I would like to know what I need in my vegetarian diet to increase my energy level.
I have had very low energy for about 15 years or more and have been a vegetarian for about 30 years - V.A
I'm not a doctor or dietitian, and know nothing about you or your diet besides what you've told me, so I can't give you a diagnosis.
It could be any of a number of different things: a nutritional deficiency, such as - iron, magnesium, folic acid, B12, Omega 3s, Vit D.
All of those nutrients are essential for energy, believe it or not!
Vitamin B12 is a major suspect, especially if you've been a vegetarian for 30 years, and you've been tired for 15, and that you would then likely be in your fifties?? But as I'm sure you know, nutrition is synergistic, so it could be a combination of factors.
Interesting Fact: From Becoming Vegetarian by Melina & Davis: 'doses of Vitamin C over 500 mg appear to be able to destroy Vitamin B12 by converting it to analogues' These analogues can't be absorbed by the body. For vegetarians who already eat lots of fruit and vegetables containing Vit. C, and have limited amounts of B12 in their diets, these high doses of Vit C could be harmful.
Your fatigue could be also be hormone related, or it could be an allergy, or illness. You should have blood tests done for deficiencies and allergies, and if that's not the problem, then consult a medical practitioner (your choice of what sort) to look at other causes.
Let me know how it goes! Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian