I've noticed a little bit of swelling at the end of warm days when I've been more active than usual. My wedding ring feels tighter than normal, the combo of some weight gain and a bit of swelling. Water, rest, and protien all sounds like a good plan.
Here's a link that breaks down the protien content of different foods -- http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=92 -- I think it's interesting to see that some come out higer/lower than I would have expected. Of course the top slots are animal protiens, but there are some novel plant sources in there as well. Like lentils I expected to see, but I wouldn't have thought dried peas ranked so high.
***animal protien trigger warning***
I so hear what you're saying about organic meat being out of reach cost-wise. There's actually a really cool new reality show here in the UK about a small-scale sustainable farmer (slash reality TV celebrity) who is trying to get free range meat (ok so not necessarily organic) into the biggest mainstream supermarket in Britan. I'm not sure if you can stream clips outside of the UK but here's the show's website -- http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jimmy-and-the-giant-supermarket -- anyway, it's been facinating to watch him try to come up with ways to mimic and price-match some top-selling conventional products (e.g. sausages, prepared chicken dishes, etc) using free-range meats. I've taken away some good reminders, like to use cheaper cuts (e.g. chicken thighs vs breasts, or better yet a whole chicken that will stretch all week) and to think outside the box as far as who can supply high-quality meat.
That would be awesome if you could have a couple of layers at your new home. Give it a go with the rabbits too, I say. Thinking about other sources of high-quality, affordable animal protien; do you or anyone you know hunt or fish? That's another way to fill a freezer in a weekend. And back to chickens, I know you said you're not a huge fan of eggs, but they are cheap (relative to meat), organic animal protien. I probably serve eggs for dinner at least once a week either as a fritatta, omelettes; or my personal breakfast-for-dinner favorite, "chilaquiles con huevos estrellados" (heat a couple cups of salsa in a saucepan with maybe a little bit of water or broth if it's a thick salsa, then add enough stale corn tortillas to sop up all the sauce...either toast them in the oven until they're cripsy or just use tortilla chips...simmer for a few minutes unitl the tortillas soften, then top with fried eggs...or scrambled if you prefer....and maybe some sour cream or plain yogurt and a little cheese too.) DS hates plain cooked egg but will gobble up an egg if it's part of french toast, pancakes, or custard.
Hope you're feeling less swollen this afternoon :)