Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to maintain a healthy weight? Eat protein.

Every cell in the body needs protein. It is the primary constituent of nails and hair. Protein is the building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. The body uses protein to build and repair tissues. Also protein is key in the various chemicals, enzymes and hormones that our bodies need to function well.

Protein is a macro-nutrient… meaning the body needs a regular supply of protein. We need about 6 ounces of protein per day for good health.

To get your protein you need to pick from these food groups: meat, fish, dairy, legumes.

The meat group includes beef, pork, chicken, turkey, duck and game (venison). Fish is fish. Enjoy it. Dairy includes eggs, milk, cheese. Legumes are beans, lentils, soy and nuts. Don’t forget to eat nuts and nut butters (peanuts, cashews, almonds and other seeds make great nut butters).

Portion sizes are important. Meat serving is 3 ounces. That is the size of a deck of cards. Also, 1 ounce of meat is equal to 1/2 cup cooked dry beans, 1 egg, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

Eat your protein for weight control and good health.

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Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on healthy weight loss and other health issues facing Baby Boomer Women today.