Being post-op, there’s nothing more important than protein. Protein promotes healing, and I need it for energy, so that my body feeds off of that and my fat cells, and not my muscles. But it’s been hard for me to get an adequate amount of protein in. But I’m doing my best. The goal is 75 grams of protein a day, though I was told that obviously it would take me a few months to reach that. I have been battling upper respiratory infections since my surgery, and I’ve been really tired and run down feeling all the time, so I’m going to try and increase my protein intake in the hopes that the extra will help me get over whatever it is I’m sick with, and feel better on a day to day basis.
Protein is highest in meat… obviously a problem since it would be impossible for me to chow down on even 30ish grams of protein a day. So I’m going to go back to the protein drinks. I admit that I stopped drinking them on a daily basis around two weeks post-op, because I was so excited to have more food choices available (not that potatoes, mashed up soup and cream of wheat are exactly exciting). Now I’m going to start off every day with one. Right now I’m drinking a frosty chocolate flavored protein shake. It’s not bad. It does taste almost like a Wendy’s Frosty. The whole can has 21 grams in it, and I’m almost finished about half of a can worth.
I’m also going to be super duper religious about adding at least one scoop of protein powder (6 grams per scoop!) to my soups, cream of wheat and puddings.
Here’s to more protein! *shakes fist*