106 – Where Do You Get Your Protein and Much More!

Welcome to episode #106! This is the place where we help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier!

Today is a special episode. We are recording live on Periscope. If you are not on Periscope yet. I am urging you and pleading with you to get the app. I have been on it for a few months now. It is owned by Twitter. It is an app where you can broadcast video. Your followers receive notifications that you are live and they can interact with you on the broadcast. They can send you hearts which is equivalent to a Facebook like. Periscope keep tracks of the number of hearts. And it sort of becomes a competition as to who can get the most hearts. I have so many Periscope friends here with me today. Hi everyone!

I am starting off the show by sharing something that I got in the mail while I was away in San Diego last week. For those of you that don’t know, my son got married in San Diego last weekend and my wife Yoko and I were there for about 8 days. A couple of weird things happened. We actually had a heckler in the audience while my wife was delivering a heartfelt speech. A woman said something completely inappropriate but all in all it was a great 8 days. Anyhow, when I got back I received this wonderful bar of soap from my friend Phyllis. Phyllis makes them and sells them. This soap is so good! This stuff smells incredible and she threw in all kinds of free samples for me. I am going to try to get her to scale her operation up so that she can begin selling to my listeners as well. I do not buy the soaps that they sell in stores because they are mostly filled with junk, chemicals, bad oils, and animal fats. Phyllis uses only all natural ingredients. Unfortunately, Phyllis is going through a rough time. She has had a few deaths in the family over the past couple months. So please join me in sending Phyllis love and hearts (if you are on Periscope).

I want to talk today about the most commonly question that vegans are asked. Which is… where do you get your protein? I used to go through a whole long speech about “You don’t need animals to get protein. I get my protein from nuts, beans, leafy greens, legumes, and fruit.” But today I have a better answer. The answer I now give is this “I get my protein from plants.” That’s all I say. Because here’s the deal, when you make things complicated people get confused. And then if someone questions me further, I say “If you eat plant based all day, you don’t have to worry about where the protein is coming from. Because if you are getting all of your nutrition from plants, you are getting enough protein.”

I have been plant based for about a year and a half now and it is by far the best thing I have ever done in my life! I have talked about it so much here on my show. Many of you listening to my show are plant based and many are not. And I still love you if you are not. I am here to lead by example and educate and then you are the one that makes the decision.

Our Periscope friend Lisa says that, “I just focus on what I can eat and not what I can’t eat.” That statement is so accurate because so many people say that it is difficult to go vegan because they are not sure what they can eat.

Periscope Question: Give 5 examples of your favorite plant based proteins.

Dr Dave: That’s a great questions! But it’s kind of like saying give 5 example of where I get my magnesium. But I will answer it in a few different ways. I get really good protein from fruit and green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds. But you don’t have to worry about that. If all you are eating is a whole food plant based diet, you don’t have to worry about where you are getting your protein. If you are eating healthy, you are getting everything you need. The exception is that I take a B12 supplement between 500 mcg and 1000 mcg per day. And a D3 supplement. You may also want to consider a fatty acid supplement but that is optional as well.

Periscope Question: What can I eat?

Dr Dave: It is really easy. You eat things that come from the ground. For example, this morning I ate a ton of fruit. Nothing processed. A lot of watermelon, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, apple, and bananas. In addition to some oatmeal and green tea. For lunch I would have a nice big salad with greens like kale and other vegetables. I also like to add things like sunflower seeds, nuts, nutritional yeast, and avocado. If possible, use a dressing that is not oil based. I have learned that the oils that were all thought were so healthy, are not. They are empty calories. Even things like olive oil and coconut oil are processed. They are great for the skin but it is best to get your oils naturally from plants.

Periscope Questions: What about leather?

Dr Dave: As a plant based vegan, I do not use leather. I do not use anything that comes from an animal ever. I do not use silk for clothing. I do not use wool. The only exception is that I do have a car that has leather seats. I have had the car for a long time and I recently got a used car that had leather seats. I would never again buy a new car with leather seats. I would request no leather. But since my car is older and since it will not do me any good by getting rid of it, I am driving it. I do the best I can. It is very hard to be 100% all the time. For example, car tires are made with some type of animal product so if you want the ability to drive and get to your job or see your family, then you have to have tires.

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