By the way, I auditioned for Aida last night.
If you’re familiar with the show, you know there is only role I could possibly land, so my chances for a part are slim. I can’t focus on anything until I hear about callbacks.
Aaaaanyway, I’m more than several weeks into my vegetarian diet, and I’m still obviously navigating the waters.
I’ve been having some issues lately. As I lamented to my mama, she said “Why don’t you blog about it? Those people may have some ideas.” Psh, okay, Mom.
She really does always know best.
Lately, I have been experiencing some strange dizzy spells. Not the “my blood sugar is low” effects (I’m well versed with those from my childhood), and not the “I just got up too fast” birde but something a little different. I’ll be simply laying down on the floor with Chloe and suddenly feel dizzy. Or laying on my bed for a minute and feeling like the room is spinning. Weird, right?
I’ve definitely been eating enough — if anything, I’ve been overdoing it. And I haven’t made any drastic changes to my workout regimen. I did some research, and the best I could come up with was my anemia as the culprit. I was anemic long before I went vegetarian, and I’m wondering if my iron levels are dipping too low. The dizziness has been better since I’ve started taking iron supplements, but they’re not completely gone yet.
The thing is, in my “pre-veggie” diet, I really wasn’t eating all that much meat then, either. I’d have chicken sometimes and turkey most often, but I rarely ate red meat.
Any ideas, kids? Do I need to join Veggies Anonymous and find the answers to all my problems?
On that note, I had a conversation with Candice, the nutritionist behind fitmixer. Since we just started up Boot Camp #3, new meal plans were distributed, and I was speaking with her about vegetarian adjustments. I asked for advice and her take on the hormonal issues involving too much soy intake. She had an interesting answer for me:
“The best source that matches meat as far as amino acids are eggs. Soy is a good choice as well, and for me, the verdict is still out on the hormone debate. It is not a proven fact about hormones and soy; it is an opinion floating around out there without real true scientific studies behind it. The best study is your own personal self and how you feel it effects you. Other non-meat protein options include milk, nuts, cheese, yogurt, protein shakes, protein bars etc (you probably know them all). Bottom line, include eggs and egg whites in your DAILY meals to get great essential amino acids and choose protein sources that you enjoy eating.”
Once again, the people at fitmixer rock my world. I like that she encourages me to eat more eggs.
Go ahead, twist my arm.