Your ideas, folks, were wonderful! I am continually learning from SP. I get praises from the naturopath all the time. And my friends at SP are the reason I am able to progress !
My first 'error' was that Furhman ( right on the back of the book cover)
said choose your own pace for getting into his eating plan! OH!
Secondly, I tried to follow the given menu for the first week. He gave a whole page of simpler meals too!..........................
.. I guess I missed that page before!
I was getting very overwhelmed by all the various ingredients AND all the new recipes!
He did not mean I had to do that!
Now--about meat and protein! I thought I was aiming at not eating meat except in tiny quantities.
Well the first week's menus have plenty of meat recipes. Not that I think back, why did I think I had to eliminate meat when he had a whole section of recipes with meat!
And, lastly, even without meat and animal products, like phase 4, he gives plenty of ways to include protein: tofu, beans and rice, fish, substitutes for dairy, nuts, seeds. And he emphasizes to mix and match vegetables because the vegetables do have proteins. Some are incomplete proteins and must be eaten with another food to make a complete protein. Most salads have thick dressings made with nut butters, avocados, etc. So even the salads are filling.
I am still learning --and I guess that will go on for a long time!