In the early 1900’s American’s were told to eat well over 100 grams of protein a day. Current advances in medicine, technology and biochemistry are now finding out we got protein all wrong. Eating a diet high in animal protein can lead to chronic illnesses such as Arthritis, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Kidney Disease, and some Cancers, according to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Our fear of not getting enough protein in the western world has led us to become heavy meat eaters. Uric acid in meat is very hard on the body. It throws the whole acid/alkaline balance of the body off. Excess acid in the blood can lead to elevated blood sugar, kidney stones, leaching of minerals from the bones and teeth, as well as stimulating cancer cells.
“Protein” comes from the Greek word proteios, which means “first” or “foremost”, reflecting the crucial importance protein has in proper cell function.
But here’s the thing: all protein is made by plants. No animal makes protein. The largest animals on earth get their protein from plants….elephants, horses, oxen, giraffes……all chowing on live plants with none of the diseases or un-natural weight gain that humans are presently struggling with.
Turns out eating a variety of high quality protein from plant sources throughout the day gets the job done better then meat. This re-education has just begun in the Western world where we have been led to believe for years we would die without meat three meals a day. A slab of steak was considered the ‘American Way’. It turns out that all that meat eating is causing us harm in small and big ways.
I’d like to share with you the foods in the plant world that contain protein:
NUTS: almonds, brazil, pecan, walnut, pine nuts
VEGETABLES: dark leafy vegetables, peppers, shiitake mushrooms, crimini mushrooms
FRUITS: apricots, currants, prunes, dates, figs, avocados, raisins, bananas
SPROUTS: kasha, lentils, sunflower, wheatgrass
SEEDS: pumpkin, sesame, flax, hemp, chia, sunflower
SEA VEGETABLES: kelp, dulse, nori, Irish moss
Surprised? I know. I was too when I first started out as a ‘greenhorn’ years ago. I had to relearn everything I had been brought up to believe as I gave my trust and faith over to plant foods that saved my life from early arthritis and uterine cancer.
There are few things you can do to impact your life more powerfully, profoundly and permanently than changing your diet. It starts with educating yourself. From there the discoveries grow into a love affair.
P.S. Please remember to work toward making your diet at least 60-80% fresh foods. The cooking process kills 50% of the protein in your food. To live a long and healthy life you want to take advantage of all the nutritional value.
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