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#1 Old 08-03-2017, 01:58 PM
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I recently decided to transition to a vegetarian lifestyle. 4 days without meat! Yay couldn't be happier! I have told my close family and some close coworkers. Family was somewhat supportive but make a few jokes. I can take it! But every single one of my coworkers said "how are you getting your protein?" Just had to share this part of my journey.
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#2 Old 08-03-2017, 03:13 PM
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Congrats! The hardest part about being veg to me was not the diet/lifestyle itself- it was the people who ask silly questions, make uniformed statements, and make jokes that go too far. I can take a joke, but I will not stand around and be insulted for my beliefs and dietary choices- nobody deserves to be treated like that. I found it really helpful to educate myself on the popular subjects people ask questions or joke about- sources of protein, iron, calcium, the whole "plants feel pain" argument that doesn't even make sense (what do people think cows, pigs and chickens eat?)... If you know your stuff, it's easy to shut those questions down.

Keep it up! The initial transition is tough, but definitely worth it!
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#3 Old 08-03-2017, 03:49 PM
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Virtually every food, including fruits, veggies, grains, etc., has protein. Your co-workers are victims of propaganda, spun by the Cattlemen's Association. They've been mentally trained into believing that only blood-food can supply protein. Your co-workers are being manipulated. You might tell them so.

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I try to put it this way when people bring up that point/concern: Most of the animals we eat in America are herbivores and get their protein from plants. By that logic, what protein we do get when we eat animals is the leftover plant protein. I also point out that one does not typically see cows eating other cows.
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#5 Old 08-07-2017, 04:15 PM
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Just don't go too crazy now. It is in fact possible to be low in protein on an improperly planned vegan diet. You should make an effort to eat a specifically high vegan protein meal 1-2 times a day. And yes fruit and veg does in fact have protein. But at very low density per weight.

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#6 Old 08-08-2017, 09:46 AM
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Just don't go too crazy now. It is in fact possible to be low in protein on an improperly planned vegan diet. You should make an effort to eat a specifically high vegan protein meal 1-2 times a day. And yes fruit and veg does in fact have protein. But at very low density per weight.
As the others have laid out, a vegan diet does not consist of just fruits and veg and so protein deficiency should not be an issue if you are eating a balanced diet that includes whole grains, potatoes, rice, greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes etc.

A good balance of fats/proteins/carbs varies dependent on health status and if you are trying to lose weight or gain weight but in general:

fats (not oils) 10% - 15%
proteins 10% - 15%
carbohydrates 70% - 80%

Fibre intake is more important to be concerned about as Dr Greger lays out in this video... https://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-...nough-protein/

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