I have been struggling to find balance. After some intensive personal inquiries and research, I have come to the conclusion that I am severely deficient in my consumption of nutrients. I have a list of all the vitamins and minerals I need, and how much of them I need based on my age and gender. It’s amazing, I’ve been living all this time with enormously inadequate amounts of these things. It’s not that my diet has been unhealthy (aside from cooked foods), I’ve always eaten lots of fruits and vegetables, but even with all the fruits and vegetables, I haven’t been provided with the right amount of vitamins and minerals. To get these things just from food, I would have to consume gargantuan portions of a variety of fruits and vegetables, which I can’t do… I mean, I can only eat so much food, and generally it only takes small portions of food to fill me up. Well, if I were to eat to be full, it would take small portions… I’ve struggled some what with over-indulging, which is obviously a result of my body trying to compensate for everything it’s lacking.
Not to mention, sufficient amounts of calories and protein. At my age, gender, weight, and activity level (and with the little fat I have to lose), I need to consume about 1,900-2,400 calories a day (depending on my activity level; the 1,900 being if my activity level is moderate; the latter being if I were to engage in more strenuous exercise- which is what I aim for, as I like to run, and I like to run long and hard).
Okay, so here’s my problem… how in the hell am I going to get all the calories I need to? Realistically, I can’t eat huge portions of food, 10 cups of fruit and vegetables a day is too much for my stomach. And the protein-related issue. I need 46 grams of protein… again, I would have to consume lots and lots of food to get this protein. Not to mention all the vitamins and minerals I need to be healthy…
I think I need supplements. I need some sort of multivitamin that provides me with an adequate amount of vitamins (I recently bought a multivitamin, which I’m going to have to return; when I was in the store, I failed to look at the serving size… the serving size is 6 capsules; so I would have to down 6 capsules every day; ha, that’s a little too much pill-popping for my prefernce, especially since I’ll still have to take other supplements to make sure I get everything in the right amounts). I know from all the suffering I put my body through that having all these nutrients is absolutely essential and I believe it’s the only solution to correcting my imbalances. So, here are my questions:
1) How do all of you make sure you’re getting enough essential vitamins?
2) Is there a reputable protein supplement I can get? I know a lot of people put too much emphasis on protein consumption, but we do need it, and I am definitely deficient in my in take.
I feel as if I might as well have been starving myself. Which I guess technically, I’ve been doing just this, without realizing it. My fatigue, weakness, food cravings, hair loss, depression, etc… deficiencies in everything from Folate to Iodine to Potassium, etc, can cause ALL of these things. It all makes sense, how miserable I’ve been.