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Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: The Perception Problem With Protein (Plus a giveaway!)

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The Perception Problem with Protein

Jeff Novick, MS, RD

Protein is one of the most misunderstood nutrients in our diets today.  While it is receives an incredible amount of attention, little of it is justified.

In today’s society, people seem very concerned about making sure they are getting in enough protein.  So much so, you would think that protein deficiency is a common problem.  Protein, specifically animal protein (meat, fish, chicken) remains the center of the plate for most meals in this country both at home and in restaurants.

However, true protein deficiency, in the absence of inadequate calories or a junk-food diet (which has more serious problems than a lack of protein) is virtually non-existent—even in athletes and those who are more active and exercise more.  In fact, in over 25 years of work in both clinical and public health, I have never seen one case of true protein deficiency.

When people express their concerns over getting in enough protein, I always ask them two questions:

1) How much protein do you actually need?

2) How much protein are you actually getting?

Rarely has anyone been able to answer either, let alone both, of these questions. Doesn’t that seem strange?   Many people believe they are not getting in enough protein but no one knows how much they need or how much they are getting.  After all, without knowing this information, how can anyone know a diet isn’t providing “enough”?

A recent study just came out that highlighted some of these perception problems we have with protein and our actual needs.  And, if anyone should know their protein needs, it should be athletes, especially collegiate strength-trained athletes.  So, lets see how they did.

In this study, forty-two strength-trained collegiate male athletes were surveyed to find out their perception about their protein needs in specific quantitative term.  Their responses were compared to the RDI of protein, which is 0.8 g/kg/day.

The results showed that 67% of the athletes surveyed did not know what the protein recommendations for athletes are and were unable to express them in any quantitative way. The remaining 33% of the athletes (who said they did know the amount recommended)  indicated that the average recommended protein intake for athletes was 21.5 g/kg/d.

This is 26x the RDI!!

One subject reported the mean recommended protein intake as 200 g/kg/d, which is 250x the RDI!! When this subject was excluded from the results, the average recommended protein intake reported was still 8.7 g/kg/.

This is almost 11x the RDI!!

Clearly, we have some perception problems with regard to protein.  Even these strength-trained athletes were unaware of what the current recommendations are for protein intake and perceived their own protein needs to be much greater than the current recommendations.

Yet, nature has made sure we are protected against a protein deficiency, as all whole, natural foods are abundant in protein.  Whole grains, starchy vegetables, vegetables, and legumes are all excellent sources of high-quality protein.   Legumes may be one of the best sources of protein as they are not only rich in fiber, high in nutrients and very filling, they are also very low in saturated fat and have no cholesterol.   Based on most national health recommendations which encourage us to eat a more plant-based diet and cut back on cholesterol and saturated fat, they sound like the prefect fit.

Lets put protein in its proper perspective.   It is very easy to get in enough protein and impossible not to, if you follow these three simple guidelines:

1) Make sure you consume enough calories to maintain a healthy weight.

2) Eat a variety of whole natural foods including plenty of vegetables, starchy vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas and lentils.

3) Greatly limit or eliminate junk foods.

If you do, you will easily surpass the amount of protein you need,  even if you are an athlete—even if you include no animal protein.    However, if you still want to focus on protein, focus on legumes and getting in 1-3 servings per day ( a serving is 1/2 cup of cooked beans)

Simply put, getting in enough protein is not a concern or a health issue for most any of us.

So, lets focus our attention on where it is really needed and not on issues that are not a concern or a health issue.   Lets focus on the real health issue of increasing our consumption of fruits, vegetables, starchy vegetables, whole grains and legumes.   In doing so, not only will we get in enough protein, we will also get in enough fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochmecials.  This way, we can help reduce our own risks for, and the national epidemics of obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many cancers.

In Health,

Jeff

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About the author

Jeff Novick
Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN is truly a unique dietitian and nutritionist. With over 24 years of experience in nutrition, health, fitness and natural living, he offers expert health advice distilled into powerful, easy-to-understand language on a variety of current topics.Novick’s insightful and humorous approach to nutrition and health has helped thousands worldwide make the transition to healthy living. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana State University in nutrition, with a minor in exercise science.Novick serves as Vice President for Executive Health Exams International and lectures at the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California and at the Engine 2 Immersion program in Austin, Texas. He is also the Director of Nutrition for the Meals for Health program, which is helping empower low-income families to achieve optimal health.For almost a decade, Novick served as the Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Center in Aventura, Florida, and as Vice President of the Board of the Directors for the National Health Association (NHA). He also served as the Director of Health Education for the NHA and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences for Kaplan University.Novick has taught nutrition classes at Indiana State University, Indiana University Medical School, the University of Miami Medical School and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. He regularly lectures at medical conferences across the country. While in Indiana, he created and taught the Nutrition Education Initiative, a preventive medicine curriculum for medical doctors, residents and medical students. In recognition of this groundbreaking project, Indiana’s governor awarded Novick the Indiana State Public Health Excellence in Health Science Award and Indiana State University awarded him the Graduate-of-the-Last-Decade Award.He has been interviewed by Newsday, Parade, Men’s Health, Shape, Women’s World and has appeared on Fox News, Discovery Health, the Today Show and other media outlets nationwide. He recently appeared in the documentary Processed People and the movie Fatboy, which won the Best Documentary award at the Fort Lauderdale and Queens Film Festivals.

