A Lightbulb Moment
As a plant-based eater, I never really worried about getting enough protein because I eat tons of tofu, tempeh, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and veggie burgers. But as I've recently been working out more and changed my intermittent fasting schedule, I decided to track my macros on MyFitnessPal, just to make sure I was getting enough.
I'm supposed to get between 70 and 100 grams of protein according to my weight and activity level, and I was barely breaking 50 grams. It's probably because over the past few months, I haven't been hungry until 1 p.m., so I've switched from 16:8 to 18:6 intermittent fasting. When I did 16:8, it made sense to eat a snack in between lunch and dinner, which was often packed with protein. But with a six-hour eating window, after eating lunch, I'm not hungry until dinner.
I realized that maybe the issue with me not feeling satisfied after dinner was that I wasn't getting enough protein — ding ding ding!