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Howdy, all! I think that most/many of you know that I'm not a new vegetarian nor a new vegan, but I do have a question to pose...<br><br><br><br>
One of my best friends is an almost-vegetarian, and she has recently expressed a lot of interest in becoming vegan/close to it. Unfortunately, she is very allergic to soy and is worried about getting protein and the like without being able to have it. As a bit of a soy-addict, I've not been able to help her as much as I would like, and I was wondering if those of you who might know a little more could post some advice for her. I've already given her the very general "if you eat a balanced diet of whole foods and grains you shouldn't have much of a problem" spiel, so the more specific you can be, the better. What has worked for you? What hasn't? What are some easy protein sources? What is a typical day for you? Anything you can contribute will be appreciated! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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In addition to soy and whole grains, any beans (black beans, chick peas, kidney beans, etc), peas, lentils, nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, brazil nuts, etc), seeds, etc are all a great source of protein. There are also many nut milks other than soy that could be used (rice milk does not have a significant amount of protein, so check labels!).
 

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Great answers, fyvel!<br><br><br><br>
Let me add hemp protein powder, quinoa, whole grains, sprouts, seeds and vegetables (like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"> ) o the list <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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Thanks, you two! I'll pass on the messages. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Seitan!! It's wheat, not soy. It's got more protein than tofu. It's magically delicious and can be use ground like ground meats or burger crumbles, or cut up and stir fried, or put in soups, or any number of other things you could think of doing with a chunk of delicious wheat gluten.
 

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<sings> It's magically delicious! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/elf.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":elf:">
 

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oh i like soy too!she needs maybe to take protein supplements to provide fo rthe amt of protein she needs.its quite serious, b/c many vegans sufer form deficiency in protein
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sky22</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
oh i like soy too!she needs maybe to take protein supplements to provide fo rthe amt of protein she needs.its quite serious, b/c many vegans sufer form deficiency in protein</div>
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Although being around vegans for 15 years or more, I have never met one vegan who suffered from protein deficiency. Not one.<br><br><br><br>
Where have you got them impression that 'many' vegans suffer from protein deficiency?
 

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Yeah, the protein deficiency thingy is a complete myth. It is actually pretty hard not to get enough protein unless you are an athlete. Most people are surprised to learn that fruits and vegetables both have protein in them.
 

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<div class="quote-block">the protein deficiency thingy is a complete myth</div>
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Yet oddly, it is still the first question many people ask ! How do you get enough protein ?! LOL !<br><br><br><br>
(I sometimes answer <i>"I don't. Can't you see I am malnourished..."</i> Heh.)<br><br><br><br>
For optimal protein and amino acid intake, you must look at food combinations as well. Whole grains and legumes are an ideal combination. Whole wheat pitta with hummus for instance is excellent, as are all brown rice + beans combos.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sky22</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
oh i like soy too!she needs maybe to take protein supplements to provide fo rthe amt of protein she needs.its quite serious, b/c many vegans sufer form deficiency in protein</div>
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You are grossly misinformed. Do you even know how much protein you or anyone else needs in a day? Or how much protein is in various foods?
 

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Protein combining in the same meal isn't necessary but some love the combination, so they do it anyway (I've read that as long as the proteins are combined in the <i>same day</i>, it's no problem at all).<br><br><br><br>
Otherwise, fyvel hit it on the head - it's very easy to be veg*n without soy.<br><br><br><br>
Sky22 - please get your facts straight about vegans and protein intake. Thank you.
 

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<div class="quote-block">as long as the proteins are combined in the same day, it's no problem at all</div>
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That is correct. Sorry I did not stipulate that. Of course, I am one of those farty beanlovers who just dream of veggie chili with brown rice all day...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 
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