Allison W Posted February 7, 2014 Share Posted February 7, 2014 Hi folks, I'm on day 5 of my first whole 30, and so far, so good! (Though apparently I am on auto-pilot first thing in the morning and accidentally added sugar to my coffee this morning... only took 2 sips before I realized it and then I threw it out and made a fresh cup! Oops!) Here is my big concern though: I'm not a big meat eater. I do enjoy it, but I was a vegetarian for years, so before attempting this my meat consumption was limited to 1-2x per week, most of my protein being met by legumes and occasionally tofu and edamame. This is in part due to economics, organic black beans are a whole heckuva lot cheaper than grass fed ground beef, and also because I was meeting my protein needs in more unhealthy ways (too much cheese, one of the bad habits I'm hoping to break this month!!). I've been eating meat with all but one meal this week, and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I've had a good variety, but I don't think I can sustain it for the entire month. (Also, I ate turkey lunchmeat last night and threw it up this morning... It was whole 30 compliant, but I think even the minimal processing was too much for my system). My question is: can I add a couple of vegetarian protein sources without compromising the integrity of my whole 30? My goals are to really 'reset' my digestive system - I have some digestive issues, and I've always had a weak immune system (due to Lyme disease as a kid), so I'm hoping to fortify it. I'm also pretty sure I have a wheat intolerance and possibly a sensitivity to dairy, so I wanted to really eliminate them and then test my reactions with the re-introduction period. What would be the best vegetarian protein I could add in? Or could I use nuts/nut butter as a source of protein for one meal a day (instead of just a fat source)? Or would any tempeh/edamame really compromise my end goals? I'm sorry if this is a repeat question - I scanned a few of the topics but couldn't find anything that exactly addressed this... Thanks in advance for your help! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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