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How can I add more protein to my diet?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I always seem to be low the recommended amount of protein. It is a struggle to find ways to increase the protein without going over on the calorie side. For a long time I was fixing a protein drink for breakfast every day that had 26 grams of protein in it - Muscle Milk brand but I have not had it for a week now and cannot get the needed protein. Even with the Muscle Milk I would be low on the protein side. I just do not know what to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Bette

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BLBH16 1/29/2013 7:18PM

    Thank you for your suggestions Laurie. I usually have a protein drink for breakfast, salad with 3 oz meat on it for lunch, and 3-4 oz meat with veggies and a starch for dinner but do not get up to the 60 gm of protein doing that. The last couple of days I have had egg whites and a whole egg omelet with fruit for breakfast. I'm working on it. Thanks for your input! emoticon

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LAURIE160IN2013 1/26/2013 3:10PM

    I'm not sure what numbers you're using, and I see no mention of your being a vegetarian. To keep your calories down, maybe you need to reduce the amount of fat or carbs. I think many people are used to eating prepared food, casseroles, pasta dishes, etc., and just aren't used to protein foods. How about lean meat, chicken breast, fish, eggs, soybeans? Eat these in their simplest form whenever possible; prepared foods such as fish sticks, sausages, quiche, and bean soup might seem like protein foods, but they might not have much protein in them at all (unless you made them yourself and know what went into them). Read the nutrition labels on all foods.
Hope that helps,

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BLBH16 1/26/2013 3:05PM

    Thank you CPRESSON for your response. Somehow I had forgotten the Greek yogurt and the string cheese. I just had a Muscle Milk whey protein mixed with water instead of my usual NF milk. It has 16 grams of protein and 150 calories. I'll look for the Earth Fare brand when MM is all gone! emoticon

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CPRESSON 1/26/2013 1:41PM

    EAS Carb AdvantEdge is a good option with 17g protein and only 118 calories. I also like fat-free Greek yogurt for a decent amount of protein and not too many calories (Dannon Light & Fit Greek is a good option) as well as light string cheese. I do use Earth Fare's vanilla whey protein to supplement as well since it has no added sugar, 18g protein and only 80 calories per serving--and I think it tastes pretty good.

It's sometimes challenging to balance carbs, protein, and fat percentages, but keep working at it :)


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I'm back...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

My last blog post was almost 2 years ago. I was excited about starting the Perfect Workout system gym. Well, I did and still go there. I have firmed up but still have not lost weight. In fact I have gained about 5 pounds. Some may be increased muscles and some due to my doctor taking me off the mild diuretic I had been taking. So now, with another New Year approaching I have decided to start Sparking again.

I must be the most disorganized person ever. I know what I need to do but do not do the planning to make it possible to do. So my resolution is to PLAN, not to lost weight because I know if I PLAN I will lose weight. Wish me well!!!

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JENNY712 12/30/2012 9:44PM

    WELCOME BACK! emoticon attitude! emoticon Jenny

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NELLIEC 12/30/2012 5:21PM

    Welcome back! Planning is the key to accomplishing something!

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/30/2012 4:50PM

    Welcome back and isn't it great that we can carry on with SparkPeople where we left off.
I wish you every success in your journey to better health.
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Happy New Year,

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I can't wait till January 21st!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm so excited emoticon I just made an appointment to try a new workout system that has just opened a salon near my home. It is the slow weight training method of building strength and muscles. The appointment is for a One on One Personal Seminar to teach you about the system. You will experience the slow-motion strength training in 5 different exercises. I have a treadmill, an elliptical machine, and weights upstairs but never seem to get around to using them. I do Pilates for 50 minutes twice a week but have trouble fitting in other workouts. This PerfectWorkout system I am checking into says in only 20 minutes once or twice a week you can improve your bone density, muscle strength, and tone your body. That sounds like it was made for me and my schedule. Plus I find if I am actually paying for something, I will do it. I'll let you know what I find out next week! emoticon

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RBMOM1999 1/24/2011 6:25PM

    So, how did it go?

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ROSEWCI 1/16/2011 11:44AM

    emoticon for trying a new workout system! Please report to us whatcha think & if ya joined! I'm curious to hear! Keep us posted! And Congrats to you for being so motivated!

emoticon Rose

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Lose 15.5 pounds

Monday, November 29, 2010

Another reason to drink your water! I just read about a study from Virginia Tech University in Prevention Magazine that said, "15.5 = the number of pounds that dieters lost over 3 months when they drank 2 cups of water BEFORE meals, a 44% increase in weight loss, compared with those who didn't. Kicking off a meal with water shrinks your appetite, so you consume fewer calorie, say researchers."

emoticon emoticon BEFORE each meal works emoticon

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GRANDMA624 11/30/2010 7:43PM

  Thanks emoticon

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SUNNYDAZE9 11/29/2010 8:26PM

    Thanks for the information.

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NINALEE35 11/29/2010 7:15PM

    Great information! Thanks. I'm going to start doing that.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/29/2010 4:04PM

    With information like that, I wonder why I continue to resist increasing my water intake.

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MSMLPERRY 11/29/2010 1:38PM

    Thanks for sharing! VERY interesting!

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DEETHIGPEN 11/29/2010 1:24PM

  I am going to give this a try by putting out a pitcher of water as I fix dinner so not to forget to do it. thanks for the info

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I cannot believe I did it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

We are having left overs for dinner tonight and I was browsing in the fridge to see what was there when I spotted about 1/2 cup of pasta sauce in a small bowl. I took it out, popped it in the microwave and heated it up. A minute or so later I caught myself sitting on the coffee table watching TV and eating it. All of a sudden I thought, "What the heck am I doing?" Eating without thinking and not really liking it emoticon It just happened and I cannot believe that I did it. When it finally dawned on me what I was doing, I stopped and put the rest of it down the garbage disposal. I only ate a little of it but I still cannot believe I did it. emoticon

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MARJIJANE 11/20/2010 9:15PM

    Mindless eating... mindless pounds...that is what makes this journey so challenging!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 11/20/2010 9:03PM

    Been there - done that!
It's all a learning process.
Stay positive!

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BILLALEX70 11/19/2010 10:16PM

    Mindless eating is always a troublesome issue for me as well. I eat when I'm bored or tired. Chewing gum usually keeps my jaws happy and my calories in check.

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SAS202554 11/19/2010 8:33PM

  I think it is very easy to have mindless eating. Sometimes you just eat out of boredom. I have been on a strict diet and it has helped me appreciate what I am allowed to eat and focus on what I am eating. I usually would overeat just to be eating.

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MISSY0356 11/19/2010 8:28PM

    Forgive me but I think you have it all wrong, you are focusing on the fact that you ate some pasta while not thinking about what you were doing but what I read is that you realized it and stopped yourself so YEAH for you!!! emoticon

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MSMLPERRY 11/19/2010 8:27PM

    Don't worry! This is a learning process and it's great that you realized what you were doing WHILE you were doing it.

I wouldn't think of this as something negative... at all!!! In my opinion, it turned out to be something positive because you DIDN'T finish the whole bowl. Instead, you realized that was an old habit you are trying to break and stopped right there. I think that's pretty good!!!

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