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Taco Cabana Beans Vegan
Where can I get protein if I am vegan? I can't eat beans & nuts all day so what are other sources of protein?
Protein for Vegans : I was a vegan for almost 20 years. I started when I was 18, so it can get boring. Often combine various protein sources can give you variety as well more essential amino acids Try beans in different forms in like Tofu, Temph,Natto or other protein sources: Setian, Quorn, Ezekiel Bread, Quinoa, Hempseed, Chia, Spirulina Follow @drnatashasandy for upcoming blog with healthy updates and meal ideas ...Read more
I am vegan and only eat whole foods (fruit, veg, whole grains, beans, etc.), and I drink 2-3 L H2O/day, yet I've been constipated recently. What's up?
A few possibilities:
You're correct that a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fiber & water should prevent constipation. However, some vegetables (like cruciferous veggies, esp. raw) can suppress thyroid function and hypothyroidism can cause constipation- see http://tinyurl.com/koyamo5
An imbalance of Gi flora (including yeast overgrowth & certain parasites), magnesium deficiency & stress are among other possible causes. ...Read more
It can be: It is an extremely restrictive diet that is billed by its promoter as a one-size-fits-all for a huge variety of totally distinct diseases of the nervous system. I'd simply urge you to address real health concerns with an evidence-based physician, and not trouble yourself with a difficult diet that's almost certain to disappoint you -- either "ultramind" or something else. ...Read more
You and others.: You will become healthier when you stop poisoning your body with meat, milk and eggs. The global effect of reducing methane in the atmosphere and local effect of reducing fecal pollution in the groundwater is great for public health. The effect on the health of the chicken, cow, pig, lamb, fish, etc. Is immeasurable. Don't let meat eaters make you think veganism is dangerous. ...Read more
Many causes: That you are a vegan is of little consequence. The most common cause of gastritis is helicobacter; alcohol and medications are also important, and worry / physical stress can produce a gastritis as well. If you are a vegan because of revulsion to factory farming, then I admire you greatly. ...Read more
If done carefully: There is limited research but a careful vegan diet can be very healthy; vegan diets reduce risk of obesity, high blood pressure, lower cholesterol & likely reduce cancer risk. However, certain nutrients such as vitamin b12, carnitine, taurine & dha are difficult to obtain with a vegan dirt so should be supplemented. See www.Vegetarian-nutrition. Info/updates/vegan-diets-pros-cons. Php for more info. ...Read more
Vegetarian vegan mea:
I admire you for your concern for Health.
Good vegetarian vegan meal needs to be Balanced with Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates, Minerals, Vitamins and Anti-oxidants.
Healthy vegetarian vegan meal can include Quinoa, Whole grain bread, Beans, Lentils, Soy Bean preparations like Tofu, Edemame, Soy milk, Almond milk and Rice milk, Nuts, Vegetables, Fruits and Berries.
Be creative with these and Enjoy! ...Read more
Yes: Vegan is always healthier than vegetarian which is healthier than omnivore (the most common) diets. You don't need any animal or dairy products in your diet after childhood. Just be sure to take B12 supplements because B12 is the only vitamin found only in animal products. As for calcium, eat plenty of leafy greens. Vitamin d — unless you live in the tundra, the sun is best. Protein --> beans. ...Read more
Vitamins, veggies: You can always take a vitamin with a high dose of calcium and vitamin d. More than likely though a vegan diet may be a little low in some other nutrients. I suggest seeing a nutritionist for planning purposes. Many vegetables, like broccoli, have high levels of calcium. Others have iron or allow higher absorption of iron (tomatoes). A nutritionist can give you a good healthy plan. ...Read more
Animal Fat & Protein: I encourage families to include animal fat and protein in their diet, as traditional societies around the world. A well-balanced (fat/protein/carbs) nutritionally packed vegan/vegetarian diet is possible, but less probable — especially for children. http://getrealforkids.com/resources/real-food/balanced-meals-snacks/1987-secrets-of-a-balanced-meal#. ...Read more
Depends: I respect the morality of vegetarianism but the best studies have found the actual health benefits (longevity, any major category of disease) to be elusive. We autopsy pathologists know that atherosclerosis can be reversed by lifestyle, but I would caution you very strongly against thinking that a vegan diet will be magic and ignoring fitness other evidence-based interventions. ...Read more
Beans, nuts, seeds: All beans, lentils and chickpeas are good sources of protein, as are nuts & seeds. Hemp seeds contain as much protein as any food and it is a "complete" protein rich in essential fats. Quinoa is the highest protein grain. Seitan from gluten is also high in protein. While nuts and seeds do have some fats, these are relatively healthy fats. See http://www.Vrg. Org/nutrition/protein. Htm for more info. ...Read more
Cheap soy: If you have become a vegan out of revulsion for factory farming of animals (which bothers me as well), then I admire you. But you must realize that if you do not know exactly what you are doing, you are certain to ruin your health. I assume you want to build muscle, and supplementing with cheap soy protein is your best bet. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: In my opinion, being a vegan can be a very healthy way to eat and get to the weight that nature intended you to be. It is important to supplement with B12 if you become a vegan. Talk it over with your doctor first. ...Read more
It can be fast: You may enjoy it, and this will cause you to lose weight because you're making food choices that aren't greasy / sugary / extremely tasty so you won't overeat. You must supplement or you'll damage your nervous system. An even better option is to get with your physician and examine your diet and exercise habits -- fitness activities make friends for you & lifestyle change keeps you lean long-term. ...Read more
Diet's not the key: I hope that you will manage your cholesterol and any other coronary risk factors appropriately. Vegans have the moral high ground, but all the really big good studies I've seen have shown no impact of vegetarianism / veganism on any health or longevity parameter when we control for other lifestyle factors. I'm sorry you were deceived. Eat to please yourself and stay physically fit. ...Read more
Triglycerides: Triglycerides are about sugars and carbohydrates. It sounds like you are making some assumptions that are fully incorrect. Lowering your triglycerides are done by limiting the carbohydrates and sugars and increasing the protein in your diet. Exercise just makes this even more effective. ...Read more
Educate yourself: A vegan diet is extremely dangerous if you do not know exactly what you are doing and supplement accordingly. Adding fish makes its safer. Despite all the grandstanding, there's little (some would say no) strong evidence that either offers health (as opposed to the very real moral) benefits when we control for other healthy lifestyle considerations. ...Read more
They do not: Please forgive my frankness. In my forty years in medicine, every claim for "anti-aging" interventions has been a disappointment, often a bitter one. There is no law against making misleading claims online to promote cult diets. The most recent massive studies failed to show any favorable impact of vegetarianism on any health parameter or on longevity. It's a moral choice rather a health choice. ...Read more
It's very difficult: Becoming a vegan is something you do for moral reasons rather than to improve your health, despite all the "pop" claims. You MUST supplement, for calcium, iron, B12, and several other nutrients. Get with a vegan-friendly evidence-based physician or a real-science book. ...Read more
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Vegetarian foods: To help with healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocadoes, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, smoothies (with added silken tofu), pasta/ bagels ; use of juice rather than soda. ...Read more
Nut milks: We are limited to 400 characters per response- so I have provided you with a site to check out: http://www.thekitchn.com/diy-nutmilks-5-easy-and-nourishing-recipes-176008 ...Read more