Protein from Plants

Protein is a macronutrient—needed in large amounts—that literally holds the structure of our bodies together: cells, tissues, muscles, organs, bones etc. The enzymes that initiate the multitude of chemical reactions in the body are proteins. Then there are proteins that transport nutrients and build lean muscle; essentially protein is a key factor in overall growth of the body.

Vegetarians are familiar with the challenges of getting enough protein in their diet, given that they do not eat meat. Those challenges relate to the variations of beliefs about whether a totally plant-based diet gives you complete protein.

A Thoughtful Blast from the Past

Back in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s most famous book was published, Walden, in which he makes an interesting observation for vegetarians. “One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”

When you think of the power of oxen, or horses for that matter from which the measurement of horse power arose, you are aware that these strong creatures eat no meat. Make no bones about it, eating nothing but plants can create a healthy body made of strong bones and muscle.

Present Protein Thoughts

Jumping ahead over a century and a half later from Thoreau’s printed words to the present day onslaught of words on the internet is corroboration in an article from the American Heart Association’s online journal, Circulation, “Plant Foods Have a Complete Amino Acid Composition”, which confirms Henry’s apt observations on “vegetable-made bones” of the farmer’s oxen. A vegetarian diet gives a person, not just oxen or horses, the nutrients required for good health, including protein.

Protein Building Blocks

To make all of the different types of protein, your body requires 21 different amino acids, 9 of which are essential. Just like the omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids  your body cannot produce them, these 9 amino acids—histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine—are an essential part of your dietary intake. AIM ProPeas is vegan pea protein, providing all 9 essential amino acids and more. But first:

As per the AHA’s article on a plant-based diet providing all the amino acids you need, it is important to end the myth that a vegetarian diet is not enough: “The reason it is important to correct this misinformation is that many people are afraid to follow healthful, pure vegetarian diets—they worry about “incomplete proteins” from plant sources. A vegetarian diet based on any single one or combination of these unprocessed starches (eg, rice, corn, potatoes, beans), with the addition of vegetables and fruits, supplies all the protein, amino acids, essential fats, minerals, and vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B12) necessary for excellent health.”

AIM ProPeas pea protein

Not only does ProPeas provide the 9 essential amino acids, it also delivers essential branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs), such as valine, isoleucine and leucine, which stimulate protein synthesis in the muscles. Leucine is also vital for metabolism and weight loss. So to supplement your protein intake with a plant-based source, ProPeas is an ideal choice, helping to build lean muscle and manage weight.

How much Is Enough?

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds (68 kilograms), you need nearly 55 grams daily. Supplemental protein from ProPeas gives you 12 grams of healthy vegetable protein per 16 gram serving.

The truth is that most people, possibly seniors with small appetites excepted, get enough protein. Big meat eaters get more than enough, including the other things you may ingest in animal protein: saturated fat and cholesterol and perhaps added hormones and antibiotics (and the unhealthy side effects that can result).

Choosing the source of your protein intake is another step in being your own health care practitioner. And the evidence shows that the more plant-based your food is, the healthier it is for you. And that includes protein from plants no less.


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Festive Season or Stressful Season?

It is hard to believe that 2017 is coming to an end. It’s been an eventful year to say the least. And December is filled with festivities that usually demand a fair bit of attention, so even the final month of the calendar may be jam-packed and challenging.

Anyone who has shopped for presents, spent money they cannot afford, made preparations for Christmas dinner or plans for New Year’s Eve probably understands that the experience is not always joyous in spite of the underlying message that it’s supposed to be.

For many people who embrace the festivities with family and friends, there may be long-distance journeys involved, which can be expensive, stressful and tiring because it’s the high season of travel: long lineups, crowds, flight delays, missing baggage and lost sense of humor. For those who are alone this time of year, it is often a time that brings on the blues.

Whether you’re a willing participant in any of the festivities this time of year or an “I’m not buying into it” observer, there is always something there to remind you that it’s happening. Believer or not, you either experience or are witness to the stress in the mad dashes to decorate, purchase presents and baste the turkey, all of which mask the true meaning of a holiday such as Christmas.

