No - it isn't a need for meat....... I've been a blood donor for many years. I've been a vegetarian for more than 20 of those years. Before you can donate, your vitals including your iron count are checked. If your iron count is too low, you cannot donate. Blackstrap molasses, greens and dark beans such as red beans and kidney beans are big in my list of high iron sources. I KNOW many people can't stomach the blackstrap molasses. Sometimes I add it to a stove top barbecue beans recipe. Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of iron, potassium and calcium. Most dark beans provide at least 10 percent of your iron requirement. Keep in mind, that consumption of dairy and caffeine blocks iron absorption. If you're going to eat something high in dairy, or have a cup of coffee, don't even bother trying to get your iron at that time. Instead, eat a separate meal with the iron-rich food in it.
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Kale is great. The stems and center vein are really tough though. Unless you put kale in a smoothie, remove those parts. I like my kale, spinach, collard or turnip greens and chard wilted with a couple crushed and minced garlic cloves or "massaged" and put in a salad.
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I was bruising easily, too..for a while. Because I was taking Coumadin daily, I was told to NOT eat green (high iron) veggies because they were also high in vitamin K. Now my new doctor has suggested that I eat the veggies (Kale, Spinach, etc...high in iron and Vit K) and then she could adjust the coumadin dozage. Worked. Fewer bruises and I feel better. When in doubt, check with your doctor, maybe two or three times.
Gee wiz. People will always tell you it is the protein. Lack of protein will NOT cause bruising. Your iron is low. Meat is higher in iron so when you ate some meat it raised your iron levels and cured your problem. Make sure you eat a variety of healthy vegan foods including beans and foods high in vit C so the iron is easily absorbed and you will be fine. God Bless.
You might be low on iron. I would get blood work done and see if your iron is low. I think that could cause lethargy and bruising easily. If you are low, you could take an iron supplement and eat veggies and greens high in iron. Good luck.
Good replies - something may not be right, and good for you for checking into it, but what is wrong is not the absence of meat. Keep working on it, you'll figure it out w/o having to add meat. Maybe look closely at what it is specifically that meat provides nutritionally that you can get from some other non-meat source.
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So i have been trying to be a 'good' veggie but something isn't right and starting to doubt and revert away (although i don't want to but have) my veggie lifestyle. I have been very lethargic and bruise like crazy and take forever to go away! I almost look like a battered lady. I've was told it is due to not eating meat. So have started to incorporate meat back into 1 meal a day over the past two months and unfortunatly it has made a big difference, My bruises are healing and have not gotten as many new ones and i do have more energy. What can i do different to loose the meat without these nasty side effect. Help! TIA!
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