155 Responses to “Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: The Perception Problem With Protein (Plus a giveaway!)”

  1. Beth says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about Jeff’s recipes. I’d love to try them.

  2. I would love to win Burgers and Fries so we can have our friends over to enjoy them!

  3. mrak1899 says:

    This week’s article answered all my questions I had after reading last week’s entry. Thank you for sharing all this great information… and I would love to win the giveaway!

  4. Marianne says:

    I randomly found this website last week. This is such a new way of thinking about protein. Can’t wait to read more!

  5. Would love to win — always looking for new ones!!

  6. I’d love to win Burgers and Fries so I can introduce my family to being plant-strong at this summer’s barbecues and parties. People need to know that healthful eating CAN taste delicious and feel indulgent.

  7. Dawn says:

    I really love the way Jeff makes it look so easy and affordable.I would love to win Burgers and Fries so that I could send it to my family (who are heart attacks waiting to happen).

  8. Would love to learn a few ways to make quick burgers and fries at home rather than store bought.

  9. Christina says:

    I would love to add Burgers and Fries to my Shopping School DVD so I can continue spreading the word about how awesome it feels to be plant strong!!

  10. Cora says:

    I have recently started eating a more plant based diet and am excited to get more information about this way of eating and why it is better!

  11. jennifer walton says:

    I would love to win this book as it would help to win over my meat-loving family. It is difficult to remain plant strong in a household that fights me tooth and nail that “salads” every day are not healthy, even though I prepare a wide variety of veggies.

  12. Nancy Purdy says:

    I feel so much better now that I’ve been eating plant strong. I would love to win a copy of Burgers and Fries so I can learn even more amazing recipes to stay healthy.

  13. marcilambert says:

    can you express our need for protein in an overall percentage of our daily diet? like 10-20%? i’m having a hard time trying to figure out how to calculate 0.8 g/kg/day with an app i use. i don’t think i’m protein deficient at all; i would just rather know the percentage. thanks!

  14. Susan Carter Brouwer says:

    Plant Powered rocks! I would love to have some new recipes to introduce to my family!

  15. Buffy says:

    I’ve been transitioning to a plant-strong diet for over a year. I started with meat and I finally cut out dairy in January. I’m a mom of three with a full time job and taking classes online. Jeff’s book would help me fix meals that my kids would enjoy and that would fit my lifestyle. I desperately needs ideas for quick and easy plant-strong meals!!

  16. Joan says:

    I have been leaning into a plant strong diet over the past several months, and have learned SO much, from this website/blog, and the Engine 2 book. I have made many positive changes and feel so much better for it…as far as those athletes, what does your body do with excess protein, it can’t be a good thing!

  17. I checked out a copy of this excellent DVD from the public library. I really appreciate the fact that a PDF of the recipes is included for saving or printing. VERY sporting of you, Mr. Novick!

    Many thanks.

    I’d actually like to ask a couple of questions and see if anyone has some ideas.

    The bean patties don’t quite hold together as well as I’d like. Would something like the Ener-G egg substitute hold them together?

    The other question is how you get the surface to caramelize into a nice “crust.” Someone from the local health food store suggested that the only way to do this is to use some kind of oil, like safflower oil.

    Again, thanks for the great DVD Mr. Novick. I’m confident anyone who wins it will treasure it!

    • Hi Brian! I don’t know about the specific recipe, but I find onions caramelize very well in a little water or vegetable stock (none of my family believed it would work without oil) and I’ve made things like zucchini croquettes with a nice crunchy crust in just a non-stick pan.

    • I’ve found that if I always include kidney beans as advised, they help hold things together well. Also, making the burgers ahead of time and leaving them in the fridge for 24+ hours seems to make them hold together better.

      For the crust, I cook them on a non-stick scanpan grill pan which leaves great grill marks on the burgers. I cook them on medium high.

  18. Wow, interesting informatioin, I went plant strong, but used oils until recently, thought I needed oils for healthy skin and oil, only to find out, those same “good” oils, EVO are as bad as Canoloa oil :( TY for your perseverance in sharing these truths about eating plant strong and meeting our nutritional needs!
    Make yours a great day!

