So lets look at variety. We seem to all be somewhat aware the a carb isn't just a carb, a protein isn't just a protein and fat isn't just a fat. There are good proteins and bad proteins. The key to making your veggies work for you is variety. Don't pick 3-4 veggies you can handle and stick with them the rest of your life. Try new veggies and new combos of veggies. Steam them, stew them, boil and brew them. Get em crunchy, handy munchies and a whole bunches.
Lets apply that to protein. Combine beans and legumes and you get a whole protein source, the complement each other. You know broccoli, one of Adam Sandler's better songs. Its got protein in it. Lots of veggies have incomplete protein packages. You get whey and casein protein (powder people recognize these) from dairy products. "Ya but you get fat too!" Ya! YOU NEED FAT LARD ASS! eh hm, sorry... anyway, get the good proteins from lean meat sources, but vary them. Eat good fish with good fat complexes, eat range fed chicken, omega3 enriched eggs (find the ones where they enriched the chickens not the eggs). All good proteins, you can get them with good fats. But wait... Instead of every protein serving being a meat source, have beans and legumes (you pick your own varieties). Through in some soy products (tofu, blech!).
The word Balance implies variety. With out variety there is nothing to balance. Inuits didn't have any thing to balance, the human physicality is a wonderous adaptive machine. Once they had more variety available to them, they used it.
When I choose veggies, I think of the rainbow. I get my greens, yellows, reds, white (are mushrooms veggies?), etc. etc. when I get fats I mix it up too, fish, flax, dairy, the little i get from lean meats.
What I'm getting at is that I don't think its the amount of protein, I think its package that comes with it. Its natures way. She packages everything on this planet into little systematic cycles. Rice with the germ and endosprem is a bagilion times better for you than Minute Rice. Why? Cause those parts that got striped out contain most of the vitamins and minerals that make processing the grain more efficient and better on your system. Exercise, diet and mental health are a bagilion times better for you when you do them all instead of 1 or 2. Add in spiritual work and its a bagilion times better again. Summer sucks ass unless the surrounding seasons do their part (reprocutions I think we may finally be seeing, then again it could just be a 150 year cycle or something).
So figure out a good starting place, I need 3000 calories a day. I'd like to start at 50/30/20 P/C/F. Break it down to grams. Now instead of eating a huge animal protein source and trying to balance it the right combo of veggies and what not, eat 1/2 or 1/3 the same portion of animal protein and through in some beans and protein containing veggies... wait wait what? The carbs, the fats, the proteins, the proportions are close! HOLY SANDWICH SLAYER BATMAN!
The prehistoric diets (that's really what the are, our guess at what those people were eating) show massive quantity and massive variety (at least from those who didn't camp out on the tundra). Early historic diets show lots of meats (lean and fatty), huge amounts of ORGANIC veggies and healthy fats. Today modern diet is a bunch of processed, freeze dried, sailed across the globe and back, chemical soked mash of put me in the grave all broken and smelly CRAP!
You know what else studies have shown? Gardening adds longevity to your life. Hey, I can save money, fix my acidosis, rack up on micronutrients and phytochemicals, add new flavor and texture to my meals, eat all the meat I need and have a skull thick enough to say that you can't prove eating veggies is bad for me, all while living long enough to watch them lower your smelly lumpy discolored thin boned butt in the ground?
Why fight it? Just eat the good stuff and nothing but the good stuff, so help you God. If the world can't handle, they can bugger off.
Here's the thing, before we (by that I mean humans) tried make all this diet and nutrition stuff better, is when it was at its best. Everything you need comes from or survives because of vegitation (EVEN INUITS, what did the fish and game they ate eat?). Since when were you not a part of this? We have the biological tools to eat both meat and veggies, what makes you some much smarter than God or Nature that you think you don't need them both? And in abundace!
I'm gonna look at this next idea more closely. If instead of looking at P/C/F I'm gonna look at Meat/Veggie. Balance that equation and I bet P/C/F takes care of it self.
P.S. there were no personal jibes in there. Just kinda turned into a rant at some point. I'm gonna shut up for a few days now...