“Ask not what your vegetables can do for you but what you can do with your vegetables”
I have roommates right now that try to be organically correct with their food and their lives. I was telling them about a girl at work who is young and healthy and works on her feet like we do. Suddenly, the other day, she had to be practically carried out. She could not put one foot in front of the other and walk. It's as if her muscles would not work for her. I asked and found out she is a vegan.
The first thing I thought of was calcium. How do vegans get their calcium when they don't drink milk or their protein when they don’t eat meat? I think it is an honorable cause to not eat animals, especially if they are mistreated but I wonder if those people are getting their proper nutrients. It is not normal that a healthy young woman in her 20’s, just loses the ability to walk overnight.
My roommate came up with the slogan at the top of this blog. I am not an expert in this area but we prepared a list of helpful ways to get your protein or calcium even if you don't eat meat. It is not comprehensive but I felt I had to write something. For calcium, protein and other nutrients alfalfa and dandelion, beets and beet greens, kale, chlorella, wheatgrass, okra, mushrooms, spinach, quinoa, spirulina, lentils, all beans, wild rice, broccoli, etc. Fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, Kim chi and Kampuchea are also good.
The following is a suggested list of three of the many books written about the subject.
· “Vegan for Life – Everything you need to know to be healthy and fit on a plant based diet” by Jack Norris & Virginia Messina
· “Main Street Vegan” by Victoria & Adair Moran
· “World Peace Diet” by Will Tuttle
This may be an amateur list but calcium is so important, as is iron for our blood. I drink a cup of milk if I need protein to balance out my sugars and I take a vitamin B every day for cellular regeneration. I don't know what a vegan does for this. I can recommend a show I like a Korean show called “Dae Jang Geum” in which they experiment with herbs, spices, vegetables and meat for preventive, taste and medicine. It is not normal to go from being a healthy, active young woman to losing all muscle control overnight.
My prayers to her!