Where Do You Get Your Protein From?

This age-old question always makes me giggle. I used to think people asked this out of concern for my health. Now I realise that they ask because they really have no idea (in the nicest possible way)

You don’t need to eat meat or animal products to get your protein. You do have a choice. Think about it, in the animal kingdom which are the biggest, strongest, longest living animals? The Gorilla, Giraffe, Rhino, Elephant. What do these animals eat? Plants, not meat. What about the animals that people eat – Cows, Sheep, Pigs, Kangaroos. What do these animals eat? Grass, plants, veggies. None of them eat meat and yet we think that we need to eat meat to get enough protein to build muscle and be healthy.

When animals eat plants, grass and vegetation their bodies breakdown the nutrients, take out the amino acids and create the proteins they need. When we eat them, (eat meat) our bodies have to breakdown the meat into individual amino acids so that the liver can process them and make proteins for our body. Seems a little backward don’t you think?

When we eat green leafy veggies, nuts, seeds and other plant based foods in their most natural state possible, we get raw amino’s directly into our body. Our liver stores and produces amino acids that combine with the plant derived amino acids and creates all the protein that we need. If you want to eat meat because you like the taste then that’s your choice but it’s time to stop fooling ourselves that we have to do this for our health and well being.

All the foods on this picture contain the necessary amino acids to produce more protein than any meat or animal product your can consume – on a gram for gram basis. Some of them are even complete protein on their own, meaning they contain all the essential and non essential amino acids we require. When you soak or sprout the nuts and seeds you increase the bio availability of the amino acids even more. So, next time someone asks you where you get your protein from, you can tell them that your diet high in raw plant based nutrients provides you with more than enough protein (amino acids) to build and maintain a healthy happy body, and why.

With Love and Gratitude, Chelle xx

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