A very common cry from meat eaters to people who announce they are vegan is “Where do you get your protein from?” I am ever grateful my mum asked me this question at the age of sixteen as it sent me on a quest of finding out just what protein was. In my early twenties I had the good fortune of a naturopath telling me to eat protein with every meal and then in recent years another naturopath questioning me about complete protein. I can safely say I have been eating complete protein with every meal for a good many decades (except when I go out as it is not always an option on menus in cafes and restaurants).
Who remembers the first time they ate spaghetti bolognaise? I do! My family and I were living in the tiny town of Katherine in the Northern Territory, the population then was a bit over three thousand and it was 1977. My mum had come home with a bag (paper bag in those days) full of groceries and she pulled out a hand written recipe given to her by her boss. My brother and I asked as we always did ‘what’s for dinner mum?’ and she replied spaghetti bolognaise. This was new to us the only spaghetti we had eaten before came out of a tin and was covered in a sweet red sauce which neither of us liked.
For at least a month I am restricting my dairy intake to zero. In the past I have done this a few times for varying reasons. Sometimes because my body feels better with a break, sometimes because I feel I need to shed a few kilos and and at other times because I find myself getting lazy with my vegetarian protein choices eating dairy at each and every meal. This time it is for all three reasons. I haven't had a break from dairy for years, I definitely need to rid myself of a few extra kilograms and I am getting less and less creative with my protein choices.