For who knows how long, I wasn't getting enough protein. I don't really want to look back into it and find how long because it will only highlight how long I was being foolish.
Protein is important for repairing tissues and is a building block for strong bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, hair, nails, and blood. Protein is also important in enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
Are you getting enough? I found out I wasn't when I took a good hard look at my eating plan and realized I may have been getting 1-2 servings of protein and day and a million servings of carbs. And when I look at the signs that you may be lacking protein red flags were BLARING! Here are those signs:
- You experience anxiety or depression (amino acids fuel the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine that prevent depression and anxiety) - CHECK
- You recover slowly from injuries (protein fuels muscle recovery and regrowth) - hmmm….the pesky hip????
- You are losing hair or it breaks easily (protein supports collagen production in the hair, skin, and nails) - CHECK
- You are having a hard time focusing or staying focused (amino acids support brain performance) - CHECK
- Your muscles always ache (protein helps muscle recovery and aids in repair)
- Your nails are brittle or breaking (protein supports collagen production in the hair, skin, and nails) - CHECK
Now I start each day with a serving of protein (2 eggs) versus my traditional start of the day with carbs and fruit. I still eat my serving of fruit!!! And sometimes I add some veggies to my eggs especially when I am eating a hot breakfast at home. At work I traditionally bring two hard boiled eggs.
And eggs are an egg-celent source of protein. Each egg contains 6 grams of protein PLUS 5% of vitamin A, 2% calcium (good for dairy free me), 11% vitamin D (good for me again since I had to be put on supplements last year to get my vitamin D back up there), 10% vitamin B-12, 3% iron, 5% vitamin B-6, 1% magnesium (which actually can help keep anxiety at bay!), and 1% potassium.
Now let's talk the iffy side of eggs....cholesterol. Eggs have had a bad rep and I have to say, if you have cholesterol problems talk to your doctor about eggs and whether or not you should include them in your diet. For me, I do. They are a good portable source of protein that is friendly on my budget. And eggs DO have nutrients in them that can actually lower your risk of heart disease.
Obviously, there is no one-size-fits-all diet for all of us but I have noticed a huge difference in my energy, life, hair, nails, etc. when I increased my protein intake and eggs, like a I said, have been an easy and affordable go to. But nothing in my life is set in stone and I would love to hear how you get your morning protein? And I do not want to turn to bacon and sausage.....
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for a more energized body.
Daily Bible Verse: Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? ~ Matthew 6:26