So I've been a vegetarian for the past 2 years. I lost about 55 lbs since then (currently 123 lbs, 5'6). Anyway, my problem for the past year or so is that I'm cold all the time! My hands, feet, nose, everything! Blue!
I'm pretty sure I'm not anemic but I do have pretty poor circulation. I'm wondering whether its because I don't get enough fat or protein in my diet. Does milk, soy, and nut protein help any? Because I already get plenty of that but I'm always shivering.
Am I stuck wearing sweaters in july or are there food options (other than a steaming bowl of soup)?
And some foods are more warming than others... Spicy foods can raise body temperature... chillis, for example. Onions and garlic thin the blood slightly which could get it running around your body a little faster. Hot drinks and hot foods like porridge oats, soups & casseroles are obviously more warming than salads, cold cereals and sandwiches.
And finally, if you carry on being very cold and experiencing poor circulation then do go to see your doctor. It could be symptomatic of a medical condition.
I've been cold my entire life. I just resigned myself to carrying a sweater with me when everyone else is wearing tank tops. Oh, and it helps that I live in Texas so it's warm most of the time. :)
But, if this is a new thing for you, it is probably due to lower body fat - less insulation. However if it's causing you problems, get it checked by a doctor.
Sorry to hijack the thread kay kay, but gabriella - have you been checked for diabetes? Numbness in the toes and feet is one of the symptoms.
I think I'm going to add to the chorus on this one. Numbness in your toes suggests a peripheral neuropathy, and isn't usually associated with circulation. Diabetic neuropathy is a possibility.
Hi I have the same problem as I sit here my figure tips are ice cold and it's 70 degree in this room!! I can't offer any advice on what the cause is but I know where you are coming from with it. Oh and I'm not vegetarian. I did go to the Dr about it some years ago and they checked my circulation by simply testing the pulse in my ankle and wrist and they said there was nothing wrong with it? So I am still walking around with sweaters, and padded jackets on for most of the year.
I read earlier today that magnesium can help with circulation- foods that have a high magnesium content include black beans, broccoli, tofu, dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds. Also, processed grains (white bread) typically have a very low magnesium content.
Sorry gabriella but my post was for kaykay who does have to wear sweaters in July. My fault I hadn't read all the replies to realise that it had changed from being cold all the time to numbness in toes. I get numbness in two fingers but I know that it's a spinal thing (had it checked out) hope you get to the bottom of your numbness.