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Natural Protein Sources


#1

I got a dilemma.

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?

Thanks!
TS


#2

Chocolate milk pre-workout and post-workout is definetly the way to go.

Eggs, tuna, milk if you can tolerate it, and any meat are all good.

Train hard,

Fahd


#3

All things that move under their own power be it land air or water, and or make noise.

That will have you covered.


#4

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:

http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/nutrition/dear.htm

Hope this helps.

Nicole


#5

Good one. Or.

If had feathers, fur, or fins. Or.

If it came from something that had a heart when it was alive,

TNT


#6

Of the non land/sea/air moving varieties....
Not too bad sources also are; almonds, yogurt, tofu, wholewheat multigrain bread, peanut butter, potatoes, bulgor, kidney beans, navy beans, and pasta.


#7

MMM! Tuna Omelet. You can trick people with stuff like that. So tasty they don't even think it's good for them.


#8

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 :slightly_smiling: anyways.

TS


#9

This has happened to me once. I went to my parents house for christmas and I lived off of chicken, tuna cans,and milk.Literaly.Lmao.


#10

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.