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Protein Mistakes You Might Be Making

By Sara Butler

Protein is an essential nutrient. Every single cell in your body needs protein to perform daily functions so getting enough protein is essential to your overall health and wellness. You may think you're getting enough protein but in reality, you're making a few of these common protein mistakes. Here are some to be on the lookout for and how you can fix them.

Not Getting Quality Protein

It's not enough to simply eat protein -- it has to be from a quality source. Most Americans eat too much processed meat and red meat for their health, something that can lead to a higher risk of certain chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease.

It's a good idea to try to work in some plant-based sources of protein into your diet. Beans, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes are all quality sources. They also provide fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins your body needs for optimal health.

You Don't Have Protein for Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. If you normally eat breakfast that's great, but if you're not including protein as a part of your morning meal, then you're really missing out. Protein at breakfast helps you to stay satisfied until lunch rolls around.

Adding protein isn't difficult. All you need to do is throw a few eggs into your breakfast routine. Try an omelet with fresh vegetables. If eggs aren't your thing, then cottage cheese with fruit is a good option.

You Eat Too Much of It

There are some popular diets that encourage you to eat a lot of protein, but it is possible to get too much. You only need about 20 to 30 grams of protein per meal -- your body simply can't absorb the benefits of any more than that and it doesn't have any real benefit to your body.

Make sure to spread out your protein consumption throughout the day so you don't eat too much at once. And don't only have protein but include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet too.

Your Snacks Don't Have Enough Protein

Many snacks are high in carbohydrates but don't have enough protein in them to balance them out. While carbs help supply energy to your body, protein helps to curb your appetite and feel fuller for longer.

Make sure to pair carbs with protein for your snacks such as whole grain crackers with peanut butter or cheese. Greek yogurt with fruit or a boiled egg with a handful of nuts are also good choices.

Knowing what to eat can be confusing. If you need help, then the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are always here to help.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.

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