Another busy day -- just getting around to exercise now!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bought a few things for my dorm today. Exciting! I also got to eat more fruit today than I usually do.

I've noticed that, no matter what, I rarely seem to get enough protein...frustrating! I eat a lot of black beans and peanut butter, so I'm hoping to fix this...any veggie-friendly hints?

Kelly -- thank you so much for your tip on my last post! I'm going to go update my plan now. THEN exercise.

Thanks again for all the encouragement, you guys!
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  • KELLY122581
    RE: protein - how much does your tracker say you need? A minimum of 60g? I go by an absolute daily minimum of 50g per day, as recommended by a nutritionist. 50g = 10% of your daily calories on a 2000 calorie diet, which will be much easier in maintenance mode than now, but it is still doable.

    I'm vegan, and I get most of my protein from whole GRAINS(multi-grain bread, whole wheat or spelt pasta, brown rice, quinoa, etc... if you've never tried quinoa, get on that now! delicious and packed with protein!) BEANS (lentils, beans, chick peas, split peas, etc ...) SOY products (soy yogurt, soy milk, tofu, miso and i recently added tempeh to the mix).

    But don't forget that VEGGIES also have protein. Broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, etc etc are also pretty high in protein. A cup of broccoli is, I think, 2 grams.

    Finally, FRUIT has some protein as well - and orange is 1 gram!

    I use NUTS and peanut butter sparingly, for their good fats.... the protein they contribute, I consider bonus. They have too many calories for me to use as a main protein source.

    Remember, protein is just the building blocks of cells, so all whole plant food contribute at least some protein to your diet. Refined foods like sugar and oil, do not.

    If you are not vegan, but vegetarian, you can also use DAIRY and EGGS sparingly (they will contribute cholesterol to your diet) as a source of protein. I used to eat egg-white omelets frequently for the protein.

    The most important thing is that you VARY your sources of protein so that you get all of the amino acids that you need - if you are getting all of your protein in black beans and peanuts, you are probably lacking in the amino acid lysine... so you should probably change it up and get some soy products in rotation at least.
    2133 days ago
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