This post title requires a clarification right up front. When I use the word diet here, I mean “way of eating.” I won’t be talking about calorie restriction, fasting, or weight loss at all. In fact, this is all about eating ENOUGH protein to support our bodies, especially for female bodies over 40.
Protein is a crucial part of our diet as humans. The primary function of protein is to create tissue. Muscle, bone, skin, connective tissue, you name it, it helps build it. Protein is also responsible for creating enzymes, cellular signaling, maintaining fluid balance, buffering acids/bases in our body and producing hormones and neurotransmitters. When I look at that list, I think WOW - there’s a lot of magic happening inside of us that requires protein. It’s worth paying attention to.