4 health benefits of eating more protein (+ a special bonus!)
Protein, protein, protein!
If any of you have seen me as a patient... you will have heard this word MANY times (maybe a few more than you'd like?). But if you've been for a visit with me then you also know how important it is to ensure your getting enough protein in on any given day.
Our bodies are MADE from proteins - our organs, muscles and HORMONES - all made from proteins
We know it's essential to get enough protein our foods in order for our body to develop, grow and basically function properly. (ie. things start to shut down if we're not getting enough protein - hello fatigue!)
Studies show that eating a higher-protein diet has a number of health benefits. It can not only help you maintain your weight, but more importantly it helps to stabilize your blood sugar (which again - if your a patient of mine you know alllllll about).
"improve your ability to learn and concentrate, reduce brain fog, boost your energy levels, support your muscles, and aid in hormone balancing"
So many people are concerned about counting calories and depriving themselves - when in reality it is PROTEIN that should be the focus. Once you are including more protein in your diet you will feel completely satisfied after eating and you won't have to worry about crazy fluctuations in blood sugars that lead to cravings and moodiness.
My FAVOURITE health benefits to eating enough protein:
1. Boost Muscle Mass
Protein is necessary to build healthy muscle mass (along with many other body tissues!). When your diet is lacking in amino acids (proteins) - your body can essentially start wasting away while your muscle fibres are broken down to support other body systems. Protein is even more important after exercise (post-gym smoothie's are my fav way to work on this!)
2. Weight Management
There are so many factors that can affect weight loss and it really is best to get a personalized dietary/lifestyle and treatment strategy put together for you. But adding more protein into your diet has been shown to help make you feel full and can prevent overeating (we know it's usually WAY easier to overeat those carbs!). Eating protein also stimulates your body to expend more energy in order to digest foods.
3. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Insulin is a hormone that’s required for carbohydrates, fat and protein to be metabolized. However, carbohydrates require much more insulin than fat or protein does. When you eat high carb and high sugar foods - it results in fluctuations in blood sugar levels (we don't want that!)
Eating foods with protein can actually slow down the absorption of sugar during a meal. This means a high-protein diet can help prevent spikes in blood glucose.
balanced blood sugar = balanced energy + moods!
4. Improve Your Mood
Certain amino acids from high protein foods are needed in order to produce hormones and neurotransmitters in your brain (think serotonin - the happy hormone!). Many people who may be lacking in key amino acids start to experience weakness, moodiness and increased anxiety or depression. (Also because protein helps to stabilize our blood sugars it helps with these mood changes, irritability, and cravings that are a result of crazy blood sugar levels).
I want to make it REALLY EASY for you to switch up your diet!
more protein = less brain fog + more energy
I want to make this so easy for you that I've put together a complete 5 day guide to get you on your way towards a high protein life.
You will get...
+ 5 day complete meal plan (including snacks!)
+ drool worthy recipes
+ grocery list (will make it uber easy to stock that kitchen!)
+ bonus prep guide which lays out for you EXACTLY how to make this meal plan work!