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Healthy Protein Choices

I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from.
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I feed my daughter almost exclusively organic food.
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Protein is a type of macronutrient, that is used to build the bodies tissues.. Protein performs many different essential functions within the body. For the average person, in order to ensure that you are eating enough protein, aproximately 10 % to 35 % percent of your daily calorie intake should come from high quality,bio-available, clean protein.

Protein is needed in order for you to have strong & healthy tissues, bones, tendons, ligaments & joints. Protein provides support for all of your bodily tissues, including collagen. Proteins such as actin, myosin, myogloblin & other protein types, make up your muscles & enable them to work correctly. Keratin is a type of protein that makes up your fingernails, hair, & the outer layers of your skin.

Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen in the red blood cells throughout the body. Proteins contained within the blood are essential in order for your body to maintain a healthy fluid balance. Proteins also help to maintain a proper ph balance in your blood & body.

Transport proteins attach to nutrients, waste products, & electrolytes & move them through your blood. Lipoproteins carry dietary fats from your small intestine & fats made in the liver, to other tissues for energy needs & storage.

Aproximately half of the protein that you eat throughout the day is used to make catalysts & enzymes, which are specialized proteins that perform specific functions such as digesting food, making new cells & creating vital bio-chemicals.

Antibodies are a type of protein that are created by your immune system in response to a foreign substance such as a virus, bacteria, or fungus. These proteins attach to the foreign substance in order to neutralize it & prevent it from spreading throughout the body.

Proteins play a vital role in the creation of each & every new cell in your body. Your DNA chromosomes are made up on nucleproteins, which consist of amino acids & nucleic acids.

Protein is used to create neurotransmitters, which are vital for all communications within the body.

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Protein is a foundational part of a healthy diet.
The best way to get your protein needs met, is by eating a variety of protein rich foods.
If your diet of choice is either Vegan or Vegetarian, you must be very mindful in your food choices,
so that your protein needs are met.

Here is a list of healthy, varied quality sources of protein.

Animal Sources:
Dairy, such as milk, cream, cheese, & yogurt (raw & pasture raised)
Eggs (pasture raised on a natural diet) (non gmo & preferably organic seed if supplemented)
Meat, such as beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, & game (pasture raised in an ethical manner)
Fish, such as salmon, herring, sardines, & anchovies (wild caught, in clean waters, low in mercury, radiation, & other toxins)
Whey protein (properly processed & from raw pastured raised milk)

Plant Sources:
Lentils
Green Pea
Legumes, such as beans, chickpeas (soaked & fermented)
Nuts (raw, soaked, & dried)
Nut Butters (made from raw, soaked, & dried nuts)
Whole Grains, such as rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth & spelt (soaked & fermented)
Seeds, such as hemp, sesame, sunflower, poppy, & chia (soaked & fermented)
Sprouts
Leafy Greens
Vegetarian milks, such as almond, coconut, & hemp (homemade w/ no additives)
Quinoa
Rice, Pea, Hemp, Sprout proteins (properly processed)

Here are a few food combinations for Vegans & Vegetarians to get their protein needs met:

Grains & Legumes (Beans & Rice)
Nuts & Legumes (Lentil soup, with almonds sprinkled on top)
Seeds & Legumes (humous)
Grains & Dairy (Pasta, veges, & cream sauce)
Nuts or Seeds & Dairy (muesli, almonds, & milk)
Corn & Legumes (Corn Tortilla taco, with grilled peppers & black beans)

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