There is such a stigma attached to choosing to live a vegan life. People often judge, and this is probably because many just simply do not understand that YES – it is possible to get all of the nutrients and protein that your body require s by eating only things out of the vegan menu choices!! You just need to start thinking outside the box, and don’t be afraid to get a little creative.
Even if you decide to only eat the many varieties of seeds and nuts that are great sources of protein, you are well on your way to successfully living meat-free!
Try replacing some of the meat that you would normally eat with something from the graphic below… and if you make a habit out of it, your body will thank you in the long run! The thing that is sometimes a wee bit difficult is learning about what some of the common vegetarian and vegan options include as far as ingredients go – seitan, for example, is made out of wheat gluten… so if you are looking to go wheat-free (or wheat-less anyway), this may be something you want to avoid (learn more about seitan here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat_gluten_(food) )
Here are two truths that you may not know about protein:
- You don’t need as much as you think you do! Ideally, protein consumption should be around 10% of total calories. This is about 0.8-1.2 grams per kilogram bodyweight per day. Athletes (especially strength athletes) may require closer to 1.2-1.5 grams per kilograms bodyweight per day, which can all easily be reached by eating adequate calories from whole plant foods
- All essential amino acids can be found in plants. Plant foods come loaded with the perfect amount of protein, packaged together with disease-preventing phytochemicals and fiber – two classes of nutrients available *only* in plants. Plant foods also are devoid of harmful saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones, steroids, IGF-1, heme iron, and veterinary medication residues. Food combining is unnecessary
If you want to live a balanced, healthy life, all you really have to do is eat a wide variety of whole plant foods and an adequate calories to meet your daily needs… and you will be well on your way to having just the right amount of protein!
Living cleaner and greener is undoubtedly beneficial for everyone and everything on the planet! It’s still baffling why more people don’t decide to live this way….
(Many thanks to facebook’s Plant-Based Dietitian for the great graphic! We wanted to use it because it perfectly sums up the point we wanted to make today. You can check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plant-Based-Dietitian/378985915313?fref=photo )