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5/9/13 10:32 A

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I know that this is a vegetarian and vegan page but the term "Free range" has been adulterated by the factory farms. What they do is take the chickens out of their cages and put them in a big warehouse inside with all of the chickens and "call" them free range. They still cut their beaks off to keep them from pecking each other to death because they are in such close quarters. If you want to have birds that actually get outside for their lives you need to find "pasture raised" eggs. Here is a video showing the difference.

www.foodday.org/the_story_of_an_egg

It is true though that eggs supply vitamin b12. If you do not want to eat a vegetarian diet supplementation is your best bet.

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4/22/13 3:35 A

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B12 is tricky because it's only naturally occurring in animal products. I also know that bodies don't usually absorb all of the nutrients in a supplement, so it's best to get them from food sources if you can. Two large eggs will provide you with 100% of your vitamin B12 daily. I recommend flax fed chicken eggs, because then there will be healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to help absorb the nutrients. You can get them free range and organic at the supermarket.

I've never been too worried about my iron levels, but even though dietary wise I sometimes come up a bit short I take a multivitamin with iron in it to balance it out.

Any deficiency that makes you sluggish will slow down your metabolic rate too, which sucks. I'd just suggest sticking with the supplements, and eating lots of iron rich foods. And take in some healthy fats (you don't need a lot) when you do to help soak up all the nutrients, including iron. I like flax, avocados, and olive oil.

Hope that can help a bit!



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2/15/13 6:32 P

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I know I had a B12 deficiency and I WAS eating meat, AND taking a B12 supplement. It was discovered by my oncologist about 8 months after stopping 4 years of chemotherapy. But he said it sometimes happens as we age. That part of the intestines quits absorbing B12 AND D. (maybe some others)

I feel the jury is still out on the why that happens. But there you go. It's not just something that happens to strict vegetarians.

Now the other part of your question: I can't narrow it down to just B12 because the injections started around the same time as the humongous D3 supplements. But my weight loss has never been this easy in my life. I truly think I'd still be struggling and plateauing, etc. and I'm NOT willing to experiment and stop either to find out.

Besides weight loss, the other benefit is no more fatigue. The first 3 months I was ready for the next shot after 3 weeks. And I went 6 weeks without the B12 injection while I was away in NC. And I was still doing well. I thought I might be able to stop it, but they said no at my appointment.


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2/10/13 5:45 P

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Iron level is always low.
Once a year I have to have an iron infusion.
Body just doesn't absorb it well.

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2/10/13 10:08 A

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Spinach is very high in iron. It can be blended into smoothies too, which doesn't affect the flavour at all. You could have a smoothie with 1/2 c blueberries, 3 strawberries, a scoop of vanilla soy protein powder, 1/2 c spinach and 1 cup of vanilla almond milk. Blend and enjoy! It's an awesome quick breakfast or snack after a good workout. If you don't like soy protein powder, you could always substitute a chunk of tofu for the protein.

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2/5/13 12:11 A

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I find that if I'm not getting something in my diet, I eat more to compensate. Which does, in fact, affect weight loss....

Did your doctor give you any advice on when to take the supplements--and with what? I don't know about B12, but iron can be tricky. If you take it with calcium, it's not absorbed as well. But taking iron with vitamin C helps absorption.

My suggestion is to find the right balance first--whether it's food combinations, supplements, or cooking tomatoes and peppers in cast iron skillets--and THEN focus on the weight. Weight has long-term health consequences--but anemia affects you NOW.

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2/4/13 7:21 P

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I was going to say dark leafy greens and beans are a vegetarians best friend. The only way I could lose weight was to only eat veggies, beans, whole grains and fruits. I gave up on the milk eggs and cheese. Then I started to loose weight.

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Dark green leafy vegetables have lots of iron.
Try loading up on these and it may help.

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Hi everyone

I have been searching for answers on this issue and keep coming up short. I have been vegetarian for about 3 years, and during this time I've consistently struggled with anemia/iron and b12 deficiency. I have been on supplements for a year, and today I went to get my blood work results and the doctor told me that there has basically been no improvement. I've doubled my supplements and we'll be checking again in a month, and if there's still no improvement we will be doing injections, and trying to find out why I'm not absorbing iron or b12 properly.

Not only has this resulted in a lot of fatigue for me, especially when I menstruate, but I think it is having negative effects on my weight loss. Does anyone know if this is possible? Ever since I started feeling really fatigued, and stopped taking my supplements as regularly because I was moving around a lot for work, I noticed that my weight has been at a standstill. I haven't lost weight for 6 weeks, and I eat very well and exercise 6 days a week with one rest day.

Is there any kind of correlation between weight loss and being anemic? Has anyone else gone through this, and might be able to offer some advice? Just feeling very frustrated and confused right now. :( I want my body to be healthy again!!

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