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April 27, 2015
Both of these issues can be addressed and there are options.
"Has anyone else had a similar issue with protein deficiency in the yogic diet?" Yes, most western diets naturally contain an over abundance of protein from animal sources. This is probably the diet you were born with. It is hard to change a way of life. I believe that you have tried everything you know of. How do you feel about drinking skim milk with protein sources that are vegetarian? Here is a pure vegan recipe.
4 oz chocolate soymilk
4 oz plain soy or rice milk
You could use skim milk instead of soy or rice milk. That isn't vegan, but you can't live on a diet that makes you feel weak. Also, you may not be able to go without fish or meat for extended periods. In this situation - Salmon is your best choice. It may be that you have to eat animal protein in moderation.
"I love caffeine, I work with kids at my day job and need to be very active during my work hours. But I know that caffeine is a) not good for the body in general, b) not good for mindfulness."
About caffeine: Who made up this rule? If you enjoy a cup of coffee or tea have it in moderation. If you need to keep up with children who are we to ridicule you for having caffeine? Rules like: "No caffeine" are man made. Too much is not good, but who cares if you have a cup of coffee or tea? If you are looking for a pure Yogic answer: Surya namaskar is the method. Eight rounds should keep you wide awake for two hours.
About mindfulness: Who is mindful all the time? Even the Dali Lama would tell you: Nobody! We are human. We do our best, but we make mistakes. Coffee isn't a mistake, but if we drink too much we will make some mistakes.
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