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syren4444
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I'm keeping a food diary through fitday.com to track this new way of eating.  I'm averaging about 13% protein intake (or 37gm) which seems okay for my weight using the calculation of .36 times body weight for recommended protein intake.  

How much protein do most of you A's average a day?  I'm trying to make sure I don't atrophy muscle mass.

Right now, beyond occasional greek yogurt, I don't really eat dairy, soy, or much nuts, so I'm likely going to have to add some in. My bod doesn't tolerate soy well though so I'll avoid it.






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I have to admit i do not keep track of exact protein pecentages. Dr. D. has figured this into the diet guidelines and therefore if one follows the recommendations that should be sufficient protein.

I also have to admit that I do cheat and exceed the amount recommended for some protein sources in live right for your type. I rationalize exceeeding the guidelines in that my total calories consumed is more than average. But when I cheat and up the protein slightly, I also make sure that i am not short changing the amount of vegetables that I eat.

Live Right for your Type gives a lot of help in determining the portions of each type of food to eat.


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Thanks, I have that book on order, should arrive end of the week!





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I eat protein in the form of soy, salmon, eggs and beans.

I don't calculate how much I eat per day. I don't know about nonnies but secretors ( I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong) don't need that much.

I had eggs for breakfast, tempeh for both lunch and dinner.


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I have no clue how much protein I eat.  I do know that I have discovered I need WAY less than I thought prior to this way of eating.  My body does not digest animal protein very efficiently, so for me the key is small amounts.  I do much better with veg proteins, but again not too much at a time.  I eat some form of protein at least twice a day, in the form of nuts/seeds, egg, fish, turkey, legumes, soy, cheese/yogurt.  


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I also log my food and activities and measurments on fitday.com.  I think I'm eating to much protein still and was going to ask what the guidelines are. The Youtube link doesn't really give any clue as to how much I avg around 30% of my diet, but my avg gram intake is up to 40g. That is either black beans or salmon which has a lot of protein in a 4oz pc. I don't eat hardly any poultry and no red meats. I've been losing inches so I'm focusing on that since i don't have a scale and they can discourage anyway inches are more important anyway. IMO.

If anyone knows what is recommended for daily grams in take or percentage of diet between fat/protein/carbs I'd appreciate it. For now I've stayed with the Susan Powder for fat not to exceed 30%.

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which list are you following?
the books have the low and high frequency values of every food category.....it s all there!


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So far I own and read ERBT, GenoType, Cook Right.  I have LRBT & the Encyclo on order.  

I see the amounts, like how many servings per week, but not what my per day percentage should be. I can balance it out, like having salmon and yogurt on different days to balance my protein intake.

I'm just used to stricter 'rules', so looking if Dr. D ever broke down what blood type's carb/fat/protein percentages should be a day . . .






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I get protein from eggs, cheese, soy, beans, nuts, salmon, tuna, fish like scrod, cod, talapia, turkey..(Lately I've not been eating much turkey, trying to get more vegetarian)
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I get protein from many types of fish, whey protein powder, rice protein powder, cultured soy,
some yogurt, beans and nuts.  Although beans contain carbs and nuts are predominantly fats.


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design a plan that suits you, taking into account the frequency values......we are all individuals, just make sure you do add all of the food groups in your weekly plan.


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You guys are such As!   I know it might be hard to let go of the structure and specifics and guidelines and rules, but try and let your body guide you.  Once you get into tuning in, hopefully your body will let you know what amount is right for YOU, and you can forget the rules?  A tricky thing for us As!!!   

All I know is I now can tell when I eat too much or too little protein by how I feel, and that makes it much easier to keep on track rather than going by someone else's percentage ideas.  I find also that my needs change as I go, so the important thing is to keep tuned into my body.  It always knows!


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syren,
this video might help.....it gives percentages for each blood type specific foods
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJnIMFWqKBo&NR=1
enjoy!


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I've been eating more protein the last few days because my alternative doctor told me I had to.  He said a veggie juice for breakfast just doesn't cut it even if I don't get hungry before lunch.  But you know what?  When I eat more protein I actually get hungry earlier.  I thought protein was supposed to last you longer.  It used to do that to me, but now it's the opposite.


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I've been eating more protein the last few days because my alternative doctor told me I had to.  He said a veggie juice for breakfast just doesn't cut it even if I don't get hungry before lunch.  But you know what?  When I eat more protein I actually get hungry earlier.  I thought protein was supposed to last you longer.  It used to do that to me, but now it's the opposite.



