It’s 12:30 and I’ve yet to eat anything today.
This is not good. Not good at all.
At this point my body is thinking I’m starving it.
Now, when I do eat, most of it will end up in fat storage saved in the cells for a later date. Another article for sure.
And now, since I’ve not eaten anything I’m ravenous!!
This is usually the time when most people would grab a bag of chips, crackers, or something fast and easy. When in reality, this is the time to go for proteins, not chips.
Long lasting stamina.
The thought would be that I need fuel fast which is usually supplied by carbohydrates. And of course, there are better carbs that you can get for fuel other than a bag of chips. Coming to mind would be veggies. Or at least that would be what one would hope for as a go to fuel food, and lots of them. Mind you, I didn’t say fruits I said veggies. Veggies supply way more fuel for the body lasting much longer than fruits can.
However, at this point you grab whatever is easiest. And when you’re at work who’s got time to cut up veggies anyway. This would be the time to implement in planning strategies for having good foods on hand at all times.
Truly, at this point, I need stamina more than I need fuel.
At this point I’m very tired from not eating.
I’m actually very weak.
Not wanting to do anything at all. Not being able to think properly.
All reasons why proteins are so important for the body. They help you think clearly, see clearly, keep you strong, and full of vigor. They also keep your muscles intact, and if your older than age 45 keep you from loosing muscle mass. Proteins actually help build muscle.
Although, when you’re feeling tired and weak from not eating is when most people would go for those energy drinks. A pick-me-up, get you going kind of thing that’s available to the public these days.
Have you ever noticed when you’re really hungry, and have eaten just about everything you can get your hands on, that you’re still hungry seemingly not being able to get satisfied.
That’s because, in reality, your body needs protein. Another reason why it’s so important for you. It helps keep hunger in check.
Protein stops you from feeling hungry even if you’ve eaten everything but the kitchen sink.
Proteins give you strength, and stamina.
Think of proteins as the perimeter of the car. Protein gives you what the metal gives a car. Structure.
Much like gas fuels a car, carbs do the same, but, like gas, carbs run out very quickly forcing you to refuel.
Stamina stays with you for a longer period of time.
Filling up on protein before you head for the carbs allows you to eat fewer carbs, giving you more stamina making your day more eventful and pleasant.
Also, eating a protein along with a carb helps to slow the reaction of carbs down so you won’t find you get that high- low swing that happens with your energy. You know, that pick me up feeling where you think you’ve got all the energy in the world. Only to find you’ve crashed a half hour later wondering why you feel so shitty, wanting to reach for more carbs again.
But, what do you do when you don’t always have a piece of meat cooked up, or an egg or some cheese to go to. Hopefully, you’re not diving for one of those protein bars that really are more sugar than protein.
Of course, in the world today there are protein drinks, bars, and more that you can buy enabling you to have around for just such a case. Although, you should really think about making your own protein.
To control what’s in it.
Most times anything purchased is processed with added sugar or salt or both, full of chemicals to keep it on the shelves longer.
You have better control of all the ingredients if you make it yourself. It can then come down to choosing organic versus conventional grown, or non- GMO versus genetically modified foods. You choose what ingredients your using. You do not have to be at the mercy of pre-packaged products any longer.
Any time you make something yourself, you’re doing two things.
1. You’re investing in your food by putting time and love into it which goes a long way at satisfying your body.
2. You’re more able to control what food you’re getting.
Proteins are a very misunderstood food.
Proteins come in a lot of different foods, but not all proteins are accessible to the body as a complete protein. And, as in the case with cheese, coming from a cow you’re now at the mercy of a good metabolism. Being it can take up to four or five hours to digest. Leaving behind consequences such as bad bacteria, parasites, and mucous problems.
There is however some good protein go to’s. One of which I use on a regular basis.
Goat protein is easily digestible since the molecular structure of goat milk is very similar to mothers milk. It takes less than two hours to completely digest goat’s milk. A far cry easier and faster than any cows milk. And, it’s not soy based which can lead to more problems such as creating phyto (fake) estrogen. The body makes enough estrogen causing its own types of problems, we don’t need to be adding even more estrogen to fight.