  19. I would make the recipes to share at church at potlucks! YAY!

  20. ShawnaN says:

    I”m vegan and love bean burgers, i need more ideas. I feel crowds of folks and this would be a great addition to my summer fare!!! Thanks

  21. I also would love to find some new recipes. I’m concerned that we’re having too much processed food, i.e, Field Roast, etc. along with beans and grains in search of enough protein or are we having too much protein? Hoping this would put me on the right track. Thanks for the direction.

  22. Since making the change to a plant-based lifestyle I have never felt better. My husband, on the other hand, finds it very unsatisfying and has recently been preparing his own meals. I would LOVE to win a copy of “Burgers and Fries” so that I can prepare some meals that would bring him back to the GREEN side:)

  23. Odaisy says:

    Good interesting article

  24. Chris Weber says:

    A majority of my family is unhealthy/overweight and I want to try all that I can to help them out. This includes providing them with great recipes of foods that are better for them and still tastes great! Thank you for the info!

  25. listenup says:

    the looks of people when you tell them you don’t eat meat is priceless! summer is coming and some burger recipes would change their mknds!

  26. Good stuff. I’d love some new plant strong burger recipes. Bring it on!

  27. The question “Where do you get your protein?” is so common now that we are living a Plant Strong lifestyle. Thanks for the great info, which will help me answer this question better next time it is asked. I’d love to get a copy of Jeff’s “Burgers and Fries” DVD as there are very few Plant Strong burgers out there in the stores.

  28. rich s. says:

    a copy of this would be great – it would help me through moments of weakness when i am tempted to go back to my old habits of eating burgers and fries

  29. Thank you for this reminder! I recently had an interaction with a “Paleo Diet” runner who admonished me for refusing to accept my “true protein requirement” as an endurance athlete. I run just fine on plants, thanks!

  30. LC says:

    I’d love to build up a repertoire of plant strong burgers and fries so that I can keep my husband and daughter interested in and happy with plant-based living!!

  31. Gallogator says:

    I have been eating plant strong and my husband uh..not so much. I think Burgers and Fries would provide options that we both could enjoy.

  32. Pam Honthumb says:

    Good information. I have been plant strong now for 7 months. I no longer have cravings for junk food and am enjoying the exploration of new exciting food. I do often hear comments like “well maybe when I get to be your age, I’ll need to change my diet” or it’s herriditary for me so now diet with help. Also I need the protein meat can provide not veggies. During my experimenting with new foods, I have been trying to make what I consider a perfect burger. I’m hoping once I come up with the ideal recipe I can start to convert my grandchildren as well.

    I have enjoyed reading all articles by all those connected with Forks Over Knives and Engine 2. Winning the DVD would help expand my knowledge and provide me with something enjoyable to watch while cooking perhaps.

  33. Jack Yurich says:

    I would appreciate a copy so I can share it with others, as well as benefit from it myself. I really appreciate all the information you share in your blog and how it will help me and others. Thanks either way!

  34. With long winters here in NE Ohio and grilling season finally in sight this would be wonderful! Especially since I’m only about 4 weeks plant strong now and a family that refuses to give up meat! I would love to prove to them how delicious it can be!!

  35. I send my 15-month-old to day care every day with fruit, a whole grain and a protein. We’re plant strong so I know that the burgers from “Fast Food” would be great recipes for him and all of us! We even get people at his daycare asking for recipes and I would love to tell them to check out the book.

  36. Laura Arnold says:

    I just love learning new tequniques of plant-based cooking. Who would have thought you could cook food in a pan without oil? Who would have thought that cashews blended with water turns into a cream? Cooking plant strong is fun!

  37. Vanessa Gray says:

    I would love this book! We are new to this way of eating!

  38. Thanks for all the great info, I would love to win a copy of burgers and fries because it would help me continue my journey of weight loss and eating right. I lost over 150 pounds and I am eating plant based to keep it off!

  39. I need some inspiration! I love to cook. I cook ALL THE TIME! I need more plant strong recipies.

  40. LARK says:

    There is something very nostalgic about burgers & fries. Some traditions need to go for a reason, but veganizing redeems it! If I got this DVD, I would put my retro red & yellow serving baskets to good use.

  41. Jana D. says:

    I would love a copy of Jeff’s book. I have a son that eats a lot of bread, cheese and pasta. The rest of us are vegan and I am searching for more vegan options for him.

  42. I’m trying very hard to be healthier and would love to have more recipe ideas!

  43. Debbie says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Burgers and Fries because Novick makes meals simple and cheap (and healthy!) and it’s just what my growing family needs right now. =)

  44. Bill says:

    Could you please explain why we need “Fats”, and which type are necessary. Also, how does the digestive system use proteins, carbs, and fats. All a big mystery!

