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Protein: A Cavewoman’s Best Friend

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Protein improves your metabolism, strengthens your organs and lean muscle, controls your cortisol levels, and even detoxifies your system.
Air Date: 4/9/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Esther Blum MS, RD, CDN, CNS
esther blumEsther Blum is a Registered Dietitian, Holistic Nutritionist, and bestselling author.

She is currently finishing her fourth book, Cavewomen Don't Get Fat (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Prior to this, Esther authored Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist's Guide to Living Well While Living It Up, Secrets of Gorgeous, and The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project.

Widely respected as an industry expert, Esther was featured in the 2011-2012 edition of Sutton Who's Who in Healthcare.

Esther was also voted "Best Nutritionist" by Manhattan Magazine. She has appeared on the Today Show, the ISAAC show, ABC-TV, FOX- 5's Good Day NY, Fox News Live, CW11 morning news, Martha Stewart Radio, Lime Radio, and Bloomberg Radio. A self-titled Food Fashionista, Esther is an in-demand authority frequently quoted in InTouch, Time Magazine, the New York Post, Los Angeles Times, In Style, iVillage, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bazaar, Self, Fitness, Marie Claire, Cosmo, Delicious Living, Time Out New York, Women's Health, Body and Soul, Clean Eating, and Health.

Esther received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and is a graduate of New York University, where she received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition.

Esther is credentialed as a registered dietitian, a certified dietitian-nutritionist and a certified nutrition specialist (CNS), a license of the American College of Nutrition (ACN)'s certifying arm, the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS).

She is also a member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Nutritionists in Complementary Care, and the Connecticut Dietetic Association.
  • Book Title: Cave Woman Dont Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet For Rapid Results
Protein: A Cavewoman’s Best Friend
You've heard that protein is the key essential for losing and maintaining a healthy weight; but do you know the other important benefits you gain from adding protein into your diet?

For instance, protein changes your metabolism and strengthens your organs and lean muscle. It controls your cortisol levels (a hormone that affects fat burning) and even detoxifies your system.

Protein can also detoxify your estrogen and progesterone levels.

However, this doesn't mean unlimited amounts of bacon or beef jerky. Protein works its magic best in a clean, pastured form. This means grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, free-range poultry, etc.

What if you don't eat meat?

It's important to know that if you or someone you know doesn't eat animal products, there are other healthy ways to absorb protein.

Vegan protein options are available; it just might be a bit of a challenge. You will have to use plant-based proteins such as hemp protein, whey protein or flaxseed.

Esther Blum, MS, RD, joins Dr. Holly to share the other important benefits of protein, as well as what your best options are for adding protein into your diet.