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Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« Reply #165 on: October 03, 2019, 03:38:23 PM »
>>Harvard nutritionist

Okay, so a registered dietician at a Harvard-affiliated hospital. So she's more of an expert than me, but not like someone who is researching sports nutrition. I didn't pay for the article, but she's focused on a few things

 - added sugars. This one is easy. There are many powders that are single-ingredient. I generally buy just single-ingredient protein supplements.

 - toxic chemicals. That one is tougher. Rice, for example, is notorious for its arsenic content. But that's a recommendation not to eat a lot of rice rather than a recommendation about rice protein (for example). Going organic can help with some chemicals, but arsenic is a function of the soil the crop is grown in (and sometimes a legacy of massive arsenic applications in the past).

She also seems to be focused on people who are *replacing* real food rather than *supplementing* it. A friend was just complaining that for almost a year his wife has only eaten about two meals a week and otherwise just drinks these shakes. That can't be healthy long-term and insofar as the article is addressing those people, I'm sure it's right.

Anyway, a lot of the anti-powder advice is addressed at people who are looking to *replace* meals rather than *supplement* them. I think much better advice comes from your own NHS:

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Rick Miller, clinical and sports dietitian from the BDA, has the following advice for gym-goers and bodybuilders who want to take protein supplements:

"A simple change in foods (such as Greek yoghurt in the morning with muesli and fruit, rather than plain breakfast cereal and milk) will help enhance the protein content of a meal.

"After you have taken this step, fill in the gaps with a reputable brand of protein supplement.
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/body-building-sports-supplements-facts/

Also, I know that you, like me, are trying to balance protein intake with planetary impact. I notice that I can workout all I want and do not put on muscle without protein supplements - so I've recently been trying to force myself to throw down a scoop or two of protein powder each day. It's hardly double-blind, but I feel like my recovery is faster. A few days into that change, I wend for a ten-mile run and felt pretty worked at the end of it, but bounced back quicker than I have been coming back from shorter runs.

My other option would be to eat huge amounts of animal protein, but I prefer not to do that. Protein powders fill in the gap. But they fill the *gap*, they don't replace real food.
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Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« Reply #166 on: October 03, 2019, 03:53:13 PM »
Thanks ergo. Like everything is seems to boil down to a need for balance.
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Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« Reply #167 on: October 03, 2019, 03:55:35 PM »

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Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« Reply #168 on: October 03, 2019, 10:55:03 PM »
I'm planning to do this through October. I found I wasn't hungry at many meals and was burning fat quickly so this is just to help things along. The extra time not needed for lunch is a nice bonus.

Amy makes these with high quality protein that isn't cheap and a fresh piece of fruit.

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Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« Reply #170 on: October 08, 2019, 12:56:21 PM »
I'm not reading that. lol I should be ok for 90 days yeah?

Last week I only hit 4. Wednesday I had too many meetings to fit it in, and I think my body needed a break anyway.

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« Reply #171 on: October 08, 2019, 10:48:19 PM »
I skim-read it. The article speaks from an Australian narative, but it is basically the same in the US.   It first talks about a woman who had a rare condition where she couldn't properly handle protein and she died.  Later it talks about someone who had liver problems from getting too much caffeine from the green tee extract in his protein powder.  I think the point of the article is really about how the supplement industry is basically the Wild West.  Both the problems outlined aren't from long term use, more about acute toxicity from bad supplements and/or over use.  You could probably shield yourself from most of the risk by not overdoing them and by sticking to established brands. 

4/4 for me last week

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« Reply #172 on: October 15, 2019, 06:17:23 PM »
I took the family to watch the Fleet Week Airshow in SF on Sunday so I did a makeup workout yesterday.  So, I'm calling it 4/4. 

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« Reply #173 on: October 15, 2019, 06:25:10 PM »
2/3 last week
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Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« Reply #174 on: October 15, 2019, 06:33:28 PM »
Busy last week, only got 3 in. Strong 2 already this week doe.