‘Always eat your protein first’ has always been one of the golden rules of the Perricone lifestyle. Reach for that shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon appetizer first—and instead of starting with a salad, start with your salmon or chicken first, followed by your green salad and vegetables. Why? Because by eating your protein first at every meal you are helping suppress your appetite. Proteins are digested much more slowly than carbohydrates—even carbohydrates that are high in fiber. Also protein is neutral in terms of its effect on blood sugar.
Save the fresh fruit for the end of the meal. This way, you will prevent the natural sugars found in the fruit from causing a spike in blood sugar. Our goal is to avoid spikes in blood sugar which trigger insulin release. Remember this fact: insulin release = stored fat!
So be sure to eat your protein first at each meal and snack to help suppress the appetite.
What are your favorite proteins?