Back in June I went on a farm tour, and I have to say that I am truly grateful for all the hard work and time that cattle ranchers put in to their farms. I wanted to share some of the key things I took away from this tour and how the focus on increased protein intake can effect one’s overall physical and mental health.
Protein continues to be a hot topic in the news these days and in order to better understand how important protein is we need to look at what it can do for our overall body. Here are some fun facts and tips about protein and your health. Proteins are the building blocks of life. The body needs protein to repair and maintain itself. I always call protein the repair molecule.
- When protein is consumed at breakfast reduced evening snacking
- Protein intake effect reward driven eating patterns (dopamine release)
- 30 grams of protein helps with prevention of muscles breakdown (more is not better)
- Meat is a recommended first food (pureed)
- High quality (easily absorbed and used) protein can be deceiving
8 essential nutrients are found in beef, how amazing is that?! With as little as 1.7 oz of beef you get so much bang for your buck. It can truly be a cost saving choice when thinking about how powerful the nutrition is. Keep in mind Zinc is responsible for over 300 reactions in your body.
- Vitamin B 12
- Vitamin B6
Bottom line we need protein for our overall health along with carbohydrates and fat. Having a good working knowledge of who and how your food can be powerful Personally, meeting the small families across central Texas that raise cattle and opened their homes to us to share their passion was touching.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.