I know. I am that crazy lady that always talks about the benefits of eating sugar + carbs but in reality it’s all about dat’ protein.
Yes, your body’s main source of energy is glucose BUT in order to actually be using that glucose appropriately you have got to have a significant amount of protein.
So why do we need so much protein?
Protein is responsible for nearly all the work carried out in every cell of the body. It is absolutely necessary for the structure and function of all tissues and organs including bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, blood and especially, muscle.
Protein is used to make enzymes, hormones, and other important body chemicals that affect our metabolism and how well we are able to absorb our nutrients. Even our hair and nails are comprised of mostly protein!
Protein helps us digest appropriately, making enzymes that our digestive system needs in order to break it down.
Hormonal probs? Estrogen driven conditions like PCOS, Endometriosis, estrogen dominance, low progesterone, female cancers? The amino acids glutamine, glycine, taurine and cysteine from animal protein are necessary for phase 2 liver detoxification to help carry out excess estrogen from the body.
Struggling with weight loss? You might not be getting enough protein! Protein is so important in building muscle and the more muscle we have the more we increase our resting metabolic rate – meaning we burn more fat while at rest.
Yes, I wasn’t joking! 😜 Literally every process of our body is run by protein.
Make sure you are getting in protein from different sources to mix up your amino acid profile and always remember animal protein is bio-available, plant protein is not. And for the love of (whatever you believe in) ditch those pea protein powders!
High sources of protein: eggs, beef, wild-caught fish, shellfish, organ meats, bone broth, milk, cheese, dairy, collagen, + gelatin.
My rule of thumb is to aim to get 4-6 ounces of protein at every meal, make sure you are incorporating collagen or gelatin in once a day, consume 80-100 grams of protein a day and always combine protein with carbs, never eat alone.
Do you get enough protein girlfriend?