Just remember, folks, your body has a need for proteins, complex carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients, etc. You can't get that from eating only proteins. In addition, proteins, when metabolized, produce a host of by-products that must be eliminated from the body. High protein diets stress the kidneys. In diabetics, and people with less than perfect kidneys, this can create serious health risks.
One more thing about proteins, just as with carbs, too much is not good. The body requires a certain amount of protein to fix things that proteins fix, such as cell walls. But when you consume more protein than your body needs, it processes the excess into fat, and stores it, just like it does with excess fat and carbs.
Talk to professionals who study how the body works, at the cellular and molecular level, along with certified nutritionists. You will learn that too much protein is just as dangerous as is too much of anything you put into your body. Even too much water can land you in the emergency room, and I'm not talking about drowning.
Most, if not all of use here are foodies, not professional medical researchers. Let's not pretend we are.
For the most part, I am eating healthy meals, with whole grains, fresh fruits, fresh, or select frozen or canned veggies, legumes, meat, dairy, eggs, with selections from all food groups. my cholesterol is down, my energy is up, and I'm losing weight. i still make foods that aren't so good for me, then given them away, after a small taste.
I have a son who has taken the pre-med, undergrad courses in preperation for dental school. The things he has taught me about molecular biology, and discussions with my doctor and a few nutritionists, and some common sense, (that DW swears I am deficient in) has opened my eyes.
I'm probably sounding preachy here. If so, I apologize. I'm diabetic, mostly from bad eating habits, that I thought were good eating habits before I knew better. I have seen people I loved, die young (in their 50's) from poor eating habits, that thought they were eating healthy. All of you are my friends. I would love to see your lives improve, in both richness, and health, because you ate good foods that were well prepared, and that gave you all of the nutrients your bodies need, and in the proper amounts.
Were I perfect, I'd give you perfect diets, that would enhance your lives. But like you, I know some things, and am guessing at others. But I study, and ask questions, and research, and try to share what I learn with family, and friends.
So, go ahead and eat a piece of dark chocolate, or a piece of home-made whole grain bread. Spread a little berry jam, or fresh berries on top, Have some steamed carrots, with a little bit of butter and honey. Enjoy some pasta, with a rich tomato gravy. Eat some fried pork rinds.
Only make sure that you eat mostly healthy foods, brightly colored fruits and veggies, meats, grains, and dairy. Enjoy your life. And remember, the more you learn about nutrition, the better are your chances of avoiding so many chronic deseases, and enjoying a strong, and healthy body for life.
Seeeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North