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.

Protein Facts:

  • 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
  • Foods that contain all of the essential amino acids are called complete proteins. These foods include:
      • beef
      • fish
      • milk
      • pork
      • turkey
      • lamb
      • eggs
      • chicken

    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.

    Grains                   Vegetables           Seeds & Nuts
    Barley                             Legumes                      Sesame seeds
    Corn meal                      Lentils                         Sunflower seeds
    Oats                                  Peas                             Walnuts
    Rice                                 Broccoli                      Cashews
    Whole grains               Soy beans                   Peanuts

    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.

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