I have a confession, I do not use a protein supplement often. I am a “I’d rather eat it” type of person and prefer to get my protein from food sources. That being said, there are some times when life gets in the way and between going to the gym, going to work, having to go to the grocery store, doing laundry… well, sometimes you just don’t have time for those whole meals.
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As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, you must meet your macro nutrient and calorie requirements for the day in order to see optimum results. I know there are people, females especially, that LOVE the days that they are “too busy to eat” because they only consume about 500 calories. They think they are on the fast track to losing weight and one day closer to that hollywood ‘J-Lo’ body. In fact, this is absolutely wrong. Too low on calories actually can cause your body to hold on and retain fat. Too low intake of calories is detrimental for someone who is trying to add lean muscle. Muscles need protein to build, repair, and grow. Proteins have calories. Your body NEEDS calories. Continue reading
Vitacost! Everytime I go onto this website I am like a kid in a candy store!
I love love love this website! It has absolutely all the essentials for a healthier lifestyle at unbeatable prices. You can get everything from protein powders and other supplements (amino acids, BCAAs, creatine) to protein bars such as, my favorite, quest bars, and even gourmet grocery items.
They have amazing healthy snack foods no matter your diet or lifestyle. They have paleo snacks (whole foods/nothing processed/no dairy) gluten free, low carb, etc.
Here is a picture of my first vitacost haul: (Not pictured is my second AND third haul…..only weeks after the first 😛 )
My favorite items are:
- Nut butters–“buff bake” snicker doodle flavor and cookie flavor, “Justin’s” honey almond butter. I sent Vitacost a product request for them to look into trying to get Gbutter as well, so we will see 🙂
- Plentils- lentil chips, so tasty if you crave salty!! The serving size is large and the calories and fats are low! I got the garlic Parmesan flavor and margarita pizza flavor! 1 serving is 31 chips! Definitely large enough to curb any chip cravings!
- “The good bean” chickpea snacks. This is the perfect healthy snack with a nice crunch. I take these to work while working night shift and I get the cravings to munch on something. My favorite is the chocolate flavor. It’s delicious! Satisfies my sweet tooth, but not too sweet. I also like the spicy chili lime 😛 It is the perfect amount of spice! It’s got a good kick to it! I’m waiting for my order of sweet cinnamon ! I’ll let you know how it is !
At the gym I am often asked about what supplements I am using. Oh, supplements… Supplements can be effective to help you attain your goals–Whether it be to gain muscle mass, aide your body in recovery after a workout, or giving you the extra oomph at the gym. There are many different kinds of supplements on the market–protein powders, amino acids, testosterone boosters, fat burners, pre workouts, etc etc. Some work, some don’t, and some may have the placebo effect. I recommend doing your research on the kind of supplement and the brand before you buy. I am a bare minimalist when it comes to supplements. Here are the supplements I take: Continue reading