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Protein Problems

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

So I usually update my blog more often, but I have been pretty busy. Also, I get frustrated with my routine easily. I've been completely switching things up again. I'm trying to eat less calories, while still getting in enough protein. This is a gargantuan feat for me! I added up the calories for a particular day and only was going to have 38 grams of protein! So I added a protein smoothie, which brought me to 55. So I had to add a few more things to get above 60, which is my goal.

I feel like there are many days where I could cut calories easily, but I need to keep them in order to reach my protein goal.

My problem with protein? I don't like the taste of meat. YUCK, I can't even think about it. The only way I can eat it, is if it's disguised. Like breaded chicken or shrimp, I can't eat it if I tell that I'm chewing on meat. However, I try to stay away from popcorn chicken and shrimp, because the deep fried-ness of it all really does a number on my stomach now!

My stomach can only handle limited dairy and soy. I LOVE various kinds of beans, but when I eat them too often I get constipated.

I also love high protein cereals and bars from Kashi. But I also love other cereals that don't come with the protein punch.

Ok, so I've been whining about protein, so what's the solution? Get off my butt and stop complaining! So because I'm so darn picky, I need to remain active to make up for those extra calories. In fact, eating a little extra allows me to do more activities. I don't have to worry about my body going into starvation mode when I exercise extra hard one day, because I'm sure i'll be eating enough to cover it!

So I've realized I'm bad about getting enough protein in my day. What's been the hardest thing about this process for you?
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  • JIBBIE49
    I noticed in the "diet section" of the grocery the other day a "favored drink" that was $2.79 a bottle that said it had 40 grams of protein. I couldn't figure what the protein source was from, but it had only 160, which meant it was just protein calories. I can't recall what the name of it was now, but it came in Grape, Lime and Strawberry.
    3439 days ago
    Cottage Cheese packs in 12-13g protein per half-cup, and low-fat versions are 80-90 calories.

    Southbeach living high protein cereal bars are good. They have 10g protein, and have 140 calories.

    You can check out a couple of the vegetarian teams. They have some good discussions about protein sources. Here is a link o one of my favorites. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
    3439 days ago
    I have the perfect solution for you! It does have soy, but it's low in calories and packs in 20 grams of protein! Above all, it's tasty! I'm talking about Instone High Protein Pudding. The chocolate flavor is the best one!

    Here's the site for more info:

    3439 days ago
    Congrats on your weight loss. I'm inspired and impressed. I have been trying a whey protein powder called body fortress. Its pretty reasonable on price and if you use water you can get 52 grams of protein, with 210 calories-of course milk is more calories and tastes better emoticon

    Thanks for the welcome and good luck as you move forward.

    3439 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    I am a vegetarian... so protein can be hard for me to get in. I usually am able to do it with a protein shake in the morning and eat nuts for a snack. I also do a lot of the soy products as 'meat' substitutes.

    3440 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    You are doing great, Hon.

    Since I've gotten off of sugar, processed food and HFCS, I don't have the horrible cravings for junk food like I use to so I don't have much of a problem about protein in-take. emoticon
    3440 days ago
    I'm like you. I don't like meat. I will eat chicken and turkey but that doens't happen everyday so I make up for it with the protein bars. Some have chocolate in them and that covers my chocolate craving too.
    3440 days ago
    For me, it's getting enough calcium and drinking enough water. When I look at the results of my eating for the day, the calcium column is always lacking. And I have all but given up trying to drink 8 cups of water a day. And finally, ice cream is a big problem for me. If I have it in the house, I have a hard time resisting it. It is my favorite food. *sigh* And try as I might, I usually fail at eating just a 1/2 cup serving.
    3440 days ago
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