Protein Shakes Demystified - Bloated?
If you've managed to be around me for awhile, you know I am a big proponent of REAL FOOD vs powders when training. Nonetheless, I understand flipping a grilled chicken and broccoli right after a workout is not conducive for many. Protein powders work well to fuel your muscles, help recover and provide a great source of essential amino acids right after an intense exercise session. Yet, they cause a lot of turbulence such as bloating, gas, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Why? Because of diary in it, and you already know what i think of dairy...poison! Not to mention the high amount of lactose, something a lot of people are sensitive to, whether they know it or not. So if having a REAL MEAL after a workout is difficult and you experience bloating and gas after drinking your whey protein shake, try a non-dairy protein powder, such as soy, pea, egg, rice or hemp protein. Ideally, and yes, this takes some intentionality, pack up your post workout snack and ....hell yeah, have it right at the gym counter (your muscles are most prone to respond to fuel right after a workout, more -less 20 minutes). To your health!