bloodwork done at the Drs but Im curious if anyone knows of any vitamins or minerals that contribute to full thick hair. Post Date: 10/18/16, Replies: 18
B12 Levels and Antibiotics I have been given Penicillin antibiotics to take 4 times a day for 10 days for a bacteria found in my urine test, but I also have a B12 blood test next week on Tuesday and I'm a little bit worried that the antibiotics will effect my B12 levels. Does anyone know a way to maintain b12 levels while taking antibiotics ? I'm taking a B12 oral spray and a b12 complex capsule and I'm drinking coconut milk with fortified b12 everyday, also I'm using prebiotics 2 hours after taking the antibiotics. Also does anyone know what a good b12 level is ? I got a b12 blood test in Thailand in July this year and it was 341. Post Date: 10/08/16, Replies: 1
Old vegan I have recently become a vegan and just kept an appointment with my cardiologist. She said being vegan would be the healthiest diet for the kind of heart condition I have, but she was concerned about the protein intake. According to her, older people lose muscle mass anyway and becoming a vegan could mean even more lost. And she thinks keeping track of the protein would be complicated. She wants me to eat fish three times a week and an egg twice a week. In everything vegan I have read, there is supposed to be enough protein in the diet. Does that go for elderly people too? I am 76 and have waited this long to decide to eat healthy. Now I am confused. I don't know whether to continue being vegan or give it up because of my doctor's advice. Post Date: 10/04/16, Replies: 4
Physical anxiety symptoms going vegan Hi there, I recently went vegan about 2 weeks ago now and over the last 2 days I have suddenly been having some extreme physical anxiety symptoms. Has anybody else experienced the same thing? How long does it last and can I do anything to help it? Thank you. Post Date: 10/02/16, Replies: 3
Blood sugar out of control? Hi, I am a 28 year old male and have been vegan for around 9 months now. At first, I felt incredible and was overloaded with energy. I was happy and everything was great. Now everything is wrong. I screwed up and didn't eat any fats for the first 3 months and this caused gallbladder sludge and gallstones. I feel this is what happened because I had no problems at all until about 3 months after I went vegan. So anytime I eat fat now I can't breath, my back hurts, I get sick, and feel lethargic. But I know I need fats to absorb the nutrients I need. I will say that I haven't tried chia seeds. Also, my blood sugar seems to be haywire. For the longest time I was eating about 6 bananas for breakfast and sometimes about an hour later I would eat a few potatoes, then I would go for a walk. During my walk I always feel exhausted, lethargic, weak, foggy headed and so on. There was even a few times my arms would go numb and I felt like passing out. I figured it was blood sugar issues so in the past couple of days I have cut way back on fruit. This morning I fixed some vegan pancakes made with a few dates, oats, a couple of bananas, and some almond milk and raw unsweetened cocao powder. I also had a few almonds. I felt okay for a while, not great but better. Then I went for my walk again and about half-way through sure enough it seemed like my blood sugar went crazy again and I felt dizzy and lethargic. It my have been the nuts affecting my gallbladder though. It seems like no matter what I do I feel like I am halfway dead and it is quite terrifying and I feel quite anxious a lot of the time, even with daily meditation. I eat enough calories, I make green smoothies(although I haven't determined how they made me feel yet), I eat other veggies and starches, I take vitamins, and I am pretty sure I am getting enough nutrients. So what is happening? I can't go on feeling like this anymore. I don't want to go back to eating meat and couldn't anyways with my gallbladder problems now. I feel like it might be a combination of gallbladder issues and maybe hypoglycemia, but I could be wrong. I am terrified right now and would really like some help/advice, thanks! Post Date: 09/20/16, Replies: 3
4000 calories on a Vegan diet? Hey everybody, I'm really into weight training and I'm trying to put on a lot of mass (bulking), I'm 16 and I weigh 175 pounds, I've gained about ten pounds of muscle in the past few weeks and I'm happy with how its going but I also really want to go Vegan (I currently am not), can someone tell me how to consume around 4000 calories on a Vegan diet? I know it can be done but I'd like some advice, thanks! Post Date: 09/12/16, Replies: 5