This is exactly what my body told me too....I ate lots of protein during the summer...Protein
lunches, protein dinners...protein shakes for breakfast. I didn't feel hungry....It got chillier
in the N.E....and those very same foods made me feel hungry quickly....  Suddenly, my body informed me that it doesn't want me to eat so much protein...It began to start craving plant foods...more bean soups, nuts, seeds, soy foods.   I didn't do well on soy foods the first few months of starting the GTD.  I had way too much detoxing to do.  But now, soy has become my friend...edamame beans, veggies and brown rice instead of a tuna fish salad with veggies...Maybe the fish for dinner, but a more fibrous meal for lunch.  My body lately is craving higher fiber foods...and animal proteins don't contain any fiber.

When you're really listening to your body, you'll know exactly what to eat.  My body always
makes major seasonal shifts.



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  It used to do that to me, but now it's the opposite.

Or, since you're not used to putting protein in your stomach in the morning, and when you do now, you're getting a slight stomach ache from changing your diet and you're thinking it's hunger when it's stomach adjustment..

I would get an upset stomach for about 2 months every time I changed my diet from low fat to low carb and vise versa, or no grains to eating grains daily. I'd get what I thought were "hunger pains" and then, I'd eat and they'd get worse..then I realized I had an upset stomach. Then suddenly after awhile, the stomach adjusts to the different foods. Just take some bromalein with your protein to help digest it until your stomach adjusts.
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Well...that's possible I suppose.  I think all the cow glands in the supplements I'm taking is having an affect too.


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I eat a ton of carbs, probably 3-4 x a day, but I do check my protein/fat count daily due to a neurological disorder. I keep the fat below 65 grams a day, and only allow 15 grams of saturated fat in the form of eggs, and goat cheeses. My protein comes from nuts (daily),tofu, beans and fish ( about 3-5x a wk). In the beggining I lost a lot of weight, but now I am stable after a two week junt in Mexicao where I had fish 2x a day.


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I know we A's are very structured...at least I am. It's changing your mind set away from these diets we have all learned over the years. No carbs or very little in one, then the high protein one and the all fruit one sheesh they are everywhere. It actually made me sceptical in purchasing the BTD book, but after taking human biology I actually viewed food differently than before. It was like a switch was flipped in my mind and it went from food being a comfort to what enzymes am I putting into my body and what toxins and do I really want my body to have to work overtime to get rid of them?

So when I started the diet I was eating more carbs like 50% and it was a little scary, but I was losing inches. As soon as I reduced the carbs and added more protein it all slowed down. So I'm going back to my black bean soup and myso soup and veggies with very little fish or chicken or turkey. I felt great and was losing inches. I love this forum because it reminds me of what I need to do instead of falling back into old bad habits of some pie chart and forces me to listen to my body.
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it went from food being a comfort to what enzymes am I putting into my body and what toxins and do I really want my body to have to work overtime to get rid of them?


great reasoning!
this sure helps maintain a compliant diet and lifestyle, effortlessly!


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My protein requirements vary with the seasons. In the summer I eat a lot less, but now I need much more. The many fruits and veggies I had this summer was fine then but now I cannot subsist on a meager amount of protein.

Right now I eat more lamb, some beef, poultry and seafood.


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Well...that's possible I suppose.  I think all the cow glands in the supplements I'm taking is having an affect too.


Ribbit, I'm undecided about the adrenal support supplements. They seem to make me irritable. Do they have the same effect on you?
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No, no, I feel fine.  Sluggish digestion and I've gained weight (I assume from the sluggish digestion), but I feel fine.  Calm and collected, which is unusual for me.


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Well...that's possible I suppose.  I think all the cow glands in the supplements I'm taking is having an affect too.


So, if you feel fine, what does that quote mean?   I mean, what is different now that you're taking them as compared to when you weren't taking them that you think they're having an affect?
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They're making me feel very calm and collected.  I like that.  I like feeling like everything's going to be okay.  I normally feel frantic, totally worn out and dizzy with the crazy amount of noise around here.  But the supplements have helped me feel calm and think more clearly.

However, my trips to the bathroom haven't been so easy.  Beef cloggs me up.  Any red meat (except pork--oh, wait, that's white, isn't it? ) makes me constipated.  And that's what these supps are doing.


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