Five Minute Friday #2: Less Protein, More Carbs?

I don’t know if I believe in seasons anymore.

Yesterday it was almost 60 degrees, and today there is snow.



It has been both a beautiful and messy week over here. I won’t type too much, but I do want to preface this week’s Five Minute Friday vlog.

This week I’m talking about one part of my nutrition project, which involved recording everything I ate and drank on a typical day of eats. I also used the course’s diet analysis software to calculate my daily goals for calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients based on my age, weight, height, and activity level, and then entered my “typical day of eats” data to find out how my diet measures up to my goals.

So here’s what I thought about it all!

A few notes first:

  • If talk about calories or macronutrients is triggering for you, I recommend you skip this vlog today. ♥︎
  • I cheated— the video is not under five minutes. This was actually my second take, and I still couldn’t get it under five minutes!
  • I say at the end, “Just because some nutritionist or some nutrition program tells you what you should be eating, as long as you’re as balanced as you can be…that’s all you can ask for.”
    • Clarification: PLEASE DO listen to your licensed nutritionist (RDN, LDN). They know what they’re doing. I obviously don’t. My point is that even RDN-approved softwares and diet analyzers are not end-all-be-alls. The computer/calculator does not know YOU in person.

video link here in case it’s not working!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

So tell me:

Do you feel better when eating more of a certain macronutrient?

How do you feel about the big protein hype?

What are you doing this weekend? Studying, working, and Super Bowl partying!


18 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday #2: Less Protein, More Carbs?

  1. Carbs are life!!! I love that you’re doing this, because you’re totally right about the high protein thing being WAY too engrained in our brains. I did the higher protein/fat thing for a long time, and it honestly never made me feel that great. I switched to a higher carb diet and BAM. So many benefits like: more energy, better mood, better sleep, better digestion, better skin. It’s crazy. Hopefully we can change the way people think about carbs 🙂

  2. I think the obsession with macronutrients is silly and thinking too much about it cannot be fun. I think overall calories matter and whatever way someone wants to get them is fine. This weekend I probably will watch the Super Bowl vicariously through Twitter because I don’t have TV. Twitter is funnier anyway and all I would care about are commercials hahaha
    Have a great weekend!

  3. I’m so glad you’re able to do this class/assignment with an objective mindset and not take the information as what you have to stick to. Definitely shows how healthy you are now! I think if I did it I would find my fat way over what it advises too..the amount of nut butter and avocado I eat is off the charts 😛

  4. We’re definitely a ‘protein (and supplement) obsessed’ culture. Although it’s something we should be mindful of, there’s NO MAGICAL NUMBER with anything – macro or micronutrient/calories that is going to make us feel and look healthy. It ultimately comes down to trying different things and seeing what works best. I wish I could just live off peanut butter. Hahaha

  5. This was super interesting and i really enjoyed your take on it all!!!
    I feel best with a good balance of everything but fats definately help with my mood!!! Keep on giving me that nut butter 😉
    Agreed! Protein is way overhyped! I love me some chicken but as long as I have a side of carbs 🙂
    Have a great weekend girl!

  6. I think it’s awesome that you can approach this project objectively and take the guidelines into account, but still follow what your body is telling you. I’d be interested to see what my intake looked like in comparison to what it’s “supposed” to. I’m pretty sure I often get “too much” protein and fat, mostly because I love Greek yogurt, nut butter, and I don’t hate meat 😉 But there are also days where I just want ALL the carbs. Like you said, it all balances out!
    Side note: lovelovelove your videos. 🙂

  7. I love your little videos! You are adorable 🙂 and I totally agree with it all balancing out at the end. I know some days I crave lots of carbs and others more fats/proteins but it’s just giving your body what it’s asking for. I am trying to work on my “protein need” and I have improved because I don’t eat protein bars every single day. But peanut butter is a different story lol 🙂

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