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I'm a gluten-free vegan, and I'm not sure if I'm getting enough protein in my diet. Or, maybe I'm simply not educated enough on all the sources where I can get protein from. I do eat legumes (not at every meal), nuts, seeds, and I drink about 1/2 gallon of soy milk every two days.<br><br>
Where else should I be getting protein? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I use the free nutrition tracking tools on <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com" target="_blank">sparkpeople.com</a>. You enter the quantities of the foods you consume every day and it generates reports and provides feedback. Once I started doing that I realized there are a lot of foods that have protein that I wouldn't normally think about, and as long as I eat a balanced diet and limit the processed foods, the protein adds up quickly. It also provides warnings if you have an ongoing nutritional deficit.
 

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Is sparkpeople.com better than fitday.com?<br><br>
Reason I ask is that sparkpeople is blocked by the network at work, so I'd have a difficult time of keeping it updated throughout the day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't know if they've improved fitday, and I forget why I was so disgusted with them. I quit them 2 years ago and went to sparkpeople. I think my observation at the time was that sparkpeople had better overall tracking tools and was better at providing feedback. And fitday seemed to be a ghost site at the time. Not much activity in the forums. People asking technical questions that seldom got responses.<br><br>
Sparkpeople will tell you when you are getting too much or too little of something, then tell you the possible long term consequences of continuing that trend. For me, that was a good motivational tool.
 

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Protein is in many foods, you really don't need to worry about protein intake unless require more than average daily calories.<br><br>
just eat a variety of veggies, fruit and grain and you will surely get enough protein.
 

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Also at least familiarize yourself with the different types of essential amino acids, rather than just looking at protein as a single generic macronutrient, and be aware of their sources. It is more important for a veg*n to get a bit of variety than it is for a meat eater because, while it is true that you certainly don't need meat for protein, meat does tend to have more types of proteins all in the same source. This allows meat eaters to be a bit lazier in regards to the need to understand nutrition <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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clockwork, that's a lot of soy milk even in two days. Are you drinking all of that by yourself or are others drinking that too? you really only need a glass or so a day.....soy milk is still considered a processed soy food, vs tempeh or tofu. If you drink the flavored kind, that could add a lot of sugar to your diet.
 

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This is a blog post from Ginny Messina that will tell you how to calculate yout protein needs(depends on your weight) and gives protein content of various foods <a href="http://www.theveganrd.com/2011/01/vegan-food-guide-protein-and-new-book.html" target="_blank">http://www.theveganrd.com/2011/01/ve...-new-book.html</a>
 
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