Best Protein altenatives

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    Jan 09, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
    I recently started the gym (New Years Resolution) again.

    Went to the Doc for a check up and was told to stop the protein shakes.

    What are the alternatives and do I really need them anyway?
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    Jan 09, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    You certainly don't need them if your diet is healthy and balanced and your main goal is to get fit and possibly lose a pound or two (I just assume this because of the new years resolution...). If you want to become the next Mr Universe, you may want to stick to your shakes ;-)
    Personally I don't take any supplements.

    I think there was recently an article about eating the right protein on here as well, but don't remember the title.
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jan 09, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
    krush said
    What are the alternatives


    I dunno how much of your protein was coming from powder, but most of it should come from real food (i.e., meats, beans, cottage cheese). Powder is a supplement, so it should be minimal in your diet--one or two a day, max.
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    Jan 09, 2010 8:57 PM GMT
    krush saidI recently started the gym (New Years Resolution) again.

    Went to the Doc for a check up and was told to stop the protein shakes.

    What are the alternatives and do I really need them anyway?


    I eat a lot of nuts chicken and cheeses lime mozzarella and cottage. Why did he say no to protein. Shakes?
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    Jan 09, 2010 9:04 PM GMT
    krush saidWent to the Doc for a check up and was told to stop the protein shakes.


    Can you tell us why did your doc said that? Just curious.
  • WILDCARD73

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    Jan 09, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    krush said
    Went to the Doc for a check up and was told to stop the protein shakes.


    u can make your own protein shakes

    oatmeal for carbs
    cottage cheese, milk and youghrt and tofu for protein
    fruit and berries honey and OJ for carbs and sweetners
    peanutbutter for fat


    u can also use Kool aid to make different falvors lol


    and u can make your own ratio of carb/protein as u want for a pre or post workout or as a snack or meal alternative

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    Jan 09, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    Did the doctor tell you why you should stop? You can always just switch to plain whey protein powder and then add digestives enzymes to your meals every day. You can also try out goat milk whey protein, it is easily absorbed into the body, better than regular milk whey. Tofu is a good source of protein, but you can't eat too much of it since it might have other health re precautions down the road.
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    Jan 09, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    Excess protein can cause you to gain fat, can cause kidney damage, and can cause bone loss. I think too many people think they can get "muscle in a shake" - it doesn't work like that. There are lots of (real) foods that can add a little extra protein. Have an extra chicken breast or something if you want a real boot of protein. Myself, I just stick to a handful of raw (unroasted/unsalted) almonds mixed in with a cup of yogurt.
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    Jan 10, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    Because, I was really stressed out after coming back from working in Iraq and my Blood Pressure was real high.

    Also no red meat or Dairy.

    I have been here in Kuwait for the past 8 months. Stress is not an issue anymore and blood pressure is almost back to normal.

    But I want to really transform myself this year. So I am seeking advice
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    Jan 10, 2010 3:52 AM GMT
    krush saidBecause, I was really stressed out after coming back from working in Iraq and my Blood Pressure was real high.

    Also no red meat or Dairy.



    OK, I still don't have a complete picture, but more pieces of the puzzle are on the table now. The reason I'm trying to get the full picture is that:

    Your doctor changed your diet for some reason. Asking the Internet about diet advice is going to get you the usual randomly generated responses, and I'm just a bit concerned that these random bits of advice may be counter to what your doctor had in mind. The OP only had one bit of information about the diet change: no protein shakes, which seemed kinda odd all on its own. Now we have four more bits of information: stress, high blood pressure, no red meat, no dairy, along with the original "no protein shakes."

    So the only theory I can come up with that connects all these dots is that your doc is trying to reducing your blood pressure via diet (we don't have any other information of about other drug therapies, so far), but is being rather, uh, how shall I put it... broad in his recommendations?

    The standard things to avoid when you're trying to bring down blood pressure with diet are:

    1) Alcohol
    2) Salt
    3) Saturated fats

    The reason your doc's recommendations don't make complete sense to me is that he seems to be painting protein shakes, dairy and red meat as all in a group of "high saturated fats" which is quite simplistic. There are high saturated fat and low saturated fat versions of all those three, without even getting into actual amounts (e.g. one lean steak a week versus one Big Mac a day, one cup of skim milk in your cereal in the morning versus 4 glasses of whole milk a day, a protein shake with high saturated fat versus one without any saturated fats).

    So, I'll be a contrarian and say that in this case you might want to reconsider asking for advice from the Internet rabble and go back to your doctor with specific questions about diet. Ask him why he's proscribing these items. Is it, in fact, the saturated fat content as I'm theorizing solely on the basis of the 5 facts you've provided so far? If so, then ask him "what about low or zero saturated fat versions of protein shakes or dairy or red meat, are those OK?" With discussion of specific food items. Or is it because, like other posters have guessed, because your diet is too protein rich and is causing other problems (kidney function?), which seem unrelated to blood pressure? Or are his diet recommendations so general because he's just trying to get you to drop body fat?

    Until these questions are answered, any advice you get here is pretty much just random noise.