I try to eat some protein with every meal, whether it be from chicken, turkey, beef, fish, beans, nuts, or seeds. I eat small portions of protein, however, not the large portions that characterize the Standard American Diet. For example, two or three ounces of meat or fish is plenty. Remember that most sources of protein leave an acid ash when digested. To achieve the 80% alkaline/20% acid balance of the OsteoDiet, I need the bulk of my meals to consist of foods that leave an alkaline ash, especially green leafy vegetables. Almonds are a special source of protein in my diet because they alkalize, rather than acidify.