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We add some spinach or kale and ice: Dieters with no time to stop for lunch grab protein bars. By substituting the meal replacement shake for at least two meals each day, consumers may successfully ease cravings while consuming the entire daily requirement of protein before dinner. I am feeling confident,and talk wth everyone wuith confident. Hi Vanessa, thanks for reaching out.

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If it is helping her continue a bit longer. Ray, you need to get a vitamix blender and make green smoothies she is not absorbing nutrition. Last year I had terrible stomach problems and couldnt eat for months and lost 32lbs my skin and hair have suffered terribly and the vitamin brought me back to life.

I made green smoothies using protein powder, kale, spinach, banana, carrots, berries, yogurt, coconut water, you can out anything in there but this way she will absorb it better. I was as well and I was also taking liquid vitamins because they absorb easier and hold under the tongue before swallowing. Mine too 2 months to get to normal.

I was doing 2 smithies a day and eating regular food plus protein shakes like ensure will help. The itching could be nerve pain which is a sign of low b12 it will get a lot worse and can cause nerve damage if she is low on that so please get that checked. I had the same problem.

I also wanted to lose weight so i stopped eating milk, eggs, and meat. The eczema went away but then I started feeling weak, my heartbeat was slow, and i havent gotten my period for 8 months. So i went to the doctor and they told me i have a protein deficiency. They took blood tests and said I actually have a B12 deficiency. And B12 is only found in meat, fish, and seafood…. Hello Eseul, I am very hesitant to make any recommendations in a Comment without the full intake and health history acquired during a consultation.

It makes complete sense to me that you experienced these symptoms on a nonfat diet of only potatoes, fruit and vegetables. This is a good recipe for depletion, poor digestion, imbalanced blood sugar levels, mood instability and an exhausted nervous system. In addition, ensure that you enjoy a good source of protein and fat at every meal.

Follow the 2 week protein protocol Dr. John recommends, which is to add one protein drink to every meal for two weeks in addition to a food source of protein. Be very careful of not eating too low fat. When we remove meat and dairy from the diet, we remove an essential dose of fat and protein. You must replace this fat. A little salt is necessary — do not go salt-free. You may need to reduce your intake of fruit, which can be hard to digest and create imbalanced blood sugar.

Read all of Dr. Try this for a few weeks. Thank you so much for the reply. I will try to follow your recommendations. I never had digestive problems like this before. So it created an imbalance. And I did already start taking a methylcobalamin B12 multivitamin since my doctor recommended it. Is it okay to leave out fruit completely? And why does too much fruit cause digestion problems?

Does that have to do with food combining? I was trying to eat a fruitarian diet for a while. I tried eating bananas a day and lots of other fruit…. Your body needs a variety of fruits and vegetables…protein. No wonder you were sick. Brainwashing is exactly what it is. These are good for you! These will help ward off dementia, lubricate your joints, and keep your brain in working order.

So do your joints and other parts of your body! Fruit also tend to be acidic so too much of it can be like pouring acid on your innards…so to speak. Bananas I wanted the fruits with the highest sources of sugar and they are not as high in potassium as everybody thinks they are. A better source of potassium would be fresh spinach. Good luck and make sure you do research into fruits, vegetables, and marketing ploys. My understanding is that the fat-free diet is just a temporary healing diet, same as the 2-week temporary red meat diet recommended by Dr.

Some people take it too far, then get sick again. We have to pay attention! You really should not be following your own idea of a diet.. It sounds like you have no idea what you are talking about and you will do harm to your self. I really hope you went to a nutritionist or a Dr. Also, I started getting eczema again on the low fat vegan diet even though it was supposed to heal my eczema…. Last time i got it was Around September 20th last year.

No, B12 is created by bacteria, in your gut. But doctors only take a few hours of nutrition in medical schools, so obviously they have no clue about this. I did some research and plant foods are rich in protein. Some plant foods actually have more protein than meat. Like grains, greens, and beans. And i was having trouble digesting food. Tried to exercise but I have no energy to do so. Of course protein deficiency makes sense bc it is probably the reason I became sick in the first place.

