Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekend Update: Finally

Well, dietetics friends. We made it. We made it through our busiest week of the semester. Three case studies, two tests and a paper in one week. We have another test on Monday, but at least we have some time this weekend to recover...maybe?

I honestly didn't let it stress me out too much. I just tried to focus on what needed to be done, did it and knew it would be over soon. However, I won't lie that some of that stress built up and I pretty much just wanted to cry at some points this week. Maybe I'll let it out this weekend...everyone needs a good cry every now and then!

I taught a 1 hour Kick and Sculpt class on Wednesday and a 1 hour RIPPED class on Thursday. We had demo practice Thursday night as well and our awesome hot pink wigs came in. They are so made of awesome.

Um. Yeah.

What is demo? We are performing at the Collegiate Fitness Expo and it's just a fun routine that incorporates four types of fitness classes. We are doing Step, Yoga, BodyAttack and Hip Hop Dance. The theme is 'the future of fitness,' so we decided to go with a Nicki Minaj style costume, hence the crazy pink wigs. It's going to be awesome. (How many times am I going to say awesome?)

I posted this picture on my facebook page the other day and some of us got into a friendly debate about protein requirements:

Fresh Strawberries, Green Beans, Mushroom Couscous, Reduced Fat Cheese

Just for the record, the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) recommends 0.8 grams of protein per 1 kilogram of body weight for the average American and 1.2-1.7 grams of protein per 1 kilogram of body weight for weight training and body building participants.


Here, let's break it down:

Let's say you weigh 120 pounds.

Take 120 pounds and divide it by 2.2 to get kilograms of body weight:

120/2.2 = 54.5 kilograms of body weight

Take this answer and multiply it by 0.8 to get the amount of protein you needs in grams per day:

54.5 kilograms x 0.8 g protein/kg/day = 43.6 grams of protein per day

Now, you try it!

If you are a vegetarian, you need to be sure you are consuming "complementary proteins" in order to make sure you are getting the essential amino acids that everyone needs. (Click the links for more information or feel free to shoot me an email:

What are some of your favorite sources of protein (other than meat)?


  1. Thanks for posting the formulas! Now it will be so much easier to calculate my protein needs!

    1. You're very welcome! I love doing calculations like this! :)