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    food calories and fitness

    I try to read the labels on food to check out calorie content, nutritional information, etc. What's the best way to determine how many calories you consume in a day? I try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables which I am told you cannot get enough of, but that has to add up. Or what about the sugar content in fruit? Aren't sugars naturally converted to starches during the digestive process? If there is a book that addresses nutrition post SCI, I would gladly buy it. Lately I have been eating tuna that comes in those convenient one serving pouches to increase protein naturally, but wonder about mercury content in tuna. I've even considered looking at tofu for more healthy protein alone with wanting to check out health food stores for soy protein as I am told that is less gaseous then whey protein.

    Lately I have been on a fitness kick trying to exercise all that I can and eating as healthy as I can to maintain weight and stay regular. I purchased supplements from GNC, but that tends to make me feel extremely full and gaseous. Thanks for listening to my rambling and any input is appreciated.

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    Your post made me wonder: is it possible to get TOO much protein?

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    You can check how many calories are in fruit here:
    http://www.thecaloriecounter.com/

    I drink ~30g of soy protien after breakfast, then again after lunch, then if im' feeling weak i'll drink it again at night.

    Everyone is different on how much protien their body can use. If your body can only use 50g of protien, if you go over that, your body will just get rid of it.

    I prefer Soy protien over Whey as well, but i hear Whey is better for building muscle compared to Soy. But i still will take Soy cause thats how i roll hah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roshni
    Your post made me wonder: is it possible to get TOO much protein?
    Definitely. An excess of protein can be harmful to the kidneys and other organs.
    http://www.newstarthealthcare.com/article.php?id=80
    What happens in my body if I get too much protein?
    Too much protein in the diet is a serious problem that causes liver and kidney failure as well as softening of the bones. The reason for this is that the body does not store protein. It has to get rid of the excess protein in the diet which is done by the liver and the kidneys working together. The protein must first be neutralized. This takes calcium to neutralize the acid proteins. This calcium comes from the bones. So for the same reason – excess protein in the diet causing an acid diet, we have three epidemics going on together from the same cause – an epidemic of liver disease, an epidemic of kidney failure with dialysis units springing up working around the clock and an epidemic of osteoporosis with hip fractures and spine compression fractures taking place in younger and younger people. This is caused by too much protein giving a too acid diet.

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    Hey, Mr Coffee, Youre better off using Whey and Soy together I reckon. It gives a greater combination of amino acids.

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    I was shocked by the amount of calories I was getting by banging Cranberry juice cocktail in mass quantities. Have switched to unsweetened 100% pure cranberry juice. Pucker up!!! No wonder they sugar coat.
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    Too much protein?

    Quote Originally Posted by IanTPoulter
    Definitely. An excess of protein can be harmful to the kidneys and other organs.
    Thank you, Ian.

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showpos...2&postcount=14

    I didn't do too badly for an off-the-cuff, plugging in what I know of the bodies functions, etc..

    Q3. What is an acid diet and what does that have to do with soft bones that break or too easily?


    The body chemistry is very sensitive to what is called pH. PH is what you learned in high school chemistry that is the acid/base relationship. The body’s chemistry cannot work unless the pH balance is maintained within very strict limits. What this means is that if what you eat is acid, then the body rigorously neutralizes the blood to keep the pH balance where it is wanted. Now it is the protein in our diet that causes our diet to be acid. A high protein diet means a high acid diet. We have all heard that protein is made up of amino acids. Those proteins from animal sources are particularly high in acid, specifically the sulphur amino acids from animal sources makes sulphuric acid that must be neutralized. The source of calcium to neutralize the acid comes from your bones. And that is why an acid diet softens your bones in time. This is the cause of the epidemic of osteoporosis that we are experiencing in this country.
    Foolish Old=I was shocked by the amount of calories I was getting by banging Cranberry juice cocktail in mass quantities. Have switched to unsweetened 100% pure cranberry juice. Pucker up!!! No wonder they sugar coat.
    No need for that pucker, pal. You can sweeten with Agave nectar or Stevia powder or, if you want to stay closer to conventional sources and still stay healthy, Splenda. Of the three, Splenda and Stevia powder are calorie free.

    I switched to stevia over a decade ago and (use it daily in my hot or cold cereal and coffee/tea) have never looked back or had a cavity
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