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I'm sorry to hear about the kidney stones. I had kidney stones prior to being vegan. Since then, I have had none. Have you been trying to do more of a balance on your plate: a veggie, a grain, and a legume? I would definitely do some more research and try to find out what changes you can make. There is a vegan registered dietician that writes for VegNews. Try contacting her via their website. Hope you solve the problem.
Wow thanks for the info Pam. But by all means I didnt turn to a raw vegan diet to loose weight. The thought of ever consuming an animal ever again made me sick... My urologist made me take a test to see what kind of stone it was and its an oxalate stone.(mostly caused from greens)My numbers were in the extreme hot zone. I agree there is some kind of imbalance going on in my body that is preventing me to become alkaline. when I take the ph test, it always borders acidic.The only way it is almost alkaline is if I eat tons of asparagus .
I have the alkaline chart copied on the back of my pantry and bookmarked on my computer.I try to live by it.. But please if your ever board and sitting in front of your computer look up" foods to avoid oxalate kidney stones" so you know I'm not crazy. Thank you so much for answering me . Geri
At some given point in all of our lives, if we are truly honest with ourselves, we can admit to having taken an imbalanced approach to our diets. However well-meaning, most of us have experimented beyond the perfect "balance" our bodies strive for... whether it was to test our physical limits to see if it would improve performance or strength; out of curiosity, trying out an extremely restrictive diet to see how our body responds (fruitarians, for example...) but most commonly, let's face it - people try an extreme approach in their diets to lose weight ASAP.
What do all of these motives have in common? They promote imbalance. Imbalance can lead to health complications and, eventually disease.
Geri, I mention this because I wanted to share my very first reaction when I read your post -and that was "this sounds like it could be an imbalanced diet..." Rest assured, vegan diets do not promote kidney stones. Far from it. Alkaline forming foods are plentiful and, generally speaking, vegan diets are abundantly alkaline. I'm so sorry you suffered through the excruciating pain of kidney stones... my top suggestion would be to familiarize yourself with an acid/alkaline chart... I have one posted on my desk and refer to it often. Getting some litmus paper is also fun.
Not a week goes by that I don't consume millet, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, wild rice, sprouted legumes, herbs, ginger, chlorella and tons of fruit and veggies. These are staples in my diet... but everyday, I ask myself "did I achieve a good balance of nutrition?" Like I said, even though well-meaning, it is easy to consume too much of a particular food... when that happens, other "goodies" may, unfortunately, fall off our radar. I think we all need to honestly re-assess our diets periodically... to make sure we are getting enough proteins (for body maintenance and growth), carbohydrates and fats (for fuel), and specific vitamins and minerals (for the transformation of energy and regulation of metabolic functions.) We owe it to ourselves, to be diligent in the maintenance of our bodies.
I hope you never, ever get a kidney stone again!
Sorry about your situation but to be clear, greens don't cause kidney stones. It sounds more like you had a preexisting condition and your change to a clean diet triggered a healing crisis/detox that resulted in you being diagnosed with kidney stones. I'm not sure who is feeding you information about what you are "supposed" to eat and not eat but I can tell you that most doctors and nutritionists don't know much beyond what they are taught in school, which is, eat meat for protein and dairy for calcium. Any food sensitivities you may have, have been caused by years of abuse to your health and will go away as you begin to correct your diet. It sounds as though you are at the stage where most people give up. I strongly suggest you take this time to further educate yourself and hope you stick with what you're doing until you reach your health goals. You have an opportunity to transform your life but it always gets harder before it gets easier. No free lunch.
Best of luck and hope that helps.
Thank you for the tip on lemon! I forget what wonderful benefits they have! I'm going to start drinking a warm lemon water right now! I do plan to get the stone tested to find out what it is. I have them in my family and the Dr said that here in Raleigh, NC we have a very high rate of kidney stones, although they don't know why - he said we are the kidney stone capital of the world - not sure if that is true or he was joking. Either way, I will be looking into it and trying to find out what I can. I believe in the positive effects of these foods so I'm not planning to give them up quite yet - but I certainly don't blame you if that's what it takes to make this torture stop ;-) Thanks again for the reply!