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    What is a typical day's food for you? Why can you not eat beef?
    I generally start off the day with a couple of eggs mixed in with the veggies of my choice- or if I am feeling lazy I will do a smoothie with almond milk. Trying to find some sort of acceptable protein powder to use- whey protein isolate, I guess. Lunch is generally some sort of salad with some kind of meat. Dinner tends to be some form of chicken, fish or turkey. Looking into things like venison and elk. Mostly, I am just trying to apply the concepts of the diet- I have cut out grain completely.

    I can't do beef because I have been instructed not to by my doctor until my good cholesterol levels perk up- they are pretty abysmally low. My triglycerides have skyrocketed, which is why she recommended the paleo/primal program for me and I have been doing it to the best of my abilities since. I do have a lot of weight to lose and I want to make sure I maintain my lean body mass and just lose fat. As it happens, I have a lot of lean body mass- something to the tune of around 170 pounds of it, which I thought must be wrong, but I have been told it is right. So, that means, a lot of protein, but I have a hard time keeping it to 90 grams.
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    I do eat fish and chicken and turkey and eggs- I just get full before I am able to eat enough to qualify for even the .5 gram per lean body mass by the end of the day. I want to follow my hunger signals and I know I am supposed to, but I am in a quandry because I really don't want to lose my lean body mass.
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    Which protein powders are considered the best options? They confuse the heck out of me no matter how many blog posts I've read about it that Mark writes.
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    I'm definitely losing weight- down 17 pounds since I started- that's what has me concerned about the protein levels. I do weight train (light- I am no bodybuilder) and I want to start to do the body-weight exercises Mark talks about in the free book about exercise. Mostly, I am just afraid to do a pull up, sadly. I am making it my goal to learn over the next 3 to 6 months though. Just to be able to say that I can- a vast improvement over terrified. Mostly, I am just trying to prevent myself from getting diabetes down the road though- maintaining lean body mass seems important to that- so I am pretty concerned about my protein intake overall. I have never really been a protein eater before- mostly a carb addict, really, but the threat of diabetes in ten to twenty years is more than enough to convince me otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sra1984 View Post
    I'm definitely losing weight- down 17 pounds since I started- that's what has me concerned about the protein levels. I do weight train (light- I am no bodybuilder) and I want to start to do the body-weight exercises Mark talks about in the free book about exercise. Mostly, I am just afraid to do a pull up, sadly. I am making it my goal to learn over the next 3 to 6 months though. Just to be able to say that I can- a vast improvement over terrified. Mostly, I am just trying to prevent myself from getting diabetes down the road though- maintaining lean body mass seems important to that- so I am pretty concerned about my protein intake overall. I have never really been a protein eater before- mostly a carb addict, really, but the threat of diabetes in ten to twenty years is more than enough to convince me otherwise.
    17 lb, that's not bad. Keep at it! And you'll get a pullup sometime. It'll be easier as you lose weight and get stronger.

    Here are some whey protein brands. I've been using the first for a while. It tastes ok in water, and its ingredients are better than most powders out there, but it still isn't exactly primal, so I'm transitioning away from it. I just bought a bag of the second but haven't used it yet. It's pretty much all whey, and I'm not sure how it tastes. Protein powders don't beat real food for quality, but they definitely are cheap and convenient.

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    Try to get as much of your protein as possible from stuff like meat, eggs, and fish, and any dairy that you can handle, though. Best of luck!
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    Eating animal is the best way to build a favourable lipid profile. I'd concentrate on that and forget the almond milk and liquid protein

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    Don't get wound up in all the numbers (60g is plenty), just eat real food, get some bouts of exercise, lots of slow movement, reduce stress behaviours (like worrying too much about lean body mass), get good sleep, have fun and let your body become accustomed to the changes.
    Down the track you will find out it really isn't all that complicated, just allow yourself to adapt over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sra1984 View Post
    Which protein powders are considered the best options? They confuse the heck out of me no matter how many blog posts I've read about it that Mark writes.
    There's isn't that much to say really. You want to get the cheapest whey protein that is above 70% protein, below that is crap. Unflavoured has the least ingredients, so it might be healthier (flavoured has lots of artificial ingredients and such). Whey protein is more or less the same so don't sweat it too much. Gold standard whey is fine (but expensive). Grass fed makes essentially no difference, but you may want to support better farming practices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sra1984 View Post
    I can't do beef because I have been instructed not to by my doctor until my good cholesterol levels perk up- they are pretty abysmally low.
    Get a doctor who knows what he's talking about. Eat the damn beef.

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    Cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, eggs/egg whites, whey.

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