My family doesn't approve of supps, so when I go home for holidays, it screws me over. No whey, no casein. No casein is not a big deal.. I'll just eat meat and cottage cheese. But what natural protein sources (or eating plan) would people suggest for when I workout without any whey? Are there any foods naturally high in whey? Are egg whites fast enough? Milk? Should I eat a relatively large protein meal pre workout as opposed to post?
I was in a similar dilemma at one time(more because of finacial reasons) and practically lived off egg whites and tuna cans. Supplements make things a whole lot easier but they aren't nescessary to make gains. During that 2 month period I still gained 4 pounds.(not great but it was something) As long as you are still getting a P + C meal right after you workout you should be okay.
One thing that might be of interest to you is an article John Berardi wrote, its basically a letter to parents about supplements:
Thanks for all the advice! I was planning to bulk anyways, so I guess I will stick to "holiday eating" where I normally eat tons of meat and fish. And add on the choc milk. I'm on my parent's budget anyways.
Eating some protein before you workout should help - I remembered hearing that you only need a small amount of pre-workout protein to boost protein synthesis, so you shouldn't need to eat much of it.
I googled and found a page that references a study showing that only 6 grams of essential amino acids are required pre-workout to increase protein sythesis. The article is selling something, but the principle should still apply to any protein meal - and it doesn't need to be a large meal that will interfere with your workout.