Hi I am interested in drinking protein shakes, I was just wondering if you could give some tips on which brands, how much, and just general advice. Thanks.
There are lots of things to consider:
and so on
Before you start any supplementation, I’d check with credible sources and your doc. That’s not legalese, it’s just smart.
Some credible sources:
Jonny Bowden’s stuff is great
Men’s Health has some great contributors
Occasionally Consumer Reports will write stuff on supplement companies
There are more, just make sure they have credentials and sound opinions based on science. Most of the strong opinions out there today will be neither here nor there in 10 years. I’m a “middle way” type of guy, although I do some extreme stuff every once in awhile.
Some basics based on my experience: Only use high quality proteins from reputable companies. I personally use:
and a private label brand called Young Living - whey from free-range, grass fed, pesticide/hormone/anti-biotic free cows
I only supplement protein because high quality protein, e.g. organic, free range, grass-fed, etc. can be really expensive.
Eggs are the best protein on the planet, so I would start with a healthy diet of whole eggs, yes the yolks too, assuming you have no preclusions or allergies or whatever. Again, buy free-range omega eggs where possible. I eat about 18 or so eggs a week.
Anyway, for what it’s worth, that’s what I do. I’m not an expert, doctor, or scientist, but I enthusiastically follow the recommendations of the experts. Been doing this for about 15 years and still learning all the time.
“When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.”—Emil Zatopek
2 16-oz. cans of pinto beans, rinsed and drained Directions
Cook the chicken in a skillet until it’s light brown. Place the cooked chicken in a large pot. Stir in the beans, undrained chile peppers, bell pepper, onion, chicken broth, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin seeds into mixture in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours.
Women’s Health on some “new” old super foods…old because they’re not really new…just maybe new to a lot of people. #chia#kefir#jicama#broccolisprouts and so on. All great stuff. GET THEM IN YOUR DIET. Plenty of ways.
It’s commonly accepted in the psychology community that there are three kinds of happiness:
- emotional happiness; I feel happy
- judgmental happiness; I’m happy for you
- moral happiness; I’m happy because I did the right thing
Knowing these categories actually makes me think differently about my own happiness.
To borrow an expression from Forever Stoked, this is a “long ass” goals entry.
Tip: I didn’t make this up. Set process goals instead of outcome goals. Of course the process has to be closely correlated to, and if possible cause, the desired outcome.
Training goal for March: 18 sessions
Completed 10 as of today.
Need 8 more.
On track for 19, maybe 20.
What’s the outcome? There isn’t just ONE, there are many.
Fitness for a variety of applications (why I train for strength, power, balance, flexibility, injury prevention, etc.)
Wellbeing (throw in some yoga, reading, meditation, stir, sip, enjoy…)
Another note: I know exactly where I’m at in the process of change on these behaviors (Trantheoretical model or TTM), e.g. Exercise/Fitness, healthy eating, stress management, etc. I’m in Maintenance. Knowing this and knowing the most effective strategies for my stage gives me the best chance at “lifelong health and wellness”. Ideally that means, and I have to be a bit lucky here, I’ll love long, prosper, and be well into old age. Luck favors the prepared. Yes, I believe this.