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I'm trying to tone my muscles and add a little bulk. What are some good protein sources - accessible in a surburb setting - that I should be consuming? I'm very thin framed but I haven't had any health problems in the past. I'm not eating much and what I'm eating isn't healthy. I haven't been able to find a diet suitable to my taste for 3 weeks now, but still, I refuse to look at any meat. I'm just not sure what I should be looking for.
 

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Beans of any sort are pretty protein-dense. Using whole grains for your breads, cereals, and pastas can boost protein nicely too.

Frankly, most bodybuilders overdo the whole protein thing. Yes, bodybuilding requires more protein than being sedentary or even aerobically active -- but it's an increase in need of something like 50%, not the 300-400% plus the people selling protein powders would like you to get.

If you're not good about getting the right food, high-protein energy bars are at least convenient. You can easily get vegetarian versions for less than a buck apiece, 10g of protein or better for 200 calories or less.
 

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Thank you. I appreciate the the links and the suggestions.

BIOS you are right about the protein. I really don't like taking the powdered stuff even if I am weight lifting. I've gone through too much gagging and puking every morning.

At the moment I'm in the process of trial and error with cooking. I've found some great recipes online, unfortunately, none of them are easy as they look. Pasta is definitely easy to cook -- it's just getting the sauce right. Thank goodness no one else relies on my cooking for suvival >.>
 

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Don't rely too heavy on the soy. If your going to use soy use it in the form of tofu and stay away from the soy mock meats. Nuts, beans etc work just fine if you aren't into the shakes. Vegan Bodybuilding listed above is a great source of info.
 

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One 15 once can of garbonzo bean (ok I know canned beans aren't the best, but) contains 280 calories, 70% dietary fiber, and about 1/2 daily protien reguirements at 24 grams.

Besides salt, pepper, chili powder, thyme, basil, a little oil, make them irresistable. Oh yeah and a little bit of heat (microwave 2.00 minutes)
 

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I went veggie a few weeks ago. It's been helpful for me to track what I eat on fitday.com so I can see how many grams I'm getting daily of protein, carbs, and fat. It also lets me track my exercising. All of this has made my transition easier until I really get the hang of it!

I had questions about sports and veggie nutrition too. This site helped some: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/athletes.htm
 
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