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02 August 2012

Guest Blog Post: Eat Awesome's Paul Jarvis!

I first heard of Paul via his website and immediately enjoyed his take on
being vegan.

Here, Paul shares his answer to the common question of vegans.... but where do you get your protein?

Here goes....

Paul, Where DO you get your protein?

This is definitely the question that vegans hear most often. But when was the last time you heard of anyone being protein deficient in the western world? It just doesn’t happen – among vegans or omnivores. The real dangers and potential killers related to diet include cancer, diabetes and heart disease – all of which have been linked to dairy and meat consumption by actual medical journals, written by established scientists.

I get my protein from eating a well-balanced, whole foods diet. I don’t bother trying to figure out if I’ve had enough protein on a daily basis, because I know there’s enough in the food I eat. There is protein in nuts, seeds, vegetables, and many other foods. North Americans are obsessed with protein, and really, we eat far too much of it (and if you think I’m full of tofu, look at research on how protein over-consumption relates to kidney stones, constipation, and other maladies). If your diet includes various and diverse plant-based foods, you’ll get enough, even if you’re very active. Good sources of protein include foods like almonds, lentils, quinoa, beans, broccoli, tempeh and chickpeas. And none of these proteins have bad fats or cholesterol (bonus!).

About Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis is the author of Eat Awesome: A regular person’s guide to plant-based, whole foods. He believes veganism is love — and that deliciousness always trumps dogma. He’s also a web designer, minimalist and touring musician. He lives with his amazing wife Lisa, in Tofino, British Columbia. They’ve also got a llama named Starman, who hangs out on a rescue sanctuary in Seabeck, Washington. Stay awesome!

Thanks Paul! Visit him online at

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