Happy Thursday! ♥ So this started out as a how to fitness quickie article then turned into How to make Homemade protein bars to “Why Im not 100% Raw!” Ok Im gonna split this up! First things first!
My energy is a little low these past few days. I haven’t figured out what ‘right’ balance I need when I’m on my menses. I usually crave meat around this time (not sure if it’s my O Blood type thing). There have been times when I’ve been vegetarian for years and one day have a burger and my whole system perks up! Then, I go another year no meat! I suffered through anemia for years as a vegetarian and vegan which always made me go back to eating a little organic poultry and meats. And finding balance between the two in a Serena Williams kind of Flexitarian food choice. One thing to note is I was not sick for 2 years while lifting iron and eating grass fed organic meats and poultry! When I came to Virginia, got back on my Vegetarian and Vegan diet, my allergies reappeared – well I got strange food allergies I’ve never had before! Like being allergic to cashews!! I looked like Will Smith in Hitch on his allergic scene. I have yet to kick the sniffles and mucous! (exhale) I’m actually looking forward to heading back to Georgia and the consistent hot temperatures my body seems to feel more naturally aligned with. But I’m not giving up on the Vegetarian Vegan road! For one, my menses have been lighter and less drama filled. But I do feel ‘life-less’ and having rare headaches which seems to go back to my anemia. 😦 Today I’m searching for this happy medium where my body says “I’m satisfied nutritionally – you’ve provided all the nutrients, minerals, vitamins, we need to keep you healthy. Job well done!”
Hhmm Vegan + Vegetarian Foods with more Iron and zinc!
Tips: Vitamin C helps the body absorb Iron, Calcium and Caffeine inhibits iron absorption
- Quinoa – my favorite is Red Quinoa – 4 mg
- Watercress Iron, Magnesium and Vitamin K
- Lentils – 6.6 mg
- Tofu – 6.6 mg
- Spirulina – 5 mg
- Cooked Spinach – 3.2 mg
- Pumpkin Seeds – 4.2 mg
- Blackstrap Molasses – 4 mg
- Chickpeas – 4.7 mg
- Beans – Black (3.6 mg), Kidney (3.9 mg)
Foods High in Vitamin C
- Citrus Fruits
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Organic Tomatoes
Whey Vegans are Crazy!
Why Im not 100% Raw Vegan! – w Jason Wrobel