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    Default Is it possible to have a high protein vegetarian diet?

    I say yes it is.

    I am 6'3" 210 lbs. I exercise 3 to 5 times per week. My icon is my own picture so you can see that @ 47 years old, I am no slouch.

    If you are an athlete or in training or just someone who wants to eat healthier but are afraid of the classic "lack of protein" in the diet, here is a list of my diet for the last 2 days:

    3 packets Organic Oatmeal 18 grams
    1/4 cup organic cottage cheese 7 grams
    3 hard boiled organic eggs 18 grams
    4 slices of Ezekial Bread, (sprouted grains) 16 grams
    4 Tbsp organic almond butter 14 grams
    1 cup organic soy milk 7 grams
    3 cups of organic tomato soup (made with soy milk) 11 grams
    1 organic rice cake 1 gram
    Total 92 grams

    8 organic stone ground wheat crackers 2 grams
    8 Tbsps Organic Hummus 10 grams
    1/4 cup organic cottage cheese 7 grams
    1/2 cup soy yogurt 6 grams
    Odwalla 12 oz Protein drink 33 grams
    1 green organic protein bar 10 grams
    3 organic hard boiled eggs 18 grams
    4 oz organic whole grain cereal 12 grams
    1 cup organic soy milk 7 grams
    Total 105 grams

    Notice that just about everything I eat is organic. It is more expensive BUT it is much better for you in the long run as pesticides & herbicides have been proven to be stored in the liver & body tissues & create health problems later in life.

    Also I am not a STRICT vegetarian as I eat SOME dairy as long as it has probiotics, (good bacteria found in the intestinal tract from fermented foods like yogurt & sauerkraut) that strengthen your immune system.

    If you are worried about cholesterol in eggs, don't be. A few tbsps of Lecithin daily emulsifies the fats in the bloodstream.

    I do eat a steak about once every 2 years & I have chicken breast about 2-3 times a month. I always get animal meats that are NO growth hormone, NO antibiotics, organically grown. Grass fed beef is best, (not grain fed) as the animal will have a higher mineral content in it's body & be healthier. Free range chickens also are healthier.

    I also eat quite a bit of edible algaes & sea vegetables, some of which are very high in assimilable proteins & minerals. I have had bad injuries heal incredibly fast consuming large amounts of these foods. They are amazing.

    I also drink 1 to 2 gallons per day of alkaline water. It helps recovery times incredibly.

    Hope this helps you out in trying to FIT & Healthy as those 2 things don't always go hand & hand.

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    Great diet!!
    Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, Soybeans, Split peas
    Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Quinoa, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice
    Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini

    Big fan of Quinoa. It tastes gross, but if you mix it with some veggies it is good.
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    Default Re: Is it possible to have a high protein vegetarian diet?

    I actually love the taste of Quinoa. And I still can't stomach some veggies though.

    One book I found that was very interesting on the topic was "Eating right for your blood type". I am blood type A. I had a Dad who was blood type B & I couldn't stand half the stuff we ate growing up. When I moved out most of the food I bought I intuitively moved towards that diet above.

    Reading that book I discovered that I moved towards a mostly blood type A diet which didn't mix with my Dad's B diet. I had a blood type O girlfriend who gained weight eating my diet. Then she went on the mostly meat protein type O diet & lost weight. This is why vegetarian diets are not for everyone.

    I would strongly suggest that people read that book so that they will understand that there are certain foods that they will naturally be drawn towards & others they just won't like.

    My diet is a blood type A diet & it will not appeal to some people but I just wanted to show that a non-meat diet can still get a lot of protein! You can also eat a lot more healthier eating organic foods. Hope this helps!
    Last edited by kr1963; 02-09-2010 at 02:09 PM.

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    I really like the book Warrior Diet.
    "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."

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    Default Re: Is it possible to have a high protein vegetarian diet?

    Sounds good I will check it out.

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    Anybody eat healthier than KR on here?

    My guess is NO!

    Very impressive, don't think I could eat like that.
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    Default Re: Is it possible to have a high protein vegetarian diet?

    Thanks Vais.

    Just out of curiosity why don't you think you could eat like that?

    One thing I have noticed is that if people have a acidic non organic diet, their body will be acidic and CRAVE those sorts of foods. Once you alkalize the body it will start to crave better foods & actually thinking about eating junk makes you "sick".

