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Making Healthy Choices: Protein

Just look at that juicy, digital steak. The perfect protein.

In this article you will learn:

  • How to make healthy choices for protein sources

  • What various options are and what to look for

  • The top things to avoid when it comes to protein decisions

Lazy Author Alert:

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The Details:

This is going to be Part 1 of a 4 Part series. I will link the next article at the end. If you need help implementing these principles, don't be afraid to reach out. Below are my guiding rules for making healthy, lifelong choices with protein:

  • Make sure that your beef, dairy and collagen sources are all grass-fed. Dairy should be organic.

  • For protein powders, beware of additives like artificial sweeteners, coloring, gums, maltodextrin (usually from corn), titanium dioxide and so on. The fewer ingredients the better, unless each of the ingredients is a food. Don’t be cheap with protein powders. Get grass-fed collagen and whey and, when it comes to brown rice or other plant-based proteins make sure all of the ingredients are organic and nutrient dense with no BS.

  • Avoid soy-based powders and always read the label of your protein supplement since manufacturers will often mix in soy powder just to give it volume. The first ingredient listed is the one that is in greater quantity, so if soy comes before the protein you are actually wanting to consume, throw that shit out and let someone else buy it.

  • Make sure that your pork, poultry and eggs are pasture raised. Remember that pigs store a lot of toxins in their fat and, as much as we all love bacon, you’d best not make a frequent habit of it if you want optimal health. For eggs, the darker the yolk the better so always compare brands to see if the color matches the marketing.

  • If you eat fish, make sure it is wild-caught and as fresh as possible. Try to avoid frozen fish as it’s easy for something frozen to be old regardless of the marketing claims. Avoid shrimp as they are bottom feeders (meaning they get all the toxins) and often raised en masse on farms with all sorts of deplorable conditions. Sushi is delicious, but just understand that it carries a risk of parasites. If you are taking a comprehensive stool test once per year to keep tabs on your microbiome, this will show up.