Athletes: Eat Your Protein!

Protein: Almond Butter, Lentils, Nuts and More

I've been trying to slowly increase the number of miles I run per week so that I can start training for a race and not cause myself any pain along the way. Sometimes I only run 3 miles at a time, which would be okay if I didn't have an early spring marathon or trail race in mind. But I must be patient!

Since I'm running less, I have more time to read blogs! Recently, I came across a blog post that reminded me of how important protein is in my diet so I've been adding more protein to my meals.

Eat your protein! The advantages:


  1. Protein fills you up. That's good because it means I can last from breakfast time to lunch time without getting hungry. Today I ate 26 grams of protein and made it to lunch without feeling hungry.
  2. A high protein diet reduces muscle loss
  3. It may help your body to heal after injury. Sock Doc recommends at least 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight if you're injured and 1.5 if you're not injured. (Here's a metric conversion scale. Is it just me or do you remember your 4th grade teacher telling you that everyone would use the metric system when we grew up? I thought I'd have it memorized by now!)
Now it's time for some scrambled eggs, avocado and toast - more protein! What are some of your favorite protein filled foods and drinks?

Comments

  1. It's so true. Eating more protein does help avoid the hungries. I need to do a better job of keeping track of how much protein I am getting!

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    1. I like to use My Fitness Pal. It's a little time consuming to keep track of food, but My Fitness Pal is easy to use.

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  2. I don't suppose there is much protein in m&ms or pumpkin pie, huh? drat.

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    1. Well, there's a little! 10 peanut M&M's: 2 gm protein & 1/6 of a pumpkin pie: 6 gm protein. Two of my favorite desserts!

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  3. Thanks for the reminder! I have tried to get myself to drink protein shakes but never really stuck with it. I need to do better with the protein intake.

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    1. Great idea! I like protein shakes because they don't take a lot of time to prepare.

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  4. I found that eating high protien after runs of 15+ miles made a difference in my recovery as well. Well, maybe psychologically it did! I don't know. But I enjoyed a 5 Guys Little Burger and I felt great and recharged that evening!

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    1. I haven't had one of those in ages, but it sounds like a delicious post-run meal. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. I am really working on this. I have been trying to eat a lot of protein lately, but am still starving this week. hmmm.....

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    1. You better go get some leftover turkey to snack on!

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  6. I have focused on more protein during my recent training and yes, I feel I like I am recovering better. And yes, I had a great protein lunch today and I am not hungry!!! Normally by now I would be craving any snack and making a bad choice.

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    1. Thanks for sharing how protein has helped you! Today I increased my protein and I didn't feel hungry between meals like usual. It's great!

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  7. Protein is so important. I learned that during my second pregnancy, when I kept my blood pressure down through a higher protein diet- My first one I got pre-eclamptic.
    Now I try to keep in as much as possible for muscle recovery. Good excuse for jerky!

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    1. I think I've heard of ultrarunners running with jerky in their pockets!

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  8. Have you tried the Odwalla protein drinks? My favorite is the vanilla. It has 25 grams of protein in a 12 ounce bottle. It is so yummy. Tastes like melted snow cream!

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    1. I've never had one, but that's a lot of protein! Sounds good!

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  9. I eat lots of protein. During hard training and after ultra runs I crave protein. Having said that, I eat a lot of everything... :)

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    1. That's great! Must be why you've been able to log so many miles over the years!

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  10. I love avocado! Having guac before a long run is a guaranteed way to make it a great one! :)

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  11. Since I don't eat meat I try to get my protein from eggs, nuts, a bit of tofu. My go to dish is scrambled eggs and broccoli with salsa and avocado. Yum!

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    1. Eggs are so versatile. I eat a lot of scrambled eggs and I always have hard-boiled eggs on hand for a salad or just to eat by themselves.

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  12. Thanks so much for this reminder. It's always so easy to get plenty of carbs, but I always have to remember to get enough protein too!

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    1. I always need lots of reminders! It took some careful planning to get 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight for the day, but I think it will get easier after putting this into practice.

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  13. I am a huge believer in lots of protein! It keeps my blood sugar regulated and I feel so much better!

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  14. I always struggle with protein. My favorite sources are egg whites and chickpeas! Although turkey tacos come close to 2nd.

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    1. I like to add chickpeas to my salads. I only have one problem with making salads and that's that I'll add a little of this and that until I have much more than I planned on eating if I'm not careful!

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  15. I always try to make sure I focus on eating enough protein, especially after a hard or long run. We have chickens so I definitely eat plenty of eggs!

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    1. I wish I had my own chickens! I do get a pretty good deal on eggs at Aldi grocery store, though - $1/dozen.

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