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12/1/11 10:51 P

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I use to be a vegetarian back in high school and I never had a problem eating nuts or anything. but I am going back to it for various of reasons (and all irk my husband LOL) but all the allergies and intolerance I am at a loss. I like to aim for 25% but that's only because when I was eating meat i only ate 10% protein, and I know it makes me sick if I don't have enough protein. But I will try all those ideas! I completely forgot that legumes were high in protein...i need get my head on straight one of these days. lol

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12/1/11 12:13 P

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I wouldn't get stressed over the protein either. I have been vegan for just over 2 years, never have counted how much I am getting and my blood work has always been good. My doctor said I would know if I wasn't getting enough, but she didn't tell me what the symptoms would be.

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12/1/11 7:38 A

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,... I don't think we need as much protein as 'they' say. There's still protein in vegetables, and quinoa anything is amazing, but generally I wouldn't get too stressed about it. I think the high protein numbers are generated and pushed by the meat industry.
*unless you are pregnant or breast feeding,... but think of all the cultures that don't eat meat at all, they thrive and don't ever think about protein numbers

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12/1/11 5:52 A

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I second many ideas already laid forth. Hemp and tempeh are both complete proteins. Spirulina is also a complete protein. Chia seeds. Dark leafy greens must have some, they feel like they do. If you eat grains, quinoa is a complete protein as well. Perhaps you don't need as much protein as this 25% allotment dictates, perhaps you do. Listen to what your body tells you. If consciously and with intention, adding a serious dose of protein to your diet is desirable, you can always make a plant-based protein bar using hemp protein powder, seeds, dried fruits, oats....and/or make a protein drink. I would rather get my protein from plain old food but these things are helping me for now.

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11/30/11 11:53 P

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As noted below legumes (beans, peas, etc.) of any kind are high in protein.
Some vegetables are higher in protein than others but if you eat a variety then the protein adds up. A cup of cooked kale and 100g of mushrooms would be about 4g of protein, probably 10% of daily requirement for most people.
If tofu is not too palatable you might prefer tempeh or some of the mock meats made from soy.
Seeds are generally high in protein so add sunflower seeds, chia, etc. to your salads.

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11/30/11 11:40 P

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Weird thing about nuts. Never was allergic to them until recently, but its the Brazil nut I have a reaction too. The others are okay.

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11/30/11 10:47 P
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I don't know if you have tried GOATS MILK or GOATS cheese. A lot of people that have lactose intolerance can stomach the goats milk quite easily. Also you could use some rice milk to make smoothies with hemp protein or all veggie protein powder.



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11/30/11 10:34 P

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legumes of every kind are good choices

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11/30/11 10:25 P

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i have been recently diagnosed with a nut allergy and was told to stay away from pretty much every nut. Also, I have a lactose intolerance, and never really got into eating any really kind of meat. I have altered my diet to eat more whole grains and even tried tofu (not a big fan of it). But I am still under my 25% of protein in my diet. How can I get more protein with such limited choices?

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