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What you need to know about Protein now

Protein is just one of the three macronutrients (in addition to carbs and fat) but, like the other two….it gets complicated really quickly. How much do you need now? What if you’re an athlete? What if you’re pregnant? What if you have a medical condition? Yup. The needs change. Most of us get more than enough protein but what form is best? Do you have to eat meat or do beans count? Is soy good for you or bad for you? Most importantly…does it give men “man boobs”? I’m here to clear all things “protein” up this month on the Champagne Nutrition blog and across my social media channels. I’m discussing the ins and out of what you need to know about protein now.

Meatless Burgers and the Future of Lab Grown Meat

The most interesting conversations going on in protein today to me is something I interview about all the time. In fact, I was just in my first ever Wall Street Journal article this week: Meatless Burgers Stoke Sales and Questions About Nutrition chatting about what all these Impossible® and Beyond Meat® burgers are all about. As meat substitute burgers sales soar in the grocery store and in restaurants (I literally had one on the top of a ski slope in Sun Valley last spring!), so do consumer questions and curiosity.

I was at the Portland, Oregon airport the other day and we found a brewery to chill in. On the menu, I saw that I could sub any regular burger with a Beyond® burger. I did so, though it was more expensive (that’s one of the arguments against meat subs right now – they’re still more pricey). It was awesome – flavorful, juicy, savory, delicious. The folks next to us on the rail had some questions for the server: “what IS it?” “Is it good?” “do you guys put anything fake or weird in it?”

And these are legit questions. What I’m seeing now is a lot of suspicion and distrust in these products. That’s too bad. I believe this is the future of “meat”.

Current arguments (and arguments abound) are all about whether or not these meat subs are too “processed” because meat, by nature is an unprocessed food and now we’re introducing pea protein and soy protein and other additives in these plant-based burgers. Also, they say they’re more ‘sustainable’ than beef but what about the pesticides and GMOs and packaging? Finally, does it taste good.

Interestingly, these companies aren’t marketing to vegans and veggies. They’re making a plant-based burger that tastes like meat. That’s pretty challenging so of COURSE there’s a list of ingredients in these foods. They have to add fat – coconut oil- and they have to add flavor – “natural flavoring” – and they have to add some sort of color (beet juice). Otherwise it would just be peas. Or soy. It wouldn’t taste like meat. The current ingredient list is longer than “beef” because it has to be.

As far as the sustainability, yes, there’s issues here. However, stats range from these plant-based foods using 93-95% less land, 74-99% less water, and producing 87-90% less greenhouse gasses than raising beef. That’s insane. So, they’re not perfect but they’re certainly a (large) improvement in a number of ways. The bottom line for me, and something that I’m not hearing a lot of people care about yet, is that these burgers literally save lives. They help save the lives of the millions of cows that are slaughtered. I don’t like to forget, in all these arguments that we’re having, that there are actual LIVES on the line here. Lives….for a burger.

Plant-based Protein and MYTH BUSTING

Time to bust some plant-based protein myths! In the quest for what you need to know about protein now, one thing to understand is that soy is not toxic (it’s a healthy food!) and you absolutely DO NOT need to combine plant-based proteins to make them “complete”.

Both of these protein myths come from old research or advice/opinion. The soy piece comes from mice and rat studies about 30 years ago because those animals metabolize soy so differently than humans. We’ve since learned that having up to three servings per day of whole-food soy (soy milk, edamame, tempeh, tofu, miso) is beneficial for your heart health, bone health and its anti-cancer. Anti-cancer even for my breast cancer survivors. Plus it tastes fabulous. Need recipes? Tofu Cranberry Protein Bowl, Sheet Pan Teriyaki Tofu with Pineapple and Veggies, Tofu Fresh Rolls with Spicy Noodles, Vegan Chocolate Mousse. Enjoy!

Protein combining comes from the concept – not the research – that since some plant-foods are very low in a given amino acid or two, that you need to combine plant foods at each meal to get a “complete” protein. That’s actually never been the case. The body knows what to do and your liver actually stores amino acids for a long time and then puts them together when it needs to. Eat a variety of plant foods and you’ll meet your needs without any calculating or combining necessary. Myth Busted!

What you need to know about Protein now
There are so many factors when it comes to nutrition and your protein needs. I’m sharing articles about changing your body’s weight all month long on my Facebook, on my Twitter, and of course, on Champagne Nutrition so I hope you’ll get the chance to stop by and join me in part of the conversation. If you or someone you know has questions about protein, vegetarianism or new plant-based foods showing up on the menu, here to help – just hit me up here on my contact page.

I do a lot of interviews about protein so here are some of my favorite and most recent:

This is a complex topic so please drop me a question or a comment about protein below so we can continue the conversation. If you want more updates from me at Champagne Nutrition that include my monthly themes (cancer prevention is up next!), make sure to join my non-spammy mailing list.

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Importance of Acai Berry as Weight Loss Supplements:h

Acai is a type of fruit which comes from the acai palm tree in the parts of Central and South America. Acai berry and the acai supplement


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products are very popular in these days due to the presence of high powerful anti oxidant content in the fruit. Before taking the acai supplements, ensure whether the products are natural. Intake of natural acai only helps to reduce the aging signs. Nowadays most of the people suffer from aging due to the lack of anti oxidants. The anti oxidant problem can be overcome by means of intake of large number of acai supplements. Other than high content of anti oxidant, it also has plenty of natural health resources that will enhance your body to me more energetic and strengthen.

