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felishi 11-27-2008 10:05 PM

Hi there,



I want to stay vegan, but the problem is that I think I'm having acne/allergy problems... I think it's because of beans, and all beans.



That would include soy, black beans, navy beans, garbanzo beans... and even most type of nuts. It's a little hard to say.



so if that's the case where could I get my source of protein from? Or is there anything left?



But mostly, must stay away from beans. AND TOFU.

cstadt 11-27-2008 10:08 PM

How do you know it's beans that are doing this? (if you don't mind my asking)



There's protein in grains and nuts but you need variety in protein to get all the essential amino acids. I don't know specific amino acids in each food, but you need to get a good variety



Maybe you could try eating a little bit of beans (a bite or two) a couple times a day and gradually increase? You can do that to combat lactose intolerance, maybe it would work for you?

SomebodyElse 11-28-2008 12:13 AM

Yes, it is very possible to be vegan without beans or tofu. There is protein in almost everything, including fruit. As long as you eat sufficient calories from a variety of plant foods you will be fine.

Indian Summer 11-28-2008 12:13 AM

Are you sure about this? Acne? From beans?



There's always peas and lentils, but I can imagine that getting boring after a while.

shineonyou 11-28-2008 12:32 AM

How does one go about determining food allergies? Because all beans and most nuts is a very large group of foods to cut out without knowing what exactly is going on! You should really look into this before simply giving up all these foods.



I have a cousin who is allergic to soy, and while it is certainly possible to go without soy milk and tofu, it is rather hard to avoid soy completely if you eat many processed foods! She has a rather strong allergy.

clarita osita 11-28-2008 01:35 AM

I'd suggest an elimination diet. If you think it's a bean that's doing it, cut out all nuts, beans and bean products until you feel better (but make sure you're getting some protein from other sources, like grains). Then add one type of bean or nut back at a time until you find one that causes problems, then don't eat that one. I've never heard of a bean intolerance (besides soy), though. But nut issues are common.

IamJen 11-28-2008 01:45 AM

Agreed with all who say that more investigation is warranted. Aside from soya, people are quite rarely allergic to beans. There are far more likely suspects, imo, Firstly, you're quite young, and may just be experiencing some hormonal changes. You've also described a variety of disordered eating in your other threads. Stress, water consumption, girly problems, too much/too little fat...and many other things can contribute to excess acne.



How long have you been having this trouble with acne? How long have you been vegetarian/vegan? What are you generally eating throughout a day?



Lots of questions here.

MrFalafel 11-28-2008 02:14 AM

The vast majority of self-diagnosed food allergies are incorrect.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7000291.stm



Go see a doctor to get the correct information.

megbot 11-28-2008 04:01 AM

^ what he said.



and yeah, I don't eat a lot of beans (hummus and tofu occasionally) and I'm a healthy, rolly polly vegan. And yeah I get plenty of protein

broccolichick 11-28-2008 06:58 AM

IMO beans and lentils are a very important part of a vegan diet and you should go to a doctor to investigate, as per Mr. Falafel's instructions.

pandora9kry 11-28-2008 07:38 AM

I agree that you should seek a qualified doctor to diagnose these food allergies. People are rarely allergic to ALL beans. Also, I had bad acne for years, and a friend of mine has very bad acne, and he's had it since he was a young teen, and neither mine nor his is food triggered.

Tom 11-28-2008 07:44 AM

I agree with the posters above who suggested you get an opinion from a healthcare provider about whether or not you have food allergies. Im not such a provider myself, but it seems doubtful that legumes in general would cause acne.



About life without legumes: I have an ethically-motivated vegetarian friend in California who is allergic to legumes, and shes vegetarian (as opposed to vegan) for that reason. Probably grains alone could supply your protein needs without causing you to gain weight- especially the higher-protein grains like wheat, rye, oats, and barley (as well as amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat, which are not technically grains in the botanical sense but are used as such). However, I have found veganism alone to require more effort than vegetarianism did- and I have no other food restrictions to deal with, such as allergy to peanut or wheat. This is another reason to be certain that a food such as beans is causing you harm before you eliminate it. Whether you choose to stay vegan or not, you probably dont want to make things any more difficult for yourself than they have to be.

broccolichick 11-28-2008 08:06 AM

Also, I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds and I eat a vegan diet!

