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The Protein Conundrum

Thursday, June 9, 2011

When I started reconfiguring my diet to deal with long term illness, my doctor wanted me to start eating meat again. It had been years since I put animal flesh in my mouth, and I didn’t relish the thought of it.

So how was I supposed to get the 80-90 grams of protein a day that he said I needed to prevent muscle atrophy and support my immune system?

I started out by adding protein bars. They usually have quite a bit of casein in them as a cheap and digestible source of protein. (Casein is found in cows milk: the curds in “curds and whey.”) They made me very sick. I thought it was because I was consuming way too much protein. What was he thinking?

Then I took some allergy tests, and lo and behold, I’m allergic to casein. So I moved on to other protein sources. Over the years, I’ve tried hemp protein powder, which was good for a while, but then I started to have an inflammatory response to it. I used soy protein powder, too, but it was gritty. Then I started having a reaction to eating too much soy, so I cut down, including cutting out the protein powder.

I currently use whey protein powder (100% Whey by BioChem, which doesn’t have corn derivatives in it), rice protein powder, and pea protein powder in various kinds of shakes. These seem to work well.

I drink soy milk, unsweetened, since a lot of these products are chock full of sugar. I eat tofu, edamame and textured vegetable protein (which is just defatted soy protein powder…). But I limit my soy consumption to 2 servings a day.

I eat fish. From cans I eat wild alaskan salmon and sardines. Frozen I eat salmon (same kind) and tilapia. When I eat out, I have a short list of other fish to choose from. I eat shell fish. (I’m so lucky no to be allergic to them!)

Occasionally, I consume non-cow dairy products. I eat goats milk yogurt, usually with some extra whey added in. I eat buffalo mozzarella and sheeps milk cheeses.

I supplement my meals with lots of nuts, especially almonds, peanuts and cashews. Of these, peanuts contain the greatest amount of protein per serving.

It took about a year for me to start consistently eating 80-90 grams of protein a day. I still do it. My muscles atrophied to a degree, but never got excessively weak. They are returning in strength first, then size as I start to do an exercise program and walk more.

The protein is well worth it.

Coiling

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes
  • Babesia, chest, 5 minutes; abdomen, 5 minutes; ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; face, 2 minutes

Detox

I slept on the BioMat last night, no heat setting. I’m still unsure of what it does with the whole “negative ion” thing, but I didn’t want to move it off the couch at 1am when I decided I needed to sleep in the room with the air conditioner.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • cabbage (1/4 head, sauteed with dill)
  • skin brushing
  • BioMat

Body

Sleep evaded me again last night. Mostly the heat got to me and I just couldn’t fall asleep. Then my mind got a second wind and I was awake for a very long time. At about 1am, I moved into my living room, turned the AC on to 82 deg F, and called a friend in California to say out loud what was repeating in my mind. It worked and I eventually fell asleep.

I couldn’t stay asleep. This morning, my last bit of night-quality rest was at around 6:30. After that it was a light sleep, with frequent forays into consciousness, until 8:30 when I gave up.

This is not enough sleep for me.

My pain level in my joints has been moderate considering the lack of sleep. My hips and shoulders are the areas that bother me the most.

I’m still fighting with nausea. It went down a notch today, but it is far from gone.

I have urinary hesitation. It drives me nuts because my bladder fills frequently.

This evening, I have a headache that is escalating as the minutes pass, and my eyes hurt when I look at the computer.

I’m getting a heat rash. I was fine when it was 100 deg F and going for a short walk to Mom’s apartment. But now that the heat broke and there’s a thunderstorm, my skin is getting irritated.

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