What could possibly be more important than your body???? Experimenting with new recipes or new foods to enhance your vitality, your energy, your mind can be great fun! This is the perfect time to do it. This month I will be celebrating by giving you information on the necessary macro nutrients needed by your body to survive and thrive.
Today is about protein, a daily essential for healing, energy, clear thinking, and more.
“Proteins are used to build and repair every tissue in the body. They are necessary for new cell growth. Proteins are used to form muscles, connective tissue, skin, hair and nails. This macro nutrient is also essential to forming infection-fighting antibodies, which are immune compounds that help to keep you healthy. There are 20 – 22 amino, acids, and nine of them are considered ‘essential’ because the body CANNOT synthesize them, therefore they must be supplied by diet.” (Eat Away Illness p. 33)
Foods MAY contain some or all of the amino acids. Animal foods such as bison, beef, lamb, fish, poultry and dairy contain ALL of the amino acids, making it quite simple to ensure you of this macro nutrient each time you ingest a portion. Vegetable foods must be combined with other plant foods to ensure consumption of the full range of amino acids. A safe way to do this is to combine legumes and grains at the same meal. (For much more information see the Macro nutrients section in Eat Away Illness.) For those of us who are wanting to build muscle, have lots of energy, balance our hormones, lose weight, and heal, it is a great idea to have the full range of amino acids at each meal and/or snack. Small amounts of good quality protein spread over the day best accomplishes these tasks. Building this habit also enables us to more easily eliminate caffeine, sugars, tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, as it helps to reduce cravings. A good rule of thumb is .36 grams of protein per pound of ideal body weight. My first task when consulting with a new client is to figure out the amount of protein their body needs, and suggest meal plans that address this necessity for healing.
Generally, women need approximately 50 grams of protein a day, and men 70 grams. “High protein diets put us at risk for disease. Initially the individual will lose water weight, and weight loss may or may not continue. Some people will react with more energy, whereas others may experience sleepiness, lethargy, and sluggishness. High protein diets that lack fiber and carbohydrates will likely trigger cravings for sugary foods, and may cause diarrhea or constipation. Therefore it is best to have a balance of macro nutrients. Daily consumption of meat and dairy products is at the core of excessive protein intake, associated with dehydration and heatstroke in athletes, fatal exacerbation of kidney and liver malfunctions, increased acidity of body fluids, infant deaths, premature aging, heart disease and cancer. The high protein diet creates toxic by-products, which seriously overtax the kidneys and require large amounts of water to flush them out.” (Eat Away Illness)
Anyone who wishes help with balancing and ensuring adequate macro nutrients in their eating program, please feel free to call. Phone consults during this time of Covid are available, and my books are available for purchase through my website, http://www.healingwithnutrition.ca or by calling 306-244-8890.
Let’s all start building our immunity in these difficult times with NUTRITION!!!