Many of my close friends, family members, and likely some of my readers now, know that I am an eating disorder survivor. Without going into major detail about that part of my life (I could write about it for hours), I have spent years with trial and error trying to come up with a fitness and diet routine that works best for me. I’ve experimented with everything under the sun from weight lifting, yoga classes, at-home workout videos, and hours upon hours of kicking my butt on any & every cardio machine. I’ve dieted to dangerous extremes; eating only fruits & veggies for a week straight, the “military diet”, the “Egg Diet”, and everything else you can find on Pinterest or in Women’s Health Magazine. As women, I think we can all agree that it takes a little practice and a lot of sweat (might I add tears) to get to the level where we feel comfortable and confident & we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our endurance, improve our strength, and perk up that booty. Thankfully, I have finally learned after all this time that it’s important to treat my body kindly– to give it exercise and nourish it in a way that I can sustain myself while fully engaging in social events.
Looking at them brings me feelings of complete guilt that I got so consumed in a disorder so dangerous, but also immense gratitude that I fought through it.
That brings us to the topic of today’s blog post: protein powders. There is often a stigma against protein powder for women, and many ladies have the misconception that it’s just for those insanely buff guys who live at the gym. But that’s just not the case. To prove it, here’s a quick dietary lesson about protein:
- It regulates metabolism
- Grows and repairs muscle tissue
- Strengthens your immune system
- Assists in hormone production
- Provides essential nutrients to rebuild cells
- Contributes largely to your daily calorie needs
- Plays a vital role in helping us stay healthy, strong, and lean
So, protein is a crucial part of our diet that we cannot afford to miss, whether or not you work out and protein powder is a simple, quick way for us to meet our daily protein intake while feeding our bodies the amino acids it needs to break down and create new cells. However, since there are so many types of protein powders on the market right now, it can be a bit scary and confusing picking one that is best for your training and fitness goals. I have personally spent hundreds of dollars exploring different products and many hours searching the shelves in every health foods isle in search for my perfect protein so to make the process a little less daunting for you, I have partnered with reviews.com to show you all the brands, ingredients, protein amount & protein sources of several top-selling protein powders! What I like about the their company is they have researched over 700 protein powders and flavors, consulted fitness and health experts, and dove into all of the confusing ingredients to straighten things out. Ultimately, they made a guide that will help consumers navigate options so fitness enthusiasts, such as myself, can meet their goals!
You can find their review here… & I promise you they will provide you with tips and pointers on everything you need to know about your new best friend.
PS: For you girls wondering, I have tried Olly Nutrition, Shakeology, Premier Protein, and a handful of others but my current fave is IdealLean Chocolate Brownie protein mix! It’s only 80 calories per serving, it’s smooth & light (doesn’t leave me feeling heavy or bloated), and is helping me get long, lean results at a great price!
Do you use a protein powder? Which one is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments!