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Healthy Eating

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I'm happy to say I have really been able to stay within my calorie range pretty well. My fat and cholesterol are also staying within my range. My problem is I keep coming up with too little protein. Eating more fruits and vegetables is helping with the calories but other than beans, I don't know of a good source of protein that isn't animal based. I tried to limit meat to one meal and limit eggs to only a couple a week. Maybe I should look into some kind of a supplement. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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MSKRIS7 3/3/2013 10:34AM

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SIMABON31 2/27/2013 11:13AM

    Romaine lettuce has quite a bit of protein for a vegetable, too! I prefer beans, nuts and seeds. Tried tofu once...my family about threw me out! :) I've heard good things about quinoa, but haven't tried it yet.

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GRAPLEIRIS 2/26/2013 2:57PM

    There are some nice recipes for protein bars on here that use whey protein powder. That has upped my protein levels.

Quinoa is a definite plus (it's also versitile and yummy!)



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RENATARUNS 2/26/2013 1:54PM

    Dried or canned beans, chickpeas, hummus, peanut/nut butters, soy anything (tofu, soy milk/yogurt/ice cream), peanuts or nuts themselves, lentils, "Indian" lentils (dal) -- those are the beans and pulses. You of course also need grains; quinoa is actually a complete protein in itself, but all the others are fine as well. I think wheat has a little bit more protein than rice or corn, but I'd have to look it up to be sure.

I don't know that people actually truly need as much protein as the guidelines say, but ultimately you have to go by how your own body reacts. B vitamin supplements are never a bad idea for a diet very low in animal products; iron and calcium you may or may not need, but probably best to check bloodwork first.

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