Saturday, November 29, 2008

I may not know where protein comes from...

... But I KNOW a Vegan does not eat eggs!!!!

Funny thing, I had my yearly physical a few weeks back, and my nurse practitioner always has you back for the results. This week I had that appointment....

When she was looking at my blood results, I did inquire about my iron levels as they were low last year, and I happened to make the comment that I don't eat meat.... Hmm, well she asked if I was a vegetarian, sometimes I think it is just as easy to say yes to this question, so that is what I did. She asked if I ate fish or eggs? I told her I was actually more of a vegan than a vegetarian. Well that was okay, she told me, because vegans ate eggs, so I should eat more of them to get my protein. Funny, this lady thinks I should see a nutritionist to make sure I get all I need, but I had to have a ten minute discussion with her and explain the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian.... and for those that don't know, a vegan does not eat eggs.

I do not know exactly where my protein comes from, or the carbohydrates, or the iron or the vitamins, I never have been very knowledgeable in that aspect of food. All I know is that my blood levels were great, including my iron, cholesterol and triglycerides. The only thing that was on the low side was my Vitamin D, and I'm pretty sure I don't get that from food anyways, but I have to research that one some more....

Happy Saturday Everyone, I'm off to lay in the sun....

5 comments:

Raene said...

Check out this great video about the protein myth re: raw foods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae-dlHOmwk4

Isle Dance said...

I'm so happy for you! So interesting about what she said. :o) And this offers some anticipated excitement for those of us yet to have our physicals...since eating vegan.

simonamcintyre said...

Vegans. Eggs. That is a funny story, haha. If someone discovers I do not eat meat I get asked still, "oh but you still eat fish, right?". Indeed, indeed. Sometimes chicken. I guess often people do not know what a vegan is (or what meat is, haha).

Simona

Anna said...

That is so funny. I'm a vegetarian, too. Vitamin D is all over the news now -- apparently just 15 minutes outside will help you with that. On another front, I have a hard time getting enough protein, but found a supplement that is made just from brown rice and pea protein (nondairy, no soy, etc.) that might help the rest of you vegetarians keep your protein intake up. It's called Nutribody Protein -- I stumbled across it on online and it works great -- doesnt leave me bloated, etc.
Stay healthy,
Chris

Loulou said...

I am enjoying your blog immensley
:0)
You can still get your dose of vit D even if it is cloudy apparantly. Also, I believe the only vit D rich foods are - oily fish, liver, cod liver oil and dairy products..... Which means us vegans need to be outside more than most hahaha
Bliss
Loulou