Thursday, April 22, 2010

Day 4 of the 30 day challenge. How to choose good quality protein

Lets talk about protein sources to choose when on your 30 day challenge.  Remember it is not only about calories we take in the the quality of the food we ingest that effects our health, weight and metabolism. One of the main goals of this challenge is to significantly reduce the amount of toxins in your body and get your  body running more efficiently.  That is why I stress choosing organic products.

When it comes to choosing where to get your protein from you want to take extra care to make sure your source of protein is considered.  Here are some suggestions  for choosing what protein is best.

Red meat, limit to once a week
Choose only organic, grass fed or range fed meat or chicken
Trim all visible fat
If you are eating chicken, remove the skin before cooking
Eggs are a great source of protein but choose organic, free range, Omega3  eggs
Nuts, eat them raw and unsalted
Beans including whole soy foods such as tofu, edamame, and tempeh
Fish (wild not farmed)
Hemp seeds

Although you will spend more for organic, grass fed, free range meat it is worth it.  It refers to the way of raising feed animals (chicken, pigs, and cattle) in which the animal is not confined to a feedlot, stockyard, coop or barn.  Animals raised in  confined conditions tend to have more diseases, are less healthy, and are fed an unnatural diet.  thus, they are full of poor-quality saturated fats. When they move more  and eat a healthier, more natural diet, they are leaner.  When you eat grass-fed beef, you are eating leaner meat that has fewer saturated fats.

If you normally eat a lot of chicken and meat try shifting to plant based protein more often. Keep red meat to no more than once a week and try to have as many meals as possible with non-animal based protein.   Try beans, nuts, soy, tempeh and hemp seeds as replacements for animal protein as often as possible.

Keep the animal protein the smallest part of your meal and instead load up on raw and cooked vegetables, greens, leafy lettuces and other powerfully rich and nutritious carbohydrates.

Remember, Eat food. Mostly plants. Not so much. Keep it organic, grass fed and hormone/ pesticide free.

Congratulations  you are now on day 4!

Join me on May 7th for the next stop on my book tour and lecture series. I will be at the TSalon, the first sustainable tea cafe, bar and market.

How Deeply Do You Honor Yourself?  Do you listen to yourself instead of being swayed by others' negativity or doubt?  Do you make time for you?  Do you honor your intentions by making yourself a priority?  Do your reactions to conflict or stress go against your goals?  Join me for the 3rd stop of my book tour, at the T Salon in Chelsea Market.  Complimenting the T Salon’s “Always Evolving” mission statement, learn how to change your point of view and start honoring your mind, body and spirit!

Friday, May 7th
T Salon, Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue ~ 495 W 15th Street, NYC
Cost: $35 (Includes lecture and light refreshments)
Limited space available. Advanced registration required.
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