OK. I avoid tracking things because I hate math and I find it annoying, but I decided to for the past 5 days because I am where you were awhile back, @skwigg with clothes feeling tighter than I would like, feeling puffy, etc. I can post my height/weight if that would be helpful and not offend anyone.
I discovered that I am struggling to get 40g of protein per day. This seems very low. It is the bare minimum using the 1g protein for every .8kg that you weigh, if that is accurate whatsoever.
I do not know how accurate my calorie tracking has been, but I have done my best, and actually have measured things, which also annoys me and seem to be around 1500ish a day?
I am a vegetarian, but still. I do find myself hungry/unsatisfied much more than would be ideal. I have been vegetarian for maybe 25 years and satisfaction has never been a problem. But this is new.
I think this may be related to the fact that I have finally been able to get off of a migraine preventative medication (yay!) I was taking that cut my appetite wayyyyyyy down. So, it's quite possible that I have been feeding myself inadequately for years, and didn't know because my hunger was blunted.
I got a plant-based protein powder that my friend likes, and I hate it. I have tried whey/soy protein powders in the past and have hated all of those too, lol. I think what I hate is the weird fake vanilla/chocolate/weird "natural" sweetener flavor? So, I ordered a plant-based protein powder that is unflavored and unsweetened. Hopefully I will like that better, or find it acceptable. I am hoping to find a good oatmeal or pancake protein powder combo, that would be easy.
I like yogurt and kefir, but do not like Greek yogurt, which would obviously be better. Maybe I can add something to improve the texture and then I would like it?
Dairy and eggs in general are OK. But I cannot deal with eggs in the morning, unless they are disguised into some kind of baked good or pancake :)
I love nuts and nut butter, but you have to eat massive quantities to get a sufficient amount of protein. Same with lentils/beans, which I also like.
Anyone have suggestions? It maybe seems possible that by making a few changes I could improve my energy level/body composition without doing anything drastic, which I heavily resist. I fully admit that I love to eat and bake and don't want to have to stop eating any of those things, even though my fitness-minded friend says I must. She is maybe not a good person to ask, haha.
I am not a hard core exerciser by any means. But I could maybe improve in this area. I currently do 20 min of yoga every morning (I enjoy this, look forward to it, and it improves my patience level in the classroom, haha), 10-15 min. of short Zuzka-style workouts (not always her specifically) but not heavy weights, I can't keep up if I use more than 8-10 lbs., and I am on my feet moving around a good bit at work all day if that counts for anything. No clue if this is adequate or not, and also no idea how much of me is fat vs. muscle, etc.