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So, I'm eating in a vegan compatible manner.<br><br><br><br>
And I'm nut intolerant.<br><br><br><br>
By nut intolerant, peanuts make me vomit [0], hazelnuts and almonds don't, but I still get quesy. Sunflower seeds are similar, and I can each a small amount of seasame seeds (untoasted! Toasted are as bad as peanuts) before any problems. Conviently thats about one vegan seasame snack, which I happen to like. Open a tub of peanuts, or peanut butter in the kitchen, and I have to leave.<br><br><br><br>
Given that nut's seem to form a staple of the vegan diet, I realise I'm going to have to be rather careful in establishing a balanced diet. I'm fine so far, but I need to ensure that I settle on something that's sustainable in the long term, not just over the course of months.<br><br><br><br>
From what I gather, the usual suspects for a vegan diet are protein, calcium, iron and B12. B12 is covered (Marmite <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"> ). For protein, I believe that beans are the answear. It's on the calcium and iron front's that I'm not sure. Additionally, vitamin D might be a problem too, given I avoid the sun [1].<br><br><br><br>
I'd like to avoid supplement tablets if possible, mostly through being terrible at remembering to take them. There's also an aesthic about supplements that disuades me there.<br><br><br><br>
So: calcium, iron and vitamin D, without the nuts?<br><br><br><br>
[0] One peanut resulted in some impressive projectile vomiting a few minutes down the line <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> <- is proportionatly accurate.<br><br><br><br>
[1] Mild allergy to sunlight. Serious Goth cred on that one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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As peanuts are botanically not nuts, you should find out more about your intolerances. How about soy-products, flaxseeds? Have you been tested for allergies?<br><br>
Iron and calcium won´t be a problem. Vitamin D is a problem, if you have to avoid the sun. Fortified foods might be the answer.
 

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Check out this list of vitamins:<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=8301" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...&threadid=8301</a><br><br><br><br>
Chickpeas have the highest amount of protein of any legume. There's a ton of stuff you can make with chickpeas. As far as seeds go, can you eat sprouted seeds? Seems like roasting any seed or nut has adverse affects on you, so maybe if you ate them sprouted from the raw form, that it might not make you so pukey. (just a suggestion)<br><br><br><br>
I agree with Lothar, you should get an alergy test to see what exatly it is that makes you not be able to process nuts and seeds.<br><br><br><br>
Marmite? Are you in Britain perhaps? I've heard that stuff tastes terrible, but I've heard that from other Americans who'd never had it before.<br><br><br><br>
Stick with the vegan thing, there are defintely other ways for you to get your protien other than nuts.
 

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hmmm...would this individual have trouble with Zinc intake? I heard sunflower seeds are a good source of that. Are other nuts too? Perhaps you should consider a mineral supplement.<br><br><br><br>
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That's a good point about peanuts not botanically nuts, Lothar. My botony is somewhat rusty, but I had one of those, " Of course!" moments when I read that. Makes me begin to wonder if it's peanut specific, and the affect on other nuts is psychosomatic. I'll grab a friend, and set up some double blind trials (probably with almonds). If it's real, then that'll show it.<br><br><br><br>
It's not an allergy. I suffer from eczema (in remmision due to working out what I am allergic too), so I've been through a lot of immunology. The comments I've seen on here about general practicioners and nutrition remind me a lot of the comments about GP's and immunology I've seen on the allergy boards. It doesn't meet the medical definition of an allergy - the time frme of reaction is wrong. It's possible it is immunolgical, but I've not shown any skin reactions to nuts before, and that's how all my other allergies are expressed, so it's a strong test. I've not done a rigorus skin test with peanuts (the smell is too much), but the other nuts don't show an allergic reaction.<br><br><br><br>
Soy is fine, never had a problem with it. Flax seeds I don't know about. I've never seen them in the health food shops (I'm in the UK), although it's possible that I've passed over them, as they'd be kept with the rest of the nuts I expect. I'll have a closer look, and see if I can find them. Would they be under a different name prehaps?<br><br><br><br>
Sprouted seed is not something I'd ever heard of (outside of the classic mung bean sprouts from supermarkets) before reading here, so I've not got around to trying that yet. Do they taste less 'nutty' than the raw seeds? If so, that's a good line of attack.<br><br><br><br>
You nailed it jwnyc, I'm in the UK. Marmite is a yeast spread, somewhat similar to the austrailain vegimite, but (much) stronger in flavour. Can be a bit salty, trick is to spread it as thin as you can on the bread. I love the stuff.<br><br><br><br>
Zinc.... Never though about that, thank ebola - I'll do some digging on that one.
 

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Yeah, sensitivities are a whole different animal from allergies. I'm highly allergic, so I know what you're talking about.<br><br><br><br>
I think you have lots of other options to consider. Flax will cover a lot of your oil needs, as do other seeds mentioned. How do you react to walnuts? Those are great, too. I put them in all my homemade chocolate chip cookies for extra fiber, oils and nutrition!
 

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Did some looking around the local health food shop. They didn't know what I was talking about, and didn't have any. However, I've found that flax == linseed. And they did have linseed products. Looks like, just like all other shops, some staff know what they're talking about, and some are just till operators. Oh well, I'll pop back tomorrow and grab some, and see how I react.<br><br><br><br>
Here's hoping that it is just a 'real' effect with peanuts, and the other are safe.
 

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Whenever I see the title of this thread, I think that somebody wants to be a strict vegetarian without being a vegan AR-extremist "nut" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Sprouting seeds:<br><br>
Here are a couple of links on how to sprout seeds. (Oatmeal can add more I'm sure, if he would like. He's the resident Raw Food Dude)<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.allorganic.net/sproutseeds.html" target="_blank">http://www.allorganic.net/sproutseeds.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.organiconline.com.sg/GrainBeans&Seeds.html" target="_blank">http://www.organiconline.com.sg/GrainBeans&Seeds.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.sprouting.com/" target="_blank">http://www.sprouting.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
Just in case you're curious, Syntax.
 

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Oh! I was making my little joke and completely missed the thing about sprouting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Yes, definitely try sprouting seeds, legumes and even nuts. Sprouting changes a lot in the composition of the seeds, those little thingies are chemical powerhouses. Maybe the substance(s) you are allergic against gets used/converted during sprouting. It's at least worth a try.<br><br><br><br>
You can sprout a lot of things, even sesame seeds. Try sprouting almonds, they are fantastic. Also, I love sprouted sunflower seeds.<br><br><br><br>
Come to the Raw Foods Thread in the Healthy Living forum if you want to learn more about sprouting or have any questions. Bobsy, who frequents that thread a lot is quite an accomplished sprouter by now.
 

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More on sprouting - buying sprouted breads are a good idea too. They keep sprouted flour rolls in the frigerated section, and bagels too. Some of the nutrient profiles on things like that are just amazing! You can keep em in the fridge and lightly toast em to defrost. (If you dont use the fridge , they mold)<br><br><br><br>
Raisins and mollases together have both iron and calcium...Heh, oatmeal raisin cookies anyone? with oranges for vit. C?<br><br><br><br>
I guess my only advice is go super whole grainy if you can, brown rice, 100% whole wheat "multi grain" bread, sprouted foods, etc. All that stuff has more nutrients in it like zinc, iron and whatnot. Even a little calcium! Oh, check out the vegan nutrition book, (I think thats the title) its got little lists of hight calcium, zinc and even iron rich foods, copy and sticky on yer fridge. ~Tori
 

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I tried some sunflower seeds. (They were cheap). Unfortuantly, I have the same problem with them as with nuts. So, I've got a few sprouting, and I'll see if that makes any difference.
 
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