But, Where Do You Get Your Protein?

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The number one question vegans are asked.
The number one question vegans are asked.

This is by far the most common question I get when I initially tell someone I am a vegan. I have to admit, I wasn’t always sure how to answer this question. I assumed that I probably wasn’t getting enough protein. However, I’ve come to find that my body thrives on a plant based diet with absolutely no protein from animal sources.

I’ve mentioned in other posts all of the health ailments I’ve been able to overcome with a vegan diet.

I can still remember the last time I ate an animal.

I was at a 30 Seconds to Mars concert in Mountain View, California. It’s kind of ironic, because Jared Leto, the lead singer, is a vegan. I was hangry (hungry + angry= hangry, for those of you not familiar with this word) and desperate for food. The hot dog line was the shortest, so that’s where I ended up.

The week following that hot dog was HELL.

What's in a hot dog?  Maybe this is why I got so sick? Yuck.
What’s in a hot dog? Maybe this is why I got so sick? Yuck.

I have always suffered from digestive issues but this was the worst pain I’ve experienced. After a couple of days of misery, I went to to the doctor. I was prescribed an antacid, which made the problem even worse.

Looking back, I am thankful I ate that hot dog because it caused me to re-examine my diet and recommit to a plant based diet. Now that I refuse to eat animal products, where do I get my protein? Here is a list of some of the protein packed plant-based foods I eat regularly:

  • Almond butter
  • Lentils
  • Raw, sprouted almonds
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal
  • Tahini (made from sesame seeds)
  • Walnuts
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Avocados (I eat at least 5/week)
  • Chia Seeds
  • Tempeh (fermented soy product)
  • Almond Milk
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Brown Rice
  • Cashews
  • Flax
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Tofu (in limited quantities, I’m not completed sure soy is safe)
  • Kale (especially in smoothies)
  • Chickpeas (homemade hummus is the best and so easy)
  • Edamame
  • Cauliflowers
  • Pistachios
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Pecans
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Collard Greens
  • Coconut Meat
  • Coconut Milk
  • Swiss Chard

It’s pretty obvious that there are plenty of options for vegans to incorporate protein into their diets.

When I was an animal eater, I rarely ate any of the foods in this list. People often believe a vegan diet is restrictive, however, since becoming a vegan I actually eat a wider variety of foods.

Transitioning to a plant based diet can be tricky. I should know, it took me years to get it right.

These days I am thriving on a vegan diet and want to help others do the same. I have a few spots left for my 6 month plant based coaching program. This program is for anyone that wants to transition to a plant based diet. Even if you just want to reduce the amount of animal products you’re consuming and increase the plants in your diet, I can help you.

I will be your guide and will help you meet your goals and overcome frustration and confusion. Take some time to look at my website, there is a lot of information about what my program includes. If you still have questions, you can always email me at brooksdawnhall@gmail.com.

If you’re ready to explore how a plant-based diet can transform your entire life, email me to set up a FREE 45 minute consultation.

During this consultation we will chat about the current state of your health as well as your health goals. We will get a good sense of how it would feel to work together.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Best,

Brooks Sig

 

 

 

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