In the old days, you would always associate high protein diets with people that have an interest in body building and want to bulk up. Or those that is gym members and wants to eat something nutritious after burning lots of calories.
I am neither – I have not set foot in a gym for over a year and its far from my mind anything to do with bulking up.
On the other hand, there is this association that after consuming protein our bodies are generally full for much longer and this will result in us snacking less and consuming less calories, plus feeling much better in ourselves as a result.
This week I decided to put this to the test.
I am going to start the week by having my usual amount of chocolate and seeing how much longer I remain full for and how I feel about general food after a high protein meal.
The main rule will be:
The majority of my plate will be a high protein food (or several protein rich foods) and I will write a diary of my findings:
Today is one of those silly days when I have forgotten to have breakfast. Therefore Dominic comes back from the supermarket and I eat the giant chocolate bar that he has just brought back with him!
At 372 calories it is really not a good start to the day!
I then have a protein high lunch that includes some hard boiled eggs, steamed salmon and some steamed carrots. Rather healthy compared to my chocolate. Oh and then in typical anti-dieters form, I finish this off with a couple of biscuits and some more chocolate.
I had lunch at 2pm and normally come 5pm I am starving my typing this out at 6pm even though I have sugar cravings (I always have them when I am tired) I still feel full from my lunch.
Today I am off work and on housework duty while Dominic is working. I am so busy zooming around that I have no urge to snack, even if I wanted to!
For lunch we have some chicken in a low calorie sauce with pasta and I am shocked by how full it makes me, especially when I had such a small portion size.
In the evening I cook us some coconut chicken in the slow cooker and have it with some white bread and it tastes amazing.
One thing I am finding from extra protein in my diet is that I have a lot more energy than I normally have. I went around the big cash and carry this morning doing our monthly food shop. It’s a huge walk around and I’ve only had a bit of skimmed milk for breakfast, yet even with Sofia and her 7 kilos in the baby carrier I am full of beans!
Dominic even moans at me for talking too much and being full of beans!
For lunch I have some English favourites from the English supermarket and normally having lunch late I would be starving but that milk did the trick.
I always remember milk being a key element in the Cabbage Soup Diet and now you can see why!
Today it is Sunday and Dominic and I make a beautiful chicken pie. I love chicken pie especially when it has lots of seasonal vegetables in it and is served with mash! We have some tasty asparagus in the fridge so in it goes along with some carrots and courgette. Not exactly the vegetable that my Grandma would put in it, but it was amazing!
I am also amazed by how full I am and in fact end up giving most of my mash to Kyle. It is in his top five favourite foods and how can I argue with a teenage boy, after all they just want to eat from dawn until dusk.
Today I decide to have a few hard boiled eggs for breakfast and they are super yummy. I am really not a big egg fan. Sure I have them in my cooking but I don’t eat them solo very often. I hate fried eggs, I hate scrambled eggs more and you would never get me near an omelette. So as you can imagine I am a nightmare to take on holiday to America!
For dinner we have cauliflower cheese – now this has to be one of the most underrated meals ever! I absolutely love it and its certainly on my top 5 meals both as a child and as an adult.
Also, remember that skimmed milk is a very good source of protein and if you want to feel full and not use many calories then go and pour yourself a glass or use it in a nice sauce.
We have been running around again today and as usual our trusted Fast Food place was on call to provide us with lunch. We normally get over greedy when we are here and end up having a sundae too, but for once we were on our best behaviour. I wonder what went wrong.
I also opted for products on the menu that were chicken based and it was amazing how much fuller I was compared to having a beef burger. So next time you’re in McDonalds have the McChicken sandwich instead of the Big Mac. Its less calories and you won’t be starving hungry an hour later!
Today Dominic makes me one of my favourites – courgette fritters. Its amazing how nice grated courgette, cheese, onion and eggs together taste. Add some flour and milk and you have the perfect ingredients and they only take a couple of minutes in the wok!
We have them with some chips and they are lovely. And again because of the protein in the meal I find that I am full much quicker.
I am so full that because I ate this late afternoon I have no urges for anymore food today.
What I have found is that through this week I decided not to exercise and not to follow a diet. Simply eat when I am hungry and make sure the main source of food for the day was protein. I have always wondered how full protein can make you and now I know!
Try and increase your protein intake by about 20% and see the results you get, whether you snack less or just don’t eat as much as you used to!