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Hi All<br><br>
I've been a vegetarian for 2 years now, but, and you think i would have got this right by now, really don't feel i'm getting enough protein in my diet. I dont love beans, so only really eat them 2x a week - i feel really tired and drained most of the time, and wonder if this doesn't have something to do with it.<br><br>
Any ideas????<br><br>
Appreciate the help!
 

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Try tracking the foods you eat on sparkpeople.com to see how much protein you're getting in your daily diet.<br><br>
Do you eat soy products? What about nuts? Whole grains? You don't need to eat beans to meet your protein needs.<br><br>
Here's a bunch of veggie protein sources: <a href="http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm</a>
 

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yes, eat nuts and wholegrains every day - will have a look at the link - thank you<br><br>
haven't tried soy yet - i think it might be time!
 

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I doubt that you're not getting enough protein, although a food log (as suggested) is a good way to find out about that. There's lots of things that make you tired; various toxins in the body (caffeine, alcohol, nicotine), stress, dehydration, even things like getting too much sleep. Or it could be that you're eating a lot of foods that release their energy very quickly, such as sugary things and carb-filled foods. Have you tried increasing the amount of fresh fruit and veg you eat? I found that eating two pieces of fruit in the morning, having three pieces as snacks through the day, and then a large serving of vegetables with my evening meal really sorted out my sleep problems.
 

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If you feel tired a lot you may not be getting enough Iron? Anemia from lack of iron will make you feel lethargic, but it can easily be fixed. Here's a nice list of iron rich foods. <a href="http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm</a><br>
Also a good way to get around protien foods you aren't bothered about like soy is try to cook them new ways. Tofu for example can be eaten raw, boiled , fried, whipped like cream you name it. There's also tvp (texured vegetable protein) that tastes like meat morningstar, boca , yves and many other brands make veggie burgers, sausages etc that can be used instead of meat in most recipies . Some of it is a little highly processed so it may not be as healthy as some whole food options, but it is a good source of protein and can be an easier for people who don't care for beans or tofu, I didn't like it at fist until I tried it different ways. But give tofu a chance since if you make it right it's great (I like tofu curried or stir-fried with chinese sauce best, tofu with broccoli and general tso's sauce yumm) Enjoy!
 

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There is a great protein confusion in today's society. Overeating of protein can make your body loose calcium because too much protein makes body acid.<br><br>
Every whole plant has protein otherwise it would not have grown.<br><br>
Do not worry about protein, use enough of green leafy vegetables, seeds, veggies, grains and fruits.
 

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yeah there's no way you're getting enough protein. you should start taking some pills for that.
 

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yeah there's no way you're getting enough protein. you should start taking some pills for that.</div>
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You can never really be sure of that though can you? because even though protein is easily obtained on a vegetarian diet, that in itself isn't a guarantee that everyone is eating enough of it.
 

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You can never really be sure of that though can you? because even though protein is easily obtained on a vegetarian diet, that in itself isn't a guarantee that everyone is eating enough of it.</div>
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I absolutely agree with this, and to be honest it irks me a bit when veg*ns become defensive/dismissive about protein. When I started using a food tracker I learned that I wasn't getting nearly enough protein for my size and have had to work to make sure I get enough to meet my needs. Until the OP tracks their actual intake and determines what their needs are, it's a bit irresponsible, even dangerous, to assume that they are 'getting enough'.
 

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You should track your protein to see if this is really the problem. If not, I'd recommend getting a blood test for various vitamins/minerals, and then maybe an allergy test. Things like vitamin deficiencies, food allergies, and gluten/soy intolerance are not uncommon and can cause fatigue as well.
 

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If you're eating whole foods and eating three times a day you <i>probably</i> are getting enough protein.<br><br>
I think it sounds more like a nutrient deficiency. B12 more than likely. Why not get some blood work done to verify?
 
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