I didn't see you mention eating beans at all. You mentioned veggies, greens, grains (I hope those are whole grains BTW because white bread has almost no nutrition, brown rice, quinoa and such is where the nutrition is) Beans add so much nutrition and you need to eat a few cups of those every day to add iron. Not having enough iron will add to fatigue. A pill is not sufficient to eating iron in the natural whole foods that you eat.
The sinus infection is a big deal also. I hope the transition to a vegan lifestyle will begin to send you more energy. Once your infection clears, I know you will find you will be healthier all around. Peace.
Detox is definitely something I failed to acknowledge... and well, I was hoping my body could kick this sinus infection but, alas today I did pick up a nasal spray to help me out until I get to the doctor! I'm traveling now, so some things are a bit tougher to do..
Thank you so much you guys for all the helpful bits, and its very encouraging to hear that i'm doing well because I was worried that maybe this wasn't for me.. but other than tired I am feeling to good to give up!
"Possibly unrelated or not, I have had a sinus infection for about a month as well....."
Annamolly, I would say that's is VERY MUCH related to your feelings of fatigue! Did you know that many a doctor has had a patient come to him/her worried that they suspect they have developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, only to find out that their fatigue comes from an ongoing sinus infection? It's true. Sinus infections can really drain one's energy (I'm not sure exactly "why" that is, except that maybe it's because our sinus's are located in our heads, and we all know how we feel when our heads tell us it's time to get sleepy...so I guess all the pain and pressure of a sinus infection causes something similar.)
So work with your doc on treating that infection. And here's a biggy: avoid drinking or eating anything icy cold (has a LOT to do with making it worse). Drink lots of hot tea or other hot drinks. (I know...not something one usually does in summer.) Drink a lot of water, to thin mucus. Consider using a Neti pot to cleans your sinus's (but only use distilled or boiled water (after it's cooled to a cozy warm, of course), as they've recently learned other kinds of water "might" carry harmful bacteria (Okay, I'm not a doctor, but I've battled sinus infections a LOT over the years and these suggestions come from a book I read on the subject.)
As for your diet, the members have told you well that you actually seem to have a very good diet in place.
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I went from eating meat maybe twice a week to being almost vegan a few months ago. A few weeks back, I posted something similar.
A friend who has been with me for a loooong time on this weight loss journey pointed out that back when I was in active weight loss, I often mentioned that protein made a big difference. I thought I was being pretty careful--but I tried tracking a few days and saw that I was a LOT lower than I had thought in protein percentages. I'm still a lot lower than I used to be, but I think I'm finding a better balance. (I was trying to avoid adding too much soy, but I think it did make a difference when started adding a little more.)
I also brought up the energy levels with my mother and sisters just to see if any of them had issues I didn't know of (thyroid, anemia, whatever) and my mentioned that even though she eats meat, she feels better when she takes a B12 supplement. I had actually picked up a B complex, but was a bit worried since I was in a hurry and didn't check carefully--turns out it's really high doses. But hearing that she needed the supplement even with meat helped me relax a bit--and I really did start feeling better.
Anyway, sounds like you have vitamins and minerals covered--but you might want to take a look at protein percentages.
The friend who mentioned the protein actually does coaching for transitioning to veg*nism. I decided to set up a session, since I don't want this to fail just because I'm missing something obvious.
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You're making big changes, your body's adapting, there's some detox going on, and everyone's different so it never plays out exactly the same. Stick with it a little longer and I'm sure you'll be fine fine fine. You've come a long way already and done really well. I can't see anything obvious that needs to be 'fixed'.
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I've been vegetarian for over two months now and I eat a lot of vegan meals I have also noticed that on some days I have a lot less energy, the only thing I can think of is the considerable less amount of B12 in my diet but that's just me personally, I used to be an energy drink junkie and have since cut out. I take a multivitamin but some days it just doesn't help Iike I mentioned. I would also like to know what the other members of the team have to say about it.
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It's been about 1 month since i've eased into my vegan diet. First I cut out all meat, then did the dairy slowly and now I have been fully vegan for about 1 week. I feel amazing in all way.. no bloating, constipation, my skin is clearing up, I was losing weight.. but I am just really tired and unmotivated all the time. I eat a lot of dark greens, fruits, tomatoes, avocados... basically i eat a lot of fruit and veggies... I also take a vegan daily supplement that supplies me all my b12, iron, zinc etc... and I take a hemp protein shake once a day just to be safe! Possibly unrelated or not, I have had a sinus infection for about a month as well..... Since switching to vegan my grain intake has been a bit higher as well, so starting today i'm cutting back a bit to see if that stops me from feeling a bit sluggish... but i'm just wondering if there is something I completely missed!?
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