Do you get enough protein? Comments from the Leafy in GREEN
From a Newsletter By: Sherry Brescia of Great Taste No Pain
Based on some of the emails and calls we receive every day, it appears that the fears of death, snakes and public speaking don't even come close to people's fear of not getting enough protein.
You can thank the Beef and Dairy Councils for that one.
Seems we've collectively been brainwashed into thinking that meat and dairy are the only AND best sources of protein, and if we don't drink milk and eat meat, we'll be protein deficient.
Tell me, do you even know what a protein deficiency looks like?
Know anyone that has one?
The fact is, meat and dairy are just two of many sources of protein, and they also happen to be among the most acid forming to your body.
So what does "acid forming" mean anyway?
A food is said to be acid forming when its residue following digestion is acidic (with a pH less than 7). When it's working optimally, your body eliminates this acid residue so it can maintain its healthy, slightly alkaline state.
But when you eat too many acid forming foods, your body can't keep up with the acid waste elimination. This causes a buildup of wastes which seep into your bloodstream which then wreak havoc throughout your body.
This is called a state of acidity (or acidosis). When you are in this state, and the typical American is, you can't effectively absorb nutrients from your foods.
So chances are excellent that you'll derive little nutrition benefit from ANY of your foods, including meats. (Good reason to avoid meats altogether!)
What you eat together makes a huge difference
What makes this worse is the fact that most people eat meat with the wrong other foods.
You see, many foods are broken down with acid enzymes like hydrochloric acid and pepsin, and others are with alkaline enzymes like ptyalin. When you eat foods together that require opposing enzymes (acid and alkaline) they neutralize each other in your stomach. This causes digestion to slow or stop altogether.
Your stomach senses something is wrong and secretes more acid trying to kick start digestion again. But BAM -- it gets neutralized again.
This can go on and on for hours.
And what you end up with is a ton of acid in your stomach which now destroys the nutrients in your foods. And soon you're reaching for the Rolaids, Tums, Pepcid, etc.
Is this making sense now?
All protein is created equal by your body
What people don't realize is that protein from animal products is just that -- animal protein. It's not human protein. (Just don't eat it!)
Your body needs to break down the cow or chicken or pig protein into its individual amino acids. Then it converts it to human protein. This is quite an involved process that takes a lot of energy to complete.
Want to know another GREAT source of protein that requires a lot less energy?
Alkaline foods (like fresh fruits and vegetables) are those that leave an alkaline residue after digestion (with a pH over 7). And since your body is naturally alkaline by design, alkaline foods are naturally much easier for your system to deal with.
Alkaline foods already contain the amino acids your body requires to construct all the protein you need.
And because they're alkalizing to the body, you end up getting the benefit of the amino acids (and all the other nutrients) in your foods because they're not being destroyed by stomach acid.
Be as smart as a cow
Here's an interesting tidbit: Cows (and other animals of strength and endurance, including gorillas) eat nothing but alkaline foods.
Cows with their huge bones and enormous bodies have no trouble with protein deficiency.
Their natural food?
Methinks we can learn a lesson from them. (eat a Plant-based, whole foods!!!)
Check it out right away...and get all the protein you need without worry.
To your health, (or as we say at The Leafy: Sláinte!)
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(sometimes this blog reminds me of the diary I kept for most of my life starting at age 12)
Many people have made the comment "I'd rather die than change my diet" well... ok!
AND also, when folks question the way I choose to eat, or even poke fun at me, I often say "I'll be the healthiest one in the graveyard!"
