How many protein drinks / shakes do you guys consume in a day or in a week? Do you still use them regularly? (I do (1) shake per day and that adds almost 38 grams of protein to my day
I don't and I'm afraid that I'm messing up because of that. I try every couple of days to have one. Sometimes it takes me 2 days to finish one shake. I really dislike them and I don't like drinking milk and it tastes godawful with water. (you really need to find one that you can tolerate, because protein is crucial especially in the first 8 months or so, for several factors..primarily because you need protein for your organs to function well adn also to possibly reduce your hair loss)
Can anyone tell me why protein is a huge focus now? Why should it differ from the amount of protein I was eating before surgery? I don't want to not follow the rules, but I'm trying to find a happy medium I can live with. (remember what you used to eat before... a hamburger, eggs, large pieces of cheese, 3 chicken legs, possibly skin also...all those items you cannot eat the amount of anywhere near what you ate before, also your body does not absorb as much of the protein as it once did)...
Protein is required by the body for the growth, maintenance and repair of all cells.
Protein is a major component of all muscles, tissues and organs and is vital for practically every process that occurs within the body such as metabolism, digestion and the transportation of nutrients and oxygen in the blood.
It is also necessary for the production of antibodies, which fight against infection and illness, and is the main nutrient that keeps our hair shiny and healthy, our nails strong, our skin fresh and glowing and our bones strong and healthy.
source http://www.helpwithcooking.com/nutrition-information/protein -guide.html
I have purchased unflavoured to add to foods, but if I add more than a tblsp I can taste it and can't eat it...so that only adds 5 gms of protein.
you just have to grin and bear it..I usually make myself a protein shake for breakfast...I put in two tablespoons orange juice, a small banana and 3 ice cubes, put in the blender and then put it in a travel cup (as not to smell it)...and it's usually gone within a 10 minute drive.
Any insight? (not to freak you out...but truly..it's something that you HAVE to do..one way or another..and there are a lot of ways you can incorporate protein (whey powder)...into yogurt, coffee, cottage cheese, and you can even put it in your baking.. it's not easy and especially not at first..but you can't give up....it is now part of your life....
at a year post-op....I still do my 1 protein shake a day...and if I am not eating dinner with the family because they have chosen fast food, then I iwll make myself another protein shake for dinner. You simply cannot get enough protein, from eating, especially at the stage you are in at the moment...
hope the insight is somewhat helpful