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Are you thinking of giving up meat? Maybe you just want to cut back? Is it for environmental, health, or ethical reasons? Worried about protein? Or for those of you are already a vegetarian, are sick of the question, “How do you get enough protein?” There is a myth in most Western countries, that you need to eat animal products regularly to get enough protein. You’ll see from the list below, that this is not the case. Cases of protein deficiencies almost exclusively exist in cases of overall malnourishment. What I see more of in my clinic is an iron deficiency, but that occurs just as often in meat eaters as vegetarians and vegans. (More on that in a future blog.)
Practically all vegetarian foods contain some protein, but soybeans are definitely one of the best sources. Soybeans contain all the essential amino acids and surpass all other plant foods in the amount of protein that they can deliver to humans. It is important to stay away from genetically modified soy products. The product must be labeled organic and/or non-GMO to make sure.
All of you reading this should know, that I’m always encourage my patients to healthy, organic, locally grown foods. Becoming a vegetarian is a very personal decision. But if you want to give it a try and have adequate nutritional support, I’m here for you.
Some of the great vegetarian sources of protein
PROTEIN IN GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Quinoa, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice
VEGETABLE PROTEIN: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini
PROTEIN IN FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon
If you want to be absolutely certain that you are getting enough protein, you should eat food combinations which form a complete protein, such as:
* Legumes + seeds
* Legumes + nuts
* Legumes + grains
Chances are you already eat complete proteins without even trying. See how easy it is? Here are some tasty and healthy complete protein combinations:
* Beans on whole grain toast
* Corn and beans
* Hummus and whole wheat pita bread
* Nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, hemp, etc..)on whole grain bread
* Brown rice pasta with beans
* Rice and beans, peas, or lentils
* Split pea soup with whole grain or seeded crackers or bread
* Tortillas with refried beans
* Veggie burgers on whole grain bread
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Hello and welcome to LiveNaturalLiveWell.com! Come here every week to find all the latest info on health related topics as well as tips for how you can heal your body and the environment. I am thrilled to be starting this blog. So to kick things off I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself and how I got started. People are always asking me, “Heather, how did you get interested in Chinese medicine?” It started when I was a teenager and I had two major health incidents.
The first was when I was 14 and I had a severe case of mono that flared up off and on for almost a year. I missed over 2 months of school and had to give up swimming because I was so weak. I was constantly seeing my doctor and he didn’t have any advice on how to heal from this very common illness. He literally said, “There’s nothing you can do.” After this illness took its course, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was any information out there besides what my doctor was telling me.
The second health event happened when I was just turning 15, and like many young people in America, I was a junk food junky. But after learning about the conditions of the meat industry and animal treatment, I decided to become a vegetarian. Like the good student I was, I went to my doctor to get any nutritional expertise I could find. He had no idea what to do with me, besides saying “Make sure you get enough protein.” I remember feeling so confused. If doctors are supposed to help people, why doesn’t he have any specific guidance about my nutrition and wellbeing? It seemed that if I wasn’t sick or injured, there wasn’t anything he could do for me.
Well, it turns out that I was sick. I was anemic for almost two years, and that was when I realized I would need to go beyond my doctors to find appropriate nutritional support. This led me to start studying nutrition, herbs, and supplements on my own. I loved reading anything health related, especially holistic medicine. I found out better ways to eat vegetarian and that mono is treatable. More profoundly I learned that there is never one answer to a solution, no quick fixes, and no magic pills. As I studied nutrition more I was fascinated to learn that there are so many different ways in which our bodies can get out of balance and that this affects our wellbeing. Over the years, I kept learning purely out of curiosity. I had no idea that one day I would be doing this for a living!
I found out later that M.D.s have very little nutritional training, just a few hours in fact. Also, many (but not all!) doctors will just say nothing can be done or nothing is wrong because tests results are normal. I see this almost daily in my private practice. Patients come in desperate, because their doctors didn’t have the tools to help them get better.
After college, I moved to Los Angeles. That was when I realized I could do what I love for a career. At this point, friends were regularly asking me for advice, and I didn’t always have the answers. I don’t always have the answers now, but with my training and continued studies, I have the tools to do what I really want to do: help and empower others to be healthy and live a fuller life.
I would like to encourage those of you reading this to do research and see if the illness you’re dealing with can be treated naturally to eradicate it. Then ask questions. I’m so excited to create a dialogue with people all over the world. I have a long list of ideas to get started, but I would love to get to know all of you reading this. What are you curious about? What do you find confusing? What are you interested in? I truly look forward to hearing from you. Til then,
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