Time to face the music: protein
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I guess I can't avoid this anymore. I've been ravenous since about 1pm this afternoon. I've used up most of my calories and it's not quite 6pm, and I feel like I haven't eaten anything all day. Couldn't figure out why I was so hungry, until I noticed I've only had 35 grams of protein all day. Unfortunately, this isn't all that rare for me. I hardly ever get close to my minimum protein requirement, and I don't know that I've hit it once without eating fish. Which is fine. It's just that fish is more expensive and I don't cook it at home all that much. And I'm trying to watch my mercury intake. Bah.
I was a vegetarian for years, sometimes healthily, sometimes very much not so, but I understand how to get protein on a vegetarian diet. The problem is, beans are pretty high in calories and I tend to not eat so much of them now. But since I'm starving, I'm almost at my calorie limit for the day, and everything I keep seeing on sparkpeople seems to agree that not getting enough protein leads to hunger, I think it's time I do something about this.
So. My next mission, now that I'm finally past the halfway mark on the weight loss, is to start increasing my daily protein intake. I already eat an egg pretty much everyday, which I'm sure is killing me, but I love eggs and they're a fantastic source of protein. I think I'm going to run out and grab some lowfat cottage cheese, yogurt, and some black beans and maybe some tofu. But tofu's a little more high-maintenance as it requires some sort of recipe or doctoring up to taste good, and the other three I can just shove in. Oh! And hummus! I love hummus and can eat gallons of it. I make my daughter three balanced meals including protein each day, why can't I just make sure my meals include some as well?