Originally Posted by Sheacoby
Have you tried eating a large amount of leafy greens, I'm talking like a pound a day (romaine, green leaf lettuce, collards, spinach etc...) and other veggies, beans (everyday) and nuts and seeds because a diet like this is very high in iron and should meet almost everyones iron needs. Eating a diet like this makes it easier for your body to use all the nutrients in these foods. There is no reason to rely on processed food s to meet dietary needs and won't do a good job of it anyway. I would try a high nutrient diet first before I added in any flesh.
I know you said you don't "want" to add flesh to your diet but from reading your post it seems you are convinced you won't be healthy other wise.
no, i'm not convinced... just exploring it as an option.
i do eat a TON of greens though. granted, i don't get to spend as much time on my food as i used to, just because i have my hands full. but the vegetables are pretty easy for us because we have like three local farmstands in my town that we go to a few times a week... i have the only kids on the block who ask for seconds of collard greens.
i've been on the low side as far as my iron goes my whole life... even when i was a full fledged meat eater (which was till i was 18). during my second pregnancy, i got really depressed and wasn't taking very good care of myself (and i ate way too much junk and not enough good stuff) and my hemoglobin was at 10 before i started taking the supplements... i went through a whole month's worth (one bottle, upped dosage) of iron pills only to see that level NOT BUDGE. we tried a few forms... the floradix made me sick (way too sweet and im hypoglycemic), but then we tried the solgar gentle iron and that got me up to 12. then i ended up with an emergency c-birth, and by the time the surgery was over my hemoglobin was SIX. i spent a lot of time with a hematologist for a few months afterwards. i'm ok now, but i'm still borderline low... the iron is not the issue though as far as the fish thing is concerned.
i'm definately in favor of eliminating all the fake meat from my diet though. i LOVE tofu, but i dont digest it well... and seitan straight up gives me a headache. i know i can get enough protein without that stuff anyway.
at the moment i'm dealing with the dry skin (the bumps on my arms and everything), the dry hair, the excessive thirst, depression, memory loss, vision problems... i've been supplementing with ground flax and epo for a while with no improvement at all, and my health is continuing to decline. i mean, i'm committed to being vegan, but not at the cost of my health. it effects my ability to be a good mother, and to enjoy life in general. i mean, i'll try just about anything before eating an animal, but so far i have had NO luck. believe me, this is my LAST resort. and if i do it, it will be as absolutely minimal as possible. it's not like i'm craving fish here.