Pondering my nutrition

As I said in my last post, I enjoyed a good 7 mile run Monday night but I woke up feeling pretty awful yesterday. My joints were achy and my stomach hurt the whole day. I might know the culprit:

It was so good though.

I find that I can have about 1 serving of dairy a day and then I feel like crap if I have any more. This makes me sad because I love cheese, ice cream, yogurt, milkshakes etc. but I don’t know if it is worth the pain.

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Another nutrition issue I was pondering was vegetarianism. I feel that once I quit eating meat, limited dairy and eggs, I started to see an increase in injuries and a decrease in overall health. Some days I wake up and feel lethargic despite getting adequate rest, eating enough, and even decreasing exercise. I am wondering if this is due to not getting certain nutrients from animal products.

I have been a vegetarian in the past (circa freshman year of high school) and I actually became really sick because my body wasn’t absorbing protein.

(Little freshman me looking tired)

I guess what I have been thinking about is that vegetarianism and veganism might not beย for everyone. This makes me sad because I am a vegetarian for moral reasons. But if not eating animal products is harming my health then I guess I will have to put aside moral beliefs.

ย I scheduled a doctor appointment for August 9th to address these issues and to get blood drawn to see if I am missing any nutrients, especially ones derived from animal products. I’m not sure if being a vegetarian would cause any of the issues I am dealing with because I always make sure to get enough vitamin D, protein, fat, carbs, calcium, etc.

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What do you think of vegetarianism and health?ย 

Any suggestions for me? (I promise I already eat enough every day)

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30 comments

  1. Personally, I feel much better when not eating animal products, but like you said, people have different bodies so you’ve got to find what works for you! I was just reading this article on vegetarianism…. Of coure it’s biased but it is interesting to read. ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.celestialhealing.net/physicalveg3.htm

    All I can suggest is do what your body feels best with! I hope you get good results from the doctor and figure out what’s wrong.

  2. For me, I’ve been feeling better when I don’t eat meats but I also haven’t cut it out of my diet. I have cut back quite a bit though I eat chicken breasts about two to three times a week (lunch or dinner) and I make sure to have fish two to three times a week (again lunch or dinner). I love fish and could never give it up.. chicken/turkey breasts I probably could but I find it’s hard to get the protein I need especially since dairy upsets my stomach if I have too much of it.

    Maybe the nutritionist/doctor will have some other suggestions. But if you are really against eating meat (which is totally okay!) maybe give eggs a try? I’d just go with what your body feels best with. If it doesn’t feel good after eating meat then don’t bother with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Ooo, that is good that you have a dr.’s appt scheduled! I say talk it over with them–they can maybe help you keep the veggie lifestyle and still get nutrients or let you know if you need to have meat a few times a week.

    Keep me posted! Hope you feel better!

  4. I think you nailed it – every one’s body responds different to veganism – vegetarianism- and eating a diet with meat involved. Props to you for going to the doctor to see if you are getting the right nutrients – and the willingness to do what you need to do to make sure you are healthy!

  5. As a future health care provider, I will give you some advice:
    You can still be somewhat a vegetarian and be healthy; but you cannot just completely cut out certain things from your diet. Animal meats and high in protein obviously, but also iron…which is necessary to keep your blood flow healthy and at normal levels.
    Also, Vitamin D and calcium are also necessary for bone growth and rebuilding…so cutting out dairy could be harmful. If you’re truly serious about cutting out these foods…you will need to find other sources of Calcium and Vitamin D, like supplements. But then again, do you really want to supplement your body with something chemically made, or get the natural stuff?
    Just my two cents, but I believe that you should do whatever your little heart desires. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m always here for any medical questions! I mean…that is my job. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I have no problem with veganism/vegetarianism, but I do believe that it is REALLY hard to get all the nutrients you need! I think that you should definitely talk to your doctor, like you said, and see what he has to say ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you figure it all out soon โค

  7. Hope the doctor’s appointment goes well and answers your questions! It might be possible to maintain a vegetarian diet, but maybe eating more/less of certain foods and taking supplements? Interested to see what you find out!

  8. Do you get enough iron? That has an overwhelming impact on energy. I’ve been vegetarian for 8 years, vegan for 4 and have never had health problems and experienced major increases in energy/overall feelings of wellbeing at each dietary change. But yeah, everyone’s body is different. I’m interested in hearing what your doc has to say!

  9. Hmm. First of all, I think it’s really great that you are looking at your diet and asking yourself: what can I do to make myself feel as good as I can and how can I eat to make an impact? That’s awesome! I don’t think that any diet, vegetarian or not, is universally “healthy”. We all have different nutritional needs, intolerances, likes/dislikes, etc. Some people thrive when they eat a certain way, and others suffer when they eat the same way.

    For me, I don’t have a label for the way I eat, but I have recognized what foods make me feel better or worse. I think this is especially important when you have a medical condition or an injury because as Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine”. There’s definitely a balance to be struck between eating foods we like, and what makes us feel good physically and mentally!