Expanding the Vegan Lifestyle Want to stay fit AND fab, while expressing your love for our fellow earthlings? Check out the gear at cruelty-free lifestyle & clothing company, Plant Beast Apparel. From glow-in-the-dark work out tees, to quirky quinoa references, Plant Beast Apparel has got your back when it comes to fun, vegan fashion. Also notable is that a percentage of the profits are donated to a new local rescue sanctuary each month. So, while you’re working on your gains, you could be feeding some chicks their next grains. www.plantbeastapparel.com Post Date: 08/24/16, Replies: 0
Vegan Hair dye withou PPD I am not sure if this is the right category for this type of question, but here it is. I am looking for a hair dye that is cruelty free and vegan that does not contain the chemical PPD (P-Phenylenediamine). I understand that this is not approved by the FDA to be used on skin, except through hair dyes. Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a chemical substance that is widely used as a permanent hair dye. It may also been found in textile or fur dyes, dark coloured cosmetics, temporary tattoos, photographic developer and lithography plates, photocopying and printing inks, black rubber, oils, greases and gasoline. So far, I have not found a hair dye that doesn't contain this, except for henna, pure henna. With henna, I can't get an ash color or light brown color. Please help, any suggestions. Post Date: 08/15/16, Replies: 0
Reversing Life Threating Allergies? I've had multiple food allergies since birth, such as wheat, dairy, corn, oat, chia seeds, macadamia nut, hazelnut, peanut, coconut, apple, pumpkin, pepper, tomato and food dye. I went anaphylactic from being in the same room as peanuts and from mango shampoo. They were not just food sensitivities,but life threatening food allergies. Although I went vegan to boycott the meat and dairy industry, I also heard that veganism can reverse food allergies. I have to admit that I did not believe that this was true, but I gave it a try anyways. I went to the allergist on Tuesday to retest some of my allergy foods. I was in shock to come back negative to apple, coconut, chia seeds, pumpkin, hazel nut and mango and I can also be in the same room as peanuts now! Mango?! I went anaphylactic to mango when I was little. I am happy to say that I tried mango and coconut yesterday and I felt perfectly fine. Oh boy, all the great foods I've been missing out on all these years. The allergist told me that he has never seen me this healthy. My eczema is completely gone and my digestive track is starting to function better. I was astounded when he said that he believes that the vegan lifestyle really helped me. He thinks that in going vegan, my body detoxed. The detoxification rebooted my body systems, so that they are not as sensitive. He says that there is hope to grow out of a few more of my allergies in the future! Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 0
We are diabetic, bipolar and schizo. :'( Hi, guys and gals. Please give me vegan advices for our family's health concerns because I stopped eating animal products, so what are all the foods that are good for our diabetes, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and our many illnesses? Please give me answers about it. Thanks. Post Date: 07/21/16, Replies: 1
accidentally had milk so I was drinking this "naked greens and protein" juice and halfway through the bottle I saw "whey and soy protein isolate" on the side. I immediately started spitting and drinking water. I tried vomiting 5 times but I couldn't): now I have gas and stomach cramps and my throat feels clogged. I told my family and all they did was laugh. has anyone else accidentally done something like this I feel absolutely disgusting and bloated. Post Date: 07/16/16, Replies: 5
Healthy Dilemna Happy To be Healthy Healthy to be Happy Sell Organic Meals offer to those unhealthy and unhappy. Explain the benefits of the food if you ask me. For some odd reason maybe they don't attract to meals made trying to be patience. What would you do if you're trying to attract more healthy clients and best way to explain how healthy food benefits the body? Post Date: 07/14/16, Replies: 0
Endometriosis and other lady issues Hi there, Ive recently gone vegan for both health and ethical reasons. I suffer with really bad endometriosis and also have had a severe ovarian cyst which ended up with me having 2 surgeries this year one in January and one in April. I decided to go vegan firstly in the hope that it would help balance my hormones but also in my research I watched some documentaries - Vegucated, food inc and a few others which really opened my eyes and now I couldn't an animal product again. So what I'm asking is has anybody else gone vegan to help with endometriosis? Has it helped? Ive heard that soy messes with your hormones so should I avoid this and what can i eat as an alternative? Ive been vegan for 6 weeks now and I'm still experiencing quite bad pain, If going vegan does help balance hormones and helps endometriosis how long would it be before I feel better? Thanks Post Date: 06/28/16, Replies: 6
