You don't eat no meat???
Who recognizes that line? It’s from one of my favorite movies.. which depicts exactly the type of family both PB and I come from.
[Reminder: I am blogging my meals this week- every last bite- to show you how I eat and why I eat it. This is the extended reply to several Ask Me Anything questions I received.]
Yesterday I did not eat any chicken, beef or fish. I didn’t do it on purpose, it just happened. I was still able to consume 91 g of protein. You don’t necessarily need to eat meat to reach protein goals! I absolutely love fish. I eat chicken breast (always organic or locally sourced) because it is easy to cook and flavor in other ways, but I don’t like it that much. I rarely eat beef, except for the occasional bite of PB’s dish at a restaurant, or when trying tapas or family meals. We often have 2 or 3 days a week where we eat a vegetarian diet. We can still reach our protein goals on those days with just a little bit of thought. It is even easier when I consume yogurt or eggs on those days, like I did yesterday.
I know there is a lot of debate on the amount of protein a body needs in a day. I was always taught that we need 0.8 g/kg of body weight. For someone about my size, that equals to around only 50 g of protein a day. I know my body, and as an athlete (woah, I just called myself an athlete??), I need even more. The recommended protein intake for athletes is between 1.2 g/kg- 1.8 g/kg. To calculate your recommended level of protein, take your weight in lbs and divide by 2.2 (to get your weight in kg) and then multiply by either 0.8 or anywhere in the range of 1.2-1.8.
My goal is to get between 90 and 100 g of protein a day. That might seem really high for some, but I know that my muscles need it.
All that to say, like Erica, I am really focusing more on reaching that goal every day.
For breakfast this morning I settled on a protein shake to accompany the protein discussion. This shake had 30 g Jay Robb Chocolate Whey Protein, 1/2 frozen banana, 6 oz water, 6 ice cubes, and 2 tbs peanut butter. I am trying to pretend it is summertime so the summer weather will come sooner. I chose to have a shake instead of a formal breakfast due to time. I was in a rush packing this morning and trying to clean up before work, and a protein shake seemed like the quickest solution.
This was so satisfying, even without something to chew. I can’t wait for summer fruits so I can finally set up and use the juicer PB’s awesome friends gave us!!! It is sitting in the closet waiting patiently to be used.
Previous days’ eats.
Dinner- recipe for Baked Breaded Eggplant
And a LOVEly Weekend.