The power of protein

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

13 weeks, 3 days pregnant
I admit it. I’ve been slack on the protein front lately.
The whole feeling-like-poo-nonstop thing made me stop eating — even thinking — about chicken, and beef intake was rare. Even my favourite scrambled eggs were turning my stomach!
So while I was getting plenty of fruit, veggies, grains, milk, etc., I wasn’t getting much in the way of protein.
I realized this on Monday, when I spent the day feeling like I had been run over by a truck: no energy, no … well, I would have been too tired to even finish that sentence. Monday’s meals were high on carbs (bagel for breakfast, rice with lunch and dinner) but low on protein. And I felt awful.
So yesterday, Darling Husband packed me a lunch that included lots of “hidden” protein:
  • Breakfast: All-Bran flakes, 1 piece toast, OJ
  • Snack: Yogurt, whole-grain crackers with peanut butter
  • Lunch: Chicken salad sandwich and baby carrots, milk
  • Snack: Hard-boiled egg, cheese, milk
Woohoo! Welcome back, Chicken!
I felt a thousand times better yesterday — particularly after the morning snack. I think I’ll do even better if I incorporate some protein into breakfast, as well.
But the question is: can I realllly get up early enough to make eggs before work? The jury is still out.

So what do you think?

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