Starch Solution Hi, i just started the starch solution cause after i stopped using contraceptives pills i start sufering for acne, some people say that is temporary but anyway if i can do something for curing my skin for good and aswel improve my heatlh, well i think is a good desition, anyway i want to know if you have any tips or suggestions or any story for inspiration, thanks :) Post Date: 06/08/16, Replies: 0
How to get started as vegetarian advice My mom is supportive of me being vegetarian. She told me to do it gradually and start eating healthy foods then switch to vegetarian. Was this good advice or not? also how to get started as vegetarian? What food should i cut out first? Any tips or advice would be helpful Post Date: 06/07/16, Replies: 0
Advice on going vegan Hi all! So I have found that in approaching this subject that many vegans get offended by my contraints and reasons why I am happy being an omnivore, a well educated omnivore with two degrees: one in Environmental Studies and the other in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability and working towards a master's in forestry. So if you have no kind input please do not respond. THank you. I have a few vegan friends and have asked them the same advice I am asking you and they really didn't have an answer because they don't have dietary restrictions for health reasons, nor do they have time restrictions. Mind you nothing in my life is going to change in terms of time restrictions and financial restrictions. It's just how my life is at the moment and will be likely for the next 4 years. That being said, please just provide me adivce based on my contraints because those will not change. I'm sorry to sound 'uppity' but I've gotten a lot of mean responses saying i need to change my life and schedule, which is obviously not going to happen. I'm merely seeking a way to save money on food a few days a week, and maintain my macros which make me feel best and most energetic and happy. I have heard that veganism is very cost effective. That being said, can I go vegan for 3 days a week maintaining the following macros based on the following dietary constraints: I am allergic to soy, dairy, gluten, and highly sensitive to starches, grains, any and all processed foods. I eat raw veggies, fruits, fish, eggs, chicken, beef (all lean), seeds, nuts. THe macros I maintain are: ~80-120 grams of protein a day sometimes more, I am moderate to very active in my lifestyle; 150 or less carbs but most of my carbs are from veggies--too much fruit and sugar in general makes my sleep and anxiety so bad. I'm very sensitive to sugar. I eat ~35-40 grams fiber any more I bloat, any less than 25 grams I feel 'backed up'; low sodium (sensitive to sodium I retain water like you wouldn't believe even drinking over a gallon a day); I drink approx. a gallon of water a day, give or take, depends on how active I am (I listen to my body); I eat mod. healthy fat like coconut oil (raw), avocado oil (raw), etc.; no grains and no starch unless is tiny amounts maybe once or twice a week and even then I bloat and get gasey so in general I stay away since I want to feel great, not like [censored]ze. I eat all organic and local foods from local farmers I can literally walk up and meet and spend a day on their farm. I eat paleo basically. I have done raw vegan, vegan, and vegetarian for several years each and could not do so sustainably which I believe to be due to my constraints. Hence my seeking advice. Note I want to maintain these macros I feel best on and have been living on for years. I have no problem maintaing a lean toned figure and if I'm aiming to lose weight I can. Currently I am happy wiht my 144lb 6ft ~18% body fat figure but ideally want to lose some fat on my legs so I may cut my fat back a bit and carbs as well and adjust my workout regime. I do PIIT pilates, hike, vinyasa yoga and light jog. I f'in' hate running so I do high intensity pilates and vinyasa yoga in a heated roomed instead if I'm not feeling jogging is 'cutting it' lol. On average I am active 4 hours a day, some days I do all day field work hiking and collecting samples. Depends. Some days I sit on my butt. So I adjust my calories based on how hungry i feel. I eat between 1700-3k calories a day. Never a prob. maintain my weight