In my case, I was just getting functional on this adrenaline fix when it was Week 12, and time to return to work (oh, FMLA, you cruelly short national policy, you). And move. And be homeless for 2 weeks in between. But that is another post for another time, because what we are talking about here is energy. Lack of it. Especially when, like I said, you are learning to run on this adrenaline high, when suddenly life ups the ante a bit, and you not only have to get dressed and speak in complete sentences, but you have to do so in a professional environment. Tricky! It was right around this time that the demands of life started overwhelming the adrenaline, and the truly manic exhaustion set in. I'd like to extend a heartfelt apology to anyone who had to deal with me in person during this time (you know who you are), and give the husband yet another shout out for that wonderful thing known as unconditional love (thanks B!).
In my efforts to continue to get my body back together during this time, I was regularly seeing my chiropractor, who is also a holistic health practitioner. He's a tad kooky, and prone to humming show tunes to himself, but he has also saved me from my chronic back pain for the last 3 years, and I've come to respect his advice. He told me that the only way to get my energy back was to fortify my diet with protein in a major way, and so, we come to the real point of this post: how do you like to add protein to your life, without ingesting large and unnecessary quantities of meat? You've seen that I like to cook with beans, and they are a great source of healthy protein, but what the holistic doc was getting at was that I needed lots of protein-packed snacks in my day, throughout the day, to avoid those peaks and valleys. This is probably true for anyone with an active lifestyle, new mama or not.
Some of my favorite protein snacks are:
That milkshake-looking thing would be a banana and almond butter smoothie, which is oh so satisfying, but I suspect I need to cut down on those if I ever hope to get back in my old pre-pregnancy jeans. And I can't hang with hard-boiled eggs thanks to a stint on the South Beach Diet in 2003 when I seriously OD'd on them. Unless they are deviled, I am not interested. So, beyond these items, what are your tricks for getting more protein into your diet, short of gnawing on a chicken leg? In particular, I am looking for items with a lower fat content than nuts and such, due to the aforementioned jeans issue. And what else do you do to keep your energy up? Other than suck down mass quantities of this (which is already an obsession for me):