“So, where do you get your protein?”
The number one question I get asked when someone finds out that I am a vegetarian.
I go to the basic answer:
Before I was a vegetarian, I didn’t realize how much protein was in vegetables. I felt that if I wanted to lose weight, I needed to eat less and eat SMART. So, I focused on protein. I would eat small portions of turkey, chicken or eggs with a side. Something that had enough protein in it to curb my appetite.
I lost all of my weight as a omnivore. I became a herbivore and focused on a vegetal diet for one reason.
I watched documentaries and read articles that said I would perform better as an athlete. Here is one website that talks about this phenomena, titled, “The Vegetarian Athlete Diet.”
So, I looked around and found that there was actually a high protein content in other sources.
Protein Sources in a Vegetarian Diet
Here are my favorite foods that I eat that also have high protein content
- Potato = 4.5 g
- Collards = 4g in 1/2 cup
- Peas = 8g in 1 cup
- Brussel Sprouts = 4g in 1 cup
- Sweet Potato = 3g
- Carrot = 1g in 1 cup
- Kale = 3g in 1 cup
- Lentil = 18 g in 1 cup
- White = 6g in 1 cup
- Navy = 6g in 1 cup
- Black = 39g in 1 cup
- Wild rice= 24g in 1 cup
- Couscous = 6g in 1 cup
- Quinoa = 8g in 1 cup
- Chia = 10 g in 2 ozs
- Hemp = 10 g in 2 tablespoons
- Flax = 4 g in 2 tablespoons
After becoming a vegetarian I dropped 15 minutes off of my marathon time and 5 minutes off of my half marathon time. I achieved those PR’s when I was not injured and felt great as a runner.
I have pain in my feet and have to slow down my training, but I have not dropped my vegetarian diet in spite of not being able to train. I feel really good eating a clean vegetarian diet. I have also chosen to not eat sugar and I do not eat white flour.
Physically, I feel great! Eating green and eating clean!