Probably every fat nerd’s dream is to lose weight and build some muscles that would make Chris Hemsworth or the Rock jealous. In reality, while doable it takes a shit ton of work and lots and lots of protein.
Obviously, it is always better to get your nutrients from food. But some of us don’t have time (or the stomach, let alone money) to eat entire bags of chicken breasts or whole cartons of eggs on a daily basis while finding time to work, work out, sleep, and all the other day to day things that we like to do. Hence, protein shakes!
Unless you’re John Siebelink, who can’t for the life of him stomach shakes unless they’re made with ice cream. I don’t know why, but there’s something about the flavor of protein shakes they immediately makes my gag reflex want to strangle me from within. Sometimes it’s the taste that no matter how much milk or whatever I shake into it it will not taste appealing to me. Most of the time, though, it’s a texture thing AS WELL as the taste. I just can’t do it.
In the past I was able to mix in powder with oatmeal in the morning and do it that way. I tried that with my Beachbody Shakeology andnit worked fine for me the first night, but my stomach started sending warning signs almost immediately that it would not tolerate that nasty stuff any longer. It left me at an impasse, which sucks because I’m on the verge of getting my Planet Fitness membership back so I can go pump iron before work alongside my nightly Beachbody workout after my shift. I’ve got lots of stuff going on in 2019 and beyond, so I need to start slimming down and then bulking up in the right ways. But I can’t do that without protein…
Fortunately for me, I work at Vitamin Shoppe. On a daily basis for 8-9 hours at a time I am surrounded by every kind of supplement known to man, including an entire wall and a half of protein powders and other protein-building products. I started pursuing these non-shake sources of protein trying to see what my alternatives are, and found some really interesting ones I’m going to try.
First one is Pro Pudding from BodyTech (one of Vitamin Shoppe’s none private label brands). I mixed some up with water earlier and tried a bite and didn’t like that taste, but my girlfriend and roommate encouraged me to leave it in the fridge over night and then mix it with milk and see if the taste improves at all. So that’s what I’m going to do.
Will report on the other ideas I have soon, in case anyone else can’t fathom protein shakes but need the extra protein.