Wednesday, August 7, 2013
No Freaking Whey!
Okay VeGAL, so today you rocked Cross Fit like never before; scored big time on the tennis court; ran 10 miles then took a spin class; sizzled at hot yoga; swam for 2 hours then biked beyond the horizon; hiked a mountain; leveled a big hill and flattened a trail; you get my drift. So now what??? You dug deep from within and pulled out something you didn't even know you had and now it's time to replenish. But digging deep into an animal and pulling out something to benefit yourself is utterly ridiculous! Yes, I'm referring to whey protein! Your non-veg peers have come to rely heavily on this milky white powdery substance known as whey which is derived from cheese products which is of course, comes from a cow! Blah, right? Yet athletes have decided that this animal source of protein is exactly what they need to build and repair muscles! But if you happen to be sensitive to or intolerant of lactose, then you're screwed without paying any attention to how the cow is the one who is ultimately screwed!!! Consumers can't seem to get enough of this whey protein isolate that they scoop into smoothies/drink beverages without paying any mind to what exactly it is their digesting and the impact it is having on animals as well as the environment! VeGALs know that milk from a cow is intended for calves (just like any mammal who produces milk for their babies) and not us! Plain and simple! Milk and milk products are not intended for human consumption! In addition, VeGALs refuse to promote factory farming and the deplorable conditions associated with it.
So what do we drink for recovery? Easy!!! There is a wealth of plant-based recovery powders available now that are not only very palatable but also more digestible than their whey protein counterpart not to mention nutritionally complete. These proteins are derived from peas, maca root, brown rice and other natural plant sources, making them the perfect choice for post work out nutrition! Would it make any sense to dump a bunch of crap into our well-oiled machines? These affordable and versatile plant-based proteins are clean burning, just like us! May I suggest Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator, Vega Sport Performance Protein, Plant Fusion, activrecover+, Amazing Grass!
As for soy protein isolate? I do NOT recommend it since there is much controversy attached to soy which I will save for another day. Essentially, VeGALs should try their best to avoid soy and soy products and attempt to explore all the wonderful, delicious, nutritious, cruelty-free possibilities that plants have to offer. VeGALs train with a conscience! We are firmly planted!