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Too many carbs!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

So I'd made a plan to follow my "detox" plan 2-3 days per week every week this month. I'm on day 2 of my third week today. And I am just now realizing/admitting that this plan has me eating considerably more carbs and way less protein than I am used to (See Monday and Tuesdays for the past 2 weeks in my tracker, and Monday and Tuesday for the last week of May). I've been at the top of my range or even a little over my range for carbs and barely meeting or just under my protein range.

Foods I am avoiding during the detox: all dairy, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, gluten and added sugar.

Foods I am eating a lot of: fruit, veggies, chicken, oatmeal, sweet potatoes (and regular potatoes...), peanut butter, avocados and various beans.

I'd added an egg white to my oatmeal today and nixed the hash browns I'd been having every morning for breakfast (reduced carbs and adds some protein).

Any idea of more protein and less carbs? It would appear that I could forgo the bananas, potatoes and popcorn, but I'm still at a loss for more protein, aside from eating more chicken/beans/peanut butter.

(Side note- I've been going back and forth about becoming a vegetarian again. I've been getting weirded out about eating animal flesh [gross, but true] and kind of wanted to see how that would work for me. Not so well so far, seeing as how my protein has been pretty low without the chicken)

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IRP1114 6/20/2013 3:46PM

    You got a lot of good tips here! Love it ; )! Definitely eat more eggs greek yogurt and protein powders. I use to have this same problem when aiming to eat more vegan and even when not. I use to regularly eat over 60% carbs. I started reducing carbs by cutting down grains then a little on the fruit. I use hemp and whey protein most days. Last night I had a cup of plain greek yogurt mixed with half scoop of strawberry whey and a cup of strawberries for dessert : )! Good luck. It takes time but you will get use to balancing it out better. What matters is that you are aware of it and if you keep an eye on it you will get it to where you want to be!

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SDLEE514 6/19/2013 2:41PM

    I second Sandra's suggestion about fish; many fishes are lower in fat (although of course omega is good for you!) but still high in protein such as swai and tilapia. I see you're avoiding dairy too, otherwise I'd say greek yogurt. If you can make it an exception, and if you're avoiding added sugar, I like to eat plain greek with fruit, and you're definitely eating a lot of fruit! Beans are surprisingly high in carbs, but some legumes are better than others, I second SHMARA about edamame. I'm not sure how you define processed, and/or if you really are considering going vegetarian, but I also like to snack on deli meat. I have found brands that have absolutely no preservatives or nitrates and are low in sodium (Hormel & Applegate). Good luck!

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STFRENCH 6/19/2013 4:03AM

    I'm just in the middle of studying about protein actually so I'm just having a look at my lesson for some tips emoticon

It's a tough one as meat is indeed the best source of protein there is - do you feel the same kind of unease about eating fish? Fish (white fish like cod, or oily fish like salmon, etc.) is a good and healthy source of protein.
Milk is also good as well as other cheeses, like cheddar.
Quinoa is a fantastic source of protein, so are beans, lentils and legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds.

And if you still think you may not be getting enough protein, how about adding 1 or 2 scoops of good protein powder to a smoothie?

Hope this info helps you emoticon

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CLPURNELL 6/18/2013 7:31PM

    Add tofu maybe?

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ELIZABETH5268 6/18/2013 2:52PM

    Can you have tofu?

Nuts

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SHMARA 6/18/2013 2:13PM

    I am with you, I went through a vegetarian phase last year. And I am considering doing it again. But the lack of protein concerns me a bit. Because chicken is so darn easy to make. And when we did it last year , my husband lost like 9 pounds. Since he is thin, it was all muscle. He is still trying to gain it back. So I might just give up all meat, but keep the fish.
Some veggies are less carb dense , like cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli. Quinoa and buckwheat, are both great sources of protein. I just found out some amazing recipes using buckwheat, and they are all not only gluten, but grain free! Check this site, amazing food.
http://thehealthyfoodie.co
m/category/gluten-free-2/
If you eat soy, edamame is amazingly high in protein. And I can't live life without all sorts of nuts, no way no how.
A good way to sneak some protein in is egg whites. I have been adding egg whites to my one egg, for virtually no calories, and upping that protein!
Good luck :)


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IAMZBEE 6/18/2013 2:04PM

    Have you tried adding protein drinks into the mix? And plain Greek yogurt.

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PROPMAN1 6/18/2013 1:22PM

  I wish you the best of luck! Unfortunately, i can't help you....my carb intake so outweighs protein/fat/etc. that it's ridiculous. Wish that i liked/enjoyed fruits and veggies more but......

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