  45. Lindsay says:

    I would love this book. I need some more recipes in my arsenal to convince my omni husband.

  46. I’ve been plant strong for a year and my husband has just joined me, but he was stressing the other day about how to use the grill and continue to cook out. He’s a visual learner and this would be perfect for him! Thank you, Jeff for you continued good information.

  47. Susan H says:

    I would love to win because I would like to learn how to make the many variations of Jeff’s basic bean burger. And, Jeff is an excellent and entertaining speaker who is a joy to listen to.

  48. Krystyana says:

    I have the first dvd from Jeff Novick “Fast Food #1 the basics” I love it. Its quick easy and plant based. I have been using/following Engine #2, Forks over Knives, as well as The Happy Herbivore and I would love to add more homemade burgers and fries to my repetoire for summer time!

  49. MizzB says:

    “Burgers and Fries” would be an excellent addition to my arsenal of resources used to keep myself plant-strong, and to help me help others adopt a more healthy, sustainable lifestyle by showing them they can prepare and eat familiar foods, just in healthier versions.

  50. Jean D. says:

    Excellent post! I’d love to have “Burgers and Fries” to turn my kids onto plant-based nutrition.

  51. eromeu says:

    Everything Jeff communicates is not an “educated guess” like many health prophets, it is an Educated Truth of what we should know…Burgers and Fries are a plus and my 6 and 7 year old girls will love a little variation and it will help me convert many of my friends to start a plant based diet, another tool to peacefully convert them! Funny how your taste buds for burgers and fries change once you start eating the healthy ones!

  52. Maylee Sholar says:

    Both my husband and I come from meat & potato lovin’, fried foods adoring, fast food consuming families. We bought a juicer, threw out all the meat and junk food in this home, and started our better food journey at the close of last year. My children have been my biggest motivator when I think of slipping back into an unhealthy craving. I want them to grow up loving to eat the best of what nature has to offer!

  53. Bobbie Seyer says:

    I am wanting to start the E2 and eat healthier so would love to win a copy of this book.

  54. mary westphal says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed you pick me : ) I would love to continue to become more educated on the healthiest way of eating! Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

  55. Would love to get a copy! The burgers I’ve made so far have been a bit overly squishy, and I’d like to remedy that!

  56. Linda Goudelock says:

    I’m still trying to find ‘the’ vegan burger! I’m plant strong, yet my husband isn’t. burger night is not much fun around here! :-)

  57. Sue Solin says:

    I want to find a burger and fry recipe that my son will like. Another reason for him to go vegan and get healthy.,

  58. I love beans! We have a bean/oat recipe we’ve been using for burgers. It would be nice to have other variations.

  59. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us. I get so tired of answering the ‘protein question’ from my non-veggie friends and lately even strangers. sigh.

  60. nicole c says:

    I think the confusion is that most people quote the recommended daily allowance (RDA) put out by the CDC not the RDI. The RDA is 45+ grams.That is a HUGE difference. I don’t understand how they can both claim to be correct. What am I missing?

  61. Amy says:

    I flew home (from Washington to Georgia) in February to help my dad recover from an emergency quintuple bypass. I vowed, in spite of being diagnosed at 27 with high cholesterol and finally told I needed to take a statin at age 33, that I would NOT have a heart attack or that god-awful surgery ever in my lifetime. I also refused to take the drugs after 30 days of feeling like garbage. My husband and I did a lot of research, and decided to cut out the oils, dairy, and eggs, and go vegetarian. We try to eat as much raw as possible. The E2 Diet has been the basis of our meal plans, and we are constantly looking to educate ourselves and get new ideas to keep getting healthier. This give away would certainly help with that! It would arm me with more info to share with my very typical southern dad, too, so that he can understand that his daughter hasn’t gone crazy and he can control his health, too!

  62. I hope my dad reads this when he gets it! He calls me a hippie tree huger but I still love him!

  63. Brian McCune says:

    Jeff, seeing that the calorie intake is a very poor indicator of “healthy food”, and most people do not digest and absorb the calories that they do take in, how can someone like me, who is eating fresh fruits and veggies determine how many calories we really need. It would be very hard to eat enough natural foods to obtain the average 2,000 calorie needs. Do we really need that much?

  64. Tammy Rose says:

    I am in the beginning process of learning more about vegan lifestyle and this would be a great help. Thanks for all the wonderful information.

  65. Heather Wellman says:

    I shared your post because I think this is an important discussion. I find it especially frustrating when I get this question from other VEGANS! I recently had a conversation with someone who told me protein deficiency is real and scary. I told her it wasn’t and gave her lots of links. I hate the misinformation and that every product now discusses how high in protein it is!