The AIM Companies™ and its Members believe in taking advantage of “Nutrition That Works!” to boost both body and spirit even more so during this festive and feast-filled season.

Supplementing the Feasts

Participating in an overindulgence of food and drink over the holidays, many people reject the idea of needing any added nutrients to their waistlines. And then there are those who totally understand that stuffing yourself like a turkey does not mean you are giving your body the nutrition it actually needs.

Throughout the year and especially around feasting occasions, supplemental nutrition from natural food concentrates such as BarleyLife greens and ProPeas vegetable protein support a healthy body and spirit. And for festive overeaters, the digestive enzymes in PrepZymes and the friendly bacteria in FloraFood will help to stop digestive system overload from the inside out.

A Side Dish of Composure

When all is not calm and bright and the festive season turns into a stressful season, you may lose your composure—that feeling of being relaxed and in control of your emotions. To help keep you level-headed, reach for a bottle of Composure. A serving of its soothing herbs can bring about inner peace even in the most stressful of situations and contribute to a much-needed, refreshing sleep.

And may the end of the year be a festive time for you and your loved ones.

Moving Mountains

Shared by Izelle Pretorius, AIM Member

I was twelve years old in 1990, when my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. What is cancer I wondered? I was told it is the illness that kills. In 1991, my grandfather passed away. In 1999, my aunt was diagnosed with cancer. Ten years later, she was gone. So cancer is the illness that kills, I thought.

In 2015, I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in October: breast cancer awareness month. It seemed like a mountain was in front of me. I was thirty-seven years old and had a wonderful husband, Johan, and two boys, four-year-old Ihvan and seven-month-old Stian. And now I had the illness that kills?

I prayed, “Dear God, help me.” Suddenly I experienced an indescribable peace with the realization that I don’t have cancer because it is going to kill me. It’s because God has a special plan for my life. It is no longer the “Big C” or the “dreaded disease”. It is CANCER. And I am not going to battle it; I am going to BEAT it!

The left mastectomy was scheduled for October 28—my thirty-eighth birthday. The cancer was very aggressive, resulting in very aggressive treatment: ten chemotherapy sessions and twenty-five radiation sessions. Thereafter, the right mastectomy and a hysterectomy followed.

After my second chemo session, I met a lady named Melinda Wessels, a naturopath who changed my world by telling me about the dangers of sugar and gluten. I used to be a sugar addict.

I started getting products from her, beginning with ProPeas, which I’ve been using in my protein shakes since November 2015. Following the completion of chemo and before starting radiation, I began taking CoCoa LeafGreens and BarleyLife Xtra for the effect that greens have on combating cancer.

By November 2016, I was officially in remission. No sign of cancer. I did it. I beat it! I BEAT CANCER!

I officially became an AIM Member in January 2017. And I’ve hosted a number of cancer awareness events, where I told the guests about the AIM products I’ve been using.
Believe it or not, I decided to train for the Ironman 70.3. My biggest motivation is my husband Johan, a professional athlete who has completed several Ironmans. I beat cancer, so why not start big.

Melinda told me about Peak Endurance and Red Rush. Both products helped me prepare for and successfully complete the race, which I finished in a respectable time—
6 hours, 20 minutes. I was hooked! This motivated me to launch my Cancer Can Be Beaten campaign: “Don’t battle it – beat it!” I’m presently training for future events including the 2018 Ironman 70.3 in Dubai.

I’m still using AIM products on a daily basis for nutritional prevention, and I want to be an ambassador for AIM. I believe in the products and would like more people to use them. You never know when life is going to place a mountain in your path. I guess you could say I was assigned the mountain to show others it can be moved.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.


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The Heavy Weight on Children

The World Health Organi­zation states childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the twenty-first century with 2015 statistics showing that the global number of overweight children under five years of age is over forty-two million.

Since the 1970s, the percentage of obese children in the USA has more than tripled. Today, statistics indicate that one in three children in North America is overweight or obese. And the likelihood is that half all these children will be obese adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as having excess body fat and overweight as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. However you define the two terms, it puts children at risk for health problems that used to be seen only in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Even with all of the scary numbers and likely negative results, the fact is that obesity can be prevented or reversed. Parents are encouraged to help their children make a couple of healthy lifestyle changes and enact them together as a family.

