“I was having horrible migraines … I could barely get out of bed.”
Alexandra Lein, Healthline – I was on a 100 percent plant-based diet for nearly three years.
Yes, that meant my plate was only whole fruits and vegetables, grains, and legumes.
I excluded all animal products, including dairy, meat, and seafood.
And initially, I felt amazing. My digestion was great, and I was super energized.
But earlier this year, things started to change.
“I knew something was wrong”
I started to have way less energy. Completing even the smallest of tasks had become a struggle. I also noticed that I was having horrible migraines before and during my menstrual cycle. At one point during my periods, I could barely get out of bed.
I knew something was wrong, and tried to adjust my diet in every way possible. I started eating healthier fats and iron-rich plant foods, but my symptoms didn’t change.
During this time, I also had an odd, intense craving for seafood, but I wanted to continue making veganism work for my body.
It wasn’t until I started to have trouble digesting foods that normally went down without an issue that I decided to visit my holistic doctor.
I thought that maybe I developed an allergy to nuts or gluten, but my lab results revealed something even more shocking: I was critically low in iron — and my iron stores were even lower!
Not only that, I was also very low in nutrients, including vitamins B-12, A, D, and zinc. I had been eating a wide variety of the healthiest foods on the planet, but my body was clearly sending a signal that it wasn’t enough.
My doctor was very concerned, but remained respectful of my vegan diet. She suggested a long list of different supplements to try to raise my levels, but I knew supplements weren’t the answer.
I had been ignoring the signals my body was sending me for a long time already … “Red meat is making a comeback”