How will I get protein?
Many beans and nuts, and products made from them (tofu, casseroles, stir fries, bean and vegetable burritos, peanut butter, etc.) have a good deal of protein per ounce, but without the cholesterol, hormones or pesticide concentrations. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) say the average American is eating significantly more protein than they need – and that's the average American, not someone specifically trying to consume extra protein to build and maintain muscles. Our experience as fighters is we have more energy to train and and we build more strength by eating a variety of healthy foods from the source. Remember, it is not food that builds muscles, it is training and exercise. The food is what powers you and gives you the nutrients to repair and grow your tissues, and the best fuel for the fighter is whole, unprocessed foods direct from the source. You should consume amino acids and proteins from natural sources, and your body will do the rest. Note that if you are ever concerned and want to artificially increase protein intake beyond what a healthy varied diet can deliver, you can always bolster your protein intake with protein shakes with soy protein, but this is a processed food product.