    Keep experimenting, and you’ll figure out what works for YOU.

    PS – If you are really concerned, ask your doc for a blood test to check for food allergies and vitamin levels. That was a real eye opener for me!

    Love you boo!

  10. You are incredibly smart for someone so young! Not many girls your age would think through what they are eating and what it does to their body as much as you doโ€ฆand in a totally positive, healthy way. You are definitely a role model for other young girls who may stumble upon your blog! (not to mention for us older girls, too!!)

  11. Can’t say much more than everyone else here has! ๐Ÿ™‚ I personally eat fish (tilapia) and eggs but don’t eat dairy or meat and can say it made a big difference when I cut out the dairy and added in the fish. I also take a multi every day just to be safe!

  12. I tried to be vegetarian one time too, and it definitly didn’t work out, I ended up eating too much processed soy “meat replacement” products to get protein and I felt tired and my body was sore all the time and I got super cranky.

    Have you tried changing up amounts of macros like maybe adding more fats or more carbs or grains, etc? That might help your energy levels and stuff. Or you could add in some sort of meat that still keeps your morals like shrimp or fish maybe? Hope you feel better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I think being a vegetarian or vegan can be great for your health IF: your body adjusts well to it and you are smart about it and able to get all the nutrients you need. I was a vegetarian for two years and started eating meat again simply because I was not feeling well. I was tired all the time, I was underweight, and I had fatigue like no other. I just simply wasn’t getting the nutrients I needed because I didn’t know enough about nutrition at the time. Just see what your doctor says after you find out if your body is lacking anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Honestly, I think vegetarianism is right for everyone if they just eat well, eat fish, take supplements, eat lots of greens, and have enough calcium.

  15. Everyone’s dietary needs are different. For me, I eat limited meat at home, but I go out a lot and eat pork or chicken. As a athlete, my body needs that protein/calorie source. I totally get the moral reasons… maybe you can begin by only eating white meat raised in farms with policies about treating their animals humanely?

    Thank you for sharing this. Please keep us posted – I’m really interested to see what the doc recommends and how you decide to change your diet going forward!

  16. I agree that it is not something every body can handle, especially since it is so easy to mess up this day and age.

    I do however feel that no one NEEDs dairy. It’s a treat though, huh?

  17. I am sorry to hear about your struggle ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I think you are right – not everyone can live on vegan/vegetarian diet. Every one is different, our bodies respond in their own way and what works for one person doesnยดt have to work for another one. I hope that the doctor appointment helps you understand more your current health!! Once you know for sure what you are missing, it will be so much easier to sort out your next steps!

  18. I think everyone’s body is different.
    I was vegan for 8 months and at first I had all the energy in the world until I started running, that’s when I felt like a slug the entire day. Then I started getting these mad cravings for eggs so I started eating them again and my energy came back! now i eat an egg everyday and dairy 5-6 times a week and I feel much better. I eat fish every once in a while too. I don’t think vegetarianism is for everyone, we all have to figure out what works for us.

    Good luck with the doc appointment, hope it helps!

  19. I would add more healthy fats and a little more protein to your diet and see how you feel. I think if you do have moral issues about not eating animal products you should try and stick with it. But on the other hand, if you are not feeling great each day it is a toss up.

  20. I think that it’s important to acknowledge your health. It is possible to eat meat ethically — it’s just more expensive and requires some research. Sometimes it’s worth it for your health! I recently brought fish back into my life and I think it’s a great change for me. I feel more comfortable eating fish than chicken, pork, and beef, but if it meant less injuries I would definitely start to eat those foods. Maybe not as often as the average american, but I would reintegrate it into my diet!

  21. I think incorporating more protein and fats into your diet could really make a difference. When I started doing that, I had so much energy and my health improved in countless ways. Sometimes a change is good though, as long as it’s healthy of course!

  22. yes, each person has their own way of eating and needs. Yours might be a little higher now that you are training more. Maybe eggs, fish, tempeh would be good for you. I’d also add brewers yeast for extra iron and b vitamins. But i agree with everyone, find out what is best for you. Physcially and morally. I think you’ll find a way. โค

  23. I’m a vegetarian and I run anywhere from 7-13 miles a day. It’s not that I don’t like the taste of meat, I just can’t eat it anymore from watching Food Inc, and that I live close to a chicken factory. I run and get passed by the chicken trucks alot. It smells horrible and I hate seeing all the chickens crammed in the truck. Since I don’t eat meat and I run so much, I do have low iron. I know you can be an awesome runer (or any kind of athelete) and be a veg. Google veg athletes…u’d be surprised at how many olympians are. I think it’s great you are going to the dr to see if you are missing nutrients. Keep us posted. God Bless!

  24. Wah. I had to scroll so far down to comment ha. Anywho-I think you are right and being vegetarian isn’t for everyone. I would try adding a few things into your diet and seeing how it goes. If it isn’t for you-it’s not, but if adding more protein makes you better than it does.

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