If you’ve been following my blog for a while or know anything about me at all, you will know that I am a bit of a gym
lover goer. I try to workout at least 3 times a week and have recently joined the gym Rich works at so this is great for motivating me to train regularly.
As I got more into fitness and training with a purpose, I naturally wanted to learn more about nutrition and how I could change my diet in order to help me get stronger, fitter and leaner. You may have already heard the saying ‘you can’t out train a bad diet’ and that 80% of getting in better shape is in fact, what you’re putting into your body. 80% is a lot which is why so many of us struggle to reach our goals. Going to the gym is actually the easy part, it’s learning to be better nutritionally that I find the hardest.
I also found since being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease that my joints can be really achy at times and this can put me off wanting to do lower body workouts as most of the moves I do involve some form of squat or lunge or burpee. So Rich introduced me to protein shakes and a few supplements to help aid my training, which not only helps me perform better in the gym, but also helps me get a higher intake of protein without having to eat steak for breakfast. Although I’ll be honest I have, in fact, eaten steak for breakfast on many occasions!
And this week we ordered a few things from Myprotein that I thought I would share with you because some of the supplements are good for general health and wellness, not just for people who work out. I think lots of you could also benefit from adding some supplements into your every day. I also get asked quite a lot about which protein I would recommend and although I’d like to do a separate post on this, I’ll touch on it in this one too. So lets crack on!
I should also add that I am in no way an expert on fitness and nutrition, I am just sharing with you what works for me and what I’ve learned over the years.
First up, we ordered a huge bag of chocolate caramel protein powder. So for me, I always tend to get an impact whey ISOLATE as opposed to an impact whey. This is purely down to the carbohydrate content as the isolate has 0.9g per scoop and the other one has 20g per scoop. That is a huge difference! And there’s only 94 cals per serving so it’s great for a little snack. Now, each to their own but I am a firm believer in eating less carbs and more protein and fats. This is something Rich has taught me and it’s worked well for me in the past so I try to stick to it. Obviously I’m not always great, otherwise my body would look a lot leaner than it does but even when I lived at home with my parents, it was rare for us to eat bread or have things such as potatoes or pasta with dinner. Most of the time I ate meat and veg and I still eat that way now as it has become the norm. I could bang on about low carbs for an actual lifetime but I won’t, I’ll just say if you want to feel less hungry, less bloated and less tired then maybe try starting your day with protein and fats rather than carbs. See what happens.
During the winter months I really lack energy. I mean, I’ve not yet reached afternoon napping stage but you get where I’m coming from. As soon as it starts getting dark it’s like my body sort of loses power and starts shutting down. It is known that the average person in the UK is deficient in vitamin D because of the lack of sun we get all year round, which is why SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is so common amongst us.
As a crohnie, I can feel extra fatigued at times, which again is literally the worst thing for someone who wants to go to the gym and train. It was suggested to me that I would benefit from taking vitamin D because it is amazing for boosting the immune system (crohn’s is an autoimmune disease) and also really helps to lift your mood and keep you feeling, well, happier. Not gonna say no to feeling happier that’s for sure! So I’ve been taking this for a while now and I do genuinely feel better for it and I’d highly recommend this vitamin to anyone, not just to people who work out.
BTW, don’t Wiki vitamin D3. Lots of long words and information that my brain couldn’t process. Heavy reading warning.
Crohn’s disease can damage the lower part of the intestine (the ileum) which is necessary for vitamin B12 absorption. Again, I was advised my a nutritionist to take this supplement as deficiencies can manifest as tiredness and fatigue, something I suffer with quite a bit. I couldn’t find B12 on Myprotein website so I ordered B complex instead hoping that it will have the same results!
Like I mentioned previously I suffer with joint pain and I couldn’t (and still can’t) figure out whether this is due to having Crohn’s or from general wear and tear as I’m no spring chicken! Some people argue that weight training can cause the joint pain and believe it puts extra strain on the body but others will argue that weight training is beneficial to the body. I don’t really care who’s right or wrong, I want to continue training and if these supplements help then I’ll be a happy bunny. So far I’ve not been the best at taking them as you’re meant to take 3 a day and I basically forget!
If you know anything about protein shakers you will also be familiar with the bad smell they seem to adopt after a few months of use. It’s literally like death. LOL. So yeah, saw this cute little pink one and thought I’d have it!
Rich also ordered some Beta Alanine and some HMB for himself as there is a whopping 40% off pills and 25% off all products at the moment so if you’re thinking of buying anything now is the time.
GO GO GO!
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