Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I'm Renewing My Search for Raw Protein Sources

(Photo: Salad)

I'm really concerned about my hair loss! This has been my theme for the past month or so. I'm still focusing on protein as the problem, and I am finding that it really isn't as easy to add protein to my diet as I thought it would be. Here are my challenges so far:
  • I don't like the taste of the KAL brewer's yeast, so I find it hard to eat
  • Nuts and seeds are high in fat
  • Tofu and soybeans are "bad for you"
  • Cheese (raw or otherwise) is high in fat
  • Romaine is a great source of whole protein, but with 6 oz of romaine in a green smoothie, I'd have to drink 5 smoothies just to get 11 grams of protein.
  • Hemp and Ezekiel are expensive loaves of bread!
So while there is no doubt I can get protein on a raw diet, it's surprisingly hard for me to consistently get ENOUGH in a way that is both practical and enjoyable. If it weren't for the hair thing, I'd say I was doing perfectly well on raw, because I feel fine, sleep very well, have enough energy to get me through the day, don't have cravings, etc. I really feel healthy, and of course I've lost almost 60 lbs now. But hair loss means something is going on. Guess I'll have to find time for that blood test ASAP.


Lybbe said...

Alison - try some sprouted lentils or chick peas. (Garbanzo beans) Soak overnight and rinse and drain - lay out on a paper towel and keep damp until sprouts appear - you can eat as soon as little shoots appear and they will really boost your protein levels.



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