How do you maintain enough calories and protein without overdoing fat content?
After undergoing a juice fast last month and seeing some fantastic benefits, my husband and I decided to begin a 30 day raw food challenge for the month of June.
Let me start by saying this forum has been inspirational, and we've enjoyed a number of recipes I've found here such as kale avocado salad (a huge hit at a dinner party last weekend), strawberry rhubarb pie, and the Cheez Its. I thank you all for sharing those recipes.
My husband wants to maintain 2600 calories a day while he's continuing his exercise regimen (running, biking, weight training), but he's concerned with lowering his fat percentage.
Can you please give me some ideas on how to fill his calorie requirements without loading up on high fat content nuts, seeds, and avocados? Right now it feels like he's going to have to be eating all day long to get enough calories.
We're also both concerned about making sure we get enough protein daily as well. Geoff because he's training so much, and me because of a neuro-muscular disorder and needing to maintain and repair muscle. I've always felt much better/stronger after a high protein breakfast. Should I supplement with a protein powder shake? What about other sources of high protein, low fat raw foods someone could recommend?
Thanks so much~
Some people use hemp protein powder. I like the hemp seeds although there is more fat involved. A balance is always good....nothing wrong with healthy fats in moderation, avocado, nuts, coconut combined in your daily meal plan with lots of varied greens and for calories an abundance of fruit...wishing you both the best on your raw journey~
Last edited by GlimR; 06-04-2010 at 09:42 AM.
Good gawd! I NEVER concerned myself with getting "enough protein" as it's almost impossible not to especially on a raw/living food program. I train daily with kettlebells, wooden and iron clubs; punching heavy bags, Bulgarian training bag, lots of walking, throwing medicine balls, and more depending on what day and how I feel to play. Even when I was lifting 4-6 hours a day, 6-7 days a week, I never looked at protein, fat, etc.
Once I gave up animal products my muscles looked GREAT to the point where my new training partner said "imagine what you could do if you ate animal protein" and other bodybuilders were asking me to partner with them in contests... Well, I'll tell you ~ I went that way at first, thinking all these people MUST know what they're talking about and NO one admired my muscles or wanted to partner with me.
This high protein/low fat thing is the biggest myth around in the food industry today. Check out my friend, 42 years of age ~ high raw vegan ~
I think that the best source of calories is bananas and dates and the best source of protein without fat is greens.
There is sufficient in the world for man's need, but not for his greed.
Simply blend dates and water.
Incredibly satisfying, energizing and revitalizing.
PS - Don't count calories! Especially when you are working out. Eat until you are satisfied otherwise your body will eventually crash and burn from lack of energy due to under-eating.
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