Ideally one should have 6 meals a day, but one should first work towards 3 meals a day and snacks in between with breakfast being the biggest meal and dinner the smallest.
(greek “proteios” prime, “protos” first)
Our bodies are made up largely of protein – the skin, muscles, organs, immune (warrior) cells, nails, hair, brain, base of bones.
Only when protein is supplied can each cell function normally and keep itself in constant repair. With adequate protein intake, energy is readily produced and maintained.
A lack of proteins causes hair to break, nails break and peel, muscles lose their elasticity (ageing and wrinkles, and muscle waste). Lack of protein prevents the production of enough warrior cells for the immune system to combat the germs and viruses, allowing the immune system to become compromised.
Superior sources of protein – whey protein, eggs, fresh milk, liver, kidneys, buttermilk, cheese, soybeans and powdered yeast (brewer’s or Torula Yeast).
Excellent protein sources – meats, fish, fowl (chicken, duck, turkey).
Fair sources – nuts, beans, peas and grains (mealies, sorghum, millet, beans, samp, brown rice, chick peas, lentils, dholl) – Fair sources proteins need to be consumed together with other fair proteins to get the full benefits and obtain full absorption. Otherwise they don’t get absorbed, goes to waste and also make gas.
2. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) - Omega 3 and 6 Oils
Our cells, which make up the structure of our body, are made up of a balanced combination of Proteins and Oils (EFA).
Essential Fatty Acids helps prevent the hardening of the blood vessels and reduces high blood pressure. It is needed by the nerves and brain for normal functioning and for improved concentration, memory and focus. It helps prevent excessive fat and cholesterol and is essential before cholesterol and fats can be used. It prevents swelling and pains in the joints. Lack of EFA the hair becomes dry and forms dandruff, the skin becomes thick, dry and scaly and eczema and psoriasis are formed. Refined Oils (refined sunflower and canola) and margarine interrupt the correct building of the cells resulting in illnesses such as diabetes, heart diseases, blockages in the blood vessels (heart attacks or thrombosis or varicose veins), irritability, poor concentration and lack of focus.
Sources: almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecanuts, macadamias, nuts, wheat germ, avocados, mayonnaise. Avoid cashews and brazil nuts (rich in hard fats).
EFA is also available in oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, pilchards, trout. Also from natural cold-pressed vegetable oils (sunflower, flaxseed, peanut, sesame and pumpkin).