Wednesday, 22 February 2012

10 more days + the Power of Protein

If I thought life was getting real before...things are really getting real now!

My pre-op appointment is scheduled for next Wednesday, meaning I am only going to be working for 4 more days. Meaning I am only 10 days away from my half, and thus 11 days away from Dday. EFFF!!! Those numbers are looking small aren't they?! Like I said things are getting real…real fast!

Mmmm Protein!
I have mentioned on this little blog many times that I enjoy FOOD. And I enjoy food that is not always considered healthy. AKA treats like chips, cheese, dessert, wine, a big dinner out every now and then - you get the idea. But it because I enjoy all of that stuff that I choose to focus more on exercise than diet. I think it is easier to work off those extra calories than it is to do without. So the thought of taking a forced hiatus from my regular exercise routine for the next 2-3 months (doctor's orders), is frankly scaring the BAJEEZUS out of me!

I know I need to make nutrition more of a priority. I don't want to come away from recovery looking like a Franken-Titty Couch Potato! NOT CUTE! And I know nutrition is going to play a key role on the road to recovery - helping me bounce back faster. So my goal for the next 10 days, and the 3 months that follow is to eat clean, lean, nutritious meals to fuel my body during my half marathon, Dday, and recovery.

So with all this nutrition stuff on my brain, especially after coming off last week's Stress Binge Slug Fest, I decided to do some serious meal prep. And with my half marathon fast approaching (10 freakin’ days people!!) I wanted to ensure that my muscles are feeling fresh, happy, and strong. What makes fresh, strong, happy muscles?! Protein!

This week I have actually started using a supplement to help increase my protein intake. A lot of my serious running buddies have recommended it, so I decided to give it a whirl.
Collagen Sport heard about my half marathon dream through one of my Fitfluential buddies and offered to help. And ever since I have been making some kick-butt shakes to help my muscles recover post-run. I wanted to share my new go-to recipe with you…

1 Scoop NeoCell 4-in-1 French Vanilla Protein Powder
½ Cup Water
½ Cup Strawberry Flavoured Soy Milk
¼ Cup Frozen Strawberries

Blend together and Enjoy!

Not only will you get the added protein boost from Collagen Sport’s formula (30 g!), but the combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents found in strawberries is well-known to fight against the onset of many different forms of cancer. Thanks to the vitamin C, folate, and the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol that they also contain, strawberries are a delicious defense against potentially cancerous cells. It’s a winning combination for a Darwinian Fail like me!

Hope you guys ENJOY!
Love your favourite Darwinian Fail,