Back in the late 80’s I was big into bodybuilding. No ‘roids here – but I tried numerous nutritional supplements trying to get that “edge” to build more muscle – faster. Back then like a typical teenager I really didn’t think about health so much as my looks. Today at almost 44, I Crossfit and run for health reasons and all the while HOPING that looking better will be a benefit as well.
I have a few select supplements that I use to assist in workout recovery and solidifying an environment that my body can build muscle mass as well as loose fat. I believe these same supplements should be included in many of our food storage programs as a way to help insure health when food selection is limited.
Here they are:
Protein Powder: Protein is an essential nutrient that your body needs – especially in high activity and stressful situations. It plays a vital role in maintaining lean body mass (muscle) even when loosing weight due to insufficient calories. Protein powder can provide a high quality source of protein when your diet is lacking.
Multi-Vitamin: A simple multi-vitamin is essential when on a restrictive diet such as many food storage programs provide. A diet high in carbohydrates from items such as rice and beans will likely not provide all essential vitamins and minerals that are needed to keep you healthy.
I highly suggest NOT going to a store like GNC for protein powder or multi-vitamins. They are often ridiculously expensive. I am often a customer of Vita-Cost and Amazon.com for my needs.
There are so any protein powder options when it comes to brands, flavors, and cost. I like vanilla as you can add just about any other flavoring and it will taste decent to downright good. Whatever you like – try it before you stock up on a bunch. My favorite brands have been Dymatize Elite Vanilla and Body Fortress Protein Powder. The Body Fortress is available as Wal-Mart as well as Amazon. Mixing some vanilla protein powder in with some freeze dried strawberries and powdered milk – tasty!
Adding some protein and vitamins to a food storage program just makes sense to me.
Any other suggestions?