Happy Herbivore Blog

November 10, 2012

This Week's Q&A (Talking Vegan Athletes and Rice Milk)

You've got questions...


Q: I got Tofutti sour cream, but Dr. McDougall recommends avoiding oils, and this definitely does NOT meet that category. Is there a recipe for sour cream, or a superior product that I could use?

A: I avoid commercial substitutes since they tend to be pretty junky and full of oil. I make my own “sour cream” from tofu (recipe in both cookbooks). 

Q: I noticed that I seem to be getting more canker sores and mouth ulcers (on the inside of my lips, or the tip of my tongue). Could it be my plant-based diet?

A: According to WebMD, the exact cause of most canker sores is unknown. It could be any number of factors: stress or injury and certain foods (namely citrus fruits and vegetables, i.e., tomatoes, oranges, pineapples) can be a trigger. (I know if I go bananas with tomatoes, I get them). Canker sores can also be a symptom of other medical issues like iron deficiency and Crohn’s disease so if it keeps up, go get checked out by a doctor. 

Q: My oldest son has a severe nut allergy. He does enjoy a little soy milk here and there, but it's hard to find a soy milk brand that does not also manufacture almond milk and other nut milks at their facility. Any substitution advice?

A: You can also make your own rice milk, I have a video and a recipe in HHC

Q: I'm looking for an alternative to my morning cup of coffee. Any suggestions?

A: Have you tried Teeccino?

Q: I've been doing lots of research on vegetarian athletes because I am worried about my nutritional needs. Any advice?

A: Don’t waste your time. Vegan and vegetarian athletes don’t need anything extra besides more calories. They need to eat more food, period. They don’t need supplements. They don’t need extra protein. They don’t need anything but more food in general. If you don’t believe me, get it straight from Rip’s mouth — a professional athlete.

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