First of all, thanks for the various links and info. It's very much appreciated.
I eat between 1600 and 2200 calories a day depending on if I'm lifting or not. I'm not a body builder, just like being tone and fit. Cardio is a bit rough due to asthma. I'm working on building lung strength, but it is a slow process. Where I live, 6 months out of the year it's too hot to do cardio outdoors... unless you enjoy heat stroke. The whole treadmill at the gym thing makes me feel like a rat in a wheel. I do really enjoy rollerblading & hiking though.
I do realize that processed food and soda has nothing to do with being vegan. The reason that I have gotten away from processed food is because, well, a lot of nutrients are stripped out of it and I'm not too keen on all the additives and preservatives in it. Soda just freaks me out these days. High fructose corn syrup does not need to go into my body and neither does some type of chemically manufactured sweetener, like aspartame. I came to this forum because I was wondering if it is common to see a drop in blood pressure that drastic over a 5 month period. I was also curious about the lack of energy and was hoping for ideas. I thought it might be relevant that I made the switch to being vegan, cut out caffeine, and also implemented more raw foods while cutting out the processed crap. Perhaps my body chemistry is changing a bit and causing the fatigue? Help me out here, people. Please. There are not too many vegans where I live and most people just look at me like I'm a whack job when I say that I do not want to eat animal products. Basically, I had to come to a UK based forum to find people who may have had similar experiences. I don't want to walk around feeling fatigued all the time and I definitely don't want to eat animal based foods.
Also, I will and do eat beans, I eat a decent amount of soy products, and I also do a protein shake after I workout. The protein is called Raw Protein and is made by The Garden of Life. There are only 17g of protein per serving and it is made from various types of sprouts. It's definitely not whey but it fits my lifestyle change. I do think I am lacking on the daily protein though. Could that be the cause of the lack of energy? Do you think the fatigue could correlate with the drop in blood pressure?
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