So I have convinced myself that I am deficient in vitamin B12 and I'd like to know the communities opinion.
Probably over the last 4 months I have not always been feeling my normal, energetic 23yo self. To put things into perspective, I have been vegan for 6 months and 95% raw for 6 weeks. When I first cut out meat I felt great, when I then cut out dairy and wheat I felt amazing. But after around 4 months vegan I started to feel a lack of energy.
This part is hard to explain. Mentally I am better then ever. Clear mind, no anxiety. Physically I also feel great, no headaches, no mucus, I'm a good weight and I feel like I want to do things... but my body is progressively getting more sluggish.
It is mainly my legs, more and more often moving just feels like so much of a chore. They feel light. My arms a little as well. At work I cannot physically move as fast as my colleagues. They thing I'm laid back but I just physically can't at the moment.
I run 20 minutes every morning. It takes a lot of motivation. I feel like I have energy to run for hours but my legs just don't want to do it.
From my research about B12 this all makes sense. Apparently it effects your red blood cells ability to carry oxygen around the body, and your extremities feel it first. I also get really cold hands and feet and I'm constantly getting numb or tingling hands and feet. I NEVER had this when I ate meat. My feet and hands were always warm. Even as I write this my left foot is numb. I am currently in a cold climate but I'm inside and it's warm.
Apparently a lack off B12 also effects motivation. And I feel less and less inclined to do things I normally want to do. Like cycling or hiking or even socialising.
So that's the thick of it. What does everyone thing? Anyone had a similar situation?
The only other ideas I've had are too much fats from nuts in my diet or not enough sun. However I have not researched these.