Where do you get your protein?
If you’re vegan, you’ve been asked this. If you are veg-curious, you’ve likely asked someone this. I even receive this question from people who are vegan because they feel the societal pressure to ensure they are getting adequate protein.
Where does this question come from? Protein was the first of the three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) to be discovered and the word protein comes from the Greek word, proteios, which means primary. It was believed at the time of discovery protein was of prime importance. Protein is of prime importance - along with carbohydrates and fats and ALL the micronutrients, which were all discovered in time, and many micronutrients are still yet to be discovered. For some reason protein has maintained its status in American culture as being on a pedestal.
Most Americans are exceeding their protein requirements and still, people are concerned about not getting enough.
PRO TIP: If you are eating enough calories for your energy needs you are getting adequate protein. There is protein in virtually all foods and when their powers combine… you get enough. So do not worry about it because stress is far more detrimental to your health.
Want to learn more about protein? I highly recommend the book Proteinaholic by Garth Davis. Need more support? Drop me a note anytime!