Is your mood stable?
Looking to burn fat?
Want to control your appetite?
If you saw my story from yesterday, you saw me cooking some bone-in chicken thighs. Protein is important to me for many reasons:
*numbers in parenthesis correlate to research articles cited in my meal plan book @g.i.lanemealplanbook
- Protein increases bone density (1) (2), and makes up the components of and muscle tissue (3).
- Hormones play a significant role in emotions, mood and behavior (5). Certain hormones are links of amino acids (4). Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. To me, getting enough protein means getting enough amino acids means healthy hormones means healthy emotions, mood and behavior.
- Glucagon is a hormone used to break down stored sugar in the blood for energy use (3). Ghrelin is a hormone responsible for increasing appetite (7). Irisin is a hormone that converts calorie-storing white fat cells into calorie-torching brown fat cells (6). The hormone adiponectin boosts your muscles’ ability to use carbohydrates for energy, it increases the rate fat breaks down, and curbs your appetite by reducing ghrelin (mentioned above as the hormone responsible for appetite).
MY 5 FAVORITE WAYS TO GET CHICKEN IN MY DIET FOR PROTEIN:
*Pg #’s correlate to the page the recipe is on in my meal plan book @g.i.lanemealplanbook
- Seared then Baked Chicken, pg 123
- Grilled Curry Chicken, pg 125
- Chicken Pesto Panini, pg 127
- Taco Salad, pg 129
- Chicken Avo Sandwich, pg 130
- Zucchini Cesar Salad, pg 131
- Homemade Chicken Tenders, pg 132
Ask me any questions you may have. Eat your protein people. Much love.