Branch Chain Amino Acids

Some of you may have heard me reference BCA’s and a few of you have emailed to ask what theses are. When I talk about BCAs, I’m referring to branch-chain amino acids.AttrYNSE(caffeine)

The other question I often get is about the use of fat burners, I personally am not a fan of fat burners. I just don’t like to consume casein because I get jittery. I feel like it messes with my system and that’s just something I’m not a big fan of.

Honestly, you can get the same kind of nutritional results through food rather than supplements or fat burners. For instance, ginger is really good for your digestion. You can also add a lot more cayenne pepper to your diet, eat more plants and vegetables. Leafy greens are always going to be your best fat burner anyway because they’re clearing out your system consistently and making sure you get good fats instead of bad fats. The supplements really aren’t necessary if you’re going for all natural and healthy.

I admit that I do consume a lot of protein shakes, especially right now. Normally, I probably drink 1 or 2 a day. I guess it’s a lot but when you’re working out hard every day, you need it. That’s why I’ve tried to keep my supplements limited to just the protein. It’s the only thing I can’t get enough of through my natural diet.

Pre-workout energizers and energy drinks

What do you do to get yourself pumped up to go to the gym? I used to drink a Red Bull, until I learned it was working against me. My training coach told me no more Red Bull an hour before the gym. He switched me over to eating an apple and 30 minutes before my workout. If I need it, I allow myself a cup of coffee.

Unfortunately, I’m having more coffee lately because I am getting ready for a race and my body is running on 30 to 40 carbs a day max. I feel like I’m dying. Sometimes I don’t even know how I’m functioning at all.

During these times, coffee becomes your best friend. I admit these last couple weeks, on an average morning, I don’t think that green tea or coffee is a bad way to go. If you haven’t tried it, there is a pre-workout energizer through Vega. The flavor isn’t necessarily my favorite but it’s also not horrible. The upside of coffee over a designer energy drink is that coffee really is all natural. It’s a much more natural way for your body to receive a stimulant.

If you do chose to go with a mix product, I recommend making it more palatable. Dates are a great natural sweetener. You can just throw one into the mix and blend it right in. It really takes the edge of the bitter flavor of the lime and lemon. If you don’t have a Vitamix, I recommend buying one if you’re going to be serious about nutrition.

A friend gave me his old one because he had it but didn’t love it. I can’t imagine not loving this Vitamix! He gave it to me like it didn’t even matter. It’s a $350 blender! You’ve got to be kidding.

When you add the date to the mix, the flavor’s a little strange but I like it. It seems to be doing the trick, but I’ll still have it with a coffee. I don’t think coffee’s the devil.