Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chatter

I went to the surgeon for a follow up and all seems to be on track.  I'm under four more weeks of restrictions and I'll see him again then. I have hit the stage where I am fatigued and much to my dismay I am craving meat and dairy.  I had found myself eating all day long and still feeling like I was starving.  I don't know if it is related to needing more protein for healing or if it is related to my iron levels.  I gave in tonight and ate some lean ground turkey and cheese to see if it would help since even with my vitamins and trying to eat healthful foods I am so fatigued.   I'm not sure where this leaves me for the next few weeks, because after a few hours I was still satisfied.  I don't know if I need to give myself a break until I have had time to heal or if I need to accept that given my anemia, allergies, and a couple of other problems I may not be able to sustain a long term vegan diet.  I'm playing it by ear at this point and trying to listen to my body.  

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  1. Yes, DO listen to your body, you are craving meat/dairy as your body needs protein to heal. Long story short, before I knew that my 3rd pregnancy was with twins, I strangely craved steak-very odd for me! I don't recall what your surgery was, or perhaps you are keeping this private. Do take care of yourself!

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    1. Thanks. I had to have a hysterectomy. Long story short, I've had severe anemia for over a year now and hopefully this will help the problem. Turned out (based on other findings during the surgery) that this was a good call.

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  2. Surgery and illness can really take a toll on the body! I hope that you continue to listen to your body and do what works best for you.

    I have gone through various points in my life where I followed a vegan or plant-based diet. Generally, when following such a diet I felt wonderful! Light and clean and...very alive. But. There always came a point where I felt like I wasn't able to keep up with eating as much food as I needed. Like you I was often hungry and, the key thing that ultimately brought me back to eating an omnivorous diet, when I was sick or injured...it took a really, really, really long time for me to recover. I think partly this was because my iron levels tend to be fairly low (not anemic, but low) and also because I just wasn't getting the total nutrition I needed. I often feel as though I am straddling the fence on nutrition and diet and in the end I am trying to do what's best for ME while also doing as much as I can to eat in a way that I think is ethical. I did find that adding eggs, yogurt and a protein powder made it more feasible for me to be vegetarian, but ultimately lean meats are such a convenient way to get protein and iron. :-/ It's tricky. Don't beat yourself up over it!

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    1. Thanks. I feel mentally horrible about it because I see a true justification for following a plant based diet. On the other hand I have no desire to make myself physically feel worse.

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