Friday, January 13, 2012

"It's a protein shake!" -

This past week while changing in the locker room at the gym, two young men were in the middle of a discussion about who's protein shake was better.  Now please keep in mind that these boys were both probably under 24 years old, and weren't focusing on health and fitness, they just wanted to be buff.

Their only focus was on how much protein was in their shake, and therefore their measurement of what was best was somewhat narrow.  The entire scene reminded me of one of my wife's and my favorite movies, "50 First Dates", where Sean Astin was a budding body builder but was disqualified because he couldn't pass the standard urine drug test. (I wonder if the lisp was due to the 'roids as well).

So all this to ask, do you know what you're ingesting? Sean Astin's character sure didn't. Duh!

Awhile back I saw this video, which is a bit long, but it's from Carl Daikeler (from Beachbody, you know the founders of P90X, Insanity, Hip-Hop Abs, etc...) and essentially it explains why they (Beachbody) decided NOT to come out with a Vanilla flavored version of their flagship product, Shakeology.  Essentially, it comes down to this, if they wanted to make vanilla then they would need to bind the wheatgrass component with an propolene glycol derivative.  In english, They would need to add some antifreeze from your car's radiator to that breakfast shake. Sound Yummy?  I didn't think so, so it begs to ask the question what's everyone else putting in their "health" shakes?

So what about the other things we're eating/drinking?
  • Mountain Dew
    Oh, how I loved this product until I had to quit drinking soda because I found that the citric acid was causing my chronic acid reflux.  I opted to stop drinking this instead of taking Prilosec
    Anyway, the 'Dew contains Sodium Benzoate, which when combined with Citric Acid forms a poison; but wait, act now and they include Calcium Disodium EDTA which is the antidote for the poison they created. (ref. article Good Ol' Mountain Dew)
  • Weight Watchers Cookies & Cream Bars
    Okay, I haven't eaten these because ice cream is not my kryptonite, but I thought it especially interesting that here's a product we eat to become healthy, and yet they use cellulose fiber (a.k.a. - wood) as a binder instead of other whole ingredients.  There are no known health issues with this, but it's used as a filler instead of more expensive ingredients; since I'm not a beaver I'd prefer to stay away from this. (ref. article: 15 Food Companies That Serve You Wood)
  • McDonald's salads
    Several salads have either cilantro lime glaze, or orange glaze added. Along with many of McDonald’s sauces, both of these glazes contain propylene glycol alginate. While propylene glycol is considered for human consumption, it is not legal for use in cat food because the safety hasn't been proven yet , and it's also used "As the killing and preserving agent in pitfall traps, usually used to capture ground beetles".  (ref article Fast Food Secrets)

I'm sure a little Google searching would yield a whole bunch of other things that would turn your stomach, but all this to say, in this time of year when so many of us are focusing on health and fitness we need to be aware of not only on how much food we eat, but what's in the food we eat.

If you are thinking about protein shakes, breakfast shakes, or supplements of some kind you may want to consider the Shakeology product.  I've been using it since May 2011 and I'm pretty happy with it.  The price tag at first was alarming, but when you think about what you're spending on breakfast anyway, or other vitamin supplements and realize you'll no longer need them, then it's not as shocking.  I will say, that Shakeology is not what I would call a protein shake because comparatively speaking it doesn't have as much protein as many of the other products on the market.  But what it does have is a great concentration of vitamins and minerals from natural ingredients.

My favorite recipe is "The Elvis":
 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
 1 banana
 1/2 Tbs. Peanut Butter
 1 cup water
 3/4 cub ice
 Blend and enjoy...approx 240 calories

Shakeology offers a 100% Money Back Guarantee if you don't like the product so feel free to try without risk or worry.

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