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Is It Safe For Me To Stay On My Vegan Diet While I Am Pregnant
Meet with dietician: If a woman follows any diet plan uncommon in the us, her physician may request that she keep a food diary and meet with a dietician. To avoid lost time or disruption of a healthful eating pattern, it might be wise for a woman trying to conceive (ttc) or pregnant to begin the diary before seeing the OB provider. Then at the next visit referral to a registered dietician can be scheduled if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vegans undertake their diet either out of concern for the way that factory-farmed animals are treated, or because they have heard too-good-to-be-true claims about the health benefits. Anyone undertaking a vegan diet will need to supplement elaborately in order to avoid ruining their health, but i especially honor those gentle souls who do it ...Read more
Yes, but.....: You need to find ways to get yourself the extra iron you need. You have to eat a LIT of dark green leafy veggies such as spinach and greens to make up for the iron you're not getting from meats. You may need to consider adding a vitamin WITH IRON to your diet. Have your physician check your hemoglobin or ferritin at least yearly. ...Read more
I'm anemic due to fibroids.I would like to go on a strict vegan diet for a month .To cleanse my body.Is it safe?No meat , eggs, dairy or fish .
Don't do it: Please forgive my frankness. Your body "cleanses" itself. You're an adult, and you know you're not going to get rid of a tumor that's making you bleed by eating only vegetables. You're iron-deficient but you say you're taking your iron pills "from time to time". You owe it to yourself and to those who love you to take real care of your health, restore your iron, and stop reading fantasy websites. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2.4 mcg: Assuming you are not otherwise B12 deficient, you need at least 2.4 mcg per day (more if pregnant). You can get this from pretty much any supplement containing b12. You should, however, get your blood tested to make sure you're not already deficient. If so, you can "catch up" before going on maintenance supplementation. Good job on going vegan. Now just make sure you take a B12 supplement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Greetings, and thank you for creating this fabulous site. My questions: is a vegan diet healthful? And is it good for the brain's development?
Balance, as in life: Most nutrition experts advise a balanced diet for brain and body. If pregnant or breastfeeding, a woman who is a vegan should seek a referral to a registered dietitian to ensure adequate nourishment daily for herself and the baby. Please see my health guide to food for the family also. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Books and Web: Here's two books that i often recommend to patients interested in becoming vegan. It's important to transition in a healthy way! becoming vegan by brenda davis and vesanto melina and also the ultimate vegan guide by erik marcus. There's a great deal more out there, but that's a good start. Also, there are many blogs and websites that can provide good support and creative recipes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
More healthy carbs: If you're trying to gain weight on a vegan diet, i suggest increasing your intake of complex carbohydrates in the form of beans, quinoa, and complex grains. Also increase your intake of proteins such as hemp protein, g protein, brown rice protein, or soy protein. Plant-based that such as flaxseed, coconut oil and other polyunsaturated oils also increase healthy calories and result weight gain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if instead im lying in my bed sulking. Could a vegan diet be my answer to my problems?
Why sulking?: What are you sulking about? Are you feeling offended by someone, or is life simply not going your way? A vegan diet isn't likely to cure boredom, anger, or depression -- you need to look at what's evoking your feelings instead, and do something about them. If it means talking with someone you're having difficulty with, please do so. If this is ongoing, you can see your physician for a checkup. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vit B12 may drop: The vegan diet is complete and very healthy. All that is missing is B12 (cyanocobalamine), which comes only from animal food, or from vitamin supplements. Taking a multiple vitamin pill or better a higher dose B12 supplement by pill (or injection) is recommended. I like to test the B12 levels on my vagan patients just to be on the safe side. It is crucial to vary your types of vegetables etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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