A brief history-- I have suffered from unexplained severe fatigue for years. I have most of the classic signs of chronic fatigue syndrome. This is one of the things that made me start reading about nutrition and to start a vegan/ mostly vegan diet. I recently started moderate daily exercise which I fully expected to help my energy levels but it hasn't. At a loss, I posted on a few diet/ exercise forums (not mdc) and was told my diet is "horrible" that I am "malnourished" and that I "need to eat some steak." I'll say upfront I am not opposed to eating meat/ dairy if I thought it would help me... I just am not convinced it would and I felt no better when I was eating meat.
I do feel healthier on a vegan diet (I hardly ever get sick) but my fatigue levels are not improved by it.
A typical day for me is:
breakfast-- fruit or big carrot salad (shredded carrots, ground nuts, raisins, oranges)
lunch and dinner -- some combination of whole grain, legumes, greens (usually broccoli, collards or spinach)-- very big servings of everything
snacks-- nuts, fruit, salads, whole grain toast
beverages-- water, calcium fortified OJ, grape juice
I am careful about my juice intake (limited to 16 oz) but for me it's the most convenient way to get calcium (which I'm concerned about even though I eat so many greens). I don't eat refined sugar/ grains (though I have in the past) and at most will use a little maple syrup in a recipe. Everything I eat is homemade-- nothing processed.
What do you think? Do you see room for improvement? I really don't think my food intake is the cause of my problems. I don't count but I would guess I'm at least taking in 2000-2200 calories a day.
(btw I am a big fan of Eat to Live!)