Whew, and now that I have struggled to collect myself over here. Let's get back to our regular schedule program over. It's What I Ate Wednesday!!
And this is the Part 2 of My very 1st Nutrition Assessment - Supplement Edition
This is a continuation of my nutrition assessment from last week. The lovely Dani pointed out that even with an ideal diet a lot of athletes use supplements to help their body perform at it's best. So using supplements, as long as you are using the right ones, can make a big difference for us Average Joes as well.
I will be the first to admit that this little Darwinian Fail can use all the help she can get. But I have shied away from supplements because a.) I am notoriously bad at remembering to consistently take my vitamins and b.) I find the supplement world slightly overwhelming, so I am never sure what I should be taking.
So with Dani's help we have narrowed down what is going work best with my current goals and concerns.
Multi-Vitamin - So this is just generally an all around good idea for anyone. It just helps fill any holes you might be missing nutrient wise.
Iron - So as a woman our iron levels are often low, and then that is made much more likely if you are a distance runner, and then even more likely if you had major surgery and experienced a bleeding problem... Well check check and check! I have low iron so I am taking 1 capsule a day. Iron levels are important for your energy levels and muscle repair, both things I have been struggling with post-op.
Protein - I am using a protein supplement to help me reach my prerequisite protein quotient.Getting an adequate amount of protein is something I struggle with, so I have been enjoying a protein shake post-workout.
Collagen - Collagen is great for muscle and tissue repair- something I definitely need, while I work on recovery. The folks at NeoCell make a great powder form of this supplement. I have been adding one scoop to my AM fruit smoothie along with some berries, spinach, and pomegranate juice to check off all the necessary nutrition criteria. Super Yummy!
So that it! It's easy simple!
And now that I know what the heck I am doing, I am proud to say I have taken my vitamins everyday for the last 2 weeks!
Do you use Supplements? What are your thoughts on vitamins?
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,