Protein is an essential component of any diet, yet many of us skip out on protein (chicken, nuts and eggs) and go for carbohydrates instead!
Protein keeps your hair, skin and nails strong and healthy and helps you build muscle.
The building blocks of protein are amino acids. When protein is eaten, your digestive processes break it down into amino acids, which pass into the blood and are dispersed throughout the body. Then your cells select the amino acids they need for the construction of new body tissue, antibodies, hormones, enzymes, and blood cells.
Every cell needs protein to maintain its life. Protein is also the primary substance used to “replace” worn-out or dead cells. The cells that make up the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, nerves, brain, and sex glands are made of protein. Protein is essential! Here’s how to make sure you get enough throughout the day:
- Buy a few protein shakes and put them in your fridge. Pack one in your lunch each day. Get great tasting protein shakes at Muscle & Strength!
- Bake or grill a couple of chicken breasts, chop them up and put them in plastic bags and store them in the fridge. When you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to pack a lunch, grab a bag of chicken.
- Buy protein bars! You can keep them at work and at home. Have one for lunch! Supplements To Go has wonderful protein bars.
Now you must make sure you eat a balanced diet of dairy, meat, fruit and vegetables – little to no sweets! It’s not healthy to eat a diet of only spinach, only fruit or just chicken.
You need an adequate amount of each food type to stay healthy. Remember, when you’re healthy on the inside you look better on the outside.
A healthy diet consists of 20-30% high-quality proteins (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and yogurt), 20-30% healthy fats (fish, nuts, flaxseed) and 40-60% carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains).
Remember that fresh foods are much better for you than frozen or canned products. If you can afford it, organic is the best way to go. If buying all organic is out of your budget, just buy organic fruit or vegetables.
But I do encourage you to make room in your budget for all organic products in the future, because your health is of utmost importance. Without good health, we are weak, cannot take care of others or ourselves and may have higher hospital bills than those who focus on optimizing health.