Protein makes a difference
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
After much trial and error, I have determined that I do best eating more rote in than recommended, at least 80 grams. Yes, that's a lot, but I've done the logging and evaluation to reach this conclusion.
On days I don't reach my protein, I always crave more carbs, and I usually end up eating at least 1100 calories over the top end of my range. Talk about a fail! Unfortunately, I often don't realize I'm deficient on protein until I get the munchies bad just before bed. By then, I've usually already exceeded my calorie goal because I wasn't eating properly all day.
It's not enough to eat a high-protein breakfast. I have to eat protein all day long. That can be a chore when I'm not home. I've tried carrying nuts with me, but they don't digest well when I'm running around. I end up needing a soda, which totally defeats the purpose if being prepared; I should just run through a drive through for a burger and iced tea.
One of these days I'll be organized to plan my out-and-about days better. For that matter, I'll have snacks at the ready at home for days like yesterday when I wasn't feeling so hot and grabbed whatever was easiest (cookies and chips). In the meantime, I'll focus on having a good amount of protein in all my meals and snacks so I don't find out at 9pm that I'm going to need another meal before I can fall asleep.