Too much meat?

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    Apr 11, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    So... as part of my recent fitness goals... I've really focused on cutting carbs (not all, but a lot of them) out of my diet. To replace them... I am trying to eat as much protein as possible.

    The good news is that it's working. I am leaner and my muscle tone/build is up. The bad news is that I dont know how much longer I can do this!!

    My problem is that I seem to have an issue with actually eating all this meat. I have always liked meat - but just... a little bit of it. I love a good steak.... but not all the time.

    Today I ordered two very healthy options from a local thai restaurant... both of which I usually love. One is a steamed minced chicken dish with a chili lime dressing on a bed of greens.... and the other was a grilled beef salad with sliced steak (of very good cut and flavor). At first it was fine, but by the end of it,I felt gross, I was over all of the meat... and on the last bite of steak I literally gagged and forced myself to swallow it.

    I just feel like... UGH why does my body hate protein and LOVE carbs??

    I take protein shakes but they also make me gag sometimes if I have too much of it. So I have to have them in moderation.

    What is going on?

    I've heard of people gaining muscle on low-meat diets... or even all vegetarian diets.... but I feel like its a lot more difficult, especially for someone who is a hard gainer and who is very tall and lean.

    The other issue is that i'm pretty much limited to beef and chicken as I'm allergic to shrimp and had a bad experience with seafood that left me unable to eat fish....

    Any advice?!
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    Apr 11, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    that's normal... even my dad feels like that.. he was on atkin's for a while because he wanted to lose weight and it worked perfectly with him.

    his doctor monitored him as well and told him to keep it up and that his version of the atkin's diet is working well with him.

    but he can only do it for about a month then he has to go back to his normal eating style and work out extra hard during that month.
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    Apr 11, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    That happens to me whenever I eat a lot of one thing. I usually love eggs but when I ate them everyday for breakfast, I started gagging with each meal. Maybe try to find new totally different recipes to cook meat. Hopefully this will help.

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    Apr 11, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    Um, I am no expert but do you check the amount of protein that your body is effectively breaking down?

    I don't have the urge for perfection when it comes to my body but I am a firm believer in listening to it when it might be telling me I am over doing something.

    I know it may sound silly but the fact that you are actually gagging over it could be a response to your kidneys wearing down.

    I could be wrong and you could be totally fine but if you aren't keeping up with it grab some Ketostix.
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    Apr 11, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    Yeah, it's very strange. Good to know that I'm not the only one who has this experience.

    Maybe I'll look for lean pork chops or something.... I wish I liked fish!

    Anyone know about how to get the most amount of protein from veggies and legumes?
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    Apr 11, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidYeah, it's very strange. Good to know that I'm not the only one who has this experience.

    Maybe I'll look for lean pork chops or something.... I wish I liked fish!

    Anyone know about how to get the most amount of protein from veggies and legumes?


    tofu, and nuts.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    Don't forget beans, which are an excellent and inexpensive source of protein. You can make a hearty high protein meal of cannellini beans and whole wheat pasta in an olive oil and garlic sauce ("Pasta Fagioli" in Italian) and don't forget good old black beans and rice (use brown rice if you can).

    Plus the pasta and rice help with those carb cravings, while rounding out the legume protein profile.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMost of my protein comes from eggs. It is a good protein source and it easily digested by the human body. Meats take more work to digest and process. I feel toxic after awhile.



    Yeah, but egg farts is nasty. Though I do find them useful when cropdusting a raucous bachelorette party outside of Kit Kat
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    I F****IN LOVE EGGS.


    I got that from my dad... i swear... he is so mucular and it was because he would eat like 8 eggs per day... and he has really low cholesterol levels in his blood btw...

    it was because he used to play 3 hours of soccer a day on the streets in egypt.


    anyways, went off-topic abit there but yea.. eggs are da bomb! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    Don_Guerrilla_de_Sodom said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMost of my protein comes from eggs. It is a good protein source and it easily digested by the human body. Meats take more work to digest and process. I feel toxic after awhile.



