[QUOTE=donnie86;1168215]Thanks for the great suggestions guys.
RE digestive issues: About 7 years ago i was changing to a more "healthy" diet and started to eat a lot of nuts and whole grains. For about 7 months I had the most excruciating stomach pain and no one could tell me why. Eventually i cut out almonds and the chronic pain went away, but unfortunately Ive never felt well since with many lingering symptoms.
Having narrowed down almonds as being the culprit during a restrictive diet, after about 6-7 weeks I returned to eating what i know now as inflammatory foods in abundance: whole grains (wheat, rice,oats), mixed nuts, dark chocolate, legumes and modest amounts of dairy. I really felt like i wasnt absorbing the foods and always felt hungry. I also had lost a lot of weight.
A few years ago I started taking mineral and vitamin supplements which helped enormously(!) as i was obviously not absorbing nutrients since the almond damage. I think if it took these supplements during the initial restrictive diet stage (straight after removing the almonds), i might have felt a lot better and made continual progress. My body clearly couldnt access the nutrients in the food due to the damage.
About 5 months ago i decided to toggle with my diet again after reading about paleo/primal eating and my health has really started to improve. I cut out grains and dairy 5 months ago and the pain in my body has almost vanished, then 3 months ago i cut out cocoa, and then 2 months ago i cut out nuts.[/QUOTE]
Ok, so you likely have a leaky gut.
None of that says why you can't eat meat.
Meat should be one of the best things for you to eat since your digestion tackles it in your small intestine (rather than relying on the bacteria in your large intestine to break down food the way that vegetables are digested).
Fish/shellfish and eggs would be my top suggestion for easy digestion.
Then the red meats... pork, lamb, beef, and other game.
Protein powders digest easily I suppose, but they have about zero quality of satisfaction IMO.
Plus... I believe in always avoid processed stuffs when real food is possible. YMMV.