The recommendations for protein are pretty low. I think it's something like 50g of protein is the RDA. You combine that with all the vegetarian propaganda that you can get protein from broccoli and nobody needs very much of it and you end up with someone like me who didn't eat much protein at all for their entire early adult life. By vegetarian propaganda, I mean I started with Francis Moore Lappe Diet for a Small Planet, went on to John Robbins Diet for a New America, read tons of hippie back-to-the-land food and farm politics magazines and books. The thing is, I don't disagree with any of the base ideas. Population is a problem, factory farming is a problem and food and farm politics issues are important. But my interest has also led me to Wendel Berry, Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin and all the paleo and strength training stuff out there and now I see that the issue is not so clear. Protein from animals is not only necessary for health but for the health of the planet. Whose interest does it serve for me to eat fewer than 50g of protein a day?
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
I can squat 180lbs, press 72.5lbs and deadlift 185lbs