Become your own dietician: Eat more protein

Goal: to eat more protein

Be aware: this is only the goal of this diet, not necessarily its outcome. Results vary from person to person. Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any other) diet.

Eat more proteins

This diet was devised by Mieke Daenen and Johan Bruijnen, both dieticians. The diet focuses on consuming more proteins and was made for people who are underweight, malnourished and/or over 70.  

On the homepage you can compare this diet with other diets.

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Become your own dietician

The idea of this diet is that, with a roadmap, you become your own dietician. First of all, you examine how much protein you currently eat with the info card in the book. Then you calculate how much protein you should consume, based on your weight.

After doing this, you start with the protein info cards and the sample menus, possibly with the help of a dietician.

Protein info card

With the help of the protein info card you can find out how much protein a product contains. For instance, different types of yoghurt like in the picture below (in Dutch). The amount of calories is also shown. For more examples, see the look-up sheet here (in Dutch).

Yoghurt eiwitten info kaart


The example menus (with between 60 and 120 grams of protein) in the book are a guide to eating the right amount of protein, tailored to your weight and needs.

Below a sample menu with a lot of protein (marked with XL, referring to the amount of protein in the menu). Other example menus may contain little (small) or a lot (extra large) of protein. You can find a preview here (in Dutch).

Menu met eiwitten

Be aware

Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet. This diet is not suitable for people with reduced kidney function.

The book

You can find more information on this diet in the 'Become your own dietician. Eat more protein' book (a Dutch book).

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Other diets in the 'Become your own dietician’ series

Mieke Daenen's other diet focuses on eating fewer carbohydrates. According to the creators, the diet is suitable for people who are overweight and/or have type 2 diabetes. You can find more information here.

This page has been checked, completed and approved by Mieke Daenen.

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  • Quark
  • Semi-skimmed milk
  • Cheese (48+)
  • Meat (products)
  • Fish
  • Egg
  • Oatmeal
  • Carezzo bread
  • Buttermilk
  • Halvarine/semi-skimmed butter
  • Farmer's market shake/dessert
  • Wholemeal bread
  • Coffee/tea/water
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables


  • Gain weight


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With the professional help of a dietitian it should be easier to reach your goals. Please contact a dietician in your area or talk to a doctor before starting any diet.

General warnings

Please take not that most diets do not have a scientific basis.

Consult your doctor or dietician before starting a diet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or kidney disease.

Eating disorders

If you think you might have an eating disorder (like anorexia or bulimia), it is important to look for professional help. Contact your (house) doctor or find help elsewhere. Here you can find a list of several websites that can provide (online) help. These sites also provide information for people that know someone with an eating disorder.