What if I can not have any type of soy products???? How else would I get my protein??? My doctor wants me to do a vegetarian lifestyle change for cholesterol issues and I do love pretty much all veggie it's not that big of a deal EXCEPT the concern that we all need protein in our diet daily....please help suggest other ideas.
You don't have to eat soy to get enough protein and actually I don't eat it either. What a lot of people don't realize is we don't require as much protein as we think. About 15% of your calories should come from protein (or about 0.8-1g/kg body weight). Needs may vary depending on other health issues, but in general, this is a good goal.
For vegetarian protein sources I reach for...
Beans/legumes – garbanzo, cannellini, black, kidney, lentils, peas, peanuts (yes these are actually legumes, not nuts)
Nuts – walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews
Nut butter – almond, cashew, walnut, pecan, peanut
Seeds – pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax, hemp, sunflower
Grains - quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, oats
By eating a variety of these foods, you will get all the essential amino acids your body needs.
Check out this article here for more insight: http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/fill-er-protein