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This is a discussion on Ask a Vegan within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by killerB I have a question for those who have been Vegetarian longer than myself. I have noticed ...

  1. #161

    Quote Originally Posted by killerB View Post
    I have a question for those who have been Vegetarian longer than myself.

    I have noticed that although I do take care to eat well balanced with my fruits and veggies, I seem to bruise easier than I did when I ate meat. Anyone else notice this? I am not sure it has anything to do with my diet, because I take a daily vitamin. I tested my iron at work(I am in medical) and I would rather not ask there for any insite, and have them lecture me about how being a Vegetarian is the reason. (You know what I mean on this.)
    Please consult a physician. The advice I can give you here is what I've picked up along the way, but I don't have any medical training and bruising can be symptomatic of some very serious medical conditions that will require a doctor's care.

    Forgive me if I sound preachy here, but I don't know how much of this information you know about:

    Two dangerous causes of bruising are low iron levels and low B-12 levels. As you may know, both of these if left untreated can have life threatening consequenses.

    Vegans and vegetarians who do not supplement with B-12 or do not properly absorb it can become dangerously low in B-12 before most symptoms occur. (Note to meat eaters who may be reading this: B-12 deficiency can occur in meat eaters who do not properly absorb it. This is not just a problem in vegetarians and vegans.)

    Although you are taking a multi-vitamin, you may not be absorbing the iron completely. Vitamin C helps boost iron absorption. (the acid assists in the uptake of the mineral) Do not take your multi vitamin at the same time as a calcium supplement, or with any calcium rich food such as dairy products. Calcium absorbs stomach acid which is necessary to help absorb the iron. This is how Tums and other antacids work. Tums is essentially a calcium pill. Take your multi with a food rich in vitamin C at least 2 hours either side of the consumption of calcium.

    Don't just get your iron levels tested. You'll need a full CBC (complete blood count). You may not be producing enough platelets, or have bone marrow issues. This test will also check for anemia or leukemia. (sorry to be alarmist)

    Other causes of brusing: deficiencies in vitamin K (dark green leafies) and a Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for blood vessel health.

    Medications (aspirin, other anti-inflammatories, steroids) can also cause bruising.

    This may be something easily fixed, or an indicator of something serious. As I advised above, please see a doctor.

  2. #162

    Yeah, thanks. I go in for my yearly in two weeks, and had already spoke about a CBC with Doc, just because I want to make sure I am getting everything apporpriately.

    I completely forgot that my doctor also upped my Steriods for my Asthma(I also run) and I am almost certain that this is what is causing it. I read your post and your mention of Steriods and a little light bulb went on and said "oh shit! She's right!" (and now I feel silly).*facepalm*

  3. #163

    Quote Originally Posted by killerB View Post
    Yeah, thanks. I go in for my yearly in two weeks, and had already spoke about a CBC with Doc, just because I want to make sure I am getting everything apporpriately.

    I completely forgot that my doctor also upped my Steriods for my Asthma(I also run) and I am almost certain that this is what is causing it. I read your post and your mention of Steriods and a little light bulb went on and said "oh shit! She's right!" (and now I feel silly).*facepalm*
    Don't feel silly. Hopefully that is what the issue is, and it's nothing more serious.

    Your post was helpful. It was an opportunity to get some information out to others that they may not have known about.

    Thank you for posting here.

    I hope you get a clean bill of health.
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  4. #164

    Were you raised in a vegan household?

    Why did you choose this lifestyle?

    If it's for health reasons, did you find it improved your condition?

    What was the hardest part about switching to this type of diet?
    (dealing with other people, giving up something you miss etc.)

    thank you :)

  5. #165

    Quote Originally Posted by Ningsta Kitty View Post
    Were you raised in a vegan household?

    Why did you choose this lifestyle?

    If it's for health reasons, did you find it improved your condition?

    What was the hardest part about switching to this type of diet?
    (dealing with other people, giving up something you miss etc.)

    thank you :)

    I'm first generation American. My parents came here from Germany. So ... the food I grew up with was along the lines of "if it don't come in a sausage casing, we don't eat it". Meat at every meal. Even meat as a snack. Ick.

