Hello, buttons! I loved hearing about your weekends— thanks for sharing!
Now it’s time I share a little something I’ve been going through as of late. For weeks, I had been feeling inexplicably exhausted. One day, as I was sitting in front of my computer at work, I nearly fainted. After a supervised workout, I couldn’t see straight. I had been eating plenty, but plenty of what? (I hadn’t lost any weight. I weighed myself to make sure.)
Thanks to a highly formal and trusty search on WebMD and the School of MamaJ, for most of July I was experiencing what I (and WebMD and MamaJ) believe to be a nuisance of a protein deficiency.
As one who has been vegan and back, I don’t believe that I need to seek extra protein sources. I don’t believe that I need to consume my body weight plus whatever grams of protein per day. In my mind, it’s a fallacy. It’s an Americanized ideal that’s fed the meat factories (and I’m not talking about fraternity houses, although depending on how you take it, that could be true). When I get really loopy, I think that the Americans have it all wrong. I don’t think the French worry about their protein intake. The Italians surely don’t, and those are the people I want to BE!
But those people probably haven’t also eliminated the following forms of protein because of one reason or another:
- chicken and foul
- deer (this is a reality in Ohio; I know they’re overpopulated but that’s not reason enough for me)
- cow’s milk
- soy protein in any form
- whey protein
- casein protein
- limited beans (unless I want to propel myself from Ohio to Key West solely on bean-induced gas)
Through a process of elimination of sorts, I’ve narrowed my protein intake to the following sources:
- cheese (which I mostly eat on weekends; I don’t know why, that’s just how it happens)
- Greek yogurt
- eggs (I know I’ll catch flak for this, but I’m buying organic, cage-free, hopefully happy eggs)
- dolphin-safe tuna (once or twice a week)
- shrimp (once a month, if that)
- salmon and tilapia (once a month, if that)
- peanut butter
- grains and seeds
But because of the heat and laziness, I stopped being conscious about my efforts to eat any protein. Maybe I’d have some Greek yogurt in the morning, but on most days, I didn’t think about it. I truly wasn’t paying attention to my protein intake at all, and I was suffering big time. Maybe there was something to this “fallacy.”
Last week, I took my health into my own hands and drove to Whole Foods after work. I was tired of feeling tired, and I didn’t want to risk being on the verge of fainting again. Into my cart went yogurt, a carton of egg whites, tuna (dolphin-safe, I made sure!), salmon burgers, Sunshine burgers and a protein powder to try out.
In the past, I’ve resisted buying protein powder because I see it as a last resort. That’s how concerned I was; I was willing to do whatever it took. I also have a difficult time liking any protein powders. It either tastes too fake or too much like dirt, or is chalky or gritty. I also do not want to spend money to have protein powder shipped to me if I don’t know what it tastes like.
Miracle of miracles, I’ve finally found the one, nestled in the shelves of Whole Foods.
Within days of making a concerted effort to consume a serving of protein, I felt amazing. My energy returned— I practically felt buzzed. And maybe it’s all in my head, but more protein revved my appetite. Or was that the PMS?
No matter, I’m making the effort and taking charge. I’m doing what I need to do to feel vivacious. What you need to do may be very different. I think that’s cool and would love to hear about your take on your protein intake!
Will I be counting my grams of protein every day? Hell naw. Will I be going high protein and low carb? That sounds like hell on earth. Will I always nip a health problem in the bud as soon as I notice something is off? You bet your cute booty.
My protein adventure continues to be delicious, thanks to Proventive, some dairy, eggs, vegetable proteins and some fish. It works for me.
A protein problem no more.
Ciao for now,
Questions: What’s your stance on protein intake? + How many grams do you think one needs per day? Do you keep track of that? + On what sources of protein do you rely?