I am transitioning to mostly vegan with high raw content. I don't eat soy or meat replacement products regularly and I am doing fine. I do eat a serving of grains, usually in the form of organic cereal and that likely has wheat. Quinoa might be a good grain to add. It is wheat and gluten free and good for protein.
I have no idea about arthritis but when I eliminate dairy my allergies greatly improve. I don't wake up as stuffed up and I don't have as much mucus in general.
Do you soak the nuts and beans before you eat them. If you are not, this may be causing your digestion problems. Here's a link that talks about why and hoe to soak nuts: www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/07/soaki
Here's and article that talks about soaking beans: nourishedkitchen.com/soaking-grains-nuts-l
Also keep in mind all veggies have protein. Greens are a great source of protein. If you are particularly worried about protein you can buy vegan protein powders. There is one made of pea protein. Most protein powders contain whey or casein. Both are derived from dairy and not vegan.
If you haven't read it, I highly recommend Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Furhman. He advocates for a vegan diet but does have options for people who want to eat meat. For meat eaters he recommends limiting it to twice a week.
Edited by: LISA01605 at: 2/22/2012 (12:08)
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