As a Flex-A-Vegan, mostly plant-based Nutritionist, the most common question I get asked is “Where do you get your protein?”
First, what is a Flex-A-Vegan, you ask? I’ve made up this term because I’ve never enjoyed being put in a box. Just like the name implies, I’m a flexible vegan, meaning I’m a vegan…..but sometimes I cheat. Sue me! But read on for my reasoning.
When I was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago (survivor now!), my oncologist told me that since my body would be undergoing horrific changes from the chemo, including messing up my chemistry, enzymes and digestive tract, I’d need to add in eggs and chicken to my diet for a whole year. He also mentioned that since I was on such an antioxidant-rich diet full of fruits and veggies, I’d also need to start eating…..well…..worse!
He said there may be a chance that my awesome, superhero diet might lesson the efficacy of my chemo. Crap! I didn’t want that so I obliged—bring on the vegan milkshakes!
He did ask where I got my protein and I told him “the same place Gorillas get theirs.” I told him that you can actually get everything you need from a plant-based diet but since our society has such a warped view of nutrition, people don’t know this. We ended up having weekly lessons where he’d educate me on stupid cancer and I’d educate him on food. An awesome partnership if you ask me.
There is 11.1 grams of protein per 100 calories in broccoli compared to 6.3 grams of protein per 100 calories in meat (beef), minus the nasty fats, too! In fact, celery is 17% protein!
It was weird at first, eating chicken and eggs again but I’ve since passed the 1 year mark and am now Flex-A-Vegan again. Every time I feel like I need something not plant-based (usually fish), I eat it.
Protein is very adequate and easy to obtain on a plant-based diet. Too much protein in our diets is causing a myriad of problems and they’re only getting worse. What’s your favorite type of protein?