Proteins are essential to the human body. They are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies. These body proteins are constantly being broken down and replaced. The protein in the food we eat is digested into amino acids that are later used to replace these proteins in our bodies.
- You cannot store protein for later use as you do with sugar
- The average adult requires about 1/2 g. protein per pound of body weight (more details to follow…)
- Protein helps keep skin, hair, and nails healthy
- Protein can act as an appetite suppressant
Incomplete proteins are generally found in plant-based foods. They do not contain all of the essential amino acids needed for proper function. You just need to combine foods from 2 of the categories to create complete proteins.
These are not complete lists, but hopefully they give you an idea of good protein foods. I personally do not recommend using grains for protein. They are sold in a much too refined state to offer enough protein to be useful. Concentrate on vegetables, meats, and seeds/nuts.
Here is a protein challenge for you: Eat protein (preferably from the list I provide) every morning before 9:00 a.m. Why 9:00 a.m.? Your body is designed to be ramping up by that time and it is best to fuel your brain by then. You will have better focus and feel satisfied longer if you eat protein for breakfast.