Over training and eating an average poor American diet? I was basically asking for trouble. I realize, only lately, that when training hard like I did, a person needs to have extra protein. Thank you so much for your info, it really hit me and gave me the wake up call I desperately needed. The protein deficiency symptoms you wrote about could have been written about me. Those symptoms are what I have been trying so hard to fix. My body responds positively when I DO eat protein, but I have a natural dislike of just about all protein.

So now that I plan to go out and buy protein powder, asap, can you please educate me on what type of protein powder I should get. I am totally clueless about protein powder. Hi Susan, Look for the least processed protein powder and avoid soy. Hemp protein is often sold in a simple, ground up form in health food stores. You can also make your own protein powder using a blend of sesame, hemp and chia seeds. There is a recipe on thefirstmess. Keep us posted on your progress! I have always been hesitant to buy protein powers as many have ingredients that may not be organic.

The idea of making your own is a great gift as these are regulars in my pantry. I have found a product — no, I have no financial interest in the company — made of partly defatted hemp flakes or powder. The whole-fat hemp hearts are just too oily and can cause diarrhea when starch is also included in the diet; the ground-up protein powder is gritty and includes the husk.

Only reduced, not eliminated. Again, I am not personally acquainted with this mfr and have nothing to gain by giving this info. I have had very bad muscle pain in my shoulder for months.

Also I have had planned her so she -itis for almost a year. I was wondering if protein may be the problem with me not healing. Do you have any suggestions? I read that protein deficiency and or B1 deficiency show itself by body water retention. I eat tablespoons nutitional yeast daily, then salmon sushi once a week. Protien blood tested levels were normal.

Hi, Than you for such a interesting article. After reading your stuff im sure im protein deficient, also fat. Cant digest oils well. Thought it was my gall bladder, but had it and stones removed almost 2 yrs ago. So been on lots of starches, minimal meat and yogurt. Why isnt soy protein isolate any good? Allergy to hemp, pea,and cant digest whey and soy concentrate, nor digest many added vitamins. Also allergy to rice. Thankyou for this post!

I have all of the symptoms above craving sweets, snacking, moodiness, glucose levels outside of the provided range and I also have blood tests to show that I am protein deficient.

However, I am not a vegetarian and eat a ton of protein- yet my levels have not improved over the last two years. So while I am not a vegetarian, I do not eat red meat very often.

Do you believe that even though I am not a vegetarian, adding in more red meat would be beneficial? I will also add into my diet your suggestion of the protein shake three times a day. Currently I have just one in the morning in attempt to balance my blood sugar levels first thing in the morning. I recently started feeling a tangling sensation at the bottle of my feet.

At first I thought it was because I was on my feet to much because I was feeling it at night when I lay down in bed but then I realized that it was becoming more constant during the day and night. I keep a pretty healthy eating habit. I juice a lot, do yoga, and usually walked about 10 to 15 miles a week.

I did a self evaluation and thought maybe I might have an iron deficiency. I was craving ribs and burgers something I had removed from my diet.

I have had 2 Angus burgers within the past two days and I think I feel less tangling on my feet. So my question is Dr. Douillard is the tangling sensation a sign of iron deficiency? Douillard, Divine timing to read this article, as I have had severe neck pain for a week, with no specific injury or etiology. I have also recently increased by exercise routine, and in addition to doing 30 minute high intensity workouts daily, I have increased running to 3 miles a week x 4 days.

Do increased workouts mean that one should increase even more than the 75 gms of protein? Hi Martha, It is not always a protein issue. In your case, make sure you rule out over training, mineral deficiency and dehydration as causes.

I read that worms probsbly Ascaris in my case can switch off enzymes like Trypsin, making it much harder for even meat eaters to absorb protein.

I am diabetic and have tried all sorts of diets to resolve my health issues. On top of that, about a year ago I developed daily dry mouth syndrome — ok in the morning but worse as the day goes on. I an hypersensitive to the worm hyperinfestation and can feel them everywhere. I am wondering whether, despite my generally normal meat intake, I am protein deficient and my body cannot fight these beasts as a result.

I had gastric bypass surgery 12 years ago and have maintained my weight well but the last 2 weeks have been waking up in the morning and my hands, fingers, ankles and knees, actually everywhere is stiff and painful.

