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The Pain of Protein

Here’s my complaint of the morning.  Protein sucks.  Not the kind most of us eat every day – like steak, shrimp, lobster, even eggs – but the kind that healthy people drink to be healthier and people who have had weight loss surgery drink to stay alive. 

To begin with, as my stomach is still healing, I find it MUCH easier to drink warm drinks than cold.  The protein powder I have has to be mixed with cold water.  Second, while the first sip or two taste okay, the more I have to drink, the worse it is.  And third, I have to drink a whole lot of it.

So, I am on the hunt for alternatives to the protein powder I currently have.  I put in an order for a few sample packets that are various brands and flavors, so I am hoping that I can find one there that will be good for the long term.  They don’t make protein in a pill form – although you can buy an amino acid pill in 1 gram strength (I’d have to take about 90 of them a day).  I have heard there may be a liquid protein available that you can drink like cough medicine.  I am on the hunt for that as we speak.

I am tolerating some foods very well.  I’ve had sugar free pudding and mashed potatoes.  I never knew mashed potatoes were so delicious!   I’ve had them for dinner for the last two nights.  I eat about the same portion that I put out for Granuaile.  And food is definitely tempting.  I grilled a pork loin for Jim, Brighid, and Granuaile the other night, and it smelled so good.  Then when I added the roasted vegetables – I was nearly drooling!   I’m not hungry by any means, but the smells are so wonderful.

And now I’m in a panic over Brighid flying to Florida.  The ticket is bought, and she is definitely going, but with the new wave of terror warnings, it’s scary.  I’m sure no one is going to attack a plane going to Disney World, but it’s still a very scary thing.