But, are you getting enough Protein?

As a Vegetarian, and now a Vegan, i get asked this a lot – mostly by my family members, but also from other people when they find out about my lifestyle choice.
I don’t normally post about about vegetarianism/veganism because you don’t have to be either if you practice yoga…you can eat meat if you want to and still practice yoga…nothing bad will happen to you!
The change happens i guess once you start getting serious about yoga, about your practice, about the philosophy….and yoga stops being merely something we “do” and becomes part of us – of who we are.
In a previous post, i talked about the 8 Limbs of Yoga, and if you remember, one of the limbs, the Yamas, mentions Ahimsa – non-harming, non-violence towards others – and by that we mean ANY being. 
I wasn’t always vegan or vegetarian…there was a time where i did eat meat, and lots of it. It all started at the age of 18 when i became vegetarian, and then recently, a few months ago, i took the final step and became vegan. It was a very natural and gradual progression, it was never forced. So what do i eat then, if i’m no longer eating meat and fish and dairy?  I’ll tell you what….the world opens up, you discover foods you didn’t even know about: tempeh, seitan, tofu, spirulina, chlorella, soy/hemp/almond/hazenut/rice milk just to name a few. And you become a bit more adventurous with your grains, pulses & veggies and with your combinations and use of condiments and herbs. 
Pasta {normal, kamut, farro etc}, rice {white, brown, black, red, etc}, pulses (lentils, chickpeas, beans {all kinds}), potatoes {normal & sweet}, all vegetables {the list is way too long}, fruits and nuts, breads.
Life as you know it doesn’t end, you won’t starve or deprive your body of protein or minerals, you are simply being more aware about what you are putting into your body, and that’s def a good thing. Let’s not forget the animals, who are treated terribly and kept in horrifying conditions….to then meet a cruel death. 
If you are thinking bout becoming vegetarian or vegan – do your research, inform yourself – any decision you make should be an educated and well informed one. 
The following websites are a great place to start to get all your information: http://vegankit.com, http://www.happycow.net/vegan_diet.htmlhttp://www.ordinaryvegan.nethttp://www.veganoutreach.org/, http://www.happycow.net/vegan_nutrition101.html, http://www.happycow.net/vegan_nutrition.html, http://www.happycow.net/l_vegan.html, http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/, http://veganstreet.com, http://www.mindbodygreen.com

Here’s Ordinary Vegan’s Top 5 Sources of Vegan Protein and 23 Ways to Rock Your Vegan BBQ + Healthy Food Substitutes for a Vegan or Vegetarian Lifestyle and this i really wanna try to make Golden Turmeric Milk – Turmeric (Curcuma) has many health benefits!

If i come across any other interesting website, i’ll keep adding them on here, so check back from time to time for any updates 🙂
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Did you know they were Vegetarian? and these celebrities too: http://www.happycow.net/famous_vegetarians.html
So if you’re wondering where do vegetarians/vegans get their protein, here are some nice visuals of plant-based sources of Protein (and one on Iron) 🙂
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 OK this one’s not about Protein, but still useful and good to know 😉

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About ctyoga

Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops. In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga. After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa. In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher. Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.
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7 Responses to But, are you getting enough Protein?

  1. Maia says:

    I love this!! Thank you, girl!
    I’m currently a vegetarian… and true to what you say, the choices we make for our lifestyle? – certainly opens new doors for what’s out there to remain healthier. xo

    • ctyoga says:

      Hi Maia!
      How are u? Glad you liked it, i’ve just had so many ppl ask that question, that i felt the need to write about it! 😉
      xoxox

      • Maia says:

        I’m doing alright. You?
        I read your posts and followed your numerous trainings. You are solo lucky!! Headed for training at Kripalu this Sunday. It’s a Vinyasa intensive with Rolf Gates and Todd Nolan. I’m super excited!! =)
        xo

      • ctyoga says:

        Ooooh exciting stuff! Let me know how the vinyasa intensive goes! I’m gonna lie low for a little bit save money for India! 🙂

      • Maia says:

        I’ll be writing soon about the training. Just arrived last night and slowly getting my feet planted at home.

        India… dang, girl! How exciting! One day… I’ll go there, too. Keep me posted. xo

  2. Syla says:

    Hi, I accidentally bumped into your blog and I couldn’t have been happier! I have stopped eating meat for over 5 years ago. It was, as you mentioned, a gradual natural process, all I did was to listen to my body and pay attention to what it needed and the less I had meat, the happier it became. I can honestly say that I feel happier, lighter. Thank you for the tips, as I started to consider cutting out on dairy, specially milk. I can’t wait to try almınd milk!

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