  66. Rebyl says:

    I am just starting a major lifestyle change by becoming vegan. In the few months since I started it I can tell a huge difference in the way I feel. My joints hardly ever ache and I hardly ever have irregular heart rythm now and my stomach doen’t constantly hurt. I also have lost 24 pounds. Sometimes I feel discouraged because I don’t know what to cook. I would love to win a cookbook that has recipes for veggie burgers!! Sounds great!

  67. Vikki Deedrick says:

    I have heard so many awesome things about this DVD from people on the McDougall boards, and McDougall Friends on facebook. Would love to have a copy. Thanks for all you share in with us.

  68. Ckiefer045 says:

    I’m newly plant strong, and I’m trying to amass a larger collections of recipes and cooking techniques to keep my meals varied. I think adding Burgers and Fries will be another tool to keep me plant strong for the long haul.

  69. Rileen says:

    Jeff is hedging by not saying what the RDI of protein for strength-trained athletes is, and it is misleading to compare it to the RDI for the population as a whole.

    Why not compare to the former, which is much higher than 0.8 g/kg/day? A standard recommendation is 1g/lb/day, which is 2.2 g/kg/day – plenty of athletes and trainers (including vegan bodybuilders) tout this number.

    Comparing to this would give a result of ~3 times the RDI, less sensationalistic, but still enough to make the point.

  70. Nrnavarro1 says:

    Been plant string for over a year! Would love this to inject a little more variety into our meal plans! Move over bean burritos…

  71. Gail Patrick says:

    Thank you so much for the information. This is very helpful! I am a beginner on this path and now understand I can get enough protein without animal products! Would love to win today as I need all the help I can get. I would put the DVD to use right away!!

  72. LT Kerr says:

    It would be an asset to converting my omnivore family to a more plant based diet. Since our son declared he ‘cannot survive without meat!’ the Burgers and Fries DVD would be perfect for us. Thank you for the giveaway.

  73. hope to win says:

    I’m already making burgers and fries from reading this site and I get lots of free info here and on FB, so I personally don’t NEED the book, but the reason I would LIKE to win the book, is to give it away to one of my husband’s colleagues who is having heart problems – just as a gesture of encouragement and hope.

  74. I would love more ideas on incorporating more variety into my diet since giving up meat 3 years ago and trying to get close to vegan the past year. It would great to be able to have some plant based recipes not too “scary” to serve to
    meat eating family/friends.

  75. I would love a copy of the book. I am new to the plant based diet ( Jan 2013) I have not been able to 100% convert my family but I am making progress. The plant based diet has changed my life forever. I have lost 24 pounds since mid January and I am running my first 5k this weekend. Thank you

  76. Jodie says:

    Too much media from exercise gurus telling us to increase our protein. I’ve heard them say it to bulk up, and to create strong lean muscles. Thanks for the info, Jeff!

  77. Kathy C says:

    I have followed a plant-based diet for the last year and a half. Jeff published awesome quick healthy recipes and I would love to add these to my collection. I only have one burger recipe I make. This would be a wonderful addition! Thank you

  78. Chip Allman says:

    I was just having a conversation about paleo and their perception of protein must come from meat! I always coach clients to finding their protein sources from plant-based sources like legumes, quinoa, nuts and seeds and we see how this resonates with them. Often times clients stick to mostly plant-based others, like myself, utilize this process but then add-in local and sustainable lean meat proteins on occasion, usually when I can find a great farm-to-table restaurant.

  79. Elfy says:

    Dear Jeff: The contraction you use repeatedly in this fine article (lets) needs an apostrophe (let’s = let us). Just trying to help, –Elfy

  80. Teresa says:

    I would love to win a copy of Jeff’s DVD Burgers & Fries because I think it would assist me in introducing more plant based options to my friends and family. I love Jeff’s DVD’s!

  81. carolyn62 says:

    We have been plant strong for a while now and need some new recipes! Would love to win Jeff’s Burger and Fries. Thanks to all of you for making it so easy and delicious to eat healthy!

  82. to share with my mother who is 86 years old and others that you can eat healthy and the food can taste good.

  83. Shannon Woods says:

    Jeff!!! You helped me lose 45 lbs. and I’ve kept it off for a year!! I sing your praises from every mountain top, and I share your updates with people who are interested in improving their health and well-being. Thank you for your passion and dedication. It’s making a real difference in our world. I would love to win a copy of your Burgers and Fries because we need a little variety in our diets, and I am not a very good cook.

  84. Danielle says:

    I love to eat food that is great tasting, filling and healthy for me and makes me feel like I am nurturing myself and my family and allows me to maintain a healthy weight. I love to cook for my family and put love into what I am making so that when we sit down at the dinner table together we are promoting health and enriching our relationships at the same time. I would be tickled pink to win the dvd! Thanks!

