Hi Flowerdale, welcome to our forum
I am newly vegetarian/vegan. One week to be exact. I have had a headache since. Is that withdrawal from animal proteins? lol
Actually, it might
be, but there are a lot of other posible reasons for a headache
Some people experience withdrawal symptoms for a short time, like getting off a drug.
Make sure you drink enough. I don't know the exact stage of your kidney damage, but if it's an early stage, you still can drink lots of water.
Other reasons i can only guess - did you change anything else in the past week? Medicaments? Sleeping pattern?
I have type 2 diabeties and early stages of kidney disease because I did not control my diabetes (both of which are under control now) which is why I have gone to vegetarian/vegan.
I am using a soy protein powder which I am having twice a day as a protein shake with no fat soy milk. I am stumped as to how much should I eat and what should I eat for me personally for my height, weight and exercise needs. I know I should eat 5-6 times a day. I want to make sure I get enough protein to meet my weight lifting needs. I don't want to eat high fat. I am scared that eating nuts and seeds will be high fat. Don't I have to eat them daily to get the nutrients I need?
Don't worry about getting enough protein. The high protein diet for athletes is a good part myth. Especially as your main goal is fat loss, not muscle gains, you don't need exaggerated amount of protein. A healthy, wholesome diet will provide enough.
It's discussed controversely if high protein intake is detrimental for patients with kidney disease or not. I think it doesn't help and probably is
harmful, so my advice would be to go for a balanced vegan diet with an average protein intake.
Nuts and seeds are high in fat, but also high quality nutrition. Eat up to a handful every day, more is not necessary. Sprouts are very good source of protein and other nutritients while low in calory, ideal food for dieting. Grounded flax seeds are the best vegan source of fatty acids.
I am also taking Udo's Choice oil daily spread throughout the day. I am also taking EPO, a multi vitamin, a B12 vitamin, a calcium vitamin and a Woman's Iron vitamin (I a borderline anaemic).
What is EPO? I only know this as erythropoetin, but i doubt you mean that...
I really would love some advice and info about how I should go about this. I want to do the right thing for myself and I want to keep on doing the weight lifting. Maybe someone could suggest what I should eat during a day to meet my needs??
Weightlifting is a good idea. It helps maintaining and gaining health and will help your goal of weight loss better than any other form of exercise.
As you're still a beginner, don't exaggerate. Learn correct form of the exercises and put it as first priority.
Don't get too excited about your diet. Don't overanalyze. Eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits, along with some legumes, tofu, whole grains, salads etc. Eat lots of raw food, it's great for weight loss and healthy
Have fun and success, keep us updated on your journey
Love and peace,