Thursday, July 25, 2013

Protein

One of my informal goals for the future (how vague am I?) is to consume more protein. As I've mentioned before, I have never been a fan of eating meat. I don't care for the taste of any warm-blooded animals, and it actually turns my stomach if I think about it too much. I do not like the idea of eating other beings with eyes and feelings. Not to mention the environmental impact and the absolutely wretched conditions found in factory farms. That said, I am not a vegetarian because I've never been good about getting my protein from other non-meat sources. However, I do draw the line at beef. No eating cows for me, thank you very much.

I typically eat about 2 servings of meat per week (this includes seafood, which I enjoy a great deal). I have issues with the texture (and taste) of beans. Nuts are not my favorite food. While I do like the occasional pb&j sandwich, I doubt eating one sandwich per month is going to meet my recommended daily allowance of protein. Eggs in any form other than hard-boiled skeeve me out. I've been on a kick of eating yogurt and granola for breakfast every morning (although I'm currently taking a break from that). I do love cheese. But still, none of this adds up to the 46 grams of protein I'm supposed to eat each day. I bet I average closer to 10 grams/day if I'm lucky.

My doctor even told me to eat more protein, fruits, and veggies and less carbs. (I'm not good about fruits & veggies either, but we'll save that for another day.) I'm not excited about trying to force myself to eat more dead animals. Maybe I could try hard-boiled eggs? Yogurt for 3 meals a day? Clearly, I'm running short on ideas.

3 comments:

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I am trying to eat LESS protein! I am eating too much. The hubster is very much a meat person. We eat meat with every meal when we eat together. The protein requirement is pretty small--relative to what I eat. I'm trying to eat more veggies, less meat. (The other thing is, I really LIKE the taste of meat, but do not like the idea of it--I used to be a vegetarian until I developed allergies to tofu, beans etc.)

zeelemons said...

As a vegan I can re-assure you that you DON'T have to consume animals to get your recommended daily intake of protein. First things first, do your research and really determine how much you should be eating. The daily recommendations set forward by the FDA seem to be a little high because they are, ahem, funded by the meat and dairy industry.
Do you like shakes? Try a soy milk! Or substitute it in your granola, cereal or grains. Try tofu! Don't give me that face! If you haven't had good tofu, you haven't mastered the cooking technique. Lastly, eat your greens. Where do you think all those animals are getting THEIR protein? Let me know if you have any questions :)

"Nadine" said...

Thanks zeelemons!