Proteins are nutrients that are essential to the building, maintenance and repair of body tissues such as skin, internal organs and muscle. They are also the major components of our immune system and hormones. Proteins are made up of substances called amino acids — 22 of which are considered vital for health. The adult body can make 14 of these amino acids, but the other eight, known as essential amino acids, must be obtained from what we eat. Proteins are found in all types of food, but only meat, eggs, cheese and other foods from animal sources contain complete proteins, meaning they provide the eight essential amino acids. According to my experience meeting with clients, most people don’t eat enough protein. A person’s protein intake varies and depends on your sex, height, weight and exercise levels. Normal protein intake ranges from 2 to 6 ounces per snack/meal. Look at the package. If you are eating packaged foods, the number of grams of protein per serving is listed on the package.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein.
- Go organic. Omega-3 eggs contain a 1:1 omega 6 to 3 ratio, while commercial eggs contain a 19:1 omega 6 to 3 ratio.
- Don’t be afraid to eat eggs.
- However, don’t eat eggs daily. It’s important to avoid eating them daily because you may develop an allergy to them. You should not eat eggs more than five days a week.
Tip: Buy one package of brown eggs and another of white. Hard boil an entire dozen of the same color. This make a great, grab and go snack!
Restrict your intake of dairy products. Eliminate milk, yogurt and cheese. If you have allergies, consider avoiding all dairy, or at the very least, milk. After a week introduce NON FAT, PLAIN GREEK YOGURT if you wish. When eating yogurt, please pay special attention to the carbohydrate content as many contain added sweetener, which dramatically increases the carbohydrate content. Also, low-fat dairy products are densely packed with carbohydrates (ie sugar) and should be avoided.
MEAT – You can eat all* real meats during this detox. All* meats, excluding processed meats (i.e.: lunchmeats, hotdogs, etc. – I also refer to these as NOT REAL MEATS).
Limit and become aware of your soy intake. Limit all soy products during this detox, though soy is not, despite a lot of popular belief, really that good for you – amongst other issues, it can weaken your immune system. Soy products should be excluded, with the exception of fermented soy products like tempeh, miso and natto.
This is one of 6 great elements to Eating Healthy and Detoxing your body. To read more about all of these elements, read the entire article, “Eating your way to Detoxed”