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Real talk: The Importance of Protein!

Hi there Mamas!

Today is a day for real talk. Protein!

Let’s dive into why protein is important. Overall, protein helps your body stay healthy and function properly. In particular, protein helps your body build muscle and contributes to your overall bone and connective tissue health. It also helps your body build antibodies that fight off infection. And bonus— protein is great for overall skin, hair and nail health. 💁🏼‍♀️💅🏼 It is essential for baby’s growth and development during pregnancy and can be helpful for the growth of your breast and uterine tissues. Lastly, keeping up your protein intake during the postpartum period and while breastfeeding can help promote healing and help your body recover and repair on a cellular level. The question is, are we all actually eating the amount of protein we need to be eating? Women between the ages of 32-50 should be consuming roughly 60 grams of protein every day. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding that number goes up about 20 grams. Disclaimer, this number can vary depending on your height, weight and activity levels. For those of you out there who like to be told exactly what and how much… Well, you will not get those answers here:) So cheeky! But here is my reasoning, you know your body better than anyone else. Especially, if you have been trying to conceive or have been pregnant. Listen to your body. Trust those cues. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

What are some cues that you might be lacking protein in your diet?

  • Feeling moody

  • Slower recovery post workouts

  • Getting sick more often than you think is reasonable

  • Often hungry (even after you ate)

  • Feeling generally fatigued (new moms trigger warning: are you tired but your energy levels feel ok?)

  • Brittle and flimsy nails

Easy ways to add in more grams of protein throughout your day:

  • Think nutrient density : add hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, flax meal, chopped nuts into your oatmeal or yogurt (2 tbsp total of whatever you choose)

  • Get into wild smoked mackerel or sardines! These babies pack 20 g of protein per serving plus tons of B vitamins, selenium and iron.

  • Protein focused snacks: string cheese and almonds, hard boiled eggs, smoothies with protein powder and spirulina. (Follow guidelines on your protein powder)

  • Add nutritional yeast and black beans into your next egg scramble (2 tsp)

We want you to feel energized, strong and connected and maybe a little extra protein in your day can do just that. We hope to see you on the mat soon, xo Amanda & Jenny

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