The Search for Anti-Bonking Products

Sometimes chatting on Twitter can pay off. A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with @GenUCAN about proper fueling for fitness. I was complaining about my struggle to find something that works, so they offered to send me a sample of their product. I recently received the care package full of goodies!


Lots of samples! Plus they sent a nice mixing bottle with a whisking ball inside:


I tried the recovery protein drink after my intense workout one Saturday morning. It was going to be about an hour or two before I ate lunch and I knew I needed to have something immediately after the work out. I’d done a great weight session. I tried the vanilla shake first:


I liked the water bottle a lot. The whisking ball inside mixed the powder thoroughly–which is often a complaint I have with protein shakes. I hate how hard they are to mix to get rid of the grittiness. I didn’t have that with he GenUCan product. The vanilla flavor was just okay. It tasted just like most protein shakes–nothing special but not bad. I might try making the protein recovery drink with milk instead of water next time to see if the flavor changes a bit.


The vanilla had 180 calories in it –a little higher than I’d prefer but 13g of protein. It’s a good recovery snack. I’m not sure if I can attribute my lack of soreness the day after the hard workout to the shake, but if it was I’m happy!

Recently Michael and I biked 38 miles around Portland. Immediately returning home I made one of the chocolate protein recovery shakes. Loved the chocolate! It was really good. It didn’t have a funky taste or gritty texture. The chocolate is definitely my favorite. The shake helped me get through unpacking, showering, and the drive to dinner without totally crashing. That’s a major plus in my book because I tend to “Bonk” after intense workouts. I also wasn’t sore for the hike the next day!


The next product to try was the energy drink. Last Sunday I filled one of my water bottles with the energy drink for the ride with Michael and his friend Mike. I was SUPER sore from the previous day’s workout and incredibly nervous about whether or not I could bike at all.  I don’t think the energy drink helped my sore muscles, but it did help my stamina as we rode to lunch.

A big thanks to GenUCan for sending me their product to try. I liked it a lot and I saw results!

QUESTION: Have you tried GenUcan products? How did they work for you? What are your favorite products to prevent “bonking”?

Failing at Breakfast

Breakfast was a struggle for me at any weight. I always ate breakfast because skipping it wasn’t really any option. When I was 250 pounds I ate a lot of cereals for breakfast. But since a serving of cereal is about 1/2 a cup I’m guessing that I was eating 3 servings of cereal at a time. Plus it was cereal like Fruity Pebbles (yum), Frosted Flakes and Frosted Mini Wheats. Noticing a theme?

 

Sugar!


Then I thought I was being healthy by buying those humongous muffins from Costco. You know the ones–they are huge and about 700 calories.


And of course there’s temptations at work like donuts, croissants, muffins.


Yet I was never satisfied with breakfast. I would be hungry an hour later. It took me awhile to realize that what I needed for breakfast was protein and fiber in order to fill me up. A good choice is eggs. Michael and I eat eggs 4-5 days a week. Usually they are scrambled, sometimes I eat 2 fried eggs and a piece of toast. Adding to that a piece of bacon or turkey sausage and I’m full all morning.

The other day I made 2 scrambled eggs with black beans and cheese. I didn’t need to eat my usually banana for a my morning snack because I was so full. If you want to spice up your eggs in the morning, trying making an egg-white omelet with mushrooms, onions, peppers and maybe some ground turkey meat.

If you need some totally awesome breakfast ideas, check out this Youtube video on Epic Breakfast options. 🙂

 

QUESTION: Do you fail at breakfast?