Do you often wonder how much protein intake would be best for you?
This week, I consulted with a new Paleo-friendly health care provider about a long-standing ligament issue. I liked her a lot, and I especially appreciated that our approaches to diet and nutrition synched. She recommended that I increase my protein intake to one gram protein per pound of [lean] body weight. She also recommended collagen supplements, and said to make sure I supplement Vitamin C and D in amounts specific for me, continue with a good multivitamin, and take zinc as directed.
Our goal is to strengthen my ligaments and connective tissue, as well as build up my muscles. We will be doing further work together.
I did not get enough protein during my years of vegan/semi-vegetarian eating, and I need to rebuild. Given it’s not easy for me to eat a lot of meat, she recommended that I obtain a very clean whey protein to supplement my other protein sources.
My whey protein supplement is Source Organic Whey–100% Grass Fed–Grass Finished. I like this product because it’s organic, grass-fed, and humanely produced. The taste is creamy, milky, and not too sweet–no added sweeteners or sugars, and it’s free of bovine growth hormone. I mix it in either organic non-homogenized whole milk, or coconut milk. Available with lecithin (makes hand stirring easier), and without (you will want to use a blender). Great product! The whey is 21 grams of protein per serving–if mixed with milk, that’s another 8 grams of protein. This product may not be suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.
When my collagen product arrives, I can cut back the whey protein to one serving, as the collagen also contains protein. This is what I ordered: Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate.
Alternatively, I can substitute two or three fresh pasture eggs for one protein shake. That’s a healthy choice.
Every evening for dinner, I have about eight ounces of fresh, ocean caught fish, or grass-fed beef. That’s 45-60 grams of protein, depending on which I chose. I especially like Halibut.
For a high protein snack on the run, Epic Bison Jerky Bites are great.
General recommendations that I have read across Paleo blogs and books suggest a daily intake of 0.7-1.0 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
How much protein do you eat, and what are your sources? If you like, please share in the comment section.
Thank you for reading,
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