i want to live and eat vegan. for six months i did. the problem is my body reacted poorly to the change. i'm a 36 year old female. until recently i'd eaten meat all my life.
i did my due diligence. researching online about sources of nutrition that aren't animal derived. drank soy and almond milk. ate lots of veggies and fruits. including many leafy greens like kale, spinach and mustard greens. plenty of nuts, beans and whole grains.
for four months all was fine. then i started to get swelling in my ear and was hearing weird sounds in there. i managed to figure out citric acid was one of the problems. so i cut way back on that. it worked for a while, but eventually things just got bad again.
after a few months of constant problems, in desperation i began consuming dairy products again. i've been eating milk and cheese and eggs for a little while now and the problem is almost gone. i can even eat more citric acid containing foods again.
i don't understand the cause behind this or how i can compensate. there are many healthy vegan
s in the world, i know, yet as much as i want to, i seem to be unable.
i tried vegan vitamin
supplements. that made things worse. i tried to eat more b5 using avocado and fortified cereals. that didn't help at all.
the thing is, i'm not allergic really to any foods. i know because since i started eating dairy again i can eat most anything and my symptoms are almost nil and lessening everyday.
i just don't get it. i want to know if i am an anomoly or if i am doing something wrong.