We are all different and it is important that we learn to understand our body signals to feed it in a more efficient way. Following the 4 steps to expand nutritional consciousness we are able to get in touch with the reaction food causes and integrate that into our diet. Remember that is necessary to detach from some limiting beliefs about certain foods, as we read last week, in order to transform , efectively, feeding into nutrition.
Let’s define feeding and nutrition to see the difference. Feeding consists on comsuming substances to keep our vital functions, is the way we give energy to our bodies. Feeding occurs, mainly, based on the awareness of macronutrients, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids (fat). Nutrition consists on providing substances necessary for our preservation and growth, here we perceive the body as an organism in constanc evolution and regeneration that needs macro and micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, to keep the balance and, consequently, create a perfect health state.
In the book Human nutrition in the developing world (available in English atFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO website), Professor, Michael C. Latham, talk about proteins as follows. Proteins contain carbon, hydrogen, oxigen, nitrogen and, often, sulphur. They are particularly important as nitrogenous substances, and are necessary for growth and repair of the body. Proteins are the main structural constituents of the cells, and they make up the greater portion of the substance of the muscles and organs (apart from water).
Proteins are necessary:
- for growth and development of the body;
- for body maintenance and the repair and replacement of worn out or damaged tissues;
- to produce metabolic and digestive enzymes;
- as an essential constituent of certain hormones, such as thyroxine and insulin.
Although proteins can yield energy, their main importance is rather as an essential constituent of all cells. All cells may need replacement from time to time, and their replacement requires protein.
Any protein eaten in excess of the amount needed for growth, cell and fluid replacement and various other metabolic functions is used to provide energy, which the body obtains by changing the protein into carbohydrate. If the carbohydrate and fat in the diet do not provide adequate energy, then protein is used to provide energy; as a result less protein is available for growth, cell replacement and other metabolic needs. This point is especially important for children, who need extra protein for growth. If they get too little food for their energy requirements, then the protein will be diverted for daily energy needs and will not be used for growth.
Now that we know the importance of the proteins for our body it is necessary to ask ourselves some questions to discover if we are having an appropriate daily intake of proteins:
- What foods do we consume every day?
- Do we know if they contain proteins?
- What is the amount of protein we consume daily?
If in our diet are missing sources of protein we can integrate these foods into our diet:
- Almonds (21 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES EXCEPT AB
- Nogal Walnuts (15 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES
- Macadamia nuts (8 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES
- Peanut (26 grams of protein per 100 grams) – BLOOD TYPES A and AB
- Linseed/Flaxseed (14 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES
- Boiled Eggs (13 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES
Remember that the cleaner our intestines are the better nutrients absorption will occur, so it is important to keep a healthy diet with enough water and fiber.
- Nutrición Humana en el Mundo en Desarrollo (Spanish). Available at http://www.fao.org/docrep/006/w0073s/w0073s00.htm
- International Nut Tree Council. Table 2. All Nuts Composition. Available at http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/media/en/gsfao_cmo_060.pdf
- Brazilian Table of Food Composition (Portuguese). Available at http://www.unicamp.br/nepa/taco/contar/taco_4_edicao_ampliada_e_revisada.pdf?arquivo=taco_4_versao_ampliada_e_revisada.pdf
- Blood Type Diet Values. Available at http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/typebase5/T5.pl