and measurements so I'll assume listening to my body is working since calorie intake is always changing for every person based on lifestyle, muscle mass, etc. as I'm sure all of you know. Lifestyle constraints: I have 2 hours a week to cook (I work 80 hour a week, run a household and have a partner. No I cannot manifest more time--I prep my protein and/or pop a meal of veggies and protein in the oven and shower. That's my life.) I have 200-300 a month to spend on food. Ideally I would like to cut about $50 off my food bill a month which I think (and again based on what I heard from my vegan friends with no constraints, that would be easy to do). However considering most protein sources for vegans are soy, gluten based, higher in carbs, may have starches or be grains, I'm not sure what I can eat given I don't have much time to cook at all. After grad school I think I'll have more time. I mean I would hope so. But as of now that's just not going to happen and is not up for debate. Any advice would be nice. Thanks. Post Date: 05/22/16, Replies: 4
new vegan and constipated?? hi. I'm a new vegan, it's been about 2 months. when I first went vegan i was really bloated and it sucked. after that my digestion was amazing and I had 2-3 bowel movements a day. for the last 2 weeks or so I've been kind of constipated. my stool is soft but they're tiny and hard to push out. i can also see what I ate like it didn't get digested. I eat enough, I drink lots of water, and I exercise pretty hard 5 days a week. I avoid processed foods and fatty foods, including oil. I have a lot of fiber in my diet, I think I might even be getting too much. I'm very fatigued and gassy. sometimes my lower back hurts and I get dizzy and nauseous. I'm very tired of it so I would really really appreciate some advice (: Post Date: 05/21/16, Replies: 5
Should I see a doctor ? - vegan Hi, I am vegan since April, and I'd like to know if it is better to see a doctor so I could speak about what I eat or should eat (because of vitamines, B12 and so on...). So I'd like your advice !! Thanks a lot :) Post Date: 05/15/16, Replies: 6
New vegan, head and vision feel weird 3 weeks ago I went vegan and quit caffeiene cold turkey. At forst I felt great but week 2 my head started to feel weird like medicine head and my vision was off too. Not really blurry but more like my eyes had trouble focusing. Not really motivated or energetic. I eat 2000 calories a day and take a multivitamin with b12. Is it some kind of mineral or vitimin deficiency? Electrolyte imbalancr? I did lose like 20 pounds in 3 weeks haha. I think a lot was bloating and water weight tho Post Date: 04/23/16, Replies: 5
Vegetarianism and Menstrual Period Does someone knows how to be a vegetarian without getting irregular with your period? Post Date: 04/14/16, Replies: 4
Menstruation issues since going vegan I will be vegan for a month on Friday and for the most part I feel great. However during my last period and during the time of ovulation I got really weak dizzy and light headed. I also got a migraine and I never get those. I am wondering if it was low iron and if so what is a good source of vegan iron. Post Date: 04/11/16, Replies: 8
Media Reports on Supplements Perhaps there are other people who read the New York Times editorial or saw the Frontline show on the issue of the effectiveness and safety of supplements. www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/opinion/sunday/skip-the-supplements.html?_r=0 www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/supplements-and-safety/ The Frontline special reports on cases where supplements caused harm. They also raise questions such as label accuracy, fraud, effectiveness and whether they are needed at all. The issue of people on a vegan or vegetarian diet is not addressed in either of these; and in the New York Times editorial they recommended taking none (unless USP certified of which there aren’t that many); however, in the case of vegetarian/vegans the situation can be different because of the diet. I'd just like to share some of the things I looked into in this post. People may also be able to find this doing searches if they have a similar question, and other sources could be added in responses. When I did searches I didn’t find that much. I found a listing from The New York Times of organizations that do testing on supplements: well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/12/107141/ The four organizations are: 1. USP - United States Pharmacopeia - Nonprofit organization focused on quality and safety of pharmaceuticals 2. NSF - Nonprofit organization that evaluates the safety of various products. 