Looking back to when i first started my plant based journey in 2012, i realise i really had no clue what i was doing. I didn't do any research and didn't see a need to... I mean, why would i need to do research to eat healthy? At first everything was fine, my hair was growing faster than ever, my skin was glowing and my energy levels had increased..until that time of the month came around that is. I remember feeling so lifeless and a few minutes later i passed out.
Now this wasn't new to me, infact i'd always had a terrible time with my periods and i'd been anemic on and off for the longest time (yes, i was anemic even before i went plant based lol) So, i went for a blood test and was told that my iron levels were very low and given iron tablets again. To me, it just didn't make any sense because i'd been having daily green smoothies, beans, lentils etc. So, either i wasn't consuming enough iron or it wasn't able to absorb properly.
As women we need our iron levels need to be an adequate level because with blood loss, we lose certain a amount of vitamins and minerals..one of them being IRON. It's so important to replace them for the body to function correctly.
How to get enough iron on a plant based diet:
Veg- spinach, swiss chard, tomato sauce
Grains- Quiona, brown rice, oats and fortified cereals
legumes- lentils and beans
Nuts and seeds
Other- blackstrap molasses, moringa tea and rooibos tea
Make sure you pair iron-rich foods with vitamin c- rich foods as this helps the body absorb iron easier. Since going back to a plant-based diet this is the one thing that has helped rid me from iron deficiency.