  85. Cindy says:

    I would love to win a copy of this! In that past 2 years I have transformed my life and health by changing my diet. In January, I made the change to eliminate all meat products. I really miss burgers and with summer coming up it would be nice to have something to grill up like everyone else. I just don’t know where to start in making veg burgers and this would really help me get going!

  86. Mary Rose says:

    My husband and I went on a plant based diet about 2 1/2 months ago. The difference is night and day. My husband rarely slept more than an hour at a time because of chronic sinus pain and pressure. I had trouble sleeping, also, due to severe indigestion. After 2 months on this diet, I am free of indigestion and sleep like a baby, but, best of all, my husband sleeps through the night every night for the first time since he was a child and he is 42. I would like to have this book, because, I thrive on information and recipes at this point being so new to this way of eating.

  87. Donna S. says:

    My husband and I are about 4 months into our Plant Strong lifestyle. We have completely cut the junk food, but would LOVE some new ideas for healthy Fast Food! Awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

  88. Kathy G says:

    Well said! It is amazing how this issue comes up all the time yet no one talks about the junk food they eat and what it is doing to them.

  89. kyle says:

    I would love to win a copy because with a new baby in the house, I am finding less time to make healthy, plant-based foods for my family. (that and I am a burger fiend)

  90. I’d love to win a copy to share with my parents. They are getting themselves plant strong and I’m so proud. They are on a limited budget and I know Jeff is not only quick with his recipies, but also budget friendley!

  91. CJ says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Burgers & Fries so that I have even more of these recipes at my fingertips!

  92. Fujimama808 says:

    I’d love to win a copy because my four kids love burgers and fries and I want them to not only grow up plant-strong, but have the tools to stay plant-strong as adults!

  93. Rick Erb says:

    Excellent article. Even though I know the facts about protein, I still have second thoughts about how much I need. I’d love to win “Burgers and Fries” as I have a great deal of difficulty making a bean burger that I’m not embarased to serve to others.

  94. I would love this DVD, since my husband and I are newbie vegans. We need help learning to make yummy nutritious vegan food.

  95. Angie Nelson says:

    I already have one of your DVD’s…am missing this one…please?

  96. Elaine says:

    straight forward common sense … love the way you present info Jeff!! I too would really enjoy the cookbook .. after a cancer diagnosis we have been plant strong for 6 months ..NEVER going back !

  97. Tania says:

    I am curious if the RDI’s recommendation for protein is the same in children as it is in adults? I would love a copy of Burgers and Fries so I can continue my families plant strong lifestyle with new ideas and recipes

  98. Cena Dunfee says:

    I bought the DVD, fast food, for my college son, who took it away before I could see it. I’ve wanted the burger and fry one, but hard pressed for $$, so it stays on my wish for list.

  99. creativekids says:

    I would love to win this to teach me how to cook atleast a few healthy meals for my children that they will WANT to eat! They frown at the thought of a bean burger! I want to prove them wrong!! :) Thanks!

  100. I know getting the right amount of protein a day is important. I am confused though by the 0.08 g/kg/day formula and how that might equate for me. Also, a co-worker who has also gone plant strong is talking to me about getting all the amino acids I need daily. Confusion again. Your thoughts please. Thank you.

  101. I’d like to win a copy of Jeff’s DVD because I am a really, really hungry vegan! :)

  102. DiTrying says:

    I need to lose a lot of weight and I love burgers and fries. Seems like it would be a great way to move my eating toward health.

  103. Alisa J says:

    Loved hearing you speak at Farms 2 Forks, and having your dvd would help me spread the good news to my family and friends. Personally, I also need some convenient and easy dishes to make. One can never eat too many burgers and fries.

  104. Kimm Larmer says:

    I’d love to win a copy of your “Burgers and Fries” DVD because I have five healthy, hungry children who have loved the transition to plant-strong vegan. Your black bean burger recipe is one of our favorites and we would love to add more recipes to our weekly burger night!

  105. Peter B says:

    Your points 1,2 and 3 neatly summarize the way to eat a plant based diet.

  106. Peter B says:

    I’d love to be one of a lucky few to have burgers and fries in the UK please.

  107. I would like to win the book because with 2 small kids, sometimes meal prep needs to be fast!

  108. I’m trying to eat right but floundering on recipes I can make without a zillion ingredients.
    Cancer runs in my family as does heart and circulation problems I have no doubt about the way of eating i’m just lost in a sea of trying to find my footing in all this.
    I’ve love to win Burgers and Fries for some help :)

  109. Jeff’s Fast Food DVD had great tips to add nutritious meals to our week very economically with fast and easy prep (and almost zero waste!).. so I’m really eager to give some more of his ideas a try!

