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Yes, I know it is still early, but I’ve been intentionally getting out my comfort zone and trying new things, and I’m excited I found some things that have already helped me out this year.
I’ve done a lot of reading, a lot of research, a lot of eating, and a lot of workouts this year, and I found some new faves. Of course, if you know me, you know all of these things are affordable, do what they say they do and are easy to get. So, here we go:
- Roar by Stacy T Sims. I have always just trained and eaten like a dude. Think about it, all of the workout programs online are all geared towards men. I never considered my menstrual cycle, or my different hormones, or bone density, or anything else when it came to working out. I always just assumed if I could work harder, I would soon catch the guys! Ugh! Well, this book explains how and why we are different. It gives practical suggestions to manage your training (workouts) throughout the month by using diet and some supplements to help you feel normal (BUT NOT LIKE A GUY). I’m telling you, this is a must have. It really has changed how I think about my training and my nutrition. Give it a look, here is a link to check it out!
- Vega Protein Powder. I’ve been looking for a dairy free/vegan protein powder, just for overall health reasons and a suspected allergy to whey. Actually, not really suspected, it actually came up on an allergy test. Let me tell you– this is semi-devastating LOL. I eat a LOT of whey protein powder, up to 3 servings a day. I use a high quality whey, so I never really had any GI issues, but I did want to experiment and see how I felt on a fully Vegan protein powder. Enter Vega! I love the chocolate flavor. It even has a boost of greens powder already in the mix. It is fully Vegan, made mostly of pea protein. I actually just purchased the Sport variety because it has BCAAs added to it. After reading Roar, I’m even more convinced that I need to do BCAAs/Protein powder after training. So, this one has it in the mix, as do some other brands that I use. Overall for Vega, great taste, no GI issues and seems to be getting the job done.
- BCAAs. As mentioned above, BCAAs are critical for women before and after workouts. This is because of hormonal changes as we age. These changes make it more difficult for our muscles to recover and build. I drink this during my workout, or before a workout. For BCAAs after my workout, I use the Vega Sport or another full meal replacement shake with BCAAs already it. I like the lemon flavor of the Thorne brand. I find a lot of BCAAs are too sweet. This one is tart and a little sweet. I haven’t seen any other flavors, but I love this one!
- New gym gear I’ve tried: Old Navy High Support Sports Bras. I have had a few workouts in and so far I like them. For the price, they can’t be beat. Still TBD on how long they will last! MPG Leggings (Prelude is my fave!). These feel nice and snug and are very flattering. They have nice seams/details that give you a nice shape or at least play with the eye enough to give that illusion LOL! I’m usually not into colored leggings (all black all the time), but I do have some other colors and multi-colored styles from MPG. Highly recommend!
- New Podcasts: Emily Schromm – Meathead Hippie Podcast Emily can get science nerdy as well as just down to earth sharing her experiences. I listened to her a lot in Hawaii and on the plane. Very informative. Jade Teta Podcast. Jade is super knowledgeable about female hormones and metabolism. Provides great insight and strategies for these topics. Side note: Both Emily and Jade are great to follow on Social Media! Tons of tips and workouts.
Wow, well, I think that is it for now. Well, that’s kind of a lot for one month into 2018!
Please let me know what you think!