My doctor checked my protein level and it was low. I have not been taking any vitamins at all for the last 6 years or eaten any significant amount of protein. I just ordered vitamins from the bariatric website but wanted to see if anyone feels the lack of protein could cause this much pain. From 35 years as a Rolfer and former holistic medical clinic owner—we have never seen a vegetarian who had tissue that would change. For years I see clients, particularly women, who are protein deficient.

I am so exhausted. Feel weird all the time. Have cravings so bad. Had to eat 2 slice toast as needed Bread that much I was climbing the walls.

Have kind of weird eating disorders too like if I eat eggs or meat I will get heart disease or things. The vegan lifestyle has quite badly affected my mind. Mercola says concentrate is the way to go, while Marks Daily Apple is saying the opposite. Hi Katie, I prefer concentrates over isolates. Eating whole foods is best for the body so look for minimally processed powders without too many added ingredients.

How effective do you think eating fish every day for 2 weeks be? I plan to get better at incorporating it into my diet in general, but am wondering if a 2 week fish regimen would have similar therapeutic effects you describe with red meat.

Hi Kat, Yes, I am on board with your reluctance to eat meat. Fish would be okay except for the mercury exposure issue. Even the FDA suggests only eating fish twice a week.

I would do my vegetarian alternative in the article — protein shakes. Whats your take on entomophagy for a good protein source? I know mealworms contain much more prorein than meat and half the fat. Another question is how much protein gets lost as result of roasting, cooking ect in general.

I have a question. Mostly chicken, probably twice a day. My average daily meal would be something like: Oats with a teaspoon of cinnamon, a banana and a cup of black coffee 2. I usually would workout between 30min to an hour time a week in the evenings, which is why I eat rice. So my daily diet would look something like breakfast: Oats, a banana and a cup of black coffee 2. Keeping my workout routine, I had been on that diet for 5 months.

And I slowly found my skin on my face itching, like I get red bumps which I thought were rashes and it disappears on its own throughout the day. That said, I also found my nails easily chipping and my hair oh my hair.

More so even with my active workout schedule my body seems to ache every morning especially. I lost 5lbs too. My mom pointed it maybe a protein deficiency. I saw this article and thought ok perhaps.

So I basically have an egg every morning and I also ensure I have meat 3 times a week — chicken, salmon and even beef. After each workout I now have a whey protein shake. Is there something I am missing? I only find when I go to give plasma. They do a finger prick test to check my plasma to red bill of ratio and protein level.

Last time it was 6. Hi I m 68, and vegetarian for 21 years. Well, I d have seafood a couple of times a week because I was busy and stressed a lot and knew it was hard to find enough protein.

I was always a pretty healthy adult. I m retired, lost 30 pounds 2 years ago, and 18 months ago was diagnosed with gout, so removed all animal protein, and have a cup or so of milk daily in tea, cheese daily, and eggs twice a week. Lentils and beans a few times a week. Crave chips and ice cream and sometimes a steak which I would never eat. I have been constantly sick for over a year now: I get better and then hit again.

My doctor is not very interested or available but there are no options where I live. I m trying to figure out what s wrong that I get so sick and have got Vitamin D drops, B Complex with 12, C, and just started hemp powder.

I m not treated for gout as there was only one episode and I cant seem to find anyone to help me balance my nutrition to get healthy and postpone another attack. Lots of quacks and I dont know how to find reliable help. Even the Mayo and such sites recommend avoiding veggie protein but some gout evidence says its not plant protein that s the problem.

I havent had another attack since but this sickness must have a reason. Can you help or advise me where to look for guidance? Hi Bev, Thank you for reaching out. John and Tauna Houghton are both available for consultations using phone and Skype. You can read more on those and even book online here… https: John wrote on Uric Acid that you may find helpful with your gout… https: There are multiple types of vegetarians with varying dietary restrictions. There are thousand of us out there.

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It is so hard to find protein that isn't stuffed with harmful junk and that tastes good. I think you nailed it! Had my first Chocolate Egg White Protein shake Strawberry is yummy too!! Jay Robb has the best tasting protein shakes on the market! Additionally, many high-calorie, low-nutrient foods such as some candy bars and ice creams have desirable GI scores, while more nutritious foods like dates and baked potatoes have high scores. However, research supports that diets of a wide range of macronutrient proportions facilitate a healthy weight, allow weight loss and prevent weight regain.

