Lentil Protein

Vegan Food is for Everybody

Lentil protein isn't just for vegetarians.

This page is about a rich, easy to cook, inexpensive meal. Legumes form probably the cheapest amino acids you can buy.

What I love about them is that they are so simple to prepare. They are small and absorbent enough so that, unlike most other pulses, they don’t need to be soaked. Just throw a handful in when you are cooking brown rice; into all your stews too, and even meat dishes. It's delicious; what could be easier?

Pulses incidentally are all the legumes that grow in a pod, like peas and beans and lentils, of course.

Don't eat white rice; it's a pure junk food, with an extremely high glycemic index. It's very fattening.

Legumes are a group of healthy foods which are high in vegetable amino acids. They include beans, peas, garbanzos and lentils. At 26 percent they are a rich source for vegetarians. But why should only they enjoy the fun? Legumes are for all.

Beans get notoriously bad press but cooked right are delicious and an important part of the diet.

Lentil Protein

Lentils come in a rich variety of hues. Yellow to red, green and brown, and even black too. As a general rule, remember that coloured foods are loaded with anti oxidants, so mix and match your legumes too.

They are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals; personally I'm less fond of those that are earthy in colour .

It grows on a small bush, but you will probably never see it growing. Quite soon our kids won’t even know that milk comes from a cow.

Generally Western society eats too much animal protein which is associated with a host of diseases, including breast cancer. However, vegetable sources are much safer, and legumes make up the best source; lentils, peas and beans.

There are a variety of weight loss fads associated with high protein powders and foods. Avoid them at all costs. In general, all of these dietary fads are ineffective in the long run. Want to lose weight permanently? Rather just think about eating more salad and fruit, more legumes, exercise more, and stop fussing about your weight. Slowly but surely and, what's more important, healthily, it will come off; do it.

I have to say that the Banting diet does have some merit; you don't constantly feel hungry and healthy fats are not the great enemy. However they are obsessed with being close to zero starches, attempting to bring you near to ketosis. So even the healthy carbohydrates like lentil protein, peas and butternut are frowned upon despite their very low glycemic index; they aren't fattening.


Another proven benefit of legumes is their ability to block the absorption of cholesterol in the gut. Just half a cup of cooked beans, a handful of lentils, and my next favourite.

Chickpea garbanzo bean dip

Chickpea garbanzo bean dip is a first cousin to lentil protein; both are legumes, loosely included in vegetables high in protein.

Chickpeas too are a legume, and can be used to make a scrumptious dip called called Hummus or Choumi. The downside is that they must be soaked overnight. Once cooked though, you can freeze them, and then in a flash you can make your

These days we have many clever (actually, too clever for our good) food companies selling us foods enriched with this or that. High bran, sterol fortified, vitamin D enriched ... all at ten times the price. Just eat whole wheat bread, rolled oats, apples, pulses for your lentil protein ... just as the good Lord intended ... and take a walk in the sun and eat more salmon for your vitamin D and omega-3.

Growing Chickpeas 

If you have a passion for gardening, and like to try different things, consider planting some chickpeas this spring. Mine are just coming into flower in the southern summer and the first pods are forming. However they grow best in a hot, dry Mediterranean climate like you get in California and Cape Town.

Replacing, or at least supplementing, animal protein with a vegetable source has enormous health benefits, not least of which is vegan weight loss. I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat hummus every day.

The best way to lose weight to cut out carbs and increase your vegetable protein; then you won't be ravenous. Actually more important than cutting our carbohydrate, is to look to the glycemic index of your starches. Apples are high in carbohydrate but they have a low glycemic factor; they don't initiate an insulin rush. That's the fat storage hormone.

Increasing your animal protein is not advisable. There are too many health risks associated with a high red meat diet.

Vegan weight loss

Why on earth is a chiropractor so passionate about things like hummus and lentil protein and vegan weight loss?

Simple. The high animal protein in our Western diets has been strongly associated with breast cancer and a host of diseases. I've lost so many patients over the years... such a waste. Let's eat more vegetable protein, and that means legumes. In any case, calories in hummus need be no concern and cooking green beans is so easy and delicious. Included in the above link are some instructions are growing pole beans. Dead easy, just three or four beans will keep you in legumes...

The other reason is that statins, the drugs used to lower cholesterol have nasty side-effects for many people. Aching legs... loss of libido, sex drive, rather think lentil protein, hummus, green beans, dried beans... so easy. It's all about keeping away from drugs and wanting to reach a happy, healthy eighty with all your marbles intact! That's what you want, too, right?

Healthy living tips

Our healthy living tips page is one of the most important at Chiropractic Help; without a healthy substrate muscle and joint conditions will not heal well. Lentil protein is just one other way to wean ourselves off too much red meat, a 'probable' cause of cancer according to the WHO.

Andre Agassi, the greatest tennis player of all time, found that lentil soup gave him staying power for three hours. Good enough for the maestro is good enough for me. Plus it tastes damn good!

As a variation, we add green beans, another protein-rich legume. Westerners eat far too much red-meat protein; it's known to increase the risk of cancer of the breast and prostate especially. Regularly add lentil protein and other pulses too to your diet; it's probably the single most important healthy living tip that I have to offer. 

If growing and cooking green beans is high on your priorities, then save bean seeds should be too. Because if you love to garden then growing green beans is amazingly easy. Just pop a few bush bean seeds around between your annuals, or encourage a couple pole beans to climb up any available trellis. Really, so simple.

Gigantes butter beans recipe

There are a 101 legume and lentil protein recipes. This Greek giant butter bean (actually just a dried lima bean) is very delic, quick and easy once you've soaked the beans. Butter beans like lentils have the advantage of not requiring a long cooking time as many beans and chickpeas do.

Personally I prefer my green lima beans straight from the garden; we had them last night. They are less starchy, but you'll rarely find them at your green grocer or supermarket. They are only for the larger garden; they have a long growing season but go on producing for over a month. Enjoying a wide variety of foods is our motto. This gigantes butter beans recipe is just one aspect of a vegetable high in protein.

Lentil protein is all about reducing our need to eat red meat, dairy products and other high cholesterol foods, three times a day for our protein. Having to take nasty statin drugs for raised cholesterol is too high a price for our desire for animal protein three times a day.

Believe it not, I'm not a vegetarian. I love red meat, eggs and cheese, but by increasing my lentil protein I'm able to enjoy them without guilt. My total cholesterol is 'dangerously low'! consequently, the blessing of a balanced diet.

There are some concerns that legumes and bran are high in phytates that bind minerals. Soaked and cooked reduces this worry, and there is no research confirming that vegetarians are more likely to be anaemic or osteoporotic because of a diet high in legumes.

Bran we don't recommend at all; there are far healthier ways to reduce cholesterol, by enjoying foods that lower cholesterol. If you're concerned read the page entitled are phytates bad?

Making a compost pile or heap

If you want to go organic, then making a compost pile is a must. Actually such fun, just look at mine... all that exercise, out in the fresh air, sunshine for vitamin D. Turn off the TV and get out in the garden this summer! With a hat, don't forget the threat of melanoma. Your friendly chiropractor's advice is to first do some lower back exercises. Gardening like football, squash racquets and all sports require proper stretching and warm up before starting. 

A compost heap does look untidy, but it has zero smell if it's properly made; it must be aerobic and no cooked vegetable matter from the kitchen.

Actually, we now do this differently. Our pile started attracting rats so all the waste from the kitchen first goes into the worm farm, and from there to the compost heap; the vermin have gone elsewhere in search of food.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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