Let’s start with a little disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. I’m just telling from my own experience.
Wow, can it be easier than the following?: It seems to me that…
You don’t have to do any special effort to get enough protein into your vegan diet.
I am vegan, and I practice asana yoga almost every day (yes, those physical poses that look so relaxing but in reality are an amazing work out that totally do build your stamina and muscles), and I keep growing muscles. Meaning: apparently I’m eating enough protein to keep growing healthy muscles. I’m surely not “eating my own muscles” by a lack of protein in my diet, and I’m most usually not even experiencing any muscles aching after having used them a lot.
Some more proof from my own experience:
At some point, I lived on an island in Thailand eating mostly fruit, and some vegetables with coconut milk. Hardly anything else than that. Right after that, I went to a retreat where I juice fasted for 8 days, drinking only 3 fruit and vegetable juices every day. My protein test when I came out of that experience? Showed NORMAL.
Enough protein in my body, within the normal range.
And that’s by the way also after 10 years of having been vegetarian.
This seems to fit in with what I once heard a doctor say in the documentary What the Health. This doctor who worked with lots of vegan patients
had never seen anyone in his whole career who had a protein deficiency.
If you google that phenomenon, you will find that there a quite some voices out there saying that protein deficiency is a complete myth. Could it be that we’re all just thinking we need so much protein (for which “of course” animals are the best source) because of information spread by organizations who were funded by the meat and dairy industry? … Who knows? (Not me, actually! But I find it a quite possible thing.)
But still… what to do if you feel worried?
Okay, I get that! So often I rationally kind of think and believe that I don’t have to worry about something, yet I AM!!
A great option can be to use vegan protein powders. Personally, I love the chocolate flavored Sunwarrior Blend. (no worries, I’m not getting paid to say this!) I sometimes buy that one, not because I think I really need it, but because I find it the best chocolate milk ever! Just mix with some almond milk and cinnamon powder. Delicioussssss. And healthy instead of poisonous 😉 And cruelty-free. So that it tastes great to all parts of you instead of just your taste buds.
Another great idea if you want to eat vegan but you’re worried about becoming deficient in protein, is to just go ahead and give it a try, and every once in a while get your protein levels tested. And if you ever find that you do develop a protein deficiency, let me know!
Until then, enjoy your vegan diet! Since becoming vegan, I have loved it every day, I hope you will too!
A last question for you: did you ever wonder where Gorillas get all those muscles from? Tip: definitely not from eating eggs, dairy, and meat!