    I quit eating beef and pork over 20 years ago. A few years ago I saw the film "Forks Over Knives". It just made sense to me. I was already only eating chicken and fish a few times a week anyway at that point. I didn't drink milk. I don't like the taste of eggs. So it was mostly just a matter of giving up cheese and yogurt.

    Yes. It improved my health.

    Ask a Vegan

    The hardest part? I really used to like cheese. I was using it as my main protein source for a long time. It was what I was used to. After a few weeks though ... your tastes change. Don't miss it now. (it's been about a year and half since going vegan)

    If I would have known how simple it is to be vegan, I would have done it much sooner.
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  6. #166

    Quote Originally Posted by MsBossyPants View Post
    If I would have known how simple it is to be vegan, I would have done it much sooner.
    really? then why does it seem so intimidating! lol!

    any suggestions as far as kids go ?

    another question that I've always wondered,
    what is the MAIN difference between vegan and vegetarian ?

    Why did you choose vegan over being a vegetarian?
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  7. #167

    Quote Originally Posted by Ningsta Kitty View Post
    really? then why does it seem so intimidating! lol!

    any suggestions as far as kids go ?

    another question that I've always wondered,
    what is the MAIN difference between vegan and vegetarian ?

    Why did you choose vegan over being a vegetarian?
    Vegetarians do not eat animals. They do consume the products that come from animals such as milk, cheese, eggs, honey, etc.

    Vegans do not eat animals or animal products of any kind.

    I was mostly vegetarian and then tried veganism. I feel better on a vegan diet - better not eating dairy, others may have a different experience.

    Kids? Children have different nutritional needs than adults. Children can eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, but it must be tailored to their needs. I don't have kids, and don't have to know about that, so I can't give advice. But you can find out about vegan diets for all ages here - written by registered dietitians who are themselves vegan:

    Vegan For Life - Jack Norris/Virginia Messina
    http://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp...2913926888.jpg

    This book is the best "how to" book and reference manual I've found.

    Also, poke around the thread if you don't wish invest in the book. You'll probably find most of the answers to your general questions.


    Here is a typical vegan adult diet:
    Ask a Vegan
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  8. #168

    I'm sure it's been asked already but I'm too lazy to find it. But here goes: Is it true that being a vegan is an expensive lifestyle to have?
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  9. #169

    Quote Originally Posted by ForsakenMe View Post
    I'm sure it's been asked already but I'm too lazy to find it. But here goes: Is it true that being a vegan is an expensive lifestyle to have?
    No. If you're not a "junk food" vegan, it's actually less expensive.

    The expensive things in your shopping cart are the meats, cheeses, and packaged foods (cookies, crackers, frozen meals, ice cream)

    The main staples of traditional veganism - rice and beans and tofu - are some of the least expensive foods.

    The difference in the standard food pyramid (now plate) and the vegan one is the substitution of the protein sources.

    Each pyramid (plate) shows fruits, veggies, and whole grains that are recommended to be eaten by both meat eaters and non meat eaters. Merely substitute alternate types of "milk" for animal milk, and beans, legumes, etc for your meats.

    I've found the main complaint meat eaters have when switching to veganism is to say that "all that produce is really expensive" because they weren't eating enough in the first place.
    Last edited by MsBossyPants; 01-10-2013 at 12:36 PM. Reason: correct syntax
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  10. #170

    Maintaining Weight?

    How do you maintain your weight on a vegan diet?

    I've been vegetarian for a while and tried to go vegan, but after a month I added dairy back in because I was losing too much weight. I follow nearly all of the suggestions in this article at SavvyVeg. I eat flax seed and oil, nuts and seeds, saute my veggies in plenty of olive oil, eat avocadoes and potatoes with lots of whole grains, enjoy dried fruits and hummus as occasional snacks, etc. I also eat full meals (though not until I'm "stuffed") and regular snacks.

    I know one of the benefits people love about veganism is losing weight, but at some point you must "level out," so to speak. Any suggestions?
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