And that is of course just my personal opinion. I was reading an article yesterday about vegans and power lifting. Although I probably wouldn’t refer to the vegan girl in the article as a power lifter in any other sense then she lifts weights on a regular basis (the reason I am saying this is because her best efforts in squats was 72.5kgs and bench press was 55kgs – I have done (better than) that and I am s not a power lifter). But hey, that’s what she says she is, so I’ll leave it to her or the person who wrote the article to judge. Anyway, so the case was obviously ‘does vegans get enough protein?’
I said I think vegans are weird. Vegans don’t eat any animals or anything that comes from an animal and doesn’t wear anything made from animals. They are the type of people that wouldn’t have a cowhide on their floor or a kangaroo on their wall. They refuse to have soft boiled eggs for breakfast, milk in their coffee or steak for dinner. Or really warm and comfortable woollen long-johns when cross country skiing in a Norwegian winter (they must be crazy).They would go into shock mode if they saw what I am currently scoffing my face with – scrambled eggs with a little milk, warm smoked salmon and persian feta (don’t tell my Greek better half, I am only meant to eat Greek feta). And it is so yummy and so filling. A typical vegan breakfast on the other hand would be things like oatmeal with soy milk and a banana. Or a smoothie with lots of fruit, soy milk and some soy based protein powder. I think my body would react like this; wooooot? and then 30 minutes later; I’m hungry! Feed me! But I am sure it makes them happy and healthy!
People often question the protein in a vegan diet (and when I say diet I don’t mean ‘oh my god I have to lose 5kgs of fat in one week to fit into this dress if not I will die’ I mean a way of eating/a lifestyle) and according to this powerlifter chick it’s not a problem. She says ‘My main source of protein is soy products, beans, peas, lentils and nuts and seeds. Otherwise you get proteins from everything you eat as protein deficiency is not a problem in the western world. Soy products is, similar to that of meat and fish, full of high quality protein, so I often choose soy milk over other plant types.’ So a lot of soy is necessary it seems. You may have read what I wrote about soy a few months ago already, but look at it here if you wish. Well, I guess if you don’t have a problem with soy, this is a great way of getting enough protein.
The other problem, and this really is a problem, with a vegan diet is that you may risk getting vitamin B12 deficient unless you make sure you have a good supplement or take fortified food. Vitamin B12 is vital for the formation of red blood cells, as well as for the proper functioning and health of nerve tissue. If left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency, also known as B12 deficiency, can lead to anemia, as well as nerve and brain damage, which may eventually become irreversible. So you want to get enough B12. Again she says she gets this from fortified soy milk (with added B12 that is – I really wonder where they get all this B12 they pump into vegan food? Do they make it in a lab? Do they steal it from eggs? Because then fortified soy milk is all of a sudden not vegan anymore…. I am just wondering.) or sometimes fortified oat milk. Same goes with vitamin D.
I don’t think I will ever understand vegans. As you know I grew up on a farm with happy cows. We also had happy rabbits when I grew up. And happy chickens and happy pigs. The cows were (and still are) out on the grass, running around enjoying themselves. The chickens went wherever they wanted and the rabbits did sometimes too (and every now and then the fox would enjoy a feast of chickens). The cows produce milk, the hens eggs and the rabbits are delish (it’s the reality of like guys, wake up). Look, happy cows;
But hey, maybe it’s me. Maybe I am the crazy one for enjoying eggs, fish, cheese and butter. But if that’s the case, I am more than happy to be crazy. I will never swap my yummy butter for some soy based fake spread that is marketed ‘the better choice, 100% natural and low fat’, because I simply don’t think fake food is better for you than natural food (you know how to make butter, right?). But that’s just me, I might be wrong and vegans might be right. I say yes to lots of vegetables and salads, but also yes to meat, fish, eggs, cheese and so on! What do you think? Any vegans who would like to change me?
In case you are wondering, the best foods for vitamin B12 are shellfish, beef liver, fish (especially mackerel), crab meat (no, not crab sticks), red meat (yes, happy cows), cow’s milk (still from happy cows), cheese (those happy cows you saw above) and eggs (not from happy cows, that would just be weird!).