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From: Gina ( -
Subject: getting enough protein?
Date: January 17, 2012 at 10:49 am PST

Hi. I've just happened upon this website and discussion board. I apologize if I'm on the wrong one. If I am, would someone kindly redirect me to the right place so I can get my question answered? Thanks! :)

My husband, 13-year-old son, and I became vegan (in the strict sense) a week ago. We're also gluten- and soy-free. As you can imagine, this makes it especially difficult to get enough daily protein in our diet. (My understanding is that most vegans eat soy products and, therefore, don't have a problem getting enough protein.) We're very active people ... especially, our son who is a competitive swimmer and spends many hours in the pool every week. I'm VERY concerned that we're not getting enough protein.

We researched and heard about nutritional yeast (and bought some yesterday) ... and we understand that there's quite a bit of protein in other plant sources such as nuts, seeds, and gluten-free grains. But it appears we'd have to eat copious amounts of all of this to get our daily minimum need of protein.

Is there anything I'm missing that would add to our protein intake? We are very dedicated to our new lifestyle and don't want to be derailed. We are hopeful that we'll find the answer to meeting our need for protein!

Thanks for any and all help!

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