WHAT IS PROTEIN?
Studies show that protein is the most important nutrient your body needs for your health and wellbeing. Protein is the key nutrient to balance hormones, support weight loss and lean, toned muscle, support glowing skin, a healthy pregnancy, and optimise the immune system.
"A good protein powder should be free from fillers, sugar, gluten and vegetable fats. It should be low in carbs, easy to digest and make you feel wonderful. You can read more about these ingredients HERE."
BENEFITS OF PROTEIN:
- Supports hormone production
- Provides essential nutrition throughout all stages of life.
- Supports metabolism and a healthy weight and body composition
- Is an important component of detox and elimination diets
- Helps repair and maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails
- Contributes to blood sugar stability
- Helps control appetite
- Is important for metabolic health
- Is critical for maintaining a strong immune system
- Sustains lean muscle mass and protects from muscle loss
- Helps us recover after exercise or during an illness
It’s important you choose the right protein powder that suits your needs. Most of us want to eat well, maintain a healthy weight, tone muscle, stay active and be healthy, fit and strong.
HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO I NEED?
Your protein requirements will depend on many factors including your gender, size, muscle mass, activity level and training intensity. As a guide, the International Society of Sports Nutrition recommends that exercising individuals need approximately 1.4 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight per day.
+ FOR SPORTS RECOVERY
The best time to consume protein is immediately after exercise. This is when blood flow to the exercised muscles is high and the muscle is especially receptive to nutrients. Before exercising, protein shakes can curb appetite and keep blood sugars stable to get you through your workout.
For sports performance and recovery, I love using Pure Native WPI or if you're vegan, choose Healthy Chef Organic Pea Protein. Both of these proteins are sugar free, low carb and gluten free and quickly absorb into the blood stream without causing tummy upsets.
"Shake your protein powder with water and drink immediately after your workout. You can also add a spoonful of Healthy Chef Organic Superfood for added antioxidants and to boost your recovery.
+ FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Protein can work effectively to regulate the appetite and encourage significant weight loss. *For weight loss, it is recommended you get between 80 – 120 g of protein per day to help keep you full and provide the body with essential amino acids for producing hormones and repair lean muscle.
"As a meal replacement, I love starting my day with a Body Shaping Shake for breakfast that keeps me nourished until lunchtime. The Body Shaping Shake is the perfect breakfast that helps stabilise my blood sugar and boosts my metabolism."
+ FOR IMMUNE HEALTHResearch shows that a deficiency in protein can significantly impair immune function and increase our susceptibility to infectious disease. In a nutshell, dietary protein plays the following role in regards to immune health: Supports a healthy immune system - Helps you recover + repair - Builds antibodies - Boosts Immunity - promotes the synthesis of glutathione required for a healthy immune system.
+ FOR WELLBEING
Women normally struggle to include enough protein into their day to day diet. Dry skin, POCS, mood swings, weight gain, insomnia, thyroid issues, insulin resistance and anxiety are some of the issues if your hormones are out of balance.
"For me, reaching early menopause caused me to focus on reducing sugar and sticking to a reduced carb, gluten-free eating plan, that includes quality protein has been the key in controlling insulin, reducing cortisol and balancing hormones."
Healthy Chef range of protein is specifically designed to help support digestive health. They are also low FODMAP and can be enjoyed by everyone including those with gastrointestinal issues and lactose intolerance.
+ A FEW TAKE HOMES.....
Do you follow a plant-based diet or more of a primal diet, or do you prefer one type of protein over others? The Healthy Chef protein range includes:
Pure Native WPI (from grass-fed - biodynamic - cold pressed cows milk).
Organic Pea Protein (100% isolate low FODMAP, vegan).
The Body Shaping Shake ( organic pea protein with essential nutrients + probiotics to be used as a meal replacement shake).
Match your protein to your goals. What are you aiming to achieve?
***Protein requirements are based on data from the 4th edition of Clinical Sports Nutrition, Journal of Sports Sciences and Medicine, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia & New Zealand.