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From: Rima (76.95.133.162)
Subject:         10% protein?
Date: January 7, 2009 at 9:00 am PST

Dr. Pinckney,

How important is it to strive for 10% of calories from protein, as in the Ruth
Heidrich anecdote in the Healing Heart Handbook?

It's easy to keep my fat intake at 10% or less, but darn near impossible to get
protein down that low, especially if I include even a quarter cup of legumes a
day. I eat 1.5 servings of oatmeal a day and don't want to give that up
because of the reputed health benefits, but it has a lot of protein. After that, I
basically can't eat any legumes if I want to keep my protein below 15%. And
forget anything soy-based, which I rarely consume but do like occasionally.

I'm especially confused about this issue since the handbook puts legumes at
the top of the "eat as much as you want of these foods whenever you feel
hungry, until you're full (but not over-stuffed)" list.

Complicating things is that I try to keep my overall daily calorie intake low
because I'm a short, old female who gains weight readily but has increasing
difficulty losing it.

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