I never thought I would, I've been a vegetarian for six years now... but here I am, questioning it.
Not the beliefs behind it, or my dislike for the taste of meat, but rather how it may be affecting my body... or rather my fertility.
I feel that I am enabling my PCOS. I eat more carbs than I should be, in order to compensate for my protein deficiency. I eat an excess amount of soy products sometimes in order to compensate for my protein deficiency as well. While the verdict is out on how soy affects fertility, if at all, do I really want to risk it? Also, I barely get enough protein some days... and on other days, I don't get enough at all. What could a protein deficiency be doing to me? Also, I am very deficient in my fat intake. Odd, I know. But I never, ever, get enough daily fat consumption. That can't be good, right?
Since I have been a vegetarian I have gained at least 80 pounds.
I was losing and maintaining a decent weight when I ate a diet consisting of primarily vegtables with very little white meat. I also got periods every few months... and as my vegetarian diet continued and the weight started piling on, I stopped having periods all together.
As much as I abhor the idea of eating meat again... I have begun to really consider it.
I do not have the ability to create an edible vegetarian diet with all the nutrients that I need. Yes, I have lived this far... but how has it been affecting me? Is it making things worse?
I don't know what to think or do. I am going to talk to both my doctors about it, but I doubt I will get any real insight. Vegetarians get pregnant and carry just fine all the time... I know this. But I worry, especially in conjunction with my PCOS, about it's affects on me specifically.
I don't know if this makes any sense...
I don't want to question my beliefs... and I feel like I'm grasping at straws here.
But, I really can not help but wonder.
Even my wonderful fellow vegetarian husband has begun questioning our current diet with me.
He does not want to change it either, but feels that if it would help, that we should go for it.
I guess I'll just see what the doctor says, and keep soul searching.