Arlene is a Vincentian Canadian writer and registered nurse. She writes for women who are ready to make big leaps in life. She writes about emotional wellness and self discovery and healing.

Have you ever told anyone that you’re vegetarian and they open their eyes in shock saying, ” but where do you get your protein?!”

Or likewise do you wonder where vegetarians and vegans get their protein?

I get this question a lot, actually just yesterday I was in somewhat of a debate with my friends, trying to explain that I do in fact get enough protein.

What is protein anyway? 

Protein is a macronutrient- aka- a substance that is required in relatively large amounts by organisms- aka- our body needs  large amounts of this for growth and development. The building blocks of protein are called amino acids. The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get a minimum of 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight per day.1


What does Iron do?

Iron is a core nutrient in the body. Yes we all know this, but why?

It is part of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. It maintains cell function and is vital in infant brain and nerve development.¹

Iron found in food is in two forms, heme and non-heme iron. Heme iron,  makes up approx. 40 percent of the iron in meat, fish, and, poultry, which is well absorbed. Non-heme iron, makes up 60 percent of the iron in animal tissue and all the iron in plants (grains, fruits,vegetables,nuts). It is less well absorbed.


Don’t let modern food labels and fancy packaging cloud your judgement about what you put in your body. Yes, it may say the ‘healthier option’ on the box, but is it really? God has provided us access to an abundance of knowledge, we only have to seek the truth. He says, ‘‘blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding” (Proverbs 3:13). Let’s look at understanding a few of these food labels a little better, and what they really mean.


Freedom Costs

Ever hear that saying, “nothing in life is free?” Well it’s actually true. When someone offers you something for “free” it just means that someone else had to pay for it.

Somebody is going to lose something, while somebody is going to gain something.

Let’s look at some examples.

  • Healthcare-  taxes, (aka your money) pays for it.
  • Love- Most often one person gives more or sacrifices more than the other.
  • Forgiven sins- If you are a Christian then you claim that it’s Jesus, who ultimately had to die for sins.



But for real…Do people really change?

We’ve all had that person trying to convice us that they’ve changed. Then we sit there debating with ourselves for a few minutes…

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Save yourself some thinking time.

Yes, of course people change.

The  factor  the we must however consider is  TIME and DESIRE.