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Dark circles under eyes caused by poor diet?

Discussion in 'Vegetarian Diet Forum' started by kaup, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. kaup

    kaup Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hey,

    Decided to turn more into plant-based diet because I have diabetes 1 and I want better control of my sugar. I cut out cheese, meat and fish.

    My daily diet consists of these ingredients in various combinations for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between snacks:

    greek yogurt

    pears

    Berries

    Beans

    Green leafy vegetables

    Tomatoes

    Carrots

    nectarine

    oranges

    Apples

    Nuts

    I have started to get dark circles under eyes and feel tired, dizzy and confused. Even depressed. But my sugars are better.

    Is this because I have some kind of iron defiance or some other decency due to me cutting out meat, cheese and fish from my diet so drastically?
     
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  2. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Go see your doctor and get checked out. A vitamin deficiency might well account for it, but so might other things. Though I personally have to be careful of cheese because of the way it interacts with my carbs, I'm not sure why you're getting rid of meat and fish? Are you getting enough calories and protein? If you eliminate food groups then you'll need to replace their contributions with something else.
    B12: are you getting enough? Yogurt is a good source but you'd have to eat quite a lot to get your daily requirement from it....

    Good luck.
     
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  3. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    You say this is to improve control of blood sugars yet many find that meat, fish and cheese have little effect on glucose levels.
     
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    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Eliminating those foods is one way of suddenly decreasing high quality vitamins and minerals as well as protein and energy that your system is used to getting. If you had any deficiencies then this would certainly do those no favours at all. I'm not surprised you're tired, not to mention the stress this places on your system. If you don't get enough quality protein then your system will at some point be forced to cannibalise it's own muscle structure to meet protein demands.
     
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  5. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It is not my place to pass judgement on anyone else's choice of eating, but that list of foods seems low in fat and high in glucose. The top twenty most nutrient dense foods are all from animal sources. Are you ethical vegan? If not then I would add in cheese and eggs at an absolute minimum.

    Again, it's not my place to judge, but suffice to say that it's of no surprise to me that you feel suboptimal if that is what you re living on.
     
  6. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Dark circles under the eyes are a widely acknowledged symptom of increased gut permeability - also known as leaky gut.
    It is also linked to increasing autoimmune issues.

    Don’t take my word for it.
    Have a google, and see what I mean.

    Interestingly, the more high fibre veg and pulses I eat, the worse I feel, and the worse my inflammation gets (and the darker my dark circles get). My body is the perfect example of why the whole ‘high fibre’ lifestyle and eating is a disaster for some of us.

    May I also suggest that if you wish to continue eating the diet you listed above, that you make an appointment with a dietician as a matter of urgency. Your body needs healthy fat and vitamin sources that are not provided by the foods listed in the original post on this thread. You may also need to assess your protein needs.
     
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  7. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If the eyes aren't something passed onto you then it could be:
    Sinus problems (puffy and dark eyes) - could be a sign of wheat or dairy intolerance. As I understand it, the under eye area has very thin skin and therefore shows pooled fluid up easily.
    liver congestion - as you've cleaned up your diet this could be a symptom of that (milk thistle is the remedy)
    Adrenal fatigue - you may need better sleep and long walks
    Vitamin D - get out in whatever sun you can but a D3+k2 syndrome
    Potassium rich foods could help- not bananas as they are too sweet but sweet potatoes, white potatoes, tomatoes and yogurt/milk
    Personally I do not believe avoiding meat and fish is beneficial for diabetics but if it represents a move away from an unhealthy diet towards fresh foods which are helping you keep your bloody sugars low with no side effects then that's fair enough!
     
  8. Walking Girl

    Walking Girl Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    We’re all so different, who knows. Good for you for listening to you body. I’d say if you are not an ethical vegan, add back in those foods and see how it goes.

    Me personally, I thrive on a vegetarian diet and actually have severe food intolerance for meat. Have had for 30 years. fish may be ok, but nothing else, and I don’t like fish much do I just skip it... Energy level, skin glow, you name it all good.
     
  9. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Decades of low carbing and I have never had dark circles - even after staying up all night.
     
  10. Struma

    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Where I come from, dark circles are always said to be caused by lack of sleep!
     
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  11. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Yes - I've been told that - even on four or five hours sleep I look fresh as a daisy.
     
  12. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Yep dark eyes for me was due to poor sleep mainly from low iron levels.
     
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