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Getting my protein on

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*

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  1. Heya.
    I just wanted to leave a comment on your web, I’m your subscriber for months now and I want to tell you that I’m a big fan of you – not the blog, but you!
    I believe you can reach your goal and the difficulties you experience are something to remind you later, that it wasn’t easy but it was definitely worth it. You know what is said – the path which is wide and smooth and beautifully tiled is the one which leads to hell; while the one which is hard to walk on is the true rewarding one.
    So, heads up, I believe in you! ;)
    And thumbs up on protein shakes, they are simply eeeeewwwwwww. :))

  2. Bri


    Are you a cottage cheese person? I think that has a decent amount of protein in it, and it seems like something you’d be able to eat without problems.

  3. Karah


    Here’s a link to a list of high protein foods ( As for protein powder, check out They have an isolate that has 27 grams of protein per serving. Plus, it’s easy to add to oatmeal and other foods. It’s unflavored so it won’t affect the taste (just might thicken things up a bit, so add a little more water to the cream of wheat). Good luck meeting your protein goals! :)

  4. Coco


    I’ve been having trouble with the protein shakes…what brand is the one you are drinking? It would be great to find one that tastes decent now that Slimfast has been recalled!

  5. Coco


    I’ve been having trouble with the protein shakes…what brand is the one you are drinking? It would be great to find one that tastes decent now that Slimfast has been recalled! Will you email me and let me know? Thanks!

  6. Tisha


    Have you tried the New-Whey Liquid Protein Bullets by IDS? I have a hard time with shakes myself…the liquid portion of the diet felt like forever for me since I didn’t drink the shakes as much as I should have. These protein bullets are like 3 ounces and usually around 30-40 grams of protein each.

  7. kmr1969


    Have you tried Proto Whey powder? I have never had a protein powder that tastes better. They really nailed in on flavor. It is also a very good quality shake. They use hydrolized protein, so it is absorbed more easily. Take a look at their website at and see what you think. My brother-in-law got me looking into it.


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