Protein Is Essential For Healthy Living

Constant processes of repair and renewal takes place inside our bodies with the aid of protein. Our body needs complete protein for regular cell growth, reproduction, tissue repair and to manifacture other substances that protect us against infections. Maintenance, repair and growth of body tissue is accomplished by the digestion of protein into subunits called amino acids. In this form these amino acids can enter cells where, following instruction from DNA, they can be synthesized into new proteins as is needed.

Did you know that our body will only use the precise amount of protein it needs and the rest will be excreted in the urine? If there is to much protein in the diet it is converted to body fat. An excess amount of proteine may even cause liver and kidney strain and it can also cause an increase in calcium loss in the urine as well as dehydration. Protein cannot be stored and needs to be replenished daily.

Complete protein is made up of 23 different amino acids and is found in food from animal sources such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products. Amino acids occur in different combinations in various foods and our body could make most of them if the diet is adequate.

However, nine essential amino acids can't be made by the body and can only be obtained directly from food.

For vegetarians, especially vegans, food combining in order to get complete protein is very important. For example combining pulses with grains, nuts or seeds will provide all the amino acids necessary to make complete protein. Common combinations include: hummus and pitta bread; bean soup and bread roll; pasta and tofu; peanut butter and bread; baked beans on the toast, muesli with nuts and soy milk etc.

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Start planning meals ahead of time for your family to eat better, have more enjoyable laid-back meals together and to save some time and money.

Life can get pretty busy and sometimes is very hard to organize daily busy schedules and prepare meals for the whole family. Preparing meals ahead of time, will allow you to eat what is best for you and your family, instead of eating what's convenient.

Make a meal plan for the whole week (or two weeks) and avoid becoming a short-order cook in your own kitchen.
Choose acceptable quality nutritious meals that will appeal to the majority and refuse daily catering to everyone's likes and dislikes.

Ask your family to help you with meal ideas and try some new recipe every couple of weeks to keep mealtime interesting. It is amazing what foods your family will try if they have been involved in meal planning process.