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earthtonedvegan 01-07-2016 11:50 AM

How do I get my protein?
 
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. This question has probably been asked and answered too many times in the vegan community. However, this question won’t have the ordinary answer (to get protein eat tofu, tempeh, seitan, soy protein, soybeans, nuts, peanuts, peas, legumes, etc). For about seven years I’ve struggled with various forms of gastro discomfort. Doctors diagnosed me with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, IBS, and Fructose Malabsorption through various tests and endoscopies. For the past few years I’ve tried to figure out what foods I’m allergic to and sensitive to. I’ve just recently found out (through intolerance and allergy tests and listening to my body) that I’m allergic to soy, all nuts, peanuts, garbanzo beans, rice, and oats. I’m also sensitive to wheat, legumes, and peas. Then there’s the fructose malabsorption, where I can only eat certain fruits in small amounts.

My question is, with all these food allergies and sensitivities, how am I supposed to get protein and various vitamins and minerals without having to adopt an omnivorous diet again? I'm worried I Thanks.

River 01-07-2016 12:08 PM


Muttley 01-07-2016 12:08 PM

that sounds like a lot of restrictions covering a lot of food groups!

I didn't see it mentioned but what about greens like spinach or kale, potatoes or cauliflower, which has a surprising (to me atleast when I just googled it a second ago) amount of protein. i've never used them so i do not know, but do vegan powdered protein/ supplemental smoothie mixtures typically have ingredients that you can not consume?

Blobbenstein 01-07-2016 12:30 PM

If you ate 2500kcals of lettuce, you'd get enough protein, if I remember correctly.....not that that would be much of a diet....but a lot of veg is quite high in protein.

earthtonedvegan 01-07-2016 12:38 PM

Yeah the protein powders usually have pea, brown rice, and soy. But I have seem hemp protein powder, so I guess that's an option. Thank you for replying!

jessandreia 01-07-2016 02:03 PM

What about quinoa?

earthtonedvegan 01-07-2016 02:32 PM

I've been living off of quinoa and hemp. I think I need more variety. Thanks for everyone's help so far! :)

jessandreia 01-07-2016 02:46 PM

Amaranth, millet? Not sure you've tried it, but there is quinoa pasta. Still quinoa, but adds a little more variety than just eating quinoa.

David3 01-07-2016 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Blobbenstein (Post 3869673)
If you ate 2500kcals of lettuce, you'd get enough protein, if I remember correctly.....not that that would be much of a diet....but a lot of veg is quite high in protein.

Unfortunately, you would have to eat about 32 pounds of lettuce in order to get 2500 kcalories: http://www.calorieking.com/foods/cal...kPTcwODk3.html . Lettuce is not a practical source of protein.

David3 01-07-2016 07:56 PM

Nutritional yeast is a concentrated source of protein (50% protein by weight), and it contains a very good ratio of amino acids. http://www.calorieking.com/foods/cal...TEzODg1Ng.html , and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutritional_yeast

Nutritional yeast (as opposed to active dry yeast) is no longer living, and it cannot cause candida or yeast infections. You can find it at most health food stores, online, and at some supermarkets: http://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Nutri...ritional+yeast

You might find it useful to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian that specializes in vegetarian nutrition, and in digestive disorders. You can find a local Registered Dietitian through the website of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics: http://www.eatright.org . Just click on the red "Find An Expert" button in the upper-right of the webpage. I just checked the website - in the Seattle area alone, there are at least 20 Registered Dietitians with both of these specialties.

Blobbenstein 01-07-2016 08:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by David3 (Post 3870009)
Unfortunately, you would have to eat about 16 pounds of lettuce in order to get 2500 kcalories: http://www.calorieking.com/foods/cal...kPTcwODk3.html .

yes it was just an example.

I think if you made a soup from carrot, spinach, leek, potato and things like that and got all your calories from those, then you should get enough protein?

8 potatoes =34g protein 1304kcal
6 carrots =3.6g protein 246kcal
3 leeks=3.9g protein 162kcal
4 onions 4.8g protein 176kcal

that's 46grams of protein and 1888kcals.

So a soup like this at 2500kcal would give you 60grams of protein.:D

earthtonedvegan 01-07-2016 09:28 PM

Wow! I have to say thanks to everyone for helping! I'm starting to feel like there are more options! :)

Gita 01-12-2016 10:20 AM

Apparently people can live on only potatoes.

LedBoots 01-12-2016 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by earthtonedvegan (Post 3869689)
Yeah the protein powders usually have pea, brown rice, and soy. But I have seem hemp protein powder, so I guess that's an option. Thank you for replying!

Quote:

Originally Posted by earthtonedvegan (Post 3869753)
I've been living off of quinoa and hemp. I think I need more variety. Thanks for everyone's help so far! :)

You have seen the hemp powder, or you are using it?

earthtonedvegan 01-13-2016 10:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LedBoots (Post 3874545)
You have seen the hemp powder, or you are using it?

Yes! I have seen(sorry typo haha) hemp protein powder, and have just started using it! It has about 20 grams per 1/4 cup so that's great! Thanks :)

Bridey101 01-13-2016 11:15 AM

Alternative Allergy treatment
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by earthtonedvegan (Post 3869649)
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. This question has probably been asked and answered too many times in the vegan community. However, this question won’t have the ordinary answer (to get protein eat tofu, tempeh, seitan, soy protein, soybeans, nuts, peanuts, peas, legumes, etc). For about seven years I’ve struggled with various forms of gastro discomfort. Doctors diagnosed me with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, IBS, and Fructose Malabsorption through various tests and endoscopies. For the past few years I’ve tried to figure out what foods I’m allergic to and sensitive to. I’ve just recently found out (through intolerance and allergy tests and listening to my body) that I’m allergic to soy, all nuts, peanuts, garbanzo beans, rice, and oats. I’m also sensitive to wheat, legumes, and peas. Then there’s the fructose malabsorption, where I can only eat certain fruits in small amounts.

My question is, with all these food allergies and sensitivities, how am I supposed to get protein and various vitamins and minerals without having to adopt an omnivorous diet again? I'm worried I Thanks.

It seems like getting enough protein would be a great challenge. This isn't a dietary suggestion. I would like you to go onto the internet and type in Namburipads Energy Treatment (NAET). It is a homeopathic treatment of allergies. Often the practitioners are chiropractors. There is a directory of them on the website. My grandson had horrible allergies and when we finally, after years of trying to treat with diet alone, took him to a local practitioner it changed our lives. Insurance probably doesn't cover the cost, but it is not too expensive and very worth it.

silva 01-13-2016 06:55 PM

What about spirulina powder? An ounce has 16 gr protein and 44% iron.
Not suggesting it because I know little about it, but talk to a dietician or nutritionist


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