Reduce Screen Time

We live in a world where the majority of children spend more time looking at TVs, video games, computers, tablets and smartphones than gazing up at the sky and being physically active beneath it. Limit their screen time and increase physical activity time outdoors.

If all family members regularly disconnect from their gadgets, it opens the door to connecting with each other. And that’s the most important connection of all.

Increase Healthy Nutrition

Eating the right food is one of the simplest ways to stay healthy and maintain an ideal weight. Fruit and vegetables should make up 50 percent of the meal on every plate. Getting creative in the kitchen so that children ask for healthy food is a step worth taking.

AIM can provide supplemental help. Whole-food powders such as CoCoa LeafGreens and ProPeas create a healthy chocolate drink that delivers stomach-filling pea protein and nutrient-packed greens. Getting your kids to ask for BarleyLife or naturally sweet BarleyLife Xtra may be one of the healthiest lifestyle changes you can do for them.


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Green Protein from ProPeas

One of the healthiest sources of protein grows in the garden. Delectable fresh peas are the AIM ProPeas vegetable source of protein powder. For supplementing your protein intake, it doesn’t get any better or greener than ProPeas.

The daily recommended intake is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (calculator: ).

Most protein is consumed at dinner. However, a study published in 2014 in The Journal of Nutrition determined that for healthy adults “the consumption of a moderate amount of protein at each meal stimulated 24-hr muscle protein synthesis more effectively than skewing protein intake toward the evening meal.”

With 12 grams of protein per serving, ProPeas makes it simple to spread out your adequate intake over the course of a day with delicious protein drinks. A constant source of healthy protein builds and maintains a healthy body. And you don’t have to eat acidifying meat or questionable seafood sources, both of which are skyrocketing in cost. Meet your requirements with green protein from ProPeas.

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Prepare or Repair!

A comment from AIM-sponsored athlete and oldest competing IronMan Lew Hollander:

A few thoughts on The AIM Companies’ products. I really love all of them. They are well thought out, and well presented.

For health and long life my motto is: PREPARE or REPAIR. Now that sounds simple enough, but most people do not prepare for old age. What does the health world tell you? To diet and exercise. For one’s diet it is fruits, nuts and vegetables. Now AIM has it all in an excellent grouping of products: BarleyLife, CoCoa LeafGreens and ProPeas.

CalciAIM is well designed, especially for athletes. You want 3 to 1 calcium to magnesium (386 to 104) so you are about right. NOW where you really have something is Red Rush nitric oxide boost. It is my favorite AIM product because it has beet nitrate that the body converts to NO (nitric oxide), one of the most important molecules in the functioning human body. It was molecule of the year. It assists in the Krebs cycle, which is a series of chemical reactions used by all aerobic organisms to release stored energy. This will improve brain function, sex life, improve longevity and energy levels.

My personal routine is to mix all the above every morning with orange juice and pomegranate, ½ and ½ in a big glass. Now I am pretty well covered for the day, so I can eat whatever I want and not worry about getting my veggies.

What you do between ages 30-40, will determine what you will be able to do at 80-90 and beyond, I hope. Prepare or repair.

— Lew Hollander

AIM Healthy Chocolates

balls.pngThis Valentine’s Day why not try making healthy, naturally sweet, chocolate desserts inspired by the No-Bake Cocoa Bites recipe from Courtney Dunstan (AIM Preferred Member) and an Amazeballs recipe from Jensina Donald (AIM Director)?


  • 2 heaping Tbsp. CoCoa LeafGreens powder
  • 2 scoops ProPeas
  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1½ Tbsp. toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1½ Tbsp. toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. honey or medium maple syrup (adjust to reduce sweetness)
  • ½ cup almond butter or Wowbutter (alternative for nut allergies)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2–3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes or organic cocoa powder for coating


  • Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl Add honey (or maple syrup) and almond butter (or Wowbutter)
  • Add just enough coconut oil to form into shapes (e.g., balls, bars, hearts, etc.)
  • Refrigerate for ½–1 hour
  • Store in sealed container in fridge