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Today I went back and did the task for Day 2, which was to keep a detailed food diary. In addition to the usual food data, I was supposed to record information on meal timing, hunger and satisfaction, plus a stat called "The Daily Degree of Difficulty."
Today was not difficult, in the sense that I wasn't hungry, but I was concerned that my calories were higher than I'd like them to be. I still do Meatless Mondays, and it's not easy to get the amounts of protein suggested for each meal and snack from vegetarian sources. I made my bean and rice bowl for dinner -- the beans cook all day in the crockpot, and it doesn't take long to cook some rice and chop some vegetables. That was very filling. I think I need to plan my meals ahead of time so I'm not trying to do math as I serve myself dinner. My DDD score was probably about a 5 because I was frustrated by my too-high calorie count.
I've been doing some research on vegan protein sources since it disgusts me to think of eating high volumes of meat and cheese. One thing I did notice, though, was that meat is a very efficient protein source: Just three ounces of salmon was enough protein for a whole meal. One chicken drumstick almost has enough. And vegetables have some protein too.
I don't want to start loading up on supplements or making weird bodybuilder recipes to get enough protein. I want to eat real food that tastes like food. I do have plain whey powder, but that still seems somewhat natural, especially since I avoided all the artificial flavors.
I'm finding that I just feel tired of eating. I never used to understand why people said that in Weight Watchers meetings, but I think I get it now. Especially since most of my favorite foods are in the "as little as you need to be happy" category and the ones I don't like as much seem to be the ones I need to eat. I love nuts and cheese, but all that heavy food in my stomach feels kind of icky to me.
I'm sure that I will get a better sense of what works after I have been doing this for a while. I also bought some higher-protein bread so I can still have toast in the morning.