  110. Julie D says:

    I’ve been having a hard time being the only plant-based eater in my household. My husband loves burgers and I was hoping to slowly win him over with a delicious veggie burger and healthy fries. :)

  111. Christine says:

    Apart from books and the web, I have no support for my vegan diet. Living in New Zealand means I can’t get to seminars offered either. A book like this one would help me show my family that healthy can be tasty. I’d love to get my eight grand kids on the right path.

  112. Kathy Wilhite says:

    I’ve been eating a plant based no added oil diet for about 2 years now and I’ve had a dramatic improvement in my health. I’m now off all medication and I’m at a normal weight for the first time in many years. My mom, my children and their families, and a couple of co-workers have recently switched over and are also seeing health improvements. I’d like to share this information with the rest of my family and I think they would be more receptive to this DVD.

  113. Jessica says:

    Hey Jeff. You taught my husband how to make 15 Minute Meals at McDougall’s 10 day program. So now are you going to teach him how to clean up the kitchen too?
    Protein is the BIG question and concern people have when they find out we don’t eat animal products. I’m trying to practice a very innocent, “But aren’t you concerned you’re getting too MUCH protein?” It always seems to come out too snarky.
    Put us down for the chance to get your new book. Sounds cool.

  114. Potatolover says:

    Im just starting my journey with a Plant Strong lifestyle. My family (2 kids and hubby) is “on the fence” with my meals so far. I think some new recipes would help in my fight to change their views. I don’t see any other way to be healthy but to be plant strong!!!

  115. I would love to win this book for more great recipes! I love making dishes for family and friends who are not plants strong and winning them over! :)

  116. I’d love to win Burgers & Fries so that I can make my own veggie burgers for my family. My husband isn’t vegan/plant-strong but after seeing the “pink slime” video he said he will never eat another hamburger again. I’d like to change all that:)

  117. Michael says:

    Thanks for the protein insight. I would love to win a copy of Burgers and Fries to have a great healthy recipe when the BBQ’s and potlucks become more prevalent.

  118. Heather in MN says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Please? I am new to a plant based diet. :)

  119. I’ve been on the low fat whole foods plant based diet for a year and 8 months. I’ve lost weight and improved my health. Nearly every day I learn something new about this diet by watching video, reading blogs and books on the subject; including Jeff’s material. I’m sure Jeff’s Burgers and Fries DVD will be full of good information to help me on my quest for healthy eating.

  120. Pam says:

    Hi de hi… I’d love a DVD because I can then show my family how to make healthy burgers and fries, and they can then taste how delicious they can be. Better than fast food/drive through. It will also help me show them how changing their diet is easier than they think. Perfect in time for summer and get-together s with friends and family. Thanks for some insightful info Jeff.

  121. I would love to make some great burgers that are healthy.

  122. Stacie Hite says:

    I would love to win this! I don’t seem to have much time to cook and the store bought veggie burgers leave a lot to be desired (taste and nutrition-wise). As far as the protein issue, I have even had the nurse at my OB’s office ask me where I get my protein. The medical profession needs educated on this issue-badly. Thanks!

  123. Melody says:

    Healthy veggie burgers are very difficult to come by, and I would love a copy of the DVD to learn how to make my own. Thanks!

  124. Bob says:

    Burgers and fries were a favorite meal in my less healthy days, and it
    would be great to bring them back into my diet without sacrificing my
    health.

  125. Scott says:

    I participate in half-marathons and am surrounded by other participants talking about protein bars and making sure they have enough protein to get through the race. I respond, protein builds, carbs fuel and fats store so I focus on carbs the morning of the race, not protein. They look at me like I’m crazy but my oatmeal, raisins, date pieces and a few nuts get me all the way through the race without even a need for noxious Gu. I am fifty-seven and place very well in my age group and overall every time.

  126. robert thatcher says:

    Thanks for the great article. I’d love a copy of Jeff’s DVD because Tennessee is 47th in the country in health and needs more Jeff burgers!

  127. Cherri says:

    I LOVE Jeff Novick and would love to have his dvd Burgers and Fries!! His food is so quick, easy and tasty!!

  128. Anne says:

    We want to share the DVD and other health related books with our group of running friends.

  129. Tina Lemna says:

    I am a diabetic trying to reverse my disease and would love a copy of your new DVD.

  130. julie says:

    Oh gee I need this. I cannot make a burger. Too dry, too wet, too yucky. I get a lot of “crumbles!”

  131. I need a healthy/good bean burger alternative!

  132. newbornlili says:

    Jeff is so informative and cares about his fellow man. Someone like me can really use some guidance, reputable referenced information. Not like most others that more likely are doing it for profit and self gain. He is not a fad. I want to have more reference to fight the addiction I’ve developed for good. Thanks for your consideration :).

  133. Spinsagoodyarn says:

    My husband still has some questions about the proper amount of protein in a plant-based diet and I think this would answer some of them. Great info!!!

