How to Avoid Anemia as a Vegetarian

Classic grilled cheese from Green Bliss Cafe
Classic grilled cheese from Green Bliss Cafe

I received an email from someone the other day asking for advice on what foods he should eat to help get rid of his anemia. For those of you who don’t know, anemia is actually a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Without the right amount of hemoglobin your red blood cells can’t use the oxygen that you breathe into your body, your cells and organs in your body do not function properly and you eventually feel fatigued.

Anemia is considered the most common blood condition in the U.S., as it affects about 3.5 million Americans. Women, and people with chronic diseases, are often at increased risk of anemia. Some of the conditions associated with anemia are sickle cell anemia, Iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin deficiency and bone marrow and stem cell problems, but there are known foods that can help get rid of, prevent, or reduce the severity of anemia. Continue reading “How to Avoid Anemia as a Vegetarian”

How Not To Fail At Being a Vegetarian

vegetarian-dietI have been an ovo-lacto-vegetarian for about five years now. I don’t eat meat, and lately, I have been cutting back on my dairy intake. When I first told my friends and family, who live in and around vast fields of corn and cows, that I decided to become a vegetarian, I got the exact reaction that I had expected. Continue reading “How Not To Fail At Being a Vegetarian”