Protein, especially easily digestible proteins such as dark leafy greens and easily digestible protein powders can be a benefit to have around easily accessible in this fast paced non-stop society we live in.
It can help by making better choices when it comes to food.
Eating enough protein during the day can help the body fight hunger, enabling the body to keep itself from storing oversized portions of undigested foods in the fat cells.
When you eat enough protein, you’re not hungry. Well, that is if you aren’t actually dehydrated instead. Again, another article. If you’ve eaten enough protein, and added enough vegetables for fuel, and you’re still feeling hungry, you are in fact needing water instead of food.
You should be consuming ONE LITER of good clean (non-city or plastic bottled) water for every 50 pounds of body weight.
Are you drinking enough water??
Protein drinks can be made easily and fast. It just takes a little effort to plan ahead to keep them made fresh in the frig.
I have several recipes that I’ve devised over the years, but this one is my go to favorite.
4 1/2 cups of clean water
1/4 cup freshly ground flax seed
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
3 heaping tbsp (plus or minus based on taste) Raw unfiltered non-heated honey
4 tbsp Chlorophyll
8 scoops of pictured goat whey protein powder
Start by getting all the ingredients ready.
Fill your blender with the recommended amount of water.
Get the flax seeds measured out and put in the grinder. I recommend grinding flax seed just before using it. You gain more of it’s benefits enabling it to stay fresh longer. And, because it’s a seed you want to store it in the freezer keeping it from becoming rancid from the oil it contains. All seeds and nuts should be stored in the frig no more than 6 months or freezer for longer periods of time.
After the flax seed has been ground put it in the blender.
Measure out the chia seeds and place in a container. I use a 4 oz jar, but you can use anything really. Place the 1/4 cup of seeds in the small container and fill with water. Stir to coat all seeds well and let them sit for a bit. The seeds become plump and start to gel. You could add them right to the blender water, but I find they gel nicely in a small amount of water before adding to the rest of the ingredients.
Next place the amount of honey you’d like in the blender. This could be trial and error a few times until you find the right amount that you prefer. I like about 3 tbsp.
Add the chlorophyll.
Now cap your blender turning it on and slowly adding the goat whey protein powder a scoop at a time.
Blend to a smooth consistency.
Pour mixture, evenly distributing, into (4) 16 oz. glass jars easy for taking with you anywhere you go.
Why add flax seed? Fiber!! Fiber is a badly needed nutrient that Americans do not get enough of. Why not add it when you can.
Fiber keeps the intestinal walls clean keeping you from acquiring gluten and other allergen intolerances along with a clean colon. Again another article.
Chia seeds, are a good source of Omega 3s. 10,000 times more than some other sources, and of course they add more fiber. 🙂
The benefits are major.
It supplies almost all the vitamins and minerals available naturally. It’s made from Alfalfa, and Alfalfa is called the father of all vitamins. Alfalfa has so many vitamins in it naturally that you usually don’t need to take a chemical supplement form.
Builds a high blood count
Helps prevent cancer
Provides iron to organs
Makes body more alkaline
Counteracts toxins eaten
Improves anemic conditions
Cleans and deodorizes bowel tissues
Helps purify the liver
Aids hepatitis improvement
Aids hemophilia condition
Improves milk production
Helps soars heal faster
Eliminates body odors
Resists bacteria in wounds
Cleans tooth and gum structure in pyorrhea
Eliminates bad breath
I believe all three are very beneficial ingredients to add. But, ultimately you need to choose whether or not you’d like to use them.
As a CNHP certified natural health professional I work with foods that heal the body. This recipe just happens to be one of those food combinations that not only supply benefits to fight hunger, but also serves to help the body heal.
You always need to eat. So, you might as well make it good ingredients that benefit and build the body. Instead of falling prey to all of that misleading, manufactured, pre-packaged crap. (for a lack of a better word). 🙂