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Grasshoppers & spiders oh my

on November 19, 2013

Let’s talk about PROTEIN!  How much do you understand about protein?

Well, before today, not as much as I thought.  I believed our meals should be centered around protein.  I know eating protein w/n an hour of waking boosts metabolism.  I know we start our day w/ protein to help sustain energy & satisfaction, until we get more protein.  I know we can’t get the amount of protein from beans and tofu that we can from animals.  I know that I can use a protein replacement such as a whey protein or replacement shake if it has a high enough protein count to take the place of my meat/meal.  I know that AdvoCare meal replacement shakes have a perfect ratio 1:1 of proteins to carbohydrates and tastes the best of any other on the market!

From a young age, we’re taught that meat (beef, chicken, fish) is an important source of protein and that protein helps us grow big and strong. The Princess is the first to ask or point out (EACH meal) what our protein is and at breakfast she always says, “I need protein to start my day, can I have eggs?  Does oatmeal have protein?  Oooo, bacon that’s protein” lol~  Traditional ways of eating in the United States emphasize meat as the most important ingredient of the meal, and protein as the most important nutrient. But do such meals conform to your body’s needs? Could a different style of eating be more healthful? Or what about eliminating meat entirely from the diet? What makes the most sense nutritionally?  Several days ago we talked about different fads/diets, some of these were popular for having no MEAT… How do you feel about that? From the body’s perspective, protein is critically important. Protein is part of every cell, it is needed in thousands of chemical reactions, and it keeps us “together” structurally.
grasshopper  Did you know that bugs provide 10 perent of the protein consumed worldwide? A grasshopper is 15 to 60 percent protein. Pound for pound, spiders have more protein than any other bug.  Seems every night I wake up gasping & choking, needing to get water, I swear everytime it’s a bug HaHa

When our diet lacks protein, the body breaks down tissue such as muscle and uses it as a protein source. This causes loss, or wasting, of muscles, organs, and other tissues. Protein deficiency also increases susceptibility to infection, and impairs digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Just as glucose is the basic building block of carbohydrates, amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins.  AdvoCare users know that food is the best nutrtion for the body but we sometimes lack nutrients, therefore our supplements help to fill in those gaps.  Catalyst & Spark are great amino acid, vitamin products to implement!

The human body contains thousands of different proteins, each with a specific function determined by its unique shape. Some act as enzymes, speeding up chemical reactions. Others act as hormones, which are a kind of chemical messenger. Antibodies made of protein protect us from foreign substances. Proteins maintain fluid balance by pumping molecules across cell membranes and attracting water. They maintain the acid and base balance of body fluids by taking up or giving off hydrogen ions as needed. Finally, proteins transport many key substances such as oxygen, vitamins, and minerals to target cells throughout the body.

Structures such as bone, skin, and hair owe their physical properties to unique proteins. Collagen, which appears microscopically as a densely packed long rod, is the most abundant protein in mammals and gives skin and bone their elastic strength. Hair and nails are made of keratin, which is another dense protein made of coiled helices. Protein is essential for building these anatomical structures; therefore, protein deficiencies during a child’s development can be disastrous.

Motor proteins are exactly what their name implies: proteins that turn energy into mechanical work.  Specialized motor proteins are involved in a variety of processes, including cell division, muscle contraction, and sperm swimming.  I’m sorry, was that TMI? 😉

So what do you think?  Is protein important?  Can we live/function w/o it?  Would it be nutritionally wise to do so?  I ain’t gonna lie…I love my meat, why, I am a Carolina girl, we’re known for “meat & taters”!

Insel, Paul, Don Ross, Kimberley McMahon, Melissa Bernstein. Nutrition: Custom Edition, 4th Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning, 04/2010.

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of Essential Oils and when purchasing I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of essential oils, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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