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08-23-2008, 07:54 AM
I've been avoiding this for awhile, but for the sake of my parents and other people concerned about my health...
Are there any sources of protein in the raw diet ASIDE FROM high-fat sources such as nuts and seeds? When I eat too many nuts/seeds, my stomach hurts. A lot. And I gain weight. So where can I get some protein? I know, I know. "Where does an elephant/monkey/rhino etc. get its protein? But I have some health issues (rather not get into that) that require me to have protein. So. Any raw sources other than nuts? Thanks <3
08-23-2008, 08:27 AM
The Sun Warrior Protein (it's raw vegan) has 15g of protein per serving. That would be an option. At least for those concerned about you, they would see the great big word "PROTEIN" on the can. The Sun Warrior protein powder is approximately $1 per serving. We just got some and like it very well!!
Otherwise, you pretty much get protein in nearly all foods.
I'm sure plenty of others will chime in with their opinion.
08-23-2008, 09:06 AM
Alissa goes into depth about this, with references:
08-23-2008, 10:00 AM
Every thing has protein in it. Green plants have the most I think. People worry too much about protein, and some people actually get too much and become acidic.
08-23-2008, 11:44 AM
Every thing has protein in it. Green plants have the most I think. People worry too much about protein, and some people actually get too much and become acidic
That's what I've read! But people are frantically asking where I get my protein, and I need something more tangible, more "normal" to them...ugh. I wish I could just do this the way I need to...in peace! :P
Thank you guys!
08-23-2008, 01:59 PM
How about raw hemp protien?
08-23-2008, 07:46 PM
Greens contain 50-70% of their calories from protein. That's a higher percentage than meat! The reason that most people don't think of greens as a good source of protein is because greens don't have many calories. Greens are mostly water and fiber.
However, if you eat lots of greens, like most raw foodists do through their green juices and smoothies, then you should be fine in terms of protein intake.
:hugs: I know it's tough to deal with nonraw folks, particularly when you have a health challenge. Just remember that the people giving you a hard time are most likely concerned about you because they love you and care about your health.
08-23-2008, 08:17 PM
.. people are frantically asking where I get my protein, ...
Might want to ask them where they get that question. Why protein only? Might also ask, since they cook and kill all the nutrients in their food, where do they get theirs? Cooking kills about 50% of the nutrients in ANY food where as microwaving not only kills the food but changes the molecular structure so it's not food which can be utilized by our bodies anymore.
This might help you explain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae-dlHOmwk4.
Also, if you search this site, this question has been asked numerous times. You'll find even more answers.
08-23-2008, 10:51 PM
Do you have Alissa's book? The way Alissa's explains it is soooo great. You will really be armed with the information you need to help teach them. It's actually not the protein you need but amino acids which your body converts into protein. Greens are high in amino acids. I'm not good with remembering the particulars but Alissa really explains it in such an easy way to understand and to pass on to others.
08-23-2008, 11:24 PM
I read about the amino acids/protein too.. This is one question I got as well from a friend who I talked to. Where do you get your protein? After reading so much about the raw vegan diet and now that I know about amino acids/protein and how greens give you more protein than meat & is better assimilated in the body than meat is.. I am grateful I came across raw vegan & learned about it because now I can feed my body better than most people do theirs.. And, I think how stupid people are for really believing that meat/milk/eggs are really that great for you. I have to remember though, we are brainwashed by our own government to believe that it is good for us according to the food pyramids we have to go by as far as what to eat..
Everything I have read lately about raw vegan has convinced me to stay raw for life & my health.
I was looking at the box of noodles earlier and checking out the nutrition facts on it.. Potassium around 150mg a serving which of course you have all kinds of fruits for that.. Vitamins added were folate and some other B vitamin which can get from oranges (folate) and other fruits.. That was about it from the nutrients out of pasta except it said "protein" in it which was a measly 9grams or so.. Well, even romaine lettuce has more than that.. Actually, romaine lettuce has protein, B1, B2, B3, and B6 vitamins and folate in it along with other stuff!
So, I don't think pasta will be one of those things I should miss too much if it's not very nutritional. It's only purpose was to keep poor hungry people from starving along with other cooked/SAD foods that offer "protein".
08-24-2008, 01:47 AM
Sprouts are high in protein. And you may be able to do chia seeds. I have bad digestion, but I can eat them with no problems.
Brewers yeast is loaded with protein although I'm not sure if it's raw.
08-24-2008, 08:07 AM
I second sprouts. Lentil sprouts, in particular, have a ton. Sprouts . . . I almost forgot about those little guys :) .
08-24-2008, 02:35 PM
I agree with the greens and other veg supplying enough protein in a good raw diet. That said, if you feel you need more or can't stomach enough greens and veg:
I LOVE nutritional yeast. It says it is dried at low temps, but I am not sure it's raw. Actually, it is in a few of Alissa's recipes now that I remember so I guess it's raw. It is very tasty and one "serving" gives about 9g of protein, not to mention major B-vitamins, potassium (not like we need more with raw vegan but it's great considering the yeast gives a nice salty taste) and even selenium. I like to put it on salads, avocados, in sauces, flax crackers, etc.
I also like spirulina in green smoothies, except once in a while when my body says "no" :-) Spirulina is supposedly the best source of protein on the planet and comes with so many more nutrients. It has a rich, earthy flavor that is lovely and makes smoothies very dark green.
I have also used raw hemp protein, which is hemp seeds minus most of the fat (great way for the oil makers to "recycle", huh?). Loaded with magnesium. It really only like it masked in green smoothies, mashed with bananas, or processed with dates and other dried fruits to make bars.
So these people with their isolated powders and skinless chicken breasts are the ones missing out. They might be loading up on protein but it's very empty and very difficult to digest, too.
you can enter everything that you eat into a daily nutrition tracker like fitday.com that will give you a break down of all the nutrients you are getting and missing. at least you will have some data to ease the minds of those concerned, you included!
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