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    Quote Originally Posted by kr1963 View Post
    Thanks Vais.

    Just out of curiosity why don't you think you could eat like that?

    One thing I have noticed is that if people have a acidic non organic diet, their body will be acidic and CRAVE those sorts of foods. Once you alkalize the body it will start to crave better foods & actually thinking about eating junk makes you "sick".


    Well a few things. First I am always on the go and find myself unable to avoid(or resist) fast food. My lunch is typically a frozen meal.(which I know are NOT good for me)In the off season I spend my time bulking up, and hitting the weights hard and eating everything not nailed down in an attempt to gain some size.(my natural height/weight is 5'8 128 lbs) I get up to around 150-155 in the summer eating tons of meat/protein shakes/supplements/fats, etc.

    I love meat of all kinds. I was raised on southern cooking and I don't know how easily I could give it up.

    It's not that I couldn't eat those things that you are eating, it's that I wouldn't want to EXCLUSIVELY eat things like that(I.E. give up junk food/meat, milk, etc)

    I suppose the main reason is that I'm in extremely good health. I exercise daily and streneously. I rarely get sick. Right now I am at about 4.5-5% body fat eating whatever I want. I realize that the foods I eat may slowly be building up and doing damage, but my body(and genes) tell me that I have little to worry about.

    My wife is an extremely healthy eater and gets on me for how I eat so believe me I've heard much of this before. There are other reasons but that's a small snapshot of why I wouldnt be able to eat like that(but admire those who do)
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    Well a few things. First I am always on the go and find myself unable to avoid(or resist) fast food. My lunch is typically a frozen meal.(which I know are NOT good for me)In the off season I spend my time bulking up, and hitting the weights hard and eating everything not nailed down in an attempt to gain some size.(my natural height/weight is 5'8 128 lbs) I get up to around 150-155 in the summer eating tons of meat/protein shakes/supplements/fats, etc.

    I love meat of all kinds. I was raised on southern cooking and I don't know how easily I could give it up.

    It's not that I couldn't eat those things that you are eating, it's that I wouldn't want to EXCLUSIVELY eat things like that(I.E. give up junk food/meat, milk, etc)

    I suppose the main reason is that I'm in extremely good health. I exercise daily and strenuously. I rarely get sick. Right now I am at about 4.5-5% body fat eating whatever I want. I realize that the foods I eat may slowly be building up and doing damage, but my body(and genes) tell me that I have little to worry about.

    My wife is an extremely healthy eater and gets on me for how I eat so believe me I've heard much of this before. There are other reasons but that's a small snapshot of why I wouldnt be able to eat like that(but admire those who do)
    5% body fat? Are you sure. That is REALLY low. So low I don't know if the body could function like that. I have seen bodybuilders @ 12% & I thought that they were ridiculous. I would recheck your numbers.

    Just remember when you hit 35-40 the body stops making human growth hormone & co-enzyme Q10, which starts the body's metab on a cellular level. The stuff you think you are getting away with now will catch up with you later. Most diseases are cumulative in effect & started years before you discover them.

    There is one national grocery store chain I would look into & that is Whole Foods. If you don't have a good "health food" store in your area chances are you have one of them. The newer ones have a GREAT salad bar. ALL Organic & $7.99 per lb. I eat there once/twice per week.

    If you are on the go, see if there is one of them where you are. You can get fried chicken that is at least free range organically fed non growth hormone. Also if there is stuff you already normally buy like milk & eggs at least try to buy it organic. That would be a start.

    As I said sometimes eating poorly makes you crave the junk food. It can also be a sign of other problems like yeast infections, (Candida). And it can create situations where diabetes becomes a factor later & you don't want that. I have found that often people who are acidic initially don't like alkaline foods or healthier foods. Sometimes it is just a matter of will power. And if you read that book you might find that you are not eating the correct foods for your blood type.

    I know lots of FIT people who are NOT healthy. Remember Jim Fix the running guru? Real fit. Died of a heart attack @ 55 or something. He wasn't healthy. FB players have a shorter life expectancy then the general populace. So it's really up to you in the end if you want to change what it is you are doing. You found out later in life that you wished you had!


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