Your Protein Source and YOU!

The healthiest and fastest way to lose weight and create vibrant health is to eat a more plants and less meat. Yet we’re been told for years that meat is the healthiest source of protein and we need to make sure to include it in our diet. However, the reality is we all have different body types and each person’s need for certain foods vary. Some people benefit more from a primarily plant based diet, while others benefit from incorporating some meat. So it’s not one diet fits all as we each need something a bit different to maintain optimal health.

Pregnancy brings a whole new realm of bodily and emotional changes. Babies need many vitamins and minerals to grow in the womb and we’re often left feeling tired and run down after birth, wondering what we can do about it. The answer is simple: eat plant based protein. Not only will it help you drop the baby fat, it also helps balance your hormones and overall state of well being.

Thankfully, more of us are becoming aware that we don’t need as much animal protein in our diets as we were led to believe. In fact, over consumption of animal protein is thought to be one of the leading causes of sickness, obesity, and disease. Whereas plant protein is extremely nutrient rich and can provide our bodies with most of what it needs to perform at its peak state without the risks. In addition, plant protein helps repair and rebuild our bodies from damage caused by unhealthy habits.

So how much protein do we need to remain healthy, stay strong and build muscle? Currently the average American women consumes 50% more protein than the recommended daily requirement, while the typical male eats almost twice as the recommended daily allowance. This puts both men and women at risk.

Furthermore, the amount of artificial hormones fed to chickens and cows and other animals has reached an all time high just to keep up with the market demand for meat. So they inject the animals with hormones so they grow larger and faster for bigger profits. Not only is this adding to our waistlines, it’s adding a ton of weight to the meat industry’s carbon footprint.

Yet what we can’t see is even more dangerous than the weight gain. Extra hormones in the human body, especially synthetic hormones, increase our risk of cancer and many other health related issues. Plus, meats are already naturally higher in fats, especially saturated fats, and lower in fiber, causing us to bulk up rather than slim down.

Despite this fact, many people still think that if they increase their intake of lean animal protein and severely restrict the “carbs”, then they’ll lose tons of weight. That can be true, but there’s a problem. When you chose to lose weight by lowering your carbohydrate intake, you encounter more long-term health risks. A high-protein diet will eventually destroy the glandular system and damage the liver, adrenals, and kidneys.

And what about our sensitive and vulnerable little newborns?

Everything we eat goes into their bodies too. This should be reason enough to make sure everything you consume is in its purest form.

Here’s how to make sure you are taking care of you and your baby:

When  you eat animal protein, make sure it is high quality, preferably supporting local farms and buying organic, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free. Buy from your local farmers market or check out the major supermarket chains that have started carrying better quality meats and vegetables. And like I said, some of you will benefit from a bit of animal based protein in your diet. It’s all about listening to your body and making sure what you do consume is high quality.

On the other hand, plant based protein has a great array of incredible health benefits. Plus, adhering to a more plant based diet can help you quickly achieve your weight loss goals, bring your hormones back into balance and create amazing overall good health. After giving birth, it can be a struggle to bring our weight back into balance and our emotions tend to be all over the place. Your best defense is eating more whole foods as nature created them.

For plant-based proteins choose nuts, seeds, beans, high protein grains, protein powders, and vegetables. Many people are surprised when I tell them they can get protein from their veggies. But the truth is they do and in addition, because veggies come from the earth, the proteins they contain are more readily available and easier for our bodies to digest.  That’s why our bodies become more balanced when eating plant based proteins because they break down in our bodies much easier and the nutrients get to where they need to go so everything functions correctly, including the balancing of our hormones.

Another reason to eat a more plant based diet is because our bodies use up a lot of energy and require a lot of nutrients to create breast milk. And this, in turn, causes us to have a greater need for extra protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins. Thankfully, plant based protein is a great way to replenish all these nutrients and even leave us feeling energized!

I know this may be a lot of new information for many of you regarding plant vs. animal protein, by I hope I have raised your awareness enough that you make better food choices not only for your health, but the health of your baby and the health our planet.

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