Needed: More Protein

I think I may need more protein in my little Mexican life. For some reason my taste-buds lean towards carbs – not protein, so balancing Intuitive Eating with my nutritional needs is going to take some work.

I have been really trying to listen to my body, but the last few afternoons (pre and post-vacation/marathon) I’ve gotten really snacky after lunch. I find myself grabbing big handfuls of trail mix or scoops of PB on bread. While some of it may have been stress related, I do think my body isn’t getting all the protein it needs considering I was training for, and now recovering from, a marathon.

The next few days I’m going to work on incorporating protein into breakfast in an effort to start the day with a balanced body and blood sugar :)

Around 10:30am I was hungry, but in the middle of a project. I decided to break with an apple. Again, my hand isn’t dirty, I’m still scarred from my last fall :(IMG_4047

Today’s lunch had protein in the form of TJ’s egg white salad. I lalalove this stuff and used to buy it all the time at home!IMG_4049

I piled the whole container in a wrap. I also had some baked Cheetos on the side, but my hand was too covered in orange dust to bust out the camera!IMG_4054

After lunch I still wanted something, preferably something sweet so I had an english muffin with PB&J… In hindsight I probably should have had something like yogurt and fruit or veggies with hummus, but whatev.IMG_4055

I already have a list of protein filled breakfasts to try! I’m excited :)


  1. says

    fat free greek yogurt is excellent source of protein – wish I could eat it

    I loooooooove eggs – cheap and easy!

    also loooooooove Trader Joe’s Turkey Bacon – not vegetarian I know, I’m supposed to be flexitarian/veganish but when I need protein, I do eggs & Tj’s turkey bacon – the nutritionals are amazing.

    babybel cheese light has good protein source – or those cabot light individual serving pks of cheese from costco

    i can’t do dairy sadly. :(

  2. says

    I like to add a little Greek yogurt, soymilk. or a small handful of walnuts or trail mix to my breakfast. the protein and fat really makes a difference and I never need to snack before lunch!

  3. says

    I’ve been a little protein-crazy for a while now, and it definitely does make a difference as to how satisfied you feel after eating! Anytime I skimp on the protein for breakfast, I get ravenous an hour later (and cranky). Looking forward to seeing what’s on your list of protein breakfasts!

  4. Tammy says

    Peanut butter has protein :) I am loving beans these days, as far as getting my protein in…black bean burgers, hummus, vegetarian chili…yum!

    • marie says

      Actually, I think beans for breakfast can be fabulous. I’ll sometimes do a healthful breakfast burrito with eggs, pinto or black beans, cheese and avocado in a high-fiber tortilla or wrap. It’s yummy and keeps me satisfied for hours.

  5. says

    I’m always trying to sneak more protein in too. One of my faves for breakfast or lunch is so easy and good. Mix one egg with one smashed banana. You can also stir in some almond butter if you want. Then cook them up like pancakes!! So good!!

  6. marie says

    I also need to make a conscious effort to eat protein with breakfast and am eager to see what sort of protein filled breks you make.

    And, even though you weren’t pleased with how your mary went, (and I respect that), CONGRATS for finishing it!! I will never, ever do one, so I have tremendous respect and admiration for those who so much as consider accomplishing those feat. In my view, those who finish, be they runners, walkers, or wheelchair athletes, really have accomplished something.

  7. says

    I COMPLETELY agree. When I start my day with protein I feel so much more satisfied. Something as simple as adding egg whites to my oatmeal even helps! And congratulations on your marathon – I know you are disappointed with your time but you still DID IT!!

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