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12/5/10 11:07 A

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She doesn't really recommend a certain amount.

I see one spot in the book where she says she recommends you have a bean or some kind of protein product day. She says that plant kingdom gives us abundant amounts of protein (and not just in beans-almost every plant contains it), turns out we gett too much because our bodies don't store it. When we get too much the liver and kidneys get overworked trying to eliminate it. She states that westerners suffer from diseases caused by excess proteins like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and the list goes on and on.

Many people don't need protein more than once a day but others crave more. It depends on your level of activity and muscle mass.


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That was what she talked regarding about getting enough in the book.

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9/21/10 10:50 A

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I know in the book Alicia says that we (humans) don't need as much protein as what most people think, but what is the recommended amount as per Alicia?

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There is protein in just about almost every vegetable and fruit you eat (obviously not all of them, but in many). They are in grains, nuts, seeds (try some chia seeds- lots of calcium, protein and iron), legumes, nutrional yeast, and so much more.

All of that without even mentioning tofu and tempeh (I love me some grilled tempeh).

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6/14/10 5:10 P

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Hi, your story sounds a lot like mine, I started eating meat when I first was married too, now I've been getting back on track and been veggie for the past 8 months or so. I've been slowly making the change to vegan for the past few months. Right now I only have greek yogurt and maybe organic eggs in something every once in a while. But, I'm getting there. I'm almost totally off white sugar too, though I had a slip with that on Friday (and payed the price).

Anyways, I have protein with every meal in the form of nuts and/or beans.

For breakfast, I put 1/2 oz nuts and seeds on my cereal (hot or cold). Or, I have nut butters.

For lunch a nice bowl of chili or soup with beans is great. I also have a large salad with 1/2 oz nuts and seeds and 1/2 cup beans on it every day.

For dinner it's pretty common for me to do a bean dish like black bean burgers, chickpea & quinoa salad, ect.

For me a serving of protein is one of these with each meal:
1/2 oz of nuts or seeds (3g protein)
1 T. nut butters - (4g protein)
1/2 c beans or lentils - (5g protein)
6 oz greek yogurt (rare) - (15g protein)

If I know I'm going to have an on the go day, I'll have half-a-serving of a green protein powder (11 g protein).

Remember, protein is in grains too (multi-grain). As is soy milk, ect.

I believe I get about 35-ish grams of protein a day (aside from what I get from whole grains). Generally I start my day with a multigrain cereal (millet, wheat berry, oats, barley and spelt) which I figure is about 200 calories and 7g protein each serving. Then I add nuts and dried fruit t it.

So, I probably am actually getting maybe 50 grams of protein a day. That's damn good in my opinion. Personally, I function just fine on 35 g a day, as long as I am getting a balanced diet otherwise.

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6/14/10 2:26 P

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply and yes I am open to other books. I was a vegetarian 10+ years ago before I met my husband and then got lazy and started eating meat again. I got Alicia's book and was sold on getting back at it and going Vegan. Just starting back. I am a runner and average about 25 kms a week and do 2-3 days of cross and strength training.

What is the other group you posted about protein on?

Any suggestions/recommendationds would be greatly appreciated. Also if you lowered your protein what are the protein/carb/fat proportions you aim for?

Thanks again.

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Oh, I turned my protein recommendation down (in the SP nutrition tracker), since it's been studied that plant proteins are quite a bit more digestible than meat proteins.

I am 5'2, 130 lb and I eat 40 g of protein a day - I feel great and easily meet that target; usually exceeding it.

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Have you ever tried Seitan? It is wheat gluten, so if you are allergic then do not eat!

Also, lentils are REALLY high in protein, and fibre!

In my group, I made a post about protein count in vegan foods, FYI.

I love Alicia's book but have not cooked anything from it as of yet. Are you open to trying other cookbooks?

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Hi Everyone,

I jumped into the Vegan plan a week ago and so far all is good with eliminating dairy and meats, however when I track my daily food I am really high on the carbs and low on protein. I am not too fond of tofu, etc. and I am gone from the house by 6am and not home until about 6 pm so finding it hard to do a lot of daily cooking. does anyone have any sugestions on increasing protein without processed foods?

I love alecia's book but find the menu hard to follow when I am working during the week.

Thanks for your time.

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