Updated: Mar 31, 2019
Macros? That terminology for classifying and quantifying our FOOD is everywhere. Let me break this down in a simple 3 part email series beginning with the most vital of the the three, the King of all MACRO's (macro nutrient) Protein Yes there is a lot of hype about how much, what kind, and even if it's harmful in large quantities, and the list goes on and on. I will speak from 13 years of experience training women and myself and tell you that nothing changes your body composition for the better than high quality sufficient amounts of protein. Here are 5 powerful reasons to get your protein:
1. Protein builds and maintains muscle (key to keeping your metabolism revving especially as we age) 2. Protein fortifies your bones which is crucial to women as we approach menopause to protect our bone health 3. Protein improves your immune system and can increase brain cognition 4. Protein helps you feel fuller longer and aids in weight loss due to the its ability to decrease those hunger pangs. 5. Increases your metabolism for longer periods and helps control insulin response (blood sugar spikes) What is sufficient? I recommend at least 65 g of protein per day for the average woman at the bare minimum and 85 g for an active woman. This macro nutrient is priority #1 (veggies are a must..we need lots of them and especially leafy greens don't get me wrong, EAT your veggies) Ensuring you get enough protein will help you slip on your skinny jeans and power through anything life throws your way. You might be thinking... "Jenn that all sounds great but how the heck do I get that much protein?" I've got you covered. Check out these delicious examples of how you can enjoy plenty of protein incorporated into you day.
Not to worry if you choose a primarily plant based diet. Check out these high protein plant based options to ensure you can power through your day.
P.S. Stay tuned into my blog because I am decoding the macro(nutrient) categories so you can end the confusion and learn to you choose the best nutrient dense foods to help you elevate your energy, maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health.