Back in January 2019, I took part in Veganuary. I shared my experience on my blog at the time, and lasted well over 3 months on a completely vegan diet. In the end, I only went back to eating eggs because I wasn’t eating enough protein. With that in mind, today I am sharing some ways of checking your nutrition levels when Vegan. Read on to find out how to track your food intake to make sure you’re getting all you need.
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Checking Your Nutrition Levels When Vegan
I’ve been vegetarian since way back in 2001. Long before it was cool to be veggie and way back when Cheese and onion Walker’s weren’t suitable for Vegetarians! Back then, there wasn’t much in the way of vegetarian convenience food. You couldn’t nip into the supermarket for some meat free burgers in 2001. Fake mince and chicken pieces was all that was available. This meant I ate a lot of cheese and quickly piled on the pounds.
Keeping Track Of Nutrition
Once the weight started piling on, I realised I was eating far too much fat. This was largely thanks to the amount of cheese and peanuts I was eating. So with that in mind, I started writing down what I was eating and tracking the nutritional values using a huge book I got from the library. Keeping track of your nutrition these days is a lot easier, thanks to apps like My Fitness Pal.
I used this information to ensure I was eating enough of all the vitamins and minerals I needed, as well as protein and Iron. Personally, I really struggled to keep my protein levels up, which left me feeling lethargic, and my skin was really dry too.
Getting Your Levels Checked
Getting your nutrition levels checked is MUCH easier now. In America, you can nip into a Health Labs testing Center and either have a blood test, or your urine checked. You can do this without needing to see a Doctor or claim via your insurance too.
These Nutrition tests will check the following levels: Carotene, Folic Acid,Vitamin C, Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Vitamin A. Additionally, it will check the following Vitamin B levels… Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12. They have given my readers a generous 15% off deal too – click here to use it!
Understanding Your Nutrition Levels
Once you get your results, you can either adjust your diet to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need. Alternatively, you can buy multi vitamins to top up your deficits. One thing to think about if you opt for vitamins is that there can be long term issues if you’re getting excessive amounts of certain vitamins. Excessive Vitamin A during pregnancy for example can cause birth defects. Additionally, it is thought to be a contributing factor to osteoporosis in older people.
With that in mind, it is definitely worth checking your nutrition levels when Vegan, or indeed anyone who feels generally unwell. I suspect a lot of people who don’t feel quite right would take a multi vitamin, thinking they aren’t getting enough of something. How many of those people would consider checking their levels to make sure they aren’t getting too much of something?