The critical factor is reducing the calorie content of the diet long-term. If we shunned all carbohydrates or if we severely restricted them, we would not be able to meet our fiber needs or get ample phytochemicals, naturally occurring compounds that protect the plant from infection and us from chronic disease. The hues, aromas and flavors of the plant suggest that it contains phytochemicals. Scientists have learned of thousands of them with names like lycopene, lutein and indolecarbinol.

Among other things, phytochemicals appear to stimulate the immune system, slow the rate at which cancer cells grow, and prevent damage to DNA. All naturally fiber-rich foods are also rich in carbohydrates. The recommended intake for fiber is 38 grams per day for men and 25 grams per day for women. The usual fiber intake among Americans, however, is woefully lacking at only 15 grams daily.

Perhaps best known for its role in keeping the bowels regular, dietary fiber has more to brag about. Individuals with high fiber intakes appear to have lower risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension , diabetes and obesity. Additionally, fibers are food for the normal healthy bacteria that reside in your gut and provide nutrients and other health benefits.

To boost your fiber intake, eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans frequently. Carbohydrates are critical sources of energy for several body systems.

Nourish your body and help shield yourself from chronic disease by getting most of your carbohydrates from fruits, whole grains, legumes, milk and yogurt.

Limit added sugars and heavily processed grains. S, this question is usually answered with some type of meat like pot roast, chicken, salmon or meatloaf. The truth is, most Americans eat much more protein than their bodies require. And even if you choose to eat no meat at all, you can still meet your protein needs. Like carbohydrates and lipids, proteins are one of the macronutrients.

Though protein provides your body with 4 kcals per gram, giving you energy is not its primary role. In fact, your body contains thousands of different proteins, each with a unique function. Their building blocks are nitrogen-containing molecules called amino acids. If your cells have all 20 amino acids available in ample amounts, you can make an infinite number of proteins.

Nine of those 20 amino acids are essential, meaning you must get them in the diet. Bodybuilders drink protein shakes for breakfast and after working out. Dieters with no time to stop for lunch grab protein bars. Are these strategies necessary for optimal strength building and weight loss? Proteins in the body are constantly broken down and re-synthesized.

Our bodies reuse most of the released amino acids, but a small portion is lost and must be replaced in the diet. The requirement for protein reflects this lost amount of amino acids plus any increased needs from growth or illness.

Because of their rapid growth, infants have the highest RDA for protein at 1. The RDA gradually decreases until adulthood. It increases again during pregnancy and lactation to a level of 1. The RDA for an adult weighing pounds The RDA remains the same regardless of physical activity level. There is some data, however, suggesting that both endurance and strength athletes have increased protein needs compared to inactive individuals.

Endurance athletes may need as much as 1. For an adult consuming kcals per day, the acceptable protein intake ranges from grams per day, an amount easily met. Consider the pound bodybuilder whose protein needs are approximately grams per day. With his energy needs so great, however, his diet will need careful planning. If he requires engineered foods such as bars and shakes, it will most likely be to meet his energy needs rather than his protein needs.

One population that needs special attention is the elderly. Though the RDA for older adults remains the same as for younger adults, some research suggests their needs may be 1. Helping them meet their nutritional needs may take a little creativity and perseverance. People become vegetarian for a variety of reasons including religious beliefs, health concerns, and a concern for animals or for the environment.

Yes, in the typical American diet, most of our protein comes from animal foods. It is possible, however, to meet all of your protein needs while consuming a vegetarian diet. You can even eat adequate protein on a carefully planned vegan diet - a diet that excludes all animal products, including eggs and dairy. When you think of protein, like most people, you probably think of beef, chicken, turkey, fish and dairy products.

Beans and nuts might come to mind as well. Most foods contain at least a little protein, so by eating a diet with variety, vegetarians and vegans can eat all the protein they need without special supplements. This list illustrates the amount of protein found in common foods that may be included in your diet. A complete protein includes all of the essential amino acids.

Complete proteins include all animal proteins and soy. Incomplete proteins lack one or more essential amino acids. Beans, nuts, grains and vegetables are incomplete proteins.

Previously, registered dietitians and physicians advised vegetarians to combine foods that contained incomplete proteins at the same meal to give the body all the necessary amino acids it needed at one time. Today we know this is unnecessary.

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