desperately need some advice
Hi, I desperately need some advice!
Im 19 years old & have been vegetarian for a little over a year. The problem with me is that I don't eat a healthy vegetarian diet. I've never eaten tofu or lentils or anything of that nature. My diet consists of mainly carbs, junk foods & sweets, yikes I know, but its true. I simply jus took meat out of everything I ate before & didn't replace anything. I live in a house where im the only vegetarian & I also am in college so im on a tight budget. I've been really paranoid lately about my health. It seems to me that ever since I've became a vegetarian that everything has gone downhill which I pictured it to be the opposite. I think my hair is thinning & also it breaks a lot easier than before I became vegetarian. My teeth have become sensitive to hot & cold stuff & my teeth have never been sensitive prior my vegetarian diet. I've also gained weight after becoming vegetarian, & everyone thinks this is bizarre because they believe I have "nothing" to eat so I should be skinny
. SMH. Also I've been experiencing a black spot in the vision of my right eye. My nails started having horizontal ridges after becoming vegetarian. I feel more forgetful & I feel fuzzy all day. It seems that since I turned vegetarian that after I exercise I can't catch my breath & I feel dizzy & just plain horrible. I also feel that im more prone to dehydration because after working out, most of the times I would have symptoms of dehydration & have gotten rushed to the hospital for it. I feel that dehydration is not the only problem & that the docs in the hospital are not finding the real problem, but I don't know for sure. Overall, I just feel really crappy & im also depressed a lot more & just feel like my self esteem has depleted. I have a feeling that the docs are just going to tell me to start eating meat again but I don't think I can. Psychologically, after everything I have learned, I am against meat & don't think I could let a piece of a dead animal pass my lips again. I've diagnosed my self with possibly anemia? Idk. But my dad cooked calf liver & tryed to make me eat it so I can get iron GROSS! I refused because I didn't even eat that when I was an omnivore lol. Anyways, I do not want to give up on my diet for I feel it is best for me, but I do not know how to be a proper vegetarian & I've also been reading about how we can't absorb iron from veggies & stuff. I know that the only "good" iron source isn't meat at least I hope it isn't. What should I do? Please help me! All I want is to learn how to eat a proper vegetarian diet with all the necessary vitamins & nutrients I need & be able to exercise without worrying about going to the hospital or feeling really horrible after & so I won't have to worry about being paranoid about all this ever again. I also want to feel confident about my diet because everyone is telling me that vegetarians have a poor diet etc., which I don't believe, but after hearing it so much, im starting to be really paranoid about my health. I know you can be a healthy vegetarian but I just don't know how. I also really need some help on actually creating meals that will fulfill my vitamin and nutrient needs. Maybe a 4 week meal plan would help me get started? Also is there a way to find vegetarian friendly nutritionists in my area that I can go to? I want to prove to my family & friends that there is such thing as healthy veg people because they are expecting me to give in & start eating meat again. & I say no siree! Lol So please help! Any advice will be appreciated :]