Q&A Vegan Proteins, Macros vs Calories, Keeping Weight Off and More

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Q: I’m trying to eat a vegetarian diet then transition into a vegan diet. How can I get the protein that I need? (lentils, nuts, seeds, tofu, eggs, dairy products, protein powder

A: Include in your daily diet beans, lentils, nuts and a vegan protein powder like 1st Phorm Vegan Power Pro. Most dairy milk alternatives like almond milk have very little protein so do not depend on those for your protein intake. Soy milk is typically the highest protein milk alternative. Vegetables have a small amount of protein. One cup of chopped broccoli has 2.6 grams.

Q: What is more important, counting calories or counting macros?

A: The old standard for weight management is counting calories, but if you educate yourself on macronutrients (carbs, fat and protein- the sources of our calories), you will be able to build a well-balanced diet. Use an app like My Fitness Pal to keep track of your daily macronutrient intake. Remember someone can have a 2,000-calorie diet of juice and cupcakes but the person with a 2,000-calorie diet of lean proteins, vegetables, fruits and complex carbs will feel better, look better and be in better health.

Q: What do people mean when they say “liquid calories”?

A: Liquid calories are any liquids that contain calories, typically in a large amount. So if someone is advised to cut back on the liquid calories, they would need to cut back on regular soda, juice, sweetened drinks, sugary coffee drinks and/or alcohol.

Q: If your diagnosed with prediabetes can you eat right and exercise enough for it to go away?

A: You can eat right and exercise to reduce the risk of prediabetes becoming diabetes! The base recommendation is to exercise at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise (like brisk walking) and to lose 7 to 10% of current body weight. Learn more here.

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