Sources of vegan protein

I get asked quite often how I get my protein as a vegan (raw vegan). First of all, if your diet is diversified enough, you’ll get plenty of protein from the foods that you eat, but if you also work out and you want to add extra protein, here are the sources that I’ve tried.

In the order they appear in the video, these sources of vegan and raw vegan protein are:

Ligia’s Kitchen: Raw Sundried Tomato Pate

Ligia made a delicious pate in this episode of Ligia’s Kitchen, which you can spread on raw bread or you can devour as a veggie dip (which is what we did at the end).

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Released 1/26/12

It’s quick and easy to make (just blend the ingredients together) and super-delicious, so we hope you’ll try it at home!

Ligia’s Kitchen – Spring Sprout Salad

In episode 14 of Ligia’s Kitchen, Ligia makes a nutritious spring sprout salad — just the thing to get us nourished after a cold winter.

English subtitles are available on YouTube (toggle them on/off with the CC button).

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Released 4/4/11

Ligia’s Kitchen: Raw Winter Salad with Mayo

It’s the 10th episode of Ligia’s Kitchen! Our show’s already been viewed over 20,000 times, and the views just keep coming. Considering that it’s in Romanian (not English), and there’s plenty of competition from the American market, I think that’s really good!

This week’s recipe is a raw winter salad with (of course) raw mayonnaise. It’s easy to make, and its ingredients are easy to find during winter in just about any supermarket. Enjoy!

English subtitles available on YouTube (click on the video to go there).

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Released 2/20/11

Ligia’s Kitchen: Avocado and Red Cabbage Salad

My wife and I are raw vegans. We eat a 60-75% raw vegan diet, supplemented with some cooked foods. The recommended ratio is 75% raw / 25% cooked.

We’ve been planning these past several months to put together a raw vegan cooking show, which will show people how to change their diets and lifestyles so they can live longer, healthier, more peaceful lives. Today, I’m happy to say it’s become a reality. Ligia’s new show, entitled “Ligia’s Kitchen“, is live!

This summer, we renovated the spaces where we film the show, I built the new kitchen furniture (more on that later), and last week, we were finally able to start filming. Here’s the first episode, just released today.

We’re filming and releasing in HD, which should really help you see what Ligia’s doing as she prepares each recipe. Even though the show’s in Romanian, we’re providing English subtitles for everyone who speaks it (which should be a LOT of people). If there’s enough demand for another language, we’ll do our best to provide subtitles for it as well.

Enjoy!

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Released 12/15/10

Sea kelp noodles with almond and mustard seed sauce

Part of the fun of being the husband of a raw food chef is that I get to eat interesting things. For example, our lunch yesterday was this: sea kelp noodles, with a sauce made of almonds, mustard seeds and tomatoes, and with assorted sea vegetables and sliced tomatoes on the side. The taste might have been a bit exotic for some, but I assure you it was delicious, nutritious, and 100% raw, which meant that all of the original nutrients in the vegetables were left intact.

Now I feel bad that I didn’t take the plate into our studio and photograph it properly. I was hungry, so I snapped a few pics with my smartphone and dug in. Shame on me.

If you’d like to learn more about raw foods and you can read Romanian, my wife Ligia writes about the raw food diet on her website at ligiapop.com. She’s writing a book of raw food recipes (also in Romanian) and I’m photographing each of those recipes for her — much better than I photographed our lunch…

For those of you who don’t understand Romanian, don’t worry, there are a TON of resources in English on the internet. Just search for “raw food diet” or “raw food recipes” and you’ll see what I mean.

An interview with Adina Zeev about colon hydrotherapy

We had the chance to experience an inside-out cleansing recently — it’s a practice called colon hydrotherapy, or a colonic. It’s a safe procedure that uses a machine to slowly rinse out solid waste from the colon, by pushing water into it, then letting it come out. The gentle pressure of the colonic machine stimulates the colon’s peristalsis (rhythmic movements of the bowel walls) and shifts the solid waste, thus mixing it with the filtered water. The peristalsis then pushes the mixture out through a tube, which feeds directly into the plumbing system — basically, it’s like flushing the toilet.

The medical community’s opinion of colon hydrotherapy is mixed. Some regard it as quackery, some as a non-benefit, and some as a useful tool in a patient’s self-treatment arsenal. I myself am of the opinion that it helps cleanse and detoxify the body, and if done safely and hygienically, presents no risks to a generally healthy person.

A lot of the foods we eat these days aren’t natural. They’re highly processed, and they turn into sticky gobs of muck once they get into our digestive system. They leave residues behind on our intestinal walls, or they compact together, forming lumps in our intestines, causing constipation, abdominal pain and other ailments, which over time can turn into chronic or acute problems. It makes perfect sense to rinse that stuff out every once in a while, giving your colon a fresh start.

My wife and I had two colonic sessions each, and we both feel they helped us. If you’ve never had a colonic, it’s a very different experience from just about anything you’ve done, including an enema. I really can’t describe it other than to say it feels like you just want to get off the table and run to the bathroom. The sensation is overpowering, but so is the subconscious shame of letting yourself go into a tube instead of doing it while sitting on a toilet seat. It’s that conflict in your mind between really needing to go and letting go that makes the first session almost unbearable, but if you persist, you will get results, especially if you do a second or third session.

The practice of colon hydrotherapy is regulated by I-ACT (The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy). One needs to be licensed in order to perform them, possess the proper equipment, and adhere to specific hygienic standards. There’s more information on this at the I-ACT website, i-act.org.

We found a reputable, licensed colon hydrotherapist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her name is Adina Zeev. Her training includes a BA in Philosophy, and she is a registered massage therapist, colon hydrotherapist and yoga instructor. She made the experience more comfortable by explaining how things work, and she gave us loads of advice about diet, general health and colon health during each session. I found the things she said to be so interesting and useful that I wanted to share them with you.

I conducted an interview with her, where she talked about her training and she discussed colon hydrotherapy in detail: what it is, what its benefits and risks are, how to find a proper colon hydrotherapist, how to prepare for a session, what to do afterward, and what one should do to maintain colon health. The two-part interview is available on YouTube in HD, and you can watch it below.

Watch Colon Hydrotherapy – Adina Zeev – Part 1 and Colon Hydrotherapy – Adina Zeev – Part 2 on YouTube.

If you’re in South Florida and you’d like to try out colon hydrotherapy, my recommendation is to get in touch with Adina. Her website is blessedlovehealthcare.com.