You get one body in life and it's your responsibility to look after it because you cannot return or exchange it! It's a cliche but 'you are what you eat' actually makes a lot of sense and we'll explain why.
Over here at WHEY AHEAD ®HQ we believe that our bodies are our greatest asset. They transport us through life's adventures and we are grateful for it. Our bodies are remarkable vessels which are capable of shifting, changing, regulating, protecting, growing, bending, fighting off infection and recovering. There are many more actions our bodies can do - they are an incredible work of nature. Just mind-boggling!
We have a sense of respect for the body and desire to give back. After-all, we put our bodies through a great deal, particularly if you are physically active. The stresses and strains we put on our muscles and joints is amazing. The dreaded 'delayed onset muscle soreness' ('DOMS') sets in 24-48 hours after exercise and we start to feel the pain of what we did the day or two before! Good cool-downs and stretching is key not to mention things like cold showers/ice baths to help the body recover more quickly. However, to replenish the energy your body spent getting you through that workout, you need to refuel and replenish your stores of energy. Fuel = food & drink. The quality of these is critical.
We've written a few blogs on achieving a balanced diet. It's important to eat from a variety and array of food groups to make sure you obtain all the essential vitamins & minerals which help maintain health. Drink is also vital. We must drink plenty of water to keep us hydrated. We wrote an article on how much water you need per kilo of bodyweight here.
It goes further than just examining your diet to ensure you are eating from a broad spectrum of food though. What's actually in our food? As we learn more and more about where certain foods and drinks come from and how they are produced, we naturally start to ask questions. As a guide, here's a few of questions which we regularly ask ourselves:
- Was the farm acting ethically in terms of the labour on the farm itself and the way they treat nature and wildlife?
- What kind of production methods were used - intensive farming or a more natural approach?
- Does the produce come from free-range chicken, pigs, cows etc or are they kept inside a barn to maximise production volumes and speed to market?
- How fresh are our fruits and vegetables - were they sprayed with chemicals as they were grown or altered genetically to bolster their growth?
- Were the livestock treated fairly or were they given unnecessary hormones and antibiotics to fight off infections that may or may not be present?
- Is the food & drink's packaging recyclable and any plastics used BPA-free?
- Were artificial flavours and colouring agents added to the food to make it taste or look better for the consumer?
- Were artificial preservatives added to the ingredients to extend the shelf-life so that they could travel vast distances before being consumed?
- Does the ingredient list contain any unnecessary/purely commercial ingredients to fill out the product or make it fluffier or fuller on the palette (Xanthum Gum is a key culprit)?
- What is the overall nutritional value of what you are eating?
Once you know some of the answers, you will feel more able to make informed decisions to suit your needs. What we think is sad, is when our fast-paced lives and the 'convenience factor' clouds our ability to really understand what we are eating. We think it's useful to think about the sourcing of our diets, especially of things that you consume regularly. Small changes can make a big difference.
You could eat an apple that has been genetically enhanced to make it grow larger, sprayed with pesticide chemicals and then travelled halfway across the world to get to you. Or, you could eat an organic apple from a local orchard. The nutritional value in the organic apple will be much higher due to the lack of artificial processing and chemical erosion. You might have to eat multiple intensely harvested apples to achieve the same biological value of one single, small organic apple. The cost of the organic apple may be higher but overall you save and actually add value to your body. There's another saying - buy cheap, buy twice. Well, in the case of our bodies, there is no twice so we need to preserve what we've got!
In the next blog we'll outline a bit about each of the carefully sourced 100% organic ingredients which make WHEY AHEAD® organic protein different from everyday brands.