I often recommend that my clients beware the latest pop-talk about health. There seems to always be a vitamin of the year or some type of deficiency of the year. A couple of years ago people were lining up to get shots of Vitamin B to up their energy. (Count me out!) Vitamin C was so 2014, and the craze & headlines about Vitamin D was so 2016.
Eggs were out, then they’re in. Bacon is on the comeback (thank God!) Gluten is the new evil, and while to some extent I agree, it’s paved the way for food manufacturers to concoct hordes of franken-foods that they can market as “Gluten-Free”. Man, those things could kill ya!
What if the best way to choose what’s good for your body is to check in with…. your body? Learn to muscle test or just trust your intuition.
Here’s a health pop-talk that’s never sat quite right for me. Protein shakes are all the rage right now as a meal replacement or as part of weight loss regimes. And while I use them as a tool in my own program New You in 32! I do hesitate to recommend them as a long-term addition to your diet. Something doesn’t sit right with me about these ultra-processed and highly condensed sources of protein. Top-selling Garden of Life has already made headlines because their many protein powders were found to have high levels of metals. (Do you know how challenging it can be to detox from metals?)
Here’s a great read about The Clean Label Project who recently tested 134 of America’s best selling animal-derived and plant-based protein powders for heavy metals, pesticides, BPA/BPS, residual solvents, mycotoxins, melamine and antibiotics residues.
Many popular protein powders had significant levels of contaminants and overall, plant-based protein powders had higher levels of contaminants than those made from animal sources, containing on average twice as much lead and measurably higher amounts of other contaminants. YIKES!
So what’s a healthy girl to do? Choose products from companies that hold ridiculously high standards for quality. And use your protein intermittently. Here’s the family of powders I personally enjoy… and I switch around from the whey (chocolate is my fav of course!), to their pea (yep, theirs actually tastes good), and perhaps my favorite is the Nature’s Harvest (a plant-based option with superfoods / gobs of fiber / dairy-free / vegan) that provides a modest 13 grams of protein.
Eating in the Vitality Code way — lots of fun veggies + lean, natural proteins (including beans, nuts and vegetables) + fruits/berries + healthy fats = the BEST way to fuel your body to look and feel your best. The target is 50 grams of protein.
Protein powders are great options as supplements for busy girls on the run and are instrumental in breaking sugar addiction. Choose wisely. Mix it up.