A "dependable" blogger whose work i read regularly, but who is not on my blog list, published something yesterday that i simply cannot let past me without a comment. Concerning protein: we need it (no contest); we need more of it as we age (no disagreement, there); "we need to consume the right amount at the right times" -- WHOA.
The article i just read doesn't really define what that amount is, or if there are times when it is better to protein-load and times when it isn't; he just listed a few occasions when a person needs more than the usual ... whatever that may individually be. But the phrase i quoted in the previous paragraph sent up warning flares for me -- what IS the right amount? what IS the "right time"?
We're all grown-ups, here. We ought to be able to sense when we've had "enough" protein (and fat) because our appetite is satisfied. To imply that if we don't get the "right amount at the right times" we really need to work on it, screams micromanagement to me or even (dare i say it!) orthorexia. Really!!! "The right amount at the right times"???
Make sure you get enough complete protein (eat animal-protein with every meal).
Make sure you get even more when your body is stressed, because protein is the material used in repair and growth of tissues.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE DIFFICULT. Why make it so? Why alert us that we need the RIGHT amount at the RIGHT TIME?
No, this blog-post is alarmist, and encourages us to worry unnecessarily about what we're eating and when. I call BS.