I read in a weekly e-newsletter that I get about PCOS health that yet another study has shown that a higher protein, lower carb meal plan is better for those of us who deal with the issues caused by PCOS. I’ve known this for years, and I tend to yo-yo back and forth between trying to eat fewer carbs and not really paying attention to it. However this morning’s article actually suggested a breakdown of the nutrients, and it got me thinking about altering my food plan.
The article suggested 40% protein, 30% carbs, 30% fat. I’ve gone on “diets” plenty of times in the past with the express purpose of reducing the number of carbs I eat. But I’ve never purposely thought about increasing protein.
Right now 40% protein seems impossible to achieve. I looked back through my weekly summaries from the Lose It app, and I tend to average 15-20% protein. So I’ll need to double my intake, while still maintaining my calorie goals (approx 1600 daily). I’m going to give it a shot. I see lots of turkey and egg whites in my future.
All that being said - it should help in the hunger department. I went home for lunch today, as was facilitated by yesterday’s cookfest. I had a salad of mixed greens, cucumber, tomato and radish with 2 hard boiled eggs, some pesto roasted cauliflower, and a chocolate/banana yogurt smoothie - one of those frozen Yoplait smoothie kits (not my favorite, by the way - probably won’t buy it again). Breakfast this morning was some frosted mini wheats and almond milk. It’s only been about 3 hours since lunch and already I’m pretty hungry again. I brought a snack, so I’ll have that (some cottage cheese with roasted almonds, pistachios, and dried cherries). But I’m hoping that increasing my protein will keep me from feeling famished in between meals.