YOU’VE GOT QUESTIONS - I’VE GOT ANSWERS
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WHAT ABOUT PROTEIN? WILL I GET ENOUGH?
A lot of people get very nervous when they think they might not be getting enough protein once they make the switch to a plant-based diet. I want to reassure you: there is plenty of healthy protein in plants. Read the blogpost on the subject from June 12, 2018: What about protein? Will I be deficient in protein if I eat plant-based?
I FELL OVERWHELMED. WHERE DO I START?
I feel you. Do not worry - I am here to support you. I am currently working on a free meal plan ("Jumpstart your Health"). In the meantime check out my recommendations and resources. I list a lot of websites and books (including cook books). Go to: Dr. Baiduc's recommendations
DO I NEED TO TAKE ANY SUPPLEMENTS?
Supplements are just that: SUPPLEMENTS the foundation has to be a well balanced diet rich in whole foods, vegetables, fruits, grains.
The one supplement everyone should be taking as a vegan is Vitamin B12. Animals do not make Vitamin B12, bacteria do. Vegetables with some soil and bacteria on them may contain Vitamin B12 but in our society we do not it "naturally dirty" foods anymore, so we should supplement. The animals are being fed "naturally dirty" feed and so they store up Vitamin B12.
If you are not deficient 2500-3000mcg per week should be fine. If you are deficient you would likely require more - ask your doctor for specific recommendation.
I would by METHYL-cobalamin rather than CYANO-cobalamin as the latter contains cyanide. Supposedly in trace amounts - but personally I prefer not to ingest cyanide if I have an alternative.
Other supplements to consider:
DHA & EPA (Omega 3)
Folate (NOT FOLIC ACID) for women of childbearing age who do not eat enough green leafy vegetables (those have lots of folate)