I've cut out all meat from my diet in the last 3 weeks, though I still eat fish.
However, I've suffered from a cold and feverishness the past couple of days, which is something that I have rarely experienced before.
I'm sure it's a coincidence, but I thought I ought to look into vitamins and minerals to make sure my new vegetarian diet is not harmful to my health.
Unfortunately, I only have internet access at work and so cannot spend long looking for vegetarian information. I came across your Savvy Vegetarian site first, and thought it seemed like an excellent vegetarian resource.
I'd be very grateful for any advice you could give me with regards to getting all the nutrients I need and staying fit and healthy on a vegetarian diet.
I like just about all foods except for nuts, of which I can only stomach a couple of varieties, and am a keen cook. Thanks for your time - A. S.
Dear A. S.,
It could be just a coincidence that you had a virus - there have been some bad ones floating around. I'd suggest taking something to boost your immune system.
It also could be food poisoning: You ate some spoiled food, or bad fish, or something just doesn't agree with you.
I recommend 'The New Becoming Vegetarian' by Melina and Davis as an excellent vegetarian nutrition reference.
Vitamin & mineral supplements? Yes, if you feel the need, especially Vit B12 and Vit D, but not as a substitute for good food.
Almonds, especially blanched, are easy to tolerate. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are great in salads, cereals, casseroles, veggie burgers etc. Hummus is delicious and a staple food at our house.
Anything sprouted is excellent nutrition, and lots of green veggies of all kinds, of course. Whole grains of all sorts. These are all good sources of protein, calcium and other minerals, & vitamins.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian