Protein, much like places like GNC, has always seemed like something that was for the boys. I wasn’t a body builder and I didn’t want to gain weight, so why would I go to GNC and why would I drink protein shakes?
Last month I was in a bad place mentally, had gained weight and was feeling weak – so I figured what the heck. Why not try protein? I needed to make some drastic changes to what I was doing and this seemed like something that could work.
One of the proteins I’ve been using/taking is the Vega Sport Recover Performance Protein in the Vanilla flavor. I drink it immediately after [within 15 minutes] finishing a run to aid in my recovery and to give my muscles the nutrients they need in that important yet short post workout window.
According to Vega this protein will improve strength, build and repair muscle, and reduce recovery time between training. While I usually am sceptical of such claims, I would have to agree.
One of the main problems I was having this month was feeling sore all over after only running 4 miles pushing the kids in the triple. The weight of my little people is at 109 lbs and the stroller is at least 15 – so combined it weighs more than I do. When I would wake up the next morning my body felt stiff and sore. Muscles I didn’t even know I had felt tired and I was discouraged. Finding the will to get out of the house was hard.
If I had any hopes of wanting to push them for more than 4 miles at a time and train for a marathon this summer then recovering quickly was going to become key. I couldn’t take a day off after every stroller run.
I didn’t notice a substantial difference the first week I started drinking protein shakes but after about 7 days I quickly felt the effects of the added protein.
I happen to like the taste so I didn’t mind slurping it down post run. I recommend that you drink it with in 10 – 15 minutes of mixing or there is settling at the bottom of the cup and it doesn’t look very appetizing. I also recommend putting it in a water bottle or container and shaking to mix. If you mix it with a spoon you have to mix vigorously to get it all to mix together. I also happen to like the consistency of it, which seems to be a major complaint of protein powders.
On days that I wanted to turn this recovery drink into my breakfast I would mix it in my GNC Blender with 1 cup of vanilla soy milk, 1 cup of frozen spinach, and ice cold water. It might sound gross but I really do enjoy the way it tastes and it makes me feel like I am starting my day off on the right foot. I firmly believe that what I eat or don’t eat for breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. If I eat a well balanced, healthy breakfast with enough calories I am more likely to snack less through out the day and eat clean foods for lunch and dinner. On days I eat junk for breakfast – I almost give up. I know I should just start fresh from that moment on and eat better the rest of the day but my mind just tells me to give up on the day and eat whatever I want.
At 120 per serving I’m not ingesting extra calories by taking this protein supplement which contains 25 grams per serving. I don’t drink milk, I don’t eat yogurt, and I rarely eat meat. I do eat plenty of nuts and try to get my protein from whole foods but the truth is that I am quite certain I don’t get enough.
Drinking various different proteins has helped me recover quick enough from my am stroller runs that I can now fit in nightly double runs and not have my body feel wrecked the next day.
My body feels good this morning! Ready for another triple stroller run……..
Verdict: Protein not just for the boys [it doesn’t bulk you up]. GNC not just for body builders [great for runners too!]
If you would like to try Vega Vanilla Recover you can find it at your local GNC or online at www.gnc.com
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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.