Update On My Diet & Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Ep336

Last January I announced that due to a severe Vitamin B12 deficiency I made some changes to my diet and added animal products. Today I give some updates on my diet and the Vitamin B12 deficiency.

To see the videos I did last January 2011 on my change of diet, click:

Part 1 – My Vitamin B12 Deficiency & Change Of Diet! Ep321

Part 2 – My Vitamin B12 Deficiency & Change Of Diet! Ep321

Update On My Diet & Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Ep336

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22 thoughts on “Update On My Diet & Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Ep336

  1. Have you tried to supplement with nutritional yeast or spirulina? How has the b12 levels adjusted to any ‘non-meat’ attempts to raise it? What type of and how much animal products do you supplement with? Thank you for sharing. I hope you find what works best for you.

  2. Hi Natasha.
    I thank you for you commitment to this blog, it has taught me so much and been a true inspiration and guide to transitioning into a raw diet and dealing with the rollercoaster of it all. I am here with you, waiting on b12 tests. Only I need mine bc i found out there is a mutant gene in my family (MTHFR gene) that blocks b12 and folic acid absorbtion. I too go back and forth between eating meat and raw vegan. I think that a mostly raw paleo diet makes a lot of sense, unfortunately meat triggers all kinds of cooked food cravings for me and seems to make me high strung and in my head. I think that incorporating lots more sprouts will help. I am curious about the effects of fat and the true amount that is optimal for health. My body does not respond well to the normal recommendation for fats. I do really well taking 1-2 tbs coconut oil (1tbs ingested and 1tbs absorbed as moisturizer) as a supplement in my diet in addition to the recommended amounts of fat and then some. Too little fat makes me very anxious. The coconut oil has been a blessing. If you consumed the recommended amounts of fats, or less, perhaps this is why you are responding well to the fats in the animal products. In his book “Coconut Cures” Bruce Fife talks of people who take up to 10T or more of coconut oil daily to help heal acute conditions. I think of this oil as a medicine, and i do not count my fat. I just eat it until im not grumpy!
    I hope to hear you have some encouraging results in ny. You’ve come so far on your journey you will find your way soon. I keep telling myself the same thing 😉 Loving you sister peace

  3. I have had the same B12 issue for two years and spent several weeks in the hospital last year. Now I make sure to add eggs, cheese or oysters several times a week, and i feel much better with no numbness in my hands……luv your blog, and your videos are simply awesome.

    namaste and cheers!

  4. Natasha
    I am so glad you are feeling better. Thank you so much for being open and sharing about your B-12 issues and how you are dealing with it. Many people don’t feel their best and are reluctant to change a diet and habits because of ideology. Have a wonderful visit in Montreal.
    Love and peace to you!

  5. Hi,have you put on weight since going back on animal
    products? How do you incorporate butter into your diet? Could you give examples of your breakfast salad, lunch salad and evening meal salad. EAt all your veg raw? Good luck and enjoy your hols.

  6. @Angela Beat me to the spirulina question – I’ve read that it’s got the highest density of b12 of any food, around 3mcg/g.

  7. Hi Natasha!
    I just watched your video on agave on youtube, and think you’re awesome! I had no idea that it was bad for you. I was wondering if maybe you could help me with a dilemma. I’m set to live in PEru for 2 yrs. doing Peace Corps. I’m nervous, because I try and eat healthy, and mostly raw. I hear there will be tons of rice and chicken there. I’m worried about my health, and was wondering if you have any advice for me!
    Thank you so so much!

  8. wow. because of b12 deficiency u began eating animals? couldnt u have just started taking a vegetarian b12 supplement?

    u’re the one who inspired me to be more raw, and now u’re eating meat? I am very disappointed and will now stop watching your videos.
    thanks for your previous help, and good luck!

  9. wow. because of b12 deficiency u began eating animals? couldnt u have just started taking a vegetarian b12 supplement? perhaps foryified nutritional yeast?

    u’re the one who inspired me to be more raw, and now u’re eating meat? I am very disappointed and will now stop watching your videos.
    thanks for your previous help, and good luck!