3. ConsumerLab - Company which does testing and then sells the analysis. (currently $64 for two years of $39 for one year) 4. LabDoor - Start-up company which purchases supplements off the shelf and then pays for FDA approved labs to analyze the contents. As far as I can tell the information is currently being provided for free. They speak further about their business model here which is based on consumer purchases: https://labdoor.com/faq/why-we-sell-products ConsumerLab currently has evaluations of two Deva supplements: (vitamin E and Omega-3): https://www.consumerlab.com/Search/Deva-Review LabDoor currently has analysis of three vegan supplements: Deva Vegan Multivitamin, Deva Vegan Prenatal Multivitamin, Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein: https://labdoor.com/review?q=vegan One other thing that I looked into is self-testing one's vitamin D level. I found one available for $50 (for one test). A blood spot card is sent in the mail to a laboratory and then the results can be obtained. https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/testkit/ On the question of testing vitamin D a blog post from Harvard Medical school says that such tests are not in general needed and that there isn't consensus about what a healthy vitamin D level is. "For one thing, experts don’t agree on what low vitamin D means. Some laboratories define it as below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), others set it at below 50 ng/mL. In addition, tests for vitamin D aren’t standardized or reliable." www.health.harvard.edu/blog/vitamin-d-testing-recommended-people-201411267547 David Friedman Post Date: 03/11/16, Replies: 0
New vegan Hi I recently made the decision to become vegan for health reasons and would like to know what things should I eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle Post Date: 02/26/16, Replies: 4
All the benefits of meat (from plants) Hi guys, Hope it's okay to share this here! I'm a vegan blogger and I recently put together an in-depth guide to getting all the potentially beneficial compounds found in meat (from a health perspective) on a vegan diet. If you've ever had any nagging doubts that you'll be missing out on some important nutrition by shunning animal products, or you’re tired of hearing that you need meat to be healthy, it might be worth checking out! herohealthroom.com/2016/02/17/benefits-of-eating-meat-vegan-diet/ Would love to hear your thoughts! Post Date: 02/19/16, Replies: 0
A new book on raising vegetarian children Dear veg community, if somebody has questions on raising veg kids, I recommend a new book from a friend of mine - Valntin Grand, named "How we brought up a vegetarian: According to the principles of health". His wife is a medician and also a long-term vegetarian (or maybe already vegan). The book on Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01BM24YS8 Post Date: 02/19/16, Replies: 0
Vegan and Staying Fit Hello all! I am attempting to go and maintain veganism for the 3rd time now. I've also tried vegetarian, but I end up eating nothing but eggs and cheese. I am a former bikini competitor, which is the feminine realm of body building. As such, I basically brain washed myself into following IIFYM and counting my protein/carbs/fats CONSTANTLY. I don't know how to get out of this, but I want to make a change. Has anyone else here switched to veganism and still maintained the lean, toned look? I don't know how. Everytime I've tried I end up looking "fluffy" and losing strength and endurance. However, for ethical and health reasons, it is very important to me to practice and plant based diet. Thank you in advance Post Date: 02/14/16, Replies: 6
Cholesterol lowering questions Hi all, I am new to this forum and would like some advice or personal experiences regarding your cholesterol levels. I have been vegan for just about three months, and my last cholesterol was still a bit high (215). I do have a family disposition to genetically high cholesterol, but I asked my primary care provider for another three months on a vegan diet before re-testing. I would rather not go on statins if I don't have to. So my question for the forum is for those who have had cholesterol issues: does the vegan diet actually lower your cholesterol? I am a REALLY good cook, I have tackled the creativity you can have while making wonderful vegan meals: but is there some other whole-food strategies I can add to my diet that might help? About me:I get moderate exercise (I ride my bike/walk) every day weather permitting, as don't own a car. So I am in pretty good physical shape. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Post Date: 01/31/16, Replies: 7

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