Andrew is constantly telling me that I need to eat more meat… that I do not get enough protein. And I am constantly telling him he is wrong. (:
While we need about seven grams of protein per day for every twenty pounds of body weight, our bodies can get that protein through SO many foods other than meats. And according to studies, the source of the protein we eat is more important than the actual amount of protein we eat each day.
And for anyone that has PCOS, protein is especially important!
Studies have shown that getting more protein from plants and less from animals is a big step toward promoting overall health (Nurses Health Study, 2007). Animal protein affects health in different ways than plant protein does. Animal protein, of course, would be meat. Plant protein would be beans, nuts, seeds, and grains. Protein is even found in fruits and vegetables. And vegetable protein may do more for health, and even for fertility, than animal protein (The Fertility Diet, 2007).
It is important for us to pay attention to the kinds of foods we get our protein from, because some wonderful sources of protein also deliver unsaturated fats, which are good for the heart and the brain. Other protein sources are full of saturated fats, which are only good for the body in extreme moderation.
Nuts are a great source of protein, and are packed full of other nutritional goodness too. Though nuts have gotten a bad rap in the past for being high in calories, people who eat nuts regularly tend to weigh a bit less than those who do not… just some interesting food for thought (The Fertility Diet, 2007).
Fish is also a great source of protein, as well as omega-3 fat.
So, in a nutshell, here is the goal:
Get daily protein from as many different sources as we can. At least half our protein should come from plants (bean, nuts, nut butters, whole grains, seeds). Choose fish, eggs, and chicken for the rest, with less red meat and dairy products completing the puzzle!
If you choose to consume dairy and meat, make sure you purchase them from animals that have been organically raised. This is especially important for us gals with PCOS, because the added hormones in conventionally raised animals can really thow our own hormones even more out of whack than they already are!
So… there ya have it!
Look for Day 6 on Tuesday, as I will be out of town and away from the computer between now and then! We are headed to Nashville for the flea market, and for a Juice Plus+ event!!!