That's my rant, that is all I want to say about that. On to cookies, Cowboy Cookies!!!
|NOT your average "Laura Bush-style" Cowboy Cookie!|
This morning I had a HUGE craving for cookies (not unusual) and had intended to make a variation on Hannah Kaminsky’s latest macaroon that is circulating in the blogosphere BUT deciding this cookie was way too full of saturated fats for this little plant-strong duck, I decided to veganize and lower the fat/sugar content of one of my old favorites, the “Cowboy” Cookie. For those of you who do not know what a Cowboy Cookie really is, basically it is a cookie that a cowboy (or girl) could take with them out on the dusty trail for all-day sustenance, kind of like a predecessor to the granola bar. This cookie featured big in the news when George Bush ran against Al Gore and their wives got into a cookie recipe war but I was making these cookies well before that ill-fated election when I worked at The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. The guests loved ‘em and believe me there was nothing healthy about them.
Low fat cookies are always a challenge to make really deliciously and pass off to non-believers. These cowboy cookies are not really “on the plan” as D likes to say, but they are much healthier than the original & turned out thumbs up by my standards although I am not a fussy cookie eater! I almost haven't met a cookie I wouldn't eat :-) Here is the recipe & nutritional content for the cookies I made this morning along with a link Laura Bush’s award-winning Cowboy cookie recipe (you’ll have to find the nutritional content for that one on your own but I’ll bet you can imagine). Yes, her cookie won the Family Circle contest, perhaps a sign of what was to become the 2000 election outcome??
Lower-Fat Cowboy Cookies
Oven: 350 degrees 8 min.
½ c. non-hydrogenated softened vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance stick, could've use canola oil)
2 T peanut butter
½ c. ea. brown & granulated sugars
Egg Replacer for 2 eggs (I used Bob’s Red Mills)
1 t. vanilla extract
1 c. unbleached white flour
½ c. whole wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 ½ c. old fashioned oats
¼ c. ground flax meal
¼ c. unsweetened coconut
½ c. vegan choc. chips
½ c. raisins (I used Craisins cause that’s all I had)
- Beat margarine, peanut butter & sugars on med. speed with electric mixer until creamy.
- Add Egg Replacer & vanilla extract. Beat well
- Add combined flours, flax meal, baking soda & cinnamon; mix well.
- Add oats, coconut, choc chips & raisins or craisins; mix well, with much difficulty J
- Drop by rounded tablespoonsful onto baking sheet ( I always use a sil-pat but a non-stick pan would do) & flatten with hand or glass.
- Bake for 6 – 8 minutes until light golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Makes about 30 cookies
Nutrition Information / serving
Calories Carbohydrates Protein Fat cals. per gram
152 23 2 5 4
Percent Calories from
* NOTE: I used an online service to calculate nutritional info. It is only as reliable as the source.
Calcium is important. But milk isn't the only, or even best, source.
While calcium and dairy can lower the risk of osteoporosis and colon cancer, high intake can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.
Plus, dairy products can be high in saturated fat as well as retinol (vitamin A), which at high levels can paradoxically weaken bones.
Good, non-dairy sources of calcium include collards, bok choy, fortified soy milk, baked beans, and supplements that contain both calcium and vitamin D (a better choice than taking calcium alone).
Read more about calcium and milk.
5 quick tips for building strong bones
1. Look beyond the dairy aisle. Limit milk and dairy foods to no more than one or two servings per day. More won't necessarily do your bones any good--and less is fine, as long as you get enough calcium from other sources. Calcium-rich non-dairy foods include leafy green vegetables and broccoli, both of which are also great sources of vitamin K, another key nutrient for bone health. Beans and tofu can also supply calcium.
2. Get your vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a key role along with calcium in boosting bone health. If you live north of the line connecting San Francisco to Philadelphia and Athens to Beijing, odds are that you will need a multi-vitamin to get enough.
3. Get active. Regular exercise, especially weight-bearing exercise such as walking or jogging, is an essential part of building and maintaining strong bones.
4. Be careful about getting too much retinol (vitamin A). Don't go overboard on fortified milk, energy bars, and breakfast cereals, all of which can be high in bone-weakening vitamin A. Many multivitamin makers have removed much or all retinol and replaced it with beta-carotene, which does not harm bones.