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Got a Date Tomorrow!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

I made a date with my family to go grocery shopping together tomorrow. You're disappointed, I know? Maybe you expected me to share how I have been single for awhile and am finally dipping my toe in the dating pool. No, thank goodness I have that part of my life fulfilled.

No, this is a boring story of my not getting enough protein in my diet and finally deciding to fix it. You see, I am not much of a meat eater. I do eat meat, but it isn't high on my list of preferred foods. I also am not thrilled about bread in its various forms. Don't dislike bread, but can take it or leave it. For most of my life I believed I must be getting enough protein in spite of these food quirks, primarily because I love cottage cheese, yogurt, almost all kinds of hard and soft cheeses and milk. When the nutrition tracker showed that I was missing my protein goal on several days of every week, I started making it a point to eat some bread and beans or foods containing beans, like chili. Yet, I continue to be low in protein for multiple days of every week.

So, tomorrow my family is going to the grocery store to stock up on foods that include grains, nuts, seeds, fish and maybe meat or cuts of meat that we don't usually buy. I want to see my food tracker show that I am meeting, or at least very close to, my protein goal each day. I am looking forward to the satisfaction I know I will feel from getting over this hurdle.

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    I think Americans usually have more than enough protein in their diets. My friend is vegetarian and only eats beans, whole grains, and greens and he is in wonderful shape and full of energy. After his wife died he (70 years old) went on a vegetarian diet and lost 170 pounds in a year and a half. He works volunteering for his church in their food pantry and for another nonprofit organization. He got to quit his diabetic meds and has never felt better. I haven't given up meat but I am feeling better with my better diet. Just cutting out the crap, lol.
    1992 days ago
    I'm curious, if you look at the days you missed your protein goal, are you also not eating enough calories those days? If you are eating enough calories, where are they going? I mean it seems as if you're not loading up on bread, so are you eating that much in veggies? Oh, and when you do track stuff, make sure that the line-item you're choosing has the correct amount of protein for what you're eating. For instance, I've seen people only put in the calories and fat and not the other components (or they just put a 1 as a place holder). Hopefully you're not missing it by much, and only a little adjustment is necessary. I don't eat meat (and also can take or leave bread, which is funny b/c I make fresh bread every other day for my family). But I eat so many other sources of protein that I always end up way over on my protein allowance for the day. Either way, great job taking charge of your healthy eating!
    1993 days ago
    So many alternatives now... hope you found some you like!
    1993 days ago
    Good luck finding the right combinations of foods for you to meet your nutrition goals. There's so many more choices available now. Happy shopping! :)
    1993 days ago
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