  10. Hi Natasha, I really appreciate your honesty. Please give some more detailed info on how much and what kind of animal products you use on daily basis? Thanks 🙂

  11. Hi,I have just joined your website and am also surprised; firstly that you were not taking a B12 supplement and secondly, that you would chose to start eating meat. I have been a vegetarian for 30 years and have always taken a supplement. Also, I just paid $30.00 for your 7 day Raw Food Diet, because after carefully reviewing your site I felt that you were very knowledgeable, however I am now somewhat skeptical given this latest revelation. Do you have any comment. Thanks, Debra

  12. @Debra
    Hi Debra,
    I was actually taking Vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin Sublingual Supplements for years (since my early 20s, which is 15 years ago), but in recent years my body was becoming depleted in B12 and therefore not absorbing it from the supplements. I have two options, go on bi-monthly/monthly B12 injections or eat animal products. I chose to get my B12 from food because I am weary of taking monthly injections for the rest of my life. I will be getting another B12 test next month, and if my B12 levels haven’t improve from the animal products, then I will go back to taking injections.

    I have ALWAYS recommended Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D3 supplements to all my clients and on all my online programs.

  13. @Debra
    I did both the 10 juice fast and 7 day raw food challenge and found both to be beneficial to me and my families health. The juice fast was life changing. I hope that you do the program and do the juice fast also. I am not 100 % vegan or raw, but follow what my body needs. When I eliminated process foods with sugars and preservatives I could better interpret the needs of by body. These detox programs will help you detox and learn form your body’s signals. There is no one diet that fits all for we are all unique.

  14. @Debra
    I want to thank Nathasha for her response to my inquiry. I am on day 2 of the 7 day raw food challenge and feel great. I have had a little bit of a headache which I am assuming is from having no caffeine even though I’m not missing it. Also, thank you Conrad for your post. I will definitely try the juice fast after this. I’ve considered going raw for a while now and am very happy to have found this website. I will keep you posted on my progress.

  15. @ Gopi: you definately havent watched all of Natashas videos……To natasha: to me you are THE example of how to live healthy and not to be a fundamentalist. The beauty is that you are always looking for a middle way..I love it@gopi

  16. Thank you for your openness about your problem. It has caused me to do some research into B12. I have wanted to go vegan for quit some time and it looks like I may have to eat sea food on a regular basis. Or else take very large dosages of B12 supplement.
    Looking at the link http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitaminb12/
    one can see the B12 issue is a serious issue. It appears that the absorption rate of B12 supplements is very low. “Existing evidence does not suggest any differences among forms with respect to absorption or bioavailability. However the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 from dietary supplements is largely limited by the capacity of intrinsic factor. For example, only about 10 mcg of a 500 mcg oral supplement is actually absorbed in healthy people”. This quote is taken from the web site mentioned above. So a person taking a supplement would have to take a large dose to get any benefit. Looking at the chart found at this web site, out side of beef liver and sea food, especially the clam family, there is very little B12 in most animal products. Please visit this site, it has much more information than I can post here.

  17. Louis thanks for the great link, and to Natasha for the great info! I am also raw vegan, for the last two years, and became concerned when I saw Natasha’s videos. I just had my B12 tested, and it is absolutely normal. I do take supplements regularly. I was also advised to soak and sprout Quinoa for B12, which I have not actually looked up as far as the B12 content, but I did soak and sprout it and it was extremely easy to sprout, so if that has significant amounts of B12, that’s an easy way to get it, but putting Quinoa in salads and smoothies. Just a thought!

  18. oops sorry folks. From doing some quick research, sprouted Quinoa actually does not appear to me to be a source of B12. My bad.

  19. Dear Natasha! So funny, I too live in Montreal and I saw a girl that looked like you at the Alexis Nihon place, and … it WAS you!!
    I share the same experience, low energy, no B-12, no Iron reserves, low protein, low white cells, emotional – mental symptoms, … so this video about B-12 hits the spot with me.
    My situation was that I didnt eat enough beans, mostly vegetables and some starch for the first 15 years of my life.
    Then recently, added eggs.
    Trying to add meat is very very difficult, if you can recommend sources, cuts, etc that would be awesome. I’m struggling.
    Added some canned oysters and mussels – Iron rich apparently.

    Also, budget is limited.

    I love your blog, you are very human and a contagious smile!
    All the best to you.

  20. The challenge I see repeated with many of the self-experiments people do, are that they are often very unscientific (changing several variables, without variable isolation) that they often make guesses and assumptions as to what the true solutions are.

    What exactly are the tests that you are having done?

    Causation? – You say you are eating much more fats so how can we be sure that EFA are not a major factor in resolving your nerve problems?

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