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Everything (almost) you wanted to know about protein…


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With so much information available on protein, it’s overwhelming to fully understand what it all means.

 

There are podcasts that say one thing, articles that say another and arguments about where your protein intake should come from and how much you should have. 

 

So what’s the truth? What’s the adequate amount of protein to keep us insulin sensitive (a good thing) and therefore not insulin resistant (not such a good thing).


Protein info & Consumption tips

 

After some comprehensive research here is some vital information and a few tips for consuming protein wisely:

  • Protein is important, especially for women and men going through hormonal changes - which is frankly everyone from age 40 and beyond.

  • When our hormones fluctuate (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, insulin and cortisol to name a few), blood sugar is directly affected. What you put on your fork or spoon is information for your cells and you will feel it when you eat protein. 

  • Protein loading, between 30 to 50 grams of protein, in the morning dictates your metabolic health all day — I love smoothies with paleo or plant based protein sources. Also consider 30 to 40 grams at night as well.  Basically, protein load your bumper meals! It will stabilize your insulin levels by pushing blood sugar down. Then, I recommend you have protein at every meal with fat. 

  • Protein keeps us full and helps us control our cravings the same way the medications for weight loss promotes a sense of satisfaction. I also like pure amino acids which fills in the gaps if we cannot get enough protein from our food! Reach out to me for more information on these pure aminos. I love them and use them daily for myself and with my clients.

  

Start with 30 to 50 grams and let me know how you feel!

 

P. S. A simple way to calculate the proper protein intake for your specific metabolic needs is to multiply 1 gram of protein for every pound of ideal body weight. For example, if you are 120 lbs you need 120 grams of protein per day or 40 grams at each meal. More if you are older.. go to the 50 grams if necessary!

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