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10-04-2007, 07:44 PM
I am starting to get a little bored of nuts. I have been eating so many since I've gone raw and I also want to lose weight quicker. I am worried about cutting them out or lowering them because they are my main source of protein. I haven't figured out how to sprout chickpeas or other lentils so I pretty much just eat fruit, veggies, and nuts. I was just wondering for those of you who don't eat nuts, how you get enough fat and protein?
10-04-2007, 07:54 PM
You can get fat from avocado, seeds, coconut/coconut oil, flax
As for protein, protein is actually found in ALL fruits and veggies in trace amounts but it's more easily assimilable. BUT...also remember that protein does not create protein in our bodies...amino acids create protein and you can get one of the best sources of those from green leafies. See this article: http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=3296
Also, keep in mind that you don't have to go totally nutless...cutting back on them is just as effective as cutting them totally out. But do what your body is leading you to do but just don't limit yourself to the point that should the day ever come later on that your body wants/desires nuts again that you don't feel you "can" or "should" listen to that signal!
10-04-2007, 08:30 PM
i understand that protein is in trace amounts in all of these wonderful plants but how do you get the amount you need everyday.(i read the book) i don't eat cups and cups of leafy greens everyday and i only eat a handful of nuts per day. i have grown some sprouts but only can take a cup a day at most of those.
what should i do????
10-04-2007, 08:38 PM
EVERY natural, raw food has protein in it. As someone who eats raw food, there is no way you'll be lacking in protein.
Here's a question for you. How many people do you know... especially those who cook their food and therefore kill all the nutrients in it; OR, eat a basically junk food diet.. are dying from lack of protein?
Next question... out of all the nutrients you could possibly be lacking, why choose protein?
10-04-2007, 08:42 PM
awesome reply...why can't i express myself as well?!
10-04-2007, 08:45 PM
Kefir shakes, Virgin coconut oil, flaxseed oil, almond oil, almond milk...
10-04-2007, 08:49 PM
The body uses the amino acids (the building blocks contained within protein). These aminos are readily available in leafy greens and most grains. Therefore as a whole, protein needs to be broken down by the body before it can be utilized. It's easier for your body to use the aminos found in raw foods. Revell has a great point too!
10-04-2007, 08:51 PM
Nuts are mostly fat, just like most meat is mostly fat. I don't know why people refer to them as proteins :-\
Anyways, I eat tons of veggies and leafy greens. well, not tons. But I eat a big salad, cauliflower or broccoli, and a snack of some nuts. Then fruit and whatever else I fancy.
Broccoli has what, 3 grams of protein per serving? Maybe more?
And all you really need are the amino acids, and most foods contain some of them.
10-04-2007, 09:02 PM
i do not want to become anemic due to low iron and i want to start trying to conceive (God willing). i am no green smoothie master or a perfectly combined raw fooder. i am trying ever so hard but eating big salads are a challenge for me that i am slowly working towards.
when i was vegetarian
i ate eggs=protein, soy meat=protein, soymilk=protein
i could take down a cup of lentils no problem
but sprouted lentils, a whole other story
not that they are bad but they taste so green and my taste buds are still remembering the SAD days and
i am afraid that my pickiness (little nuts, little sprouts, okay amount of greens etc) is going to make me anemic
i was trying to buy bee pollen cause i read it had lots of amino acids but i only found raw honey
i did buy nutritional yeast today and sprinkled it on some sweet potatos that are getting dehydrated
i don't want people to think i am doing one of those threads
against raw or saying i can't get protein. i really want to do the raw thing and i am doing it but i have some concerns specific to me.
thanks for your responses
means a lot
what is a kifir shake?
thanks for the list of stuff to incorporate
10-04-2007, 09:19 PM
Cauli flower has good protein content 11.38 g for a medium head. If you were to make "rice" you would probably use the entire head.. so just in the "rice" alone you will consume 11.38 g of protein
1 cup of Wasabi root = 6.24 g of protein
1 egg plant peeled = 4.63 g
1 head of cabbage =10.99 g
Any veggie you can think of and more is listed here with raw protein charts!!
10-04-2007, 09:26 PM
Spinach has 2mg of iron per ounce. Grind a bunch up in a smoothie every day and you'll be getting plenty of that good stuff. Other greens (dandelion for example with 1mg per ounce) have iron too.
Hemp protein powder is not expensive. I throw a heaping TBSP into my smoothies once per day, twice per day if I've been weightlifting in the last 36 hours.
Nurse in the Raw
10-04-2007, 10:55 PM
Chia seeds are an excellent form of protein.
Chia is digested and absorbed very easily. This results in rapid transport to the tissue and utilization by the cells. This efficient assimilation makes the Chia very effective when rapid development of tissue takes place, primarily during growth periods if children and adolescents. Also for the growth and regeneration of tissue during pregnancy and lactation, and this would also include regeneration of muscle tissue for conditioning, athletes, weight lifters, etc.
10-05-2007, 12:11 AM
OOh Ooh I second the hemp if you're super worried. Alissa sells a brand Living Harvest, but if you're like me and you're not savvy with online shopping, various stories like Henry's Farmers Market and Wild Oats etc. should carry it.
10-05-2007, 12:23 AM
Thanks for all the replies everyone. I've been reading and talking to many people and you get such a mix of advice, even if you stay in the raw food community. I just read "Green for Life" and have been doing gs every morning for a few weeks, but then I talked to a couple who have been eating raw for close to 30 years and they said they only occasionally drink gs and that you can't get all your amino acids from leafy greens, that you need to eat sprouted lentils, grains, etc. So much to learn, but I'm sure it will all come together. Like Revvell implied, I'm eating SO much better than before, so even if I don't figure it out right away, I'm still better off!
10-05-2007, 08:03 AM
Thanks for the cool advice
hope you didn't mind sharing your thread:D
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