  134. I’d love to win because I think it would help me teach my children even more ways to make good, healthy food!

  135. Melanie Lonsway says:

    I love how overweight people always inform us that we need protein and some people just need to eat meat! I would love a copy of your book to have more recipes to feed my family!

  136. Janet Meeks says:

    We get the “how do you get enough protein” question all the time. I love sharing what we have learned over the past 5 years. I even have 2 copies of Engine 2 so I can share one and use one! I’d love to have resources.

  137. Ann says:

    I have Jeff’s Burgers and Fries DVD and I love it! My friends and family that are meat eaters really enjoy these burgers. Fun and easy to make. I should mention I really hate to cook so when I say easy, it’s easy and fast. Which, and I promise I am not being paid to say this, Jeff’s Fast Food DVD is also a great.
    So folks, if I win please pass it on to the next person!

  138. My husband and I have started plant based eating and want to soak up all the information we can find. As we are on a tight budget, we cannot afford extra items and this dvd would be another bit of knowledge that would help us on our journey. We started plant based eating on Feb 5th of this year.

  139. Ken MacMillen says:

    I’d love to win a copy of “Burger and Fries” because I’d love to know how to improve my families healthy living. I have been following Rip’s Plant Strong living for 4 months and completely love eating a plant strong diet!!! I have been the evangelist in my family and have been able to get one of my uncles who has a heart problem and has now been able to control his heart issues through diet. I have though about buying (on my Kindle) a copy of Burgers and Fries because My kids love burger and fries and If I could get them 100% plant strong Jeff’s book would be an invaluable resource. Thank you :)

  140. Cecilia says:

    I’d love to win “Burgers and Fries” because I am always looking for healthy and easy dinner ideas, ideally that my 4 year old will eat. I know he will eat Fries, even healthy ones. With some experimentation, I’m hoping we’ll find a burger recipe he will like too.

  141. My husband is type 1 diabetic. He is overweight and we both started the plant based diet at the beginning of april. Would love this book to help keep him going to better health. While making really yummy recipes.

  142. Donna H says:

    Years ago, when I was weightlifting,there was an article in a very popular muscle magazine that tried to tell bodybuilders that they only needed 1gram of protein per lb of LEAN body mass per day. And others (mere mortals) needed only 0.5grams per lb of lean body mass. This article was run next to TONS of ads for various protein supplements. I’m guessing that the editor was counting on muscle heads only reading the “How Much Protein Are You getting” headline…BTW Jeff, I love your work and your articles, but I am patiently waiting for a plastic free alternative of your books. ;)

  143. LeezanneMiddletown says:

    I been been plant strong for two years now & my health has completely turned around. I would love to win this book because I am always looking for new recipes to enjoy. Thank to all you do ;)

  144. Jansiemoo says:

    I would love a copy of Burgers and Fries to try and get my husband excited about this way of eating.

  145. I would love to win a copy of your DVD to help lower my diabetic son’s LDL Cholesterol.

  146. MJ says:

    I’d love to win a copy of the DVD to give to my daughter whose family is wanting to “go vegan.” She has five children, one born with special health needs.

    I love how you simplify how to eat healthy.

  147. Sue says:

    I would like to win a copy so I can give it to my daughter and she can take to college with her. It is frightening the number of unhealthy food choices they have at school. She loves to cook and try new recipes and I’m sure she would love it.

  148. I am doing this alone. Everyone always asked me how I am getting enough protein. Person at work always drinking protein shakes, husband thinks I am eating a weird diet. I would love the further help of having the dvd. Thanks

  149. Carol Schmoker says:

    I’d love to win a copy of “Burgers and Fries” DVD because I am the original junk food junky and would love healthier alternatives as I try to prevent Stage 4 colon cancer from recurring through a plant-based diet.

  150. We’d love to win a copy! We have switched over to a vegan diet and really love your recipe for the kidney bean burger.

  151. LJ says:

    I would like to win a copy as our family switched to veggie 12 months ago. Vegan has been a little more difficult as my husband has become addicted to cheese to replace meat as he hates veggies no matter what I do! We are a working low income family. I could happily live on rice beans and lentils but the family . . . it’s tricky! Can I just mention that Alpro in the UK are changing their packaging – and what does the new packaging advertise . . .that the milk is a source of PROTEIN. Wouldn’t have noticed until read your argument on the new focus in food marketing. (I’m also gutted to discover that Alpro was bought out by a dairy company some years ago; very conflicted now as their products are probably the most accessible and taste the best out of the soya market in UK).

  152. Stacy says:

    I’ve been vegan for a year and am working on bringing my whole family over to the greener side. The kids are vegetarian but my husband is the main holdout. He’s a burger and fries kind of guy. I just need to show him that he can still be that guy AND be around to play with his grandchildren.

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