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Unhappy Enemia, vegetarianism + not eating!!! - February 10th 2011, 07:47 PM

I have been to doctors alot l8ly and hav been told I might have enemia.
Im also a vegetarian so I dont eat any meat or anything, and havnt been eatin for the past 2weeks!

Anyone able 2 help me because I could die from all of this.

I will NOT stop being vegetarian! j.s.u.k
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Re: Enemia, vegetarianism + not eating!!! - February 10th 2011, 09:06 PM

If you haven't been eating for the past two weeks, it should come as no surprise that you're getting sick. Even if you're vegetarian, you still need all the nutrients and whatnot you'd ordinarily be getting from meat. I'm talking like iron, protein, etc. And I guess if you're not eating anything else then you're missing out on basically everything your body needs to function, including calories, carbohydrates and certain types of fat. I guess the only thing you can do right now is start eating more healthy food and perhaps start taking vitamin supplements in order to make up for what you've been missing.
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Re: Enemia, vegetarianism + not eating!!! - February 12th 2011, 06:08 AM

Its good you came on here because it shows you realise you have a problem. Not eating for 2 weeks certainly isn't good. Many many people are vegetarian, but that is no excuse to not eat anything with protein. There are so many options out there that provide protein, my mum has Vegetarian Sausages, Vegetarian Bacon, Falafel patties and Nuts. There are many options out there but if you are not eating meat you need to eat Meat Substitutes

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Re: Enemia, vegetarianism + not eating!!! - February 13th 2011, 10:04 PM

You're almost correct. It's not "I might die from not eating", it's "I will die from not eating".

At least if you keep not eating you'll die.

Is it mental or physical why you can't eat? My anorexia started out mental, from compulsions and obsessions over numbers, to physical (digestion issues...) when I realized having a BMI below emanciation was not so great. Either way, its good that you're seeing Dr.'s to help. Make sure you USE you're Dr's too! Try to take their advice... they're there to help you.

Regardless, if you're not eating, you need to start eating. I KNOW this sounds difficult (assuming AN) and I know it is difficult. Eating my first full meal without cheating remains as one of the hardest things I've ever done. But i know you're strong enough to beat whatever you're battling.

It's completely possible to become anemic on a vege diet even if you're eating meat substitutes and protein. Animal iron is the most efficient iron for your body to use. Some bodies just have a hard time using plant iron. Thus, iron supplements might be necessary to prevent and/or treat anemia.
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