Protein in a vegan diet?
(Charles Town, WV)
I have only started researching 'going vegan'. I am a diabetic who is tired of meds that don't work and food that I know is making me feel bad. I want to have energy again, and I want my life back! But, I've read stuff that scares me about anemia, lack of protein, and the vegan diet. I know these things can be overblown, but I want to gain as much information as I can before I dive in. Besides your site, what other vegan-knowledgeable resources do you recommend?
You are making a great move by considering a vegan diet to help yourself off the diabetes medications. There are numerous studies and examples of people who were able to lower their medication and sometimes even eliminate it completely. I highly recommend reading Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs. Dr. Barnard has several books that discuss the health benefits of a vegan diet, and this one is very applicable to your situation.
In my ebook called A Fresh New Vegan You, I also have several success stories from people who went through that exact process as former diabetics.
As far as worrying about protein and anemia, you're not alone. That's one of the biggest worries of people who are considering changing to a plant-based diet, and luckily, it's nothing to fear. As long as you eat a good mix of whole grains, vegetables, beans, and fruits, snacking on nuts, you will get more than enough protein. Most people actually eat too much protein, and the excess leaves our body in our urine. Check out my entire page on vegan protein here.
I hope this helps!