    Yeah, but egg farts is nasty. Though I do find them useful when cropdusting a raucous bachelorette party outside of Kit Kat


    any fart is nasty... wait why are men ewwing about farts in the first place?

    LOL... don.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:31 AM GMT
    Raw ahi-ahi tuna or amberjack (kanpachi) and broiled salmon are my favourite breakfast foods, and late night snack if I absolutely must eat after 8pm.

    Barring those, I keep a stock of roast beef and ham cold cuts on hand.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    alphatrigger saidRaw ahi-ahi tuna or amberjack (kanpachi) and broiled salmon are my favourite breakfast foods, and late night snack if I absolutely must eat after 8pm.

    Barring those, I keep a stock of roast beef and ham cold cuts on hand.


    ughh im so hungry....
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    Apr 11, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidRaw ahi-ahi tuna or amberjack (kanpachi) and broiled salmon are my favourite breakfast foods, and late night snack if I absolutely must eat after 8pm.

    Barring those, I keep a stock of roast beef and ham cold cuts on hand.


    I do keep sandwich meat also, but then someone who is a nutrition major yelled at me because they apparently have a lot of sodium.... argh

    I CANT WIN!!!!
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    Apr 11, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    BRIX saidDon't forget beans, which are an excellent and inexpensive source of protein. You can make a hearty high protein meal of cannellini beans and whole wheat pasta in an olive oil and garlic sauce ("Pasta Fagioli" in Italian) and don't forget good old black beans and rice (use brown rice if you can).

    Plus the pasta and rice help with those carb cravings, while rounding out the legume protein profile.

    Yes! I've just started eating cannellini beans and I love them! They are awesome in curry or pasta. I'm aiming to use them instead of meat a few times a week to save money.
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    Apr 11, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    Frozen edamame (fresh soybeans) have quite a hefty dose of protein. They can be prepared really easily and I think they're pretty nommy.

    Out of beans, I think edamame packs the greatest protein punch. This may be a good alternative.
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    Apr 11, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    But edamame are soy beans and therefore estrogenic. I don't know if other beans are too, but you might not want to eat too much edamame!
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    Apr 11, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidAnyone know about how to get the most amount of protein from veggies and legumes?


    Legumes are an excellent source of most essential amino acids, but they don't contain sufficient methionine for adults. Happily, though, you can get plenty of methionine in whole grains, which you should really be eating anyway.

    You can also get complete vegetable protein from quinoa, which is a grain-like seed originally from South America. Its texture is about like couscous or millet, and it has a very subtle flavor that is well-suited to a lot of different cuisines.
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    Apr 11, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    A man can never have too much meat.
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    Apr 11, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    I remember once going into a breakfast diner and ordering biscuits and gravy. I about vomited with the amount of meaty-gravy they put on it. Way, way, way overboard.

    Right now I'm cooking a veggie pizza.
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    Apr 11, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    The last time we went to Chicago, we stayed at the Dana Hotel and Spa, and it wasn't until I got back home that I discovered that there's a Fogo de Chao (Brazillian steakhouse) only three blocks away. The next time we're in Chicago, I'll eat a light dinner, skip breakfast, and gorge on meat for lunch.
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    Apr 11, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    I just got into buying Seytan wheat protein. It looks and tastes just like meat. Its really damn good. you can buy it in strips or cubes.
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    Apr 12, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    I don't eat beef, pork, or eggs. I'm currently trying to find a good alternative to eggs. I only eat Turkey, Chicken, and Fish (mmm Tilapia). I wish I had the discipline to become a Vegetarian, especially considering that some farms push tiny baby chicks into a wood chip grinder and then use that meat icon_mad.gificon_sad.gificon_cry.gif. It's funny because more than half of my family doesn't eat meal at all. They are strict vegetarians.