Protein log results

The results are in and the calculations are done, and I’m surprised by the results of my food log the last three days for keeping track of how much protein I am getting in my mostly-vegetarian diet. Surprised, because I was convinced I wasn’t getting enough. I was wrong. To see the log, click ‘Continue reading…’ below.

Who knew that a 250ml glass of milk would give almost 10g of protein? Or that each slice of wholemeal bread would also have about 10g of protein? Even more surprisingly, that the scones Rebecca and I baked last night would have 4g of protein each?

Various sources agree that an adult female should get at least 46g of protein a day. I tend to get at least 50g/day. Rebecca and I also checked whether I was getting the important amino acids from protein, and I was. Pretty much, if you still eat dairy and eggs, you’ll be fine in that regard.

I’m still curious whether there might be a nutritional contributor to my tiredness, but I’m getting more convinced that the main culprits are physiological and occupational. I am a PhD student in the final year of her PhD. I have rheumatoid arthritis. These two things alone are enough to make anyone tired!

Food Log – Protein

6 Feb – 8 Feb 2013

Wednesday

Breakfast: 1/3 cup oats, 1 chopped apple, 1 Tbs sunflower seeds, 2/3 cup milk (9g protein)
Beverage: One cup of tea (0.5g protein)

In office: two cups of tea (1g protein)

Snack: 2 graham crackers (1.9g protein)

Lunch: Mystery vegetarian sandwiches from University Catering (2 mini-quiches and 3 mini sandwiches), 1 apple, half a bag of crisps (20g weight), and a mystery trifle (18g protein?)
Beverage: Orange juice (200ml) (1.5g protein)

Snack: 2 clementines (1.5g protein)

Dinner: Paquito squash and spring greens quesadillas, with salsa and soured cream (18g protein)

Dessert: Rhubarb crumble with double cream (2g)

Total: 53.4g protein

 

Thursday

Breakfast: 1/3 cup oats, 1 chopped apple, 1 Tbs sunflower seeds, 2/3 cup milk (9g protein)
Beverage: One cup of tea (0.5g protein)

In office: two cups of tea (1g protein)

Snack: 2 graham crackers (1.9g protein)

Lunch: Paquito squash and spring greens quesadillas, with salsa and soured cream (16g protein)
Beverage: Orange juice (200ml) (1.5g)

Snack: 2 clementines (1.5g protein)

Dinner: Roast root vegetable soup (13g protein) and yeo valley raspberry yoghurt (5.7g  protein)

1 snickerdoodle (1g protein)
200ml semi-skimmed milk (6.1g protein)

Total: 57.2g protein

 

Friday

Breakfast: 1/3 cup oats, 1 chopped apple, 1 Tbs sunflower seeds, 2/3 cup milk (9g protein)
Beverage: One cup of tea (0.5g protein)

In office: two cups of tea (1g protein)

Snack: 1 pear (0.5g protein)

Lunch: Roast root vegetable soup with wholemeal roll (20g protein)

Snack: 2 snickerdoodles (2g protein)

Dinner: Fish stew, wholemeal bread, broccoli (34g protein)

Dessert: Scones with clotted cream (8.5g protein)
Beverage: 250ml milk (9g protein)

Total: 84.5g protein

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