welcome back to sparkpeople!!!
i hope you'll enjoy being back.
About your doctor's concerns - if you didn't happen to see some
recent posts - there was a good discussion about vegetarian iron
sources. some things covered: try increasing your intake of legumes,
specially the dark red kind. the darker beans are highest in iron.
take about a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses with about a cup
of water. i happen to just 'pour down' the molasses, then 'chase'
it with the water, or you could stir the molasses in the water. 1
tablespoon of molasses has 20% of the RDA for iron. another really
good veg iron source is tahini/sesame seed butter. 2 tablespoons of
have 15% of the RDA for iron. try to avoid having dairy or foods that
contain caffeine with the iron sources, as caffeine and dairy inhibit
iron absorption. i've found that i hardly need caffeine since i started
my molasses regimen. i make a pot of coffee in the morning for the
rest of the household while i drink my molasses and water.
have you tried probiotics for b-12? some great probiotics for this are
kim chee (you can get or make it vegetarian), sauerkraut, any fermented
soy product, like miso or tempeh.