Category Archives: Food groups

Protein Needs

I need a lot of protein since I work out a lot.

The real question is how much protein the average (healthy) person needs?  (All the info I provide will be based on adult needs.  Interestingly, protein deficiency is unlikely in the United States, but might be an issue for the elderly with health complications or, of course, the pregnant/breastfeeding mom).

Protein is essential because of the amino acids it uses for a variety of body functions.  Protein makes up over half of the solid content in all cells.   It is used for enzymes, hormones, immunity, and structure of amino acids, which will help with muscle building.

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Mood Food

Feeling sluggish or down in the dumps?  Your diet might be to blame.  There are a few foods that can help you with a perky attitude.

Omega-3 Fatty acids – Includes cold water fish, such as salmon and sardines, flax seed, walnuts, nuts and seeds.  The fat in these foods help the brain cells and neurotransmitters function properly and possibly help some folks with depression.

Soluble Fiber Foods – Includes oatmeal, barley, beans, fruits and some vegetables.  These foods help regulate blood sugars.  The soluble fiber forms a gel in your GI tract that slowly release the sugar from some of these foods into the blood stream.  It helps you from feeling hungry too quickly.

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Worth a Hill of Beans

(Yes, I borrowed the title…I’m not that clever)

When I told some folks at work that I eat a plant-based diet, automatically the conversation went to what I eat for protein.  “Oh are you eating Gardein?” Because I don’t like most of the meat-substitutes out there, I use beans as my primary source of protein.  For reasons I’ve explained in one of my previous blogs, I avoid canned beans when possible.  So, I thought I would share the benefits of this nutritonal powerhouse, the bean.

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Healthy Whole Grains – You bet!

We all know that eating more whole grains is part of a healthy diet. It adds fiber along with additional B vitamins to our diet. Using the concept of soaking your grains will release all the vitamins and minerals, so your body can absorb it easier. Making your own bread, crackers, and chips can be made with whole grains. You can learn to make these items yourself and get the benefits of whole grains. Visit Ann Marie Michaels’ website to take her online classes 24/7. She is currently offering a discount until February 14th. Have your cake and get your nutrition, too. Well, maybe not literally ;)

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Meal Wars: The Struggle of Healthy Eating, Part 1

It is not uncommon for parents to wonder if they are doing the right by their child.  Am I going to breastfeed my child?  Should I use cloth or disposable diapers?  Is he watching too much TV?  How often should my child eat?  While most parents can answer most of these questions for themselves, I can definitely help answer the last one.

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