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3/1/20 6:58 A

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A big thank you to all who responded. It helped me to see that I am not the only one who got anemic from a vegan diet, not because veganism is unhealthy, but because I was unable to figure out how to get adequate nutrition on it.

It's the journey. We can do this.

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3/1/20 6:50 A

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I went to a registered nutritionist, who recommended the book How Not to Die. That book recommended a 21 day Vegan challenge. I cannot eat soy, but the authors of the vegan diet assured me that soy was optional. I needed help planning meals, but my personal eating plan consisted of how many servings per day I should eat of each of the food groups. The nutrition center offered a boot camp for people like me who need more structure to plan meals, but my insurance does not cover it. So when the book recommended the 21 day vegan challenge with all meals already planned, I jumped at the chance. I ate nutritional yeast and took B12 and B complex supplements. I started taking Calcium plus Vitamin D, as well, but the Vitamin D seemed to make me ill, so I stopped it. Although my colonoscopy doctor had told me to stop eating meat, dairy and wheat, (the reason I sought out the nutritionist), I recently started eating dairy, meat, and wheat again to build up my hemoglobin again. I am using the Sparkpeople meal planner to plan my meals now, and I feel good, but it does include wheat and dairy, which my colonoscopy doctor wanted me to avoid.

It's the journey. We can do this.

Mary


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2/7/20 6:18 A

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Was going Vegan something your doctor recommended to lower your cholesterol without medication? If so, doctors really don't have a lot of training in nutrition and if he/she wanted you to try to improve your numbers through diet, you should have been referred to a Registered Dietitian who can work with you to find an eating style that works for you and your individual health.

If you chose veganism because you wanted to, it can be done properly as other mentioned but you need to work to ensure you are getting all your nutrients.

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2/7/20 4:49 A



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It is very common for people who go vegan or vegetarian and don't do it properly to have this problem. Going vegan a person often needs supplements to make up for what they miss out on.

www.everydayhealth.com/anemia/anemia-risk-
for-vegans-and-vegetarians.aspx


veganhealth.org/iron-part-1/

I have always used Savoury Yeast (Nutritional Yeast) at times and this is great for vegans.

Having a cholesterol issue doesn't mean that a person has to avoid meat if they normally eat meat. I don't eat a lot of meat, however I eat it most days. I also eat tons of fruit/veggies (generally 8-12 serves in a day) as well as some nuts, whole-grains and healthy fats. The only thing that normalized my Cholesterol (HDL very low and all others quite high) and HbA1c (which had me at borderline pre-diabetic) was reducing my weight and my Registered Dietitian prescribing Fish Oil (which was titrated up quite high, but I don't suggest that you do that unless you discuss it with your Dr/Registered Dietitian first.) .

I didn't alter what I ate except for the Fish Oil, but rather reduced my calories a little. I had normally been eating on average 1650-1850 calories per day, and on that I was gradually gaining weight (over 30 years) but when I dropped my calories as per Registered Dietitian's instructions, to 1400 calories (no range) I managed to lose just over 50lb (in 16 months). It was then that my cholesterol virtually normalized. I then increased my calories to maintenance for a year and there was no worsening of my bloods. Later when I reached my current weight, ALL of my cholesterol readings were very healthy. I have since increased my calories again and all my bloods have remained healthy.

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2/7/20 12:15 A

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I became anemic and malnourished when i briefly experimented with vegan dieting in college. I wasn't educated on the lifestyle properly so deficiencies may have been avoidable.

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2/6/20 12:44 P

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Low hemoglobin usually means anemia. What did your doctor advise you to do?

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2/6/20 9:56 A

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I ate vegan for 3 months to lower my cholesterol. Then I took a blood test. The cholesterol was down, but my hemoglobin also fell. Has this happened to anyone else?

It's the journey. We can do this.

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