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Raw Vegan Pad Thai Recipe

Enjoy this short video on how to make the best Raw Vegan Pad Thai ever! This incorporates a flavorful combo of sweet, savory and spicy. This recipe is also in my book.

  • Writer's pictureBrian Hetrich

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

Updated: Jun 12, 2022

All protein comes from plants - originally. Where does a cow get her protein? The animals that many people tend to think of as good sources of protein such as cows, chickens, pigs and fish are all plant eaters. The elephant has massive muscles and it is the largest animal on land. All she eats are plants. Pound for pound the strongest land animal is the gorilla. Three times the size of a man and seven times stronger than a man, a gorilla is capable of lifting a car. And, all she eats all day long are plants.

All plants contain protein. In fact, there is more protein per calorie in many plant-based foods than there is in animal flesh. Protein from plants is a higher-quality source and is more easily absorbable on a cellular level. Plant protein is already broken down into amino acids which are the fundamental building blocks of the protein molecule. Living fresh plant- based foods are an especially good source of protein because it is in a pre-digested form due to all the enzymes activated by the sprouting and growing process. Excellent sources of plant protein include:

  • Raw Living Spirulina

  • Sunflower Sprouts

  • Pea Shoot sprouts

  • Sprouted beans and legumes

  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards, chard, etc.)

  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, etc.)

  • Wheatgrass juice

  • Avocado

  • Chia seeds

Animal products also contain protein but it is not in a suitable form for human consumption. Animal protein molecules are assembled in a form that is the wrong shape and size for us. Our bodies must first break down animal protein into the fundamental building blocks which are the amino acids and then reassemble them into an appropriate shape and size that our bodies can use. This process takes a lot of excess energy and results in many toxic waste products such as uric acid and lactic acid.

How much protein do we need? The answer may surprise you as our need for dietary protein is not as high as you might think. Exogenous sources of protein are necessary for growth and repair of human cells. The stage of life when we experience the fastest rate of growth is when we are infants. Therefore, our need for protein is highest at that stage. Nature is perfect. She provides the perfect level of nutrients at the perfect time when we are living in our natural state. The protein content of mother’s milk is about 6%. Adults certainly require much less than that amount since they are no longer in the highest growth stage of life. In fact, excess dietary protein intake can be very deleterious to your health. Especially when that excess protein is of animal origin.

The official recommendations for human protein requirements may have been greatly exaggerated for a variety of reasons including:

  • Most people on the Standard American Diet (SAD) cook the majority of their foods. When you apply heat to food it denatures the protein molecules creating enzyme resistant bonds. This makes the twisted protein virtually indigestible and inaccessible by our cells. So, we must consume much more of it to get what we need.

  • People on the Standard American Diet (SAD) tend to try to get most of their protein from animal products. Animal protein is difficult for us to digest and less absorbable. So again, we must consume much more of it to get what we need.

  • Powerful commercial interests may be tempted to attempt to create an artificially inflated demand by overstating the need for protein in order to sell more of their products.

If you are eating enough calories to sustain your weight and you are getting all your calories from whole food sources it is not possible for you to become protien deficient. The only way to become protein deficient is to consistantly eat too few calories or to get your calories from fractured foods such as high fructose corn syrup and other refined sugar products.

The best source of protein for human adults is from whole fruits and vegetables. Whole plant products have a protein content which perfectly matches human requirements. Plant protein is more easily absorbable by our cells and there are no toxic byproducts. So, if you want to be as strong as a gorilla, eat what a gorilla eats!

You are invited to join me at the Foundation of Life Retreat in Evergreen, Colorado, August 9-16, 2022. Here we will be serving the highest form of protein on the planet! This will be an unforgettable week for detox and rejuvenation at the top of the world in a magical sanctuary that is literally “Above the Clouds.” For details click here. I hope to see you there!:)

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