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Complete Proteins

Its important to get your proteins from many sources of food.  Some of us are good at this as we eat a wide variety of food.  I’ve noticed over the last few years however, people are starting to restrict the foods they consume either for weight loss purposes or personal preference or fear of chemical preservatives, added hormones and other such nasty things.  It’s important to remember to get a wide variety of foods containing complete proteins or combinations of foods to establish a complete protein.

A complete protein is made up of several amino acids and not all foods contain the right combination or amounts.  So do some research on how to eat a diet with enough protein rich foods.

The most common foods with complete proteins are of course meats and dairy products. If you don’t want to consume these products and even if you do you should eat protein rich foods combined with complex carbohydrates such as Beans or Legumes with brown rice or split peas with multigrain pasta. Plant based complete proteins can come from Soy Beans, quinoa or tofu.

The important point is if you’re going to restrict your diet you must learn to source your proteins, carbohydrates and essential fats from alternate sources.  Don’t just assume you can eliminate a type of food from your diet without replacing it with an alternative or alternatives that give you the same or better nutrition.  The body needs Protein, Carbs and Essential fats to function and stay healthy. Also don’t consume one food for a certain nutrient.  Look for multiple sources of protein for example.  So if you eliminate or restrict meat look for alternate protein and iron rich foods and combine them with carbohydrates. If you restrict dairy look for alternate sources of protein, calcium and magnesium.

Just an observation I’ve notice as a personal trainer and health coach.

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