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For those of you who haven't read my previous blogs, I have become a lacto-ovo vegetarian in the past month. Previously, the only animal I ate was seafood.

The past couple of weeks i've been waking up with dizziness; last weekend it was to the point that i felt nauseous and had to lay back down with a cold pad on my forehead. From donating blood, I have already been told that I have a low blood pressure, but I've never felt any effects from it until now. For all of you who haven't grown up vegetarian (ie: who switched at some point in their lives), have you experienced anything like this? I've tried to look online but haven't seen much information, so what better place to ask than the Vega Community :)

Any advice would be much appreciated!

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I do have similar problems (low blood pressure and light headed-ness. However, first things first: you may be "de-toxing", do make sure that you are drinking enough water and are getting enough iron. If however, the problem persists, see a doctor. Hope someone else has advice. I'd like to know too!
Okay I saw my doctor today and she thinks it's from a lack of fluids.. . which is silly because 1) I don't drink alot of coffee or caffeine 2) I'm a runner, so I know all about getting enough fluids.. . the thing is, I haven't had an issue like this ever in my life. So I'm going to get blood work done tomorrow to see if I'm lacking B12 in my diet but one scoop of Vega (1/2 a serving) has 90% of your Recommended Daily Intake (as taken from the label), so I should be okay!! I don't take it every day, and I even half a shake with my boyfriend sometimes, but I don't think I should be super low.. .
come on people im no expert i actually had this problem a couple months ago when changing to a mostly vege diet. but its clear that your body probably is shocked by the change have some pasta or rice get some real heavy carbs in you and if that doesnt work i suggest eating some meat aswell strickly for the vitamin b12 dont rush the process if your going vege or vegan do it right. brendan brazier says himself its best to ease into it, add vegetarian foods to your existing diet. also check your weight i bet you lost a dramatic amount of weight thats probably why your doctor told you you havent had enough fluid. and the last piece of advise LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! dont neglect this stuff your only causing your body damage.
I thought about eating meat to hope that it would make the lightheaded moments go away, but I haven't done so yet. The results from my blood test said that my B12 is fine, but my iron is low, normal for a woman I suppose! Although I'm asian, I've never been a crazy rice eater, and i'm not about to consume a whole bunch of carbs when I'm not used to doing so. My doctor didn't weigh me when she made that comment; she said the dehydration thing cuz lightheadedness is a symptom of not drinking enough fluids. I wish I knew what my body was saying.. .
Stelle you gotta be kidding me you have low blood pressure and your gonna sit around thinking about whether to eat meat or not. your brain is also a muscle and it needs oxygen to work and with low blood pressure i wouldnt sit around too long and think before acting. i didnt say eat a whole bunch of carbohydrates i said eat heavy carbs like complex carbohydrates throw in a large salad you gotta start eating soon or your gonna end up in the hospital like my cousin after she fainted. but if your too proud of a vegan to even try this than i really feel sorry for you because your change of lifestyle is gonna be awfully hard to adapt too. i hope everyone else wont be influenced by stelle's ignorance.
Stelle Sepidoza said:
I thought about eating meat to hope that it would make the lightheaded moments go away, but I haven't done so yet. The results from my blood test said that my B12 is fine, but my iron is low, normal for a woman I suppose! Although I'm asian, I've never been a crazy rice eater, and i'm not about to consume a whole bunch of carbs when I'm not used to doing so. My doctor didn't weigh me when she made that comment; she said the dehydration thing cuz lightheadedness is a symptom of not drinking enough fluids. I wish I knew what my body was saying.. .
I'm making the transition in diet myself, and had some of the dizziness you describe too, although more like lightheadedness and fatigue in my case. As it turned out, it was a combination of detoxing (like Frances mentioned) and not having my diet straightened out yet. Make sure you're including plenty of quality grains (quinoa is awesome) and beans (I like the adzuki, myself) in your diet, like what Joseph and Melissa are getting at. Definitely try following the meal plans in Thrive if you need a template to get you going on structuring your new diet, if you're not already doing so. After you get a better feel for you dietary needs, improvising your meals gets much easier. Keep us posted!

Stelle, when I started going vegan I had the same dizziness, feeling out of it.  I think it was the change in diet.  So I took the advice of some who have gone there and back up some on my cold turkey thinking.  It helped alittle.

 

Hope this helps,, Jackie

 

Wow it's been a few years since I posted this and just thought I would update everyone.. .

 

I'm still vegetarian.  The dizziness has gone away completely.  I think it was like everyone said, just my body getting used to the change of diet and whatnot.  My diet is WAY better than it was in the beginning (love Quinoa, beets and brussel sprouts!) which has helped in the transition.  It's always tough in the beginning, as your body adjusts, but for anyone worried about becoming vegetarian your body WILL adapt and love you afterwards.. . and so will the earth lol! Corny, but I had to add that in.. .

Hi Stella,

Is there anyway I could talk to you outside of this message board? I am going through the same thing that you were. I am vegan and I just straigt into it about 3 months ago and I have horrible dizziness and I get lightheaded. I have had test ran and everything has come back normal. My vitamin D level is very low. I have to see a Nutritionist on 2/13/12 for my eating. I am not sure what to do at this point. I cant stand this feeling and wish it would just go away.

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