I mentioned yesterday that I was trying to shoot for .8 grams of protein per lb of body weight in my daily eats. Brennan actually was the one who sent me some articles on this before I started to investigate on my own. I was eating about 60ish – 80ish grams of protein (I only know this because I have been using MyFitnessPal for a few weeks) so thinking about upping that to 120ish – 130ish grams seemed daunting. This is what a day in the life looks like now and I am quite happy with it. I am never starving and feel full but not bloated after my meals. I have found that a lower carb / low gluten diet makes my body feel at it’s best. So this may not be for everyone but this is what makes my belly happy and my work outs feel great.I always start out my day with a big glass of water and taking my multivitamin. I am TERRIBLE at taking vitamins but once I started buying the gummy kind I never miss a day : ) So for breakfast I love eggs and I discovered 16oz frozen bags of spinach at Wegman’s that only cost $0.99. I LOVE spinach so being able to eat a ton on the cheap makes me happy.
So back to my scramble: 2 eggs, 1 egg white, 1 cup of frozen spinach, 2oz deli turkey, and 1 tblsp of salsa.
Nutritional Info: 269 cal / 10g carbs / 11g fat / 28g protein / 4g fiberNext up are the snacks for the day. I love fruit so I always bring a piece to work. I also ALWAYS end up craving something crunchy after lunch so I bought a double box of Kashi Go Lean Crunch and pack 1 cup for work.
Apple Nutritional Info: 72 cal / 20g carbs / 0g fat / 0g protein / 3g fiber
Kashi Nutritional Info: 190 cal / 39g carbs / 3g fat / 9g protein / 8g fiberI love salads for lunch because I definitely enjoy eating larger quantities of lower calorie dense food than an ittttty bitty amount of super concentrated calories.
Salad Ingredients: Big handful of mixed greens, 1/2 cup corn, 1/3 package of clover sprouts, 4oz deli turkey, and for dressing 2tblsp salsa mixed with 1tblsp apple cider vinegar.
Nutritional Info: 218 cal / 29g carbs / 3g fat / 23g protein / 6g fiberFor dinners right now I am on a big pork kick. Right now I have a bunch of boneless center cut pork chops and I think they are divine. My preffered cooking method is baking for 18 minutes in a 425F oven and I always put something saucy on top. This chop has a tblsp of barbeque sauce on it. I also like using tapenade, dijon mustard, lemon juice and spices, and occasionally prepackaged marinades, really whatever you feel like.
Ingredients: 2 cups frozen spinach, 1 bell pepper, 1 tsp coconut oil, and salt / pepper to taste & 6oz pork chop & 1 tblsp sauce.
Nutritional Info: 525 cal / 20g carbs / 18g fat / 58g protein / 6g fiber
I also normally end up having a half cup of light vanilla soy milk with coffee at some point in the day so that will add a little bit to the total I am about to give. But all in all it doesn’t look too tough / painful does it? If you are a vegetarian obviously this day in the life does not sound fun at all : )
Daily Total: 1,309 cal / 122g carbs / 36g fat / 121g protein / 28g fiber
Depending on how much you exercise / how much movement you get in a day this may be too few / too many calories. We all have different levels we need to hit. I have found that this combo of nutrients makes my body hum just swell and I work out for about an hour a day (except rest days).
Q: Do you have any idea how much protein you normally consume in a day?
Q: If you are a vegetarian / vegan where do you get the bulk of your protein from?