Here's how my nutrition info came out for my first 4 meals (same as above, just larger):
I used a quick protein calculator to see how many grams I need daily for my weight, and was told I need approximately 40g/day to maintain. At higher activity level, I'd need 50g. For someone who is currently deficient, I'm (guessing) I should probably aim for 50-60g/day until my amino acid deficiency symptoms go away.
As you can see by the chart above, with the fruit that satisfied me today (carb-wise), I only got 24g of protein. Hmm. Nowhere near 40g, much less 50 or 60g.
I've recently been trying different sources of amino acids (protein building blocks) from plants, to see how they digest.
So far, I am able to digest raw sauerkraut and pickled (fermented) raw asparagus plain. I drank a Trader Joe's cold-pressed green juice one day, and it went down okay as well.
For everything else (sprouts, lettuce, hemp, chia, hemp protein powder)...I need Betaine HCl to digest it (to avoid debilitating stomach pain). I plugged a few things in on FitDay to see what the protein content was for a serving I might eat:
I've been told moringa digests better than other plant proteins...but I'd have to eat quite a lot of it to get the amount of protein I am currently getting from hemp protein powder! Bummer. I haven't tried moringa yet, but we have it sitting on the counter, so I will soon.
Hemp and chia I plan to continue with for sure, for essential amino acids and essential fatty acids. For now, I require HCl to digest them. But those alone (with my fruit) aren't enough to get my needed protein. They get me only up to 30g protein for the day.
So where to get my other protein?
As I pondered this question, my blood sugar crashed so I had to stop the whole daily log process and take care of that. (I didn't eat as much mamey sapote as I had done insulin for; some of it was bad.)
And...I still don't have an answer. This is good info to know; enlightening indeed. Guess I might try a variety of things and see what works best for digestion. I want to give my body the easiest options for now. I know that eating a large amount of lettuce puts a major burden on my digestion, which then steals energy the body could be using for healing.
I'm not sure how the burden of digesting protein powder in an orange juice smoothie compares. From what I remember, I seem to have more energy to do things with the orange juice/protein powder smoothie than after eating a large salad, which takes hours to digest.
I'll have to play around and see.
Today I put together a daily outline, using mostly low histamine stuff, mostly whole foods. Trying for variety and what will be in season in the coming months, but also need consistency for blood sugar purposes.
Cucumber – 5 x 2g= 10g protein . (morning hydration)
Papaya – 1 – 2g protein . (kidney filtering). (or water from 1-2 fresh coconuts)
Mangoes – 10 small/5 large = 8g protein (yumminess factor) (or 4c fresh OJ / 7g protein)
1 whole large watermelon = 19g protein
Late afternoon smoothie:
4cups fresh OJ – 7g protein
OR 1 head romaine – 8g protein
1 tbsp hemp = 3g protein (or 1 tbsp pumpkin seed / 3g protein)
1 tbsp chia = 3g protein
½ tsp moringa = 0g protein
6 tbsp barley grass juice powder = 9g protein
¼ cup durian = 1g protein