The Pros of Protein: Is Your Family Getting Enough?

Why protein is essential to keeping you fueled

The Pros of Protein: Is Your Family Getting Enough?

#YMCCommunity member and former nurse Monica Parlee shares why we all need to get enough protein in our diets in order to stay healthy.

Monica Parlee

Older Mommy Still Yummy

Years ago, when I was a student nurse, I vividly recall having the following phrase, repeatedly drilled into my head:

"Proteins are the building blocks of the body."

That phrase has stuck with me and rightfully so. It is absolutely true. With the exception of water, proteins are the most abundant kind of molecules in the body. They are involved in virtually all cell functions. Each protein within the body has a specific function. Some proteins are involved in structural support, while others are involved in bodily movement, or in defense against germs. Did you know our body's structures and functions cannot...

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When I first decided to stop working, people would ask me, “what are you going to do now”?  I would jokingly tell them I was going to start writing a blog about my life as a mom with older children and I was going to call this blog, Older Mommy Still Yummy.  Well, my joke became reality and Older Mommy Still Yummy was born!

I live in Atlantic Canada, have been married for many years to the most amazing man in the world and together we have two grown children. In my “other life” I was an Operating Room Nurse in a fast-paced regional hospital. My life is now less structured and since deciding to stay at home, I am very quickly becoming addicted to blogging and social media!

I first had the idea to start a blog for “older moms” when I started noticing a lot of blogs were aimed toward moms with young children. I applaud these and the help, companionship, information and support they provide and I still remember those days well…well, most days I remember them well!  However, my kids are now older and some of the information I was getting “out there” was no longer relevant and some of the information I was seeking was not available. I thought there must be others out there who felt the same… so, here I am and I hope I’m not alone!

I love to write about my adventures with food, recipes, healthy living, reviews, books, living green, travel and life in general.