You Don’t Need THAT Much Protein

Veg ProteinI have been getting questions about how much protein we need.  Protein is an important part of our diet. It is necessary for your muscles and it helps us feel full longer.  However, we don’t need as much protein as the media has led us to believe.

An athlete weighing 140 lbs only needs .83 grams of protein which translates to approximately 332 calories or 13.6% from protein. Now, I am not against eating meat but I don’t eat it often (it literally makes me sick) and I haven’t been eating it at all this month.

My personal favorites, that I eat daily, are: quinoa, leafy greens, Greek yogurt, avocado, chia seeds and beans. I love eggs but they make me sick too. I find if I eat plenty and fruits and vegetables with beans, nuts and seeds I get plenty of protein and nutrients.

The fact is you can’t get or be fat eating fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain a significant amount of fiber that will help you feel full and satisfied.  Study’s have shown if you reduce your consumption of animal protein and increase your fiber intake your blood profile will improve, another great health benefit.  I find Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Diet to be the healthiest.

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