Natashaa 11-28-2008 12:00 PM

I know several vegetarians and vegans who are highly allergic to soy. It's because soy is very hard for your body to digest, especially if you're allergic. As a result, it causes gas and may even show up on your face.

Even though you're intolerant to beans, you should try lentils. Out of all legumes, they're the most gentle on your digestive system, not to mention very nutritious.

Plus there's seitan, which is rich in protein, but kind of expensive.

Nicole021 10-08-2013 11:39 AM

Have you considered getting protein from other sources? such as whey protein/protein shakes? I am going to make fruit smoothies and put protein powder in them. I am going vegetarian (not vegan) So I'm  not sure if the powder is completely vegan but it may be worth checking out. They have protein powder at trader joe's and whole foods as well and those are more organic versions so I'd check it out if I were you, that way you can eat fruits/veggies which may have small amounts but you can also have the full amount of protein that you need and won't get sick. =) 


calavera 10-09-2013 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Nicole021 View Post
 

Have you considered getting protein from other sources? such as whey protein/protein shakes? I am going to make fruit smoothies and put protein powder in them. I am going vegetarian (not vegan) So I'm  not sure if the powder is completely vegan but it may be worth checking out. They have protein powder at trader joe's and whole foods as well and those are more organic versions so I'd check it out if I were you, that way you can eat fruits/veggies which may have small amounts but you can also have the full amount of protein that you need and won't get sick. =) 

 

Whey is a dairy bi product, so that's not vegan :) you can get soy, hemp, brown rice, pea etc. protein powders though.


ElaineV 10-09-2013 08:05 PM

Yes, it's possible to be a healthy vegan without eating beans or tofu. It requires more planning than if you eat beans and products made from beans, like tofu. Also, if you choose a vegan diet that does not include beans then you will probably do better if you exercise so you can eat higher quantities of food.

 

It's easier to be vegan with beans and tofu, that's for sure. 


lavender phase 10-10-2013 05:59 PM

I make these tacos de papas yummy! No beans or tofu just totally delicious smiley.gif

http://www.rvgoddess.com/FOOD/RECIPES/Vegetarian/Potato_Tacos.aspx

vrabbit 10-13-2013 02:43 PM

I agree with others about seeking a doctors advice - but for the question in the thread, yeah, it's totally possible to be a healthy vegan without beans or tofu. I am.


smcarter 11-24-2013 06:29 AM

When I first went vegan, I had a terrible acne attack. I've always had problems, but this was one of the worst attacks. I moved to more natural based face and cleaning products and the acne has cleared up and my complexion has never been better.

If you are new to veganism, you might want to give it some time for your body to adjust.

weaselbritches 11-28-2013 12:27 AM

I've read about soy causing this problem in others, which may support what some of the other posters are saying. If it's not a flat out allergy, the only real way to diagnose an intolerance is an elimination diet.

Like smcarter says, it may also be part of the detox process. I didn't get acne, but I did have terrible sinus headaches for at least a month after I cut out dairy.

Orchid 11-28-2013 03:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by felishi View Post

Hi there,



I want to stay vegan, but the problem is that I think I'm having acne/allergy problems... I think it's because of beans, and all beans.



That would include soy, black beans, navy beans, garbanzo beans... and even most type of nuts. It's a little hard to say.



so if that's the case where could I get my source of protein from? Or is there anything left?



But mostly, must stay away from beans. AND TOFU.

 

I got horrible acne when I went vegan from ... B12 supplements! Once I traded them for another brand and form, it all went away slowly. I was also scared of it being allergy to soy. My point is that there are a number of reasons people can get acne. It's not necessarily the thing you think of first.



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