Amber’s Protein Faves

Huge shoutout to our LNP members, who are rocking Week 3. Just to give you guys an idea of what they’ve been doing: 

  • Week 1 was all about the prep. 
  • Last week (Week 2), we focused on calories in versus calories out. They gained a lot of awareness by tracking every bite/sip they took. Bottom line, and I don’t care what kind of diet you go on, if you want to lose weight, you must eat at a calorie deficit. Some ways of eating offer more benefits to long-term health than others, but losing, gaining, or maintaining weight comes down to calories. I guess what I’m saying is, that you can eat clean, eat too much, and still not see results. You can go low-carb, eat too much protein and fat, and still not see results. You can embrace intermittent fasting, eat more calories than you burn during that shorter window of. time, and still not see results. The diet industry has made this much harder than it really is. On purpose. By design. So that you stay confused. 
  • This week (Week 3), we added another layer into the mix of things and started talking about clean marcos. Out of the three macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat), we focus on protein first. Why? Because the #1 thing that most new macro trackers realize, is that they are protein-deficient. Protein is a game-changer when it comes to feeling full.

Super cool fact, protein requires the MOST energy to digest (20-30% of your calories will go toward digesting it). And if you don’t get adequate protein at every meal you can end up being anxious, depressed, hungry, or tired.

Diving a little deeper, you have thousands of molecules in your body that are built from 8-9 essential amino acids. Think of the amino acids as little building blocks. Our DNA takes these amino acids, strings them together, and makes protein. Since our cells need protein to talk to each other, when we don’t get enough our DNA can’t perform this function.

Whether you focus on vegetarian sources or animal sources, one thing is for sure, protein is essential.

Amber Weaver

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While all of our members get to choose what they want to eat, I thought I’d give you a real-life example of how I add protein into my diet by sharing my favorite shake. It’s how I break my fast almost every day (whether in the early morning hours or around noon if I’m fasting).

193 C | 22 P | 22 C | 2 F (also has 8 grams of fiber, so only 14 net carbs for carb cycling days)

About that cold brew: I’m sure there are probably cleaner options, but I love the taste of this one. It’s very unique compared to others I’ve tried. It’s my fave. 

The protein powder: I’ve been drinking this specific brand of shakes for almost a decade. Recently the unthinkable happened and I ran out. While I waited on mine to arrive, I thought I’d try another brand that many of my friends and fellow macro-counters recommend. Y’all. My tummy hurt everytime I drank one. It was all the dairy and the isolated vitamins. As much of a bummer as it was to have to be without my shakes, it was a great reminder of why I choose Complete. Let’s just say that all that plant-based nutrition does a tummy good! 

Cashew milk: This is just about preference. I like how creamy it is. That is all. LOL!

Collagen peptides: I started adding this to my shake hoping it would help relieve some joint pain I was experiencing in my elbow. To be honest, I haven’t been consistent enough to notice a huge difference and haven’t lifted heavy weights in a while, so things are feeling okay as long as I sleep correctly. That said, I love the added protein a scoop gives me. I also love that they are NSF certified. That’s a big deal with me on all of the supplements I take.

You’ll also notice all those capsules. Those are my plant-powders and Omegas. Instead of macronutrients, think micronutrients. These babies are jam-packed. Just shared a life-hack in our IG stories on how I take these.

If you give these a try, let us know! We’d love to know what you think!

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