Protein is the building block for muscle. It raises blood glucose levels slowly and keeps them elevated for longer, increasing energy. It increases metabolism, and contributes toward are feelings of satiety (feeling “full”). While humans, as omnivores, don’t have the high protein requirements of cats – we STILL need protein!
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I credit some of my weight gain over the years to my LOVE of delicious coffee drinks. Now, some of my friends would argue I don’t even like coffee. Maybe they’re right. I certainly never ever drink black coffee – or even sweetened black coffee. I was one of the many in line for a green tea frappuccino or a chai tea latte or a white mocha or a mint condition – no, don’t hold the whipped cream or sprinkles. Heck, why not also get a scone while I’m there? They are scrumptious!
So, one of the first things I missed when I started NutriSystem was my “coffee”. Because I missed it so much, I got a bit creative and started crunching numbers. I can see the large coffee drinks with whipped cream and flavorings and scones that I got in the past started out my days in excess of 1,000 calories. Oh my! I was consuming most of my calorie allotment for the day in the morning and getting little-to-no NUTRITION in the process!
However, I’ve figured out there’s a way to get my coffee and drink it too! – and get the weight off.
I decided to make one of my goals for 2009 to eat healthier. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Eating healthier! Of course, the question became – exactly what does that MEAN, to eat healthier? Obviously fruits and vegetables are healthy. I get that. What I don’t understand is everything else. All those packaged meals that are so convenient – are those healthy? The salads and other meals – are those good for me? I haven’t the faintest idea. I find it all overwhelming. They print nutrition labels on everything at the store, but all that information – are those grams of fat and protein and carbohydrates healthy?