The Powerhouse Of Protein

protein-rich-foods

So it’s been a few days and I figured I’d better churn out something before my readers thought I’d fallen off the face of the earth ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ah well, it’s been a busy weekend, and Mothers Day AND a celebration of my 32nd wedding anniversary to a really amazing dude who has loved and encouraged me, supported me in all my crazy adventures and has been an overall wonderful, awesome husband for over half my life now … ๐Ÿ˜›

But the weekend is over and I now… must make an attempt… at being productive…

I want to talk to you about some of the benefits of eating protein and having an adequate amount of it in your daily nutrition plan.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned these past few years on my own health and fitness journey, protein, is this cool, wonderful thing that seems to do lots ofย great things in my body. Through trial and error I’ve learned when I eat enough of it I don’t get hungry between meals, I’m less likely to want snacks, I feel “balanced” ( this means no crazy spikes of blood sugar that can give you those weird feelings or make you feel sluggish) it helps build my body and supplies me with energy. It’s how I learned that eating eggs and veggiesย does a much better job of keeping me feeling great, than a bowl of cereal.

Oneย awesome thing about protein? eating an adequate amount of it in your daily diet will keep your blood sugar stable.

I think if I see one more ad for a “health” product that touts it “keeps your blood sugar levels steady” my eyes will simply roll out of my head.

You don’t need to spend an obscene amount of money on some drink or “health” product to keep your blood sugar levels steady through the day! ย If you feed your body quality protein, in reasonable amounts, at each meal, you should have no problem with your blood sugar spiking giving you that “crashing” feeling or the need to have something to pick you up.

Eating an adequate amount of protein at each meal will also ward off hunger keeping you from feeling like you need to reach for snacks between meals.

Adequate protein will also support your metabolism and contributes toward weight loss and weight maintenance.

Itโ€™s best to eat small amounts of protein throughout the day instead of a very large serving only once or twice. This gives your body the right amount of protein it needs at any given time, since only so much can be utilized at once (the rest will be stored as fat or eliminated).

We all need a different level of protein based on our exact needs. For example, your body weight, gender, age, and level of activity or exercise all determine how much protein is best for you.

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Do you also know that as you age you lose muscle? Along with doing strength training and weight bearing exercises, a daily diet with a good amount of healthy protein can help prevent age related muscle loss.

Can you see the importance of having adequate amounts of protein at each meal every day?

So how much is enough?ย  A simple formula is to take your body weight and multiple it by .5 the result is the amount of grams you should have each day.ย  A woman who weighs 150 pounds would aim for about 75 grams a day, balanced out between your meals.

Adequate protein can help with weight loss, help build muscles (with strength training) curb hunger which prevents snacking and overeating, and keep blood sugar levels steady.

Protein is seriously something you need to consider in your daily diet. What kind do you get? Is it adequate? Also, depending on your lifestyle and your physical activity, you might need a bit more than someone who isn’t as active.

What are good protein sources ?

Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans and peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Greek yogurt ( one of my favorite) a cup of plain will give you 23 grams of quality protein! Cottage cheese is an excellent source as well, an dairy will offer protein to you. Just read your labels!

And let’s give some veggies a nod in the protein department… eat these to add more protein and lots of other good health benefits to your daily nutrition plan..

Peas, spinach, kale, broccoli, sprouts, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, and corn all offer protein benefits.

veggie protein

Protein is a nutritional powerhouse for health, wellness, over helping towards weight loss and maintaining weight.

Strive to make about 30% of each meal a good source of protein and see how you start feeling. With a good serving of protein you can minimize other things on your plate.

Do you struggle with feeling sluggish orย are youย “crashing” ย mid-afternoon? Or do you feel like you get a sufficient supply of protein through out your day to keep you feeling energetic and balanced?

What are your favorite protein sources?

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Published by

Sassyfitnesschick

8 years ago I began what I now refer to as my "journey into lifestyle fitness". After a yearly check in with my Dr he said I looked "really good on paper, but I might consider losing a few pounds" I wasn't offended... I knew I needed to but it seemed like to much work at the time. In that year we had adopted 2 girls out of foster care, plus caring for my 3 sons & husband sort of left me on the back burner taking care of "me". I told him I "used to" walk & he encouraged me to at least get back to that. I left his office that day, started, & never quit. As time moved on my walks increased in length & speed. I started mingling some jogging into it...then after more time some short sprints. One day I realized I was doing more running than anything else. I learned to run longer and farther. I constantly challenged myself to do more. I realized I had turned into a runner & was loving it. I have since run 6 half marathons, 2 full marathons, and my first 50K scheduled for March 1,2015. Not bad for a girl who just started off walking not quite 2 miles! My body was now beginning to show the results of my work as weight & inches dropped off. I began to add in boxing & weights on days I wasn't running. Over time as the fat left, my new muscles were waiting underneath =) Obviously, I also made some food changes. Nothing drastic..just started eating less and trying to eat better.. I hated diets and how they made me feel....deprived & left out of all the fun...so adjusting & eating less of what I liked and moving more.. I found myself getting in decent physical shape. It began my thinking of lifestyle and not "dieting". As I got stronger,healthier & more fit it was an easier process to "let go" of some of the foods I had enjoyed. I had more energy, strength and confidence in what I could do. It was empowering. It made me realize that I probably wasn't the only one who wanted to lose weight, be healthy & strong but not always be on some sort of "diet". Maybe my journey & what I had learned & been doing might possibly help others to success in their lives... I consider myself to be rather normal and ordinary ( meaning I haven't always been into fitness and healthy eating) it has been a steady, daily, learned process with good days and bad days and my hope is that you too, will see the greatness in you, and that you have the ability and power to change and do anything you put your mind to. If you want change, you can make it happen. It's just one day at a time, making smart moves and better choices, and before you know it, things are happening. Get started on your journey, really, what do you have to lose ? And yet, so much to gain =)

3 thoughts on “The Powerhouse Of Protein”

  1. I have a newfound respect for protein and most of my thinking, nay obsession, at meal times is whether there is enough protein in it. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It has altered what i cook or order and what combination of foods i am enjoying these days because of all the reasons you mentioned. This was therefore an important post that completely resonated with me. Thank you for putting it up.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s