How much protein is too much?

Do you count calories or track your daily nutrition consumption? Every so often I get on a kick about food journaling, but I rarely take it to the level of nutritional content. Just this week, I started totaling the nutrition information on my regular diet to get a sense of where I’m doing well and where I need some help. I’m not trying to lose weight, but instead, eat more strategically to make sure I am getting enough of what I need and cutting back on what I don’t.

If you’ve never done it, try it just for a day or two – it is truly enlightening!

The stats I was most concerned about were protein and sugar – not calories. I figure I typically eat around 1,800-2,200 calories a day and base that all on how I’m feeling and how active I am – nothing too scientific – I just eat when I”m hungry.

But, I have some issues with what you might call hypoglycemia (yes, you can call me Dr. WebMD). If I don’t eat right, I get nauseas, clammy, weak and feel all around awful until I get my blood sugar stabilized. It happens more when I’m training or at a low body weight. It kind of stinks, since when I’m skinny and working out, I want to feel my best – not like I’m going to pass out!

So, the first piece of crazy news is that I am eating A LOT of protein! I used to be a vegetarian and have always struggled to have enough protein in my diet…I had NO IDEA I was eating over 100 g’s per day!

Yesterday I clocked 138 grams and the day before 123 grams. The sources were whey protein, greek yogurt, ezekiel bread, tuna, ak mak crackers, lara bars, skim milk and salmon — all good choices right?

It begs the question, how much protein does a person really need?

According to FitSugar, I should be eating between 80-110 grams of protein per day. I’m a little on the high side this week – I’m inclined to think that is an abnormality (I don’t usually eat tuna for lunch and salmon for dinner), but only time will tell.

Maybe I need a little less of this stuff — but I love it sooo!

Vanilla Ice Cream – yummmmmm

Do you track your food/nutritional intake? Any good pointers on what to focus on?

Have a great Friday!

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