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  • Ways for a vegetarian/vegan to gain healthy weight?

    I've been a vegetarian for about 14 years now and am pretty much an on and off vegan (I stop eating dairy for a while and then go back to it for a while and on and on), and I've always been underweight. people used to ask my mom if I was anorexic! anyways. I'm 22, I'm 5 ft 3 and I weigh about 92 pounds. I eat pretty healthy (I'd say about 75% healthy, 25% unhealthy, and am trying to do better). I eat mostly beans, whole grains, nuts, fruits, and not as many veggies as I'd like. I snack a lot during the day, mostly on cashews, almonds, granola bars, and dried fruits. overall I'm very healthy, I have no chronic health issues and get sick rarely. the only thing is I can't gain weight, at all. actually I think I've lost some over the last year or so, even though my eating habits haven't really changed at all. at the beginning of the year I weighed about 96 lbs. I've never weighed over a hundred.

    I'm wondering what would be a good way to put on some healthy weight? I'm on my feet at work all day (40 to 46 hrs a week) and I try to take walks at the park throughout the week, and I stretch every night and try to fit yoga in, but I don't do much exercise other than that. I've been told muscle weight is the best and that I should workout more...if so, what would be some good, easy exercises for that?

    what would be foods I could maybe eat that would help?

    5 AnswersVegetarian & Vegan8 years ago
  • Rat acting like its gonna throw up everytime it eats or drinks?

    my rat has had respiratory problems for as long as I've had her. she is currently on antibiotics because she has a respiratory infection and possibly an inner ear infection. she had an episode last week where she fell and starting rolling, and then laid there and wheezed for a long time. she is taking baytril and doxycycline, and she's been taking that for 5 days and it hasn't really helped. she is still breathing really heavy, but the thing that I can't figure out is this; every time I give her her medicine or she eats something, she starts wheezing and gagging like she's throwing up but nothing ever comes out, and that goes on for 2 to 5 minutes. then she's ok and goes about her business (still breathing heavy though). it happens when she eats anything, drinks water, or even just gets stressed out. does anyone know what that might be? maybe something to do with her stomach, throat, or lungs? maybe something that is causing her to not be able to swallow things? she acts like its really hard to get anything down, and I'm afraid she's not drinking water and is going to dehydrate. I gave her a little bread with the meds on it and she ate it but it took her a long time to finish, when normally it would take about 30 seconds. the vet that treats her is the only one in town that treats rats I'm pretty sure, and he doesn't know much. if these antibiotics don't work and he can't figure out whats wrong I'm going to have to put her to sleep =/ which is sad cause her sister is going to end up depressed, and I really don't want to get any more rats cause after these are gone I don't want anymore, they get sick too easily =/

    3 AnswersRodents8 years ago
  • whats wrong with my rat?

    Help! I have a rat that has been struggling with respiratory problems for months now. she has had antibiotics once (enro) and it helped most of the symptoms but she has still had some heavy breathing. well I noticed that just this week she lost some weight, but she's still eating and drinking normally. I took her out of her cage to clean it and put her back in and she walked up to the second platform and acted like she didn't have any balance and fell off. then she started rolling in circles like an alligator. I was able to calm her down after a couple minutes and then she just laid there wheezing horribly. I took her into the bathroom and turned on the shower and steamed it up and it helped her breathe. she laid in my lap for a long time (which is weird cause she NEVER likes to be held) and then she ate a little carrot but her breathing is still very heavy.

    could this be pneumonia? seizures? something else? and if so, what kind of antibiotics can I give her? we only have one vet in town that knows anything about rats, and it's one that I work with at the clinic I work at, but he is out of town and he doesn't know very much about rats to begin with, he only knows basics like how to treat a respiratory infection. but if I know what kind of antibiotics she needs I can get them to fill me some. please if anyone knows help! I thought she was dying and I think she will if I don't do something soon.

    2 AnswersRodents8 years ago
  • What breed of dog do you think this is?

    He is a stray and I'm trying to figure out what he is mixed with.

    5 AnswersDogs8 years ago
  • What breed of dog is pictured on the Science Diet Advance Fitness dog food bag?

    I have a stray dog I'm trying to find a home for and it looks EXACTLY like the dog on the bag of food that I buy (the Science Diet Advance Fitness) but I don't know what kind of dog it is. anyone know??

    4 AnswersDogs8 years ago