Is it possible to cut out meat and legumes and still get the right amount of protein? Yes!
Here’s a just-essentials diet you can try.
Chia seeds (200 grams) – 33 grams of protein (complete protein)
! Chia seeds in bulk - like just about any seed - may lead to constipation if you don’t drink the right amount of water, so stay hydrated and keep your intestines moving along (even if you do get constipated - unlikely if you're drinking water - chia will never “rot” in your intestine and cause an odor like other sources of protein, its just not a smelly food). They can be a little difficult to eat; I find that the best way is to blend them into a green smoothie. I’m not sure how well this works on regular blenders however. A power blender like the ninja or Nutribullet will crush the seeds into the perfect viscosity and blend them evenly into the smoothie. If you have a normal blender and its not doing a good job of grinding the seeds, you can try soaking the seeds in coconut water (or normal water) to make them easier to blend. Really the trick is to get past the fibrous exterior of the seed, so you could even just pop a tablespoon at a time into your mouth and chew them (it would get tedious doing that for all 200 gs though). Alternatively you could use a mortar and pestle to make a fine powder. This might take a little elbow grease, but hey, its good exercise. The “molcajete” ones work best. If you do manage to blend them into a smoothie, try 50 grams at a time at first – so four smoothies throughout the day. 200 grams is 1 1/3 cups of chia. This may sound like a lot, but its just 1/3 cup per smoothie, not that much. Try out different quantities of water to get the right consistency for you. Generally, the thinner the better. (Remember! Drink lots of water!) This will be the bulk of your diet.
!!!!! If you see a powdered chia product at the store that contains 100% powdered chia seed with no additives, this can be a great way to avoid the hassle of grinding and crushing !!!!!!
2 cups raw spinach – 1.72 grams protein (incorporate into smoothies)
1 1/2 cups chopped kale – 3.3 grams of protein (incorporate into smoothies)
(1 serving) of almonds – 6.03 grams of protein
1 cup mixed parsley and basil – nearly no protein, this is just for the extra benefits
1 medium sized artichoke heart (preferably not in oil) – 4.8 grams of protein
1 small-to-medium potato (~100 g) – 2 grams of protein [be careful here, potatoes are food for yeasts and other microorganisms. Maybe substitute another cup of mixed kale and spinach here until you see your symptoms improve. Once you get a lot better, see how your body handles potatoes. If you’re not concerned about candida, go for it! But still no more than one potato a day.
1 cup boiled collard greens – 5 grams of protein.
Nearly all these foods are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial substances.
WebMD recommends 46 grams of protein a day for adult women and 56 grams for adult men.
This diet provides :: 33 + 1.72 + 3.3 + 6.03 + 4.8 + 2 + 5 = 55.85 grams of protein (with all the essential amino acids!)
Oh no men, we came up short! Eat one more almond and you’re set ;)
This diet also meets the daily carbohydrate dose and maintains a good protein to carb ratio. There is a way to make it a lot more extreme while still meeting all requirements, but I think this form is more practical in terms of getting used to it.
If you’re body building or playing competitive sports you’re probably going to need more protein. Try a vegetable/plant based protein supplement with NO additives. If these don’t sit well with your stomach, you’re going to have to continue eating animal proteins. This isn’t optimal for Body Odor
, but there is a best way to do it! I’ll write about that next time.
Ok, that’s bout it for now, thanks for reading! And good luck.
PS: Drink a lot of water! Especially around the time you take the chia. Try to space out the chia consumption throughout the day at first.