Saturday, January 31, 2009

Where is the Protein?

I have noticed in the past few days that there is something missing in my diet-
Fruits- check
Veggies- check
Cookies- check

But where is the protein? I'm not big on meat, yet I don't make a conscious effort to replace the lacking protein. I checked several sources (one of which was apparently a GOAT protein requirements calculator) and it says that a woman of my size should be eating between 42 and 64 grams a day, assuming average to intermediate levels of exercise. I am guessing that I come in way below that estimate. Now I'm not an athlete in any way, but I feel like I am replacing my protein sources with other foods instead.

So here is my protein challenge. I will aim for 50 grams of protein. I feel like this will keep me more satisfied and will cause me to examine my intake. For example, I will not go for a cookie if I haven't had my real dinner. I'm going to target getting to a good level, starting today.

So far, breakfast was 24 grams of protein (1 cup of Greek yogurt with a chopped banana, red pear, and 1/4 cup of Cheerios with 1 tbsp of dark chocolate PB...I was starving). I think I'm halfway there, but this is usually where it goes downhill.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I tend to lack in the protein department too! Greek yogurt is a wonderful source!