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Health & Wellness

Why do we need protein?

Since the beginning of time, human beings needed protein. Beef. Chicken. Lamb. Fish. Nuts. Beans. It is how we are made. It is what we are. We are omnivores. Yes we are. We eat animals, and plants. So, what does protein do for us? Why do we need it with every meal?

Protein is needed for tissue repair and growth. It isn’t for energy. Carbohydrates are for energy. Proteins are highly complex compounds of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and small amounts of sulphur or iodine. Our muscles are made up of proteins. When we work out, it is necessary to eat protein to rebuild our torn muscles. This also burns calories. YEAY!

Did you know that vegetables are also made up of proteins? How do cows look so muscular?? Or horses? They don’t eat meat. Just a thought. Here is some random information: The principal vegetable proteins are albumin (found in fruits and vegetables), gluten (in wheat and cereals), legumin (in peas and beans), globulin (in nuts) and mucleo-protein (in peas and beans), globulin (in nuts) and muco-protein (in seeds). Some of the animal proteins are casein (found in milk and dairy products), gelatin (in bones and tendons), fibrin (in blood) and myosin (in the flesh of animals). www.rawfoodexplained.com

So, it can be healthy to be a vegetarian. I personally am a meat eater. I love chicken and fish. Sometimes, if I haven’t had a burger in a long time, I crave it… so, I give in to my meat cravings.

It is essential to have a protein with every meal. So, when you think of your day of food, make sure you think in terms of protein and carbs. Think of your breakfast, for example, what protein would you have with breakfast? Eggs? Turkey sausage? Almonds? Or you can go vegetarian and eat vegetables that have a lot of proteins. Beans are a good source of proteins as well. http://www.livestrong.com/article/277947-what-fruit-and-vegetables-contain-protein/

Dairy is also a good source of protein, unless you are lactose intolerant. Goat cheese is a great alternative.  String cheese is good and Cottage cheese as well.

Breakfast: Egg whites and a banana

Lunch: Chicken in a salad

Dinner: Salmon and broccoli

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