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Getting Enough Protein

We've all heard that protein is important, especially to bodybuilders. What many people disagree on is the amount of protein that people need each day.

My trainer wants me to have 200 grams per day. So many people have been telling me that it's a high amount. II've heard comments that you shouldn't overload your body with too much meat. Being a vegan is an alternative, but it's difficult to maintain such a lifestyle. A website I stumbled upon recently focuses on body builders that are vegan and they have a lot of muscle! I do have some turkey most days, but most of my protein sources are plant based. I have a pea protein powder, almond butter, peanut butter, quinoa, broccoli, spinach, kale and a flax quinoa bread that has lots of protein.

I'm trying to find the right balance. I think Dr. Fuhrman has a point that too much meat increases cancer risk. I think vegetables are far easier to digest, so even though I try to have a higher protein intake, I would rather increase the veggies as opposed to increasing meat.

It would be difficult for me to be a vegan. I also have eggs, which I know vegans do not consume. I do like the idea of a challenge though, so I'm sure I'll do a vegan challenge for a week again soon.

Another thing I eat is greek yogurt, although I cut back on the yogurt. Instead, I've been substituting with almond butter crackers and a coconut milk that's awesome, with 20 grams of protein. The coconut milk, by Coco Libre, has dairy but the milk comes from grass fed cows.

I think there is a lot of conflicting information out there about protein. If you are worried about getting too much meat, consider adding more vegetables in the right combination for more protein. It's your choice about whether to believe too much meat or dairy increases your cancer risk. One thing's for sure, it can't be as bad as too much sugar!

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