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Increased Protein Intake

Posted May 29 2009 11:36pm
So for the past couple weeks I've been eating a lot of protein. Hitting about 150g protein per day. It's a lot harder than I thought it'd be -- easy for a few days, but hard to do it consistantly. If you'll remember, I'm doing this major increase because of my low prealbumin numbers in the last lab draw. I've got another lab draw scheduled for June 13th, so we'll see if this is working or not.

A typical day's protein intake includes:

68g protein -- two protein hot chai teas per day (AM & PM)
12g protein -- about 2oz sliced deli turkey per day for breakfast
24g protein -- about 4-5oz chicken breast on a salad per day for lunch
12g protein -- a couple cheesesticks for an afternoon snack (or 2oz more of turkey)
30g protein -- about 4oz steak a couple times this week for dinner

This comes out to 146g protein and when you figure in 1 or 2 grams here and there from whole grains or veggies or dairy I can hit the 150g mark with this type of plan. I'm also averaging about 1200-1300 calories per day.

But the only problem I'm experiencing is that I'm bored. The turkey slices are delicious, but I don't want them for breakfast everyday. I love the chai tea, but I definitely need to mix it up with different flavor protein drinks instead or some other high protein snack that's not super filling. And I miss my popcorn in the evenings as my late night snack -- but with dinner being so late most days and needing an extra protein drink before bed, there's usually no room in my tummy for popcorn even though I could easily fit it into the nutrition balance of the day. Maybe I need to throw that PM protein drink into the mid-afternoon slot instead??

I'm not complaining.. .just thinking out loud, mostly. I need to work harder to add variety, that's for sure. Variety is hard though when you're not home much and don't have time to be creative in the kitchen. But it sounds like I need a plan, huh?

Just rambling today, I guess.

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