Most of the people used to take more number of multi vitamins in the daily food products to increase their body to be strengthen and healthier.  In the food products, you will find less content of vitamins only. You can get more number of multi vitamins by means of intake of acai berry products. Acai is the powerful natural content to lose weight.  It helps to defeat the free radicals and stay healthy. And also determine whether the products are guaranteed. Get the natural and guaranteed products to get more energy and vitality. These products are rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Acai berries contain ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) higher than the any other fruit. And it also helps to protect your skin from the UV rays because it contains micro nutrients in it.  It helps to avoid wrinkles and skin aging. Acai fruit is used as weight loss agent and also used to increase higher metabolic rate. Acai berry powder is used in some of natural anti-aging facial treatments because it is highly rich in calcium, vitamin A and oleic acid. It contains more number of vitamins and natural nutrients. Acai berry weight loss is the natural supplements to lose weight and to stay healthier life.

Acai contains natural taste and texture from any other fruit. It contains unique flavor. Acai berry does not involve any preservatives and additives before sublimation begins. High level anti oxidant content is the best key to lose your weight. Many researchers suggest intake of natural acai supplements helps to stay healthy for a longer period and the best way to lose weight. Metabolic rates can be increased due to the intake of more number of acai berries products.

Intake of acai berry supplements helps to increase the skin texture, faster metabolic rate and risk of cancer can be reduced. People who suffered from cancer can eat more number of acai products to reduce the effect of cancer. Acai berry products supplements are higher due to the high level of anti oxidant content. So find the natural products of acai and its products to stay healthier life. Acai contains more number of natural health benefits. Make an effective use of acai products to stay for a longer period of life.

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What do you work for, Money or passion?

A general saying goes this way if you have passion, involvement, and commitment towards the work you do, then the money will automatically follow you. Of course, what the working people love whether money or passion is left to their own choice. Earning surplus without self-satisfaction or only self-satisfaction without money, both are equally damaging. Therefore, it is better to strike a balance between the two.

As earning money is inevitable, why not we do this in a work, which arouses passion in you (i.e. the work in which you feel interesting). Suppose a work in which you are not interested is fetching you lot of money, but by the end of the day you feel dissatisfied. As days pass by you will get disinterested in the work, it would cause hindrance to your efficiency, and you would end up unproductive. Moreover, most of us spend more than 8hrs on average in working, which means approximately one third of our time elapses in doing work. If this work does not passionate you, it would cause a kind of melancholy and emptiness and time passes very hard minute by minute. Passion in what you do bridges the gap between hurdles you face and the money you earn.

In this materialistic world, people are often judged and respected, by the income they are getting. Only the people who earn mega salary packs are believed to be more knowledgeable and highly confident. Therefore, there also goes an argument that, why not we negotiate and get a huge pay pack and use a part of it for a good cause. Recent consensus say that majority of people in the western nations, which are economically dominant, people mostly work for passion. Where as in economically backward countries, people are more inclined towards earning more and more money.

However, to our surprise, we come across many people who are not aware of the work which passionate them. Such people should rediscover themselves and find out the work, which creates interest in them. They should list down a list of works in which they are interested in and make a thorough scrutiny of the list and choose a work of their maximum interest and the one which creates more value for you. The more you love what you do the more you will persevere. When you make your unique skills and qualities as base and capitalize on them, then your work would be a cakewalk for you and you will attain success in no time. All the great achievers work for their passion and interest in what they are doing. Let us take the example of Chetan Baghat’s three Idiots, a story of three students in which one student was extremely interested in engineering and by the end of the story he discovered  and created many new things and had a name , fame and numerous patents world wide. One more student was joined by his parents in engineering to please the society around, where as he was interested in wildlife photography. However, at the end of the story he went into the job of photography, which passionate him right from childhood, and his inner talent was brought out through many books he has written. This story gives a message that the works, which passionate you will make a quite lot of difference and you will reach heights in your future career. So, do not try to burn out your inner desires and end up doing something for money, which was never your choice.

If you see the society around us, we come across many professionals like Teachers, all the NGO’s, few Painters, Poets, and writers, Social workers etc they work for very little money. This is because they love what they do. Moreover, this gives them lot of job satisfaction, because they are giving back to the society, which serves them. If all the citizens of the country try to give back at least 10 percent to the society, then our country would move ahead in growth path and our future generations would enjoy the quality of life.

First and foremost thing you have to do is fix a destiny for you passion and then plan a path in which you want to go, to reach your destiny. One more important aspect on which you need to be firm, never ever select a job by the influence of you more intimate relations like; friends, teachers, mentors, parents etc. The world is full of opportunities and it is you, who has to look towards the world for best opportunities, which meets our passion and needs. Here in this context passion means, what is it that drives you onward in your day-to-day life. Here your needs include your physical needs like food, clothing, shelter, sleep etc. Mental needs that include your learning and growth to bring out your creativity, innovation, stimulate your thinking, and nurture your skills and capabilities to the maximum extent. Health needs include maintaining you physical fitness and staying healthy by exercising and taking balanced diet. All the other sorts of needs like Spiritual needs, your Belongingness needs, yore Self-esteem needs, your obligations and responsibilities towards your family, parents, friends, society and country etc.

People work for many reasons and most of them for money to meet their hierarchy of needs. Very few people work for passion what do you work for, money or passion.

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