Are you eating too much protein?

Keto, Paleo, Atkins, low-carb, high-fat–how’s a person to eat? The bestquestion is how’s a person to eat and be healthy? With so much
information via the internet and media, what’s a person to think? Much
of scientific research is often ignored and/or manipulated to support the
latest diet trends or marketing plans. Let’s start at the very beginning—
literally!

Genesis 1:29–“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in
it. They will be yours for food.”God created us and gave us the perfect
diet to keep us feeling and functioning at our best–fruits, vegetables,
nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Since it didn’t include animal
products (until after the flood), we can assume that it gave us everything we need in its whole, original, created form, including protein. There
seems to be more controversy in the diet world over carbs and fats than protein. In fact, there seems to be almost too much focus on protein.
Let’s take a closer look.

The United States eats more animal protein than any other
developed country and has more chronic health problems.

In most studies, eating more animal protein and less whole plant foods
is linked to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart
disease, and cancer. Those eating higher amounts of animal protein tend to have more incidents of kidney stones, rheumatoid arthritis, gall
bladder problems, gout, and inflammatory bowel conditions.

Meat promotes inflammation that can lead to a chronic immune
response (autoimmune), which can be a factor in developing a variety of chronic health disorders.

Meat often contains antibiotics, which can disrupt healthy intestinal
bacteria, contributing to weight gain and immune problems.

Analysis of bones by archaeologists have found more cancer among
those who ate more meat.

People who consume diets high in animal products tend to experience
more problems with mood, concentration, and dementia.

The USDA recommends an average of 56 grams of daily protein for men
and 46 grams for women. In assuming that it’s better to consume more
protein than not enough, these recommendations are on the high side. 
It’s easy to get more than double these amounts if you’re eating the
standard American diet. Besides the meat on your plate, it’s the cheese on your salad or in your salad dressing, the protein in your snack bar or
smoothie.  It adds up!

Some of the high-protein diets (Atkins, Paleo, Keto) recommend as much as 30 to 50% of daily calories come from protein.  In contrast, some of
the longest living people in the world get an average of only 10% of
their calories from protein.

The world’s highest percentage of people who live to be 100
(centenarians) live in Okinawa, Japan.  Most of their calories come
from rice and yams (carbohydrates).  Many of us think that we need to avoid carbs!

Most of our modern disease can be linked to a produce-deficient diet.Americans have an average caloric intake of 5 to 7% from fruits and
vegetables.

The reference points for much of this information is taken from the book written by Garth Davis, M.D, Proteinaholic. Dr. Davis runs the Davis
Clinic for Medical and Surgical Weight Loss in Houston, Texas. When he wrote his first book, The Expert’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery, he
recommended the Zone Diet to his patients. After working with
thousands of patients and changing his own diet, he changed his mind
about high-protein diets and wrote Proteinaholic.

You can visit Dr. Davis’ website to use his Proteinaholic Calculator to get
your own protein recommendations.

Healthy Action: Keep a food journal to see how much protein you are
eating, especially in the form of animal products.

Check out my Eat to be Healthy Program!
Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your healthcare provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.
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Healthy to Serve–Spirit, Mind, & Body

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do
good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10  

Christians are created to do good works, not for our salvation, but to show God’s love to others because of our salvation. We serve better when we are healthy. “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy
good health and that all may go well with you, even as your
soul is getting along well.” 3 John 2. 
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Our health affects body, mind, and spirit, and the health of one affectsthe others. Our purpose for choosing a healthy lifestyle comes from
our faith in God’s plan for our lives and our desire to serve Him. 
“Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37. 
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Our plan to live a healthy life is motivated by our mindset, because
our thoughts and attitudes play a huge role in our behavior. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by therenewing of your mind. Then, you will be able to test and
approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing, and perfect
will.” Romans 12:2. 
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Our actions to develop healthy habits are inspired by both our
purpose and plan, and we succeed with God’s power, not willpower. “I can do all this through Him, who give me strength.”
Philippians 4:13. 
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To develop lasting healthy habits and, for many, weight loss, first lay a healthy foundation. “For no one can lay any foundation other
than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11 
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Instead of following the latest diet craze, why not go back to basics: God’s food vs. man’s food. Start by keeping a food journal and
paying attention to what you eat and how your feel. “I have the rightto do anything, but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything, but I will not be mastered by anything.”
1 Corinthians 6:12 
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Try keeping a thought journal to see how your thoughts and emotionsare affecting your health. “We demolish arguments and every
pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to
Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 “Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such
things.” Philippians 4:8 
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When that becomes a habit, start making small healthy changes, one at a time, until they become habits. If you develop even one new healthy habit a month, by the end of the year, you will have 12
healthy habits under your belt!

If you need a health plan to get you off to a healthy start,
check out my two downloadable programs:
6-Week Health Transformation
Eat to be Healthy Program
Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever
you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the
place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your
healthcare provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that
are right for you.