BONNIEELLEN571 ~ Thanks for posting your typical day. It gave me some new ideas!
Everyone is different. I would think we, as individuals, need to consult our team and our respective bloodwork to know how our absorbsion is, and the right amount of intake is.
Right now, for me my team is happy I get in 80 - 100g of protien. I also take 3 x calcium supplements and Vitamin D daily. Calcium should be taken with food, with Vitamin D, and at least 2 seperate x a day for best absorption.
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I guess I'm not overdoing the protein then. I think the very most I've gotten in in one day was 110 grams.
I always eat my fruits and veggies. I don't like my veggies crisp anymore, so my broccoli gets cooked very well and thank goodness my husband prefers it really done too. I do use mostly fresh fruit but I have been known to open a can of peaches w/splenda. They are really good. Top that off with a serving of Cool Whip Free and I feel like I'm cheating, but not.
Oh, I don't have to supplement my fiber. My local store sells some bran that supples 57% daily fiber in only half a cup. Sometimes I use that as a snack.
During my work week, I pack a little container of fresh spinach with a couple of tablespoons of pineapple tidbits on it. So good and again, more fiber.
My yogurt gets topped with puffed wheat. I know it doesn't sound good, but it is to me.
I have to admit, I don't eat potatoes, bread or rice very often at all. I just don't have room after eating my protein, fruits and veggies.
BonnieEllen, You say you don't eat a lot of fruit. I think a lot of us can relate to that! This touches on one of the points in the article that does apply to us. Eating a high ratio of protein to fiber makes it difficult for the body to eliminate properly, often leading to constipation. It is a challenge for us to eat enough high fiber foods like fruits and veggies to help our bodies process all the protein.
I try to help this along by adding probiotic powder into my smoothies. Every couple of weeks, I take colase for a day or two to keep things moving.
The article on sparkpeople described a very high protein diet as exceeding 175 grams of protein daily. Quote from the article: "For someone eating 2000 calories/day, that is 50-175 grams daily." I don't think any of us is in danger of exceeding 175 grams of protein per day, which the article says can stress the kidneys and cause calcium to leach from the bones. The article also describes the consequences of processing all the fats that would be associated with eating 175 grams of protein.
There are a variety of other reasons we have to take calcium supplements. Our surgery has a malabsorptive component, which makes it difficult for us to get all the calcium out of our food. We eat fewer calories, so it is even more difficult to get in enough calcium. I really don't think that eating too much protein is what necessitates calcium supplementation in gastric bypass patients.
Too much protein means not enough other nutrients and can cause problems in your health. I was always taught moderation in all things. I agree that protein does have calories so logging food & measuring your portions will help with knowing how many calories they are consuming each day. Many times you actually consume more than you think and a calorie is a calorie!
My surgeon wants me to have a balanced food plan of protein, carbs, and fat. I have a very slow metabolism & diabetes T2 so we(doctors/me) have decided that my daily food plan should be about 1200 calories. Plus the water which I have trouble getting enough of myself. I am to make sure to eat 60-80 gr protein and under 100 gr carb (veggies/fruit/whole grains), and some fat. My surgeon also wants me to get as much of my nutrients through normal food and not protein powders and supplements. At this time I only take multi-vitamin and iron. The way he checks is with my routine bloodwork. All my nutrients are normal levels which is pleasing and the doctors said that I am doing an execellent job on food/nutrients. The monitoring of my bloodwork is how the doctor checks my nutrient levels and from that both my food and supplements are adjusted. I do have protein drinks but only when I need them and not every day. I do not use them to replace food but to supplement when I am short on protein that day.
I discuss my nutrient levels with my surgeon, primary care doctor, endo, and naturopath. They all work together in a blended approach to my healthcare.
Edited by: CINDY-K at: 1/19/2012 (19:12)
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I average 110-120 grams of protein a day, my surgeon thought it was fine at my check up last summer. He just told me to remember protein has calories just like fat and carbs and to try and keep my total calorie count at 1200-1600 with 40% protein, 30% carbs & 30% fat.
I checked my numbers and I've been ingesting between 90 and 100 grams of protein a day. I read an article today on Sparkpeople which states too much protein can negatively impact calcium absorption. Thoughts?? Have you ready anything different?
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