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Ouch! Protein Deficiency??

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I read an article today - after I had already maxed out my SparkPoints for articles to read (so I can click on this tomorrow and get my SparkPoints then...).

From the article "How Much Protein Do I Really Need?" by Becky Hand:

"Diagnosing a protein deficiency requires a complex nutritional assessment, physical assessment and lab testing. A low protein intake can occur for an extended period of time—long before signs and symptoms of deficiency develop. Signs of protein malnutrition include edema (swelling in the feet, ankles and legs), anemia, fatigue, hair loss, changes in nail condition, diarrhea, muscle wasting, dry skin, thinning of skin with skin breakdown (ulcers and wounds), a weaker immune system and infections. When these symptoms are experienced, the deficiency is already at a dangerous level and can quickly lead to medical complications and death."

I don't have all of these symptoms but I do have many of them. I've known awhile that SparkTracker will say I didn't get enough protein. There are those where I don't feel like eating meat. Soy proteins (as in shakes etc) always make my gut hurt, like someone just kicked my stomach. Some of the other protein shakes are sweetened with artificial sweeteners which give me other problems, or they will use a protein from pork or shellfish which I already know I can't handle (I think I may have gotten one or both in some Asian food I had the day before I had the hives, which I mentioned a few days ago.).

It's like the U2 song - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" but in clean protein that tastes good (not like what Bono was looking for...).

Gonna put some beans on to soak.... yummy! I love beans!?
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    Here's yet another suggestion to throw into the mix---Rice protein powder. My favorite flavor is the mixed berry. I like it because it doesn't have a bunch other unknown stuff added to it.
    1555 days ago
    Can you tolerate Greek yogurt? You get the most bang for your protein buck with it. I use plain and then if I need an add-in, I do it myself vs. buying flavored yogurt.

    Kefir is another source. What about something like almond milk?
    1557 days ago
    I will recommend healthy nuts.
    1557 days ago
    Don't forget nuts, nut butters, almond butter is really good and worth the price.
    1557 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Sun Warrior has soy free plant based protein that I know lots of people swear by!
    1557 days ago
    That's one way I get my protein too plus I love egg whites. I eat 2 egg whites with one yolk, and it is great. Good luck with your goals. emoticon
    1557 days ago
    Chee-eese, maybe? I don't eat much meat, since I only eat the humane stuff and fish, so I often don't meet my minimum for SparkPeople, but I think it probably takes a lot for modern people to be deficient in protein. I do eat a lot of cheese and tuna. Beans are awesome. There's a really nice black bean burger recipe on
    pe-detail.asp?recipe=396 Also, hummus on sandwiches...yum!

    1557 days ago
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