Protein's only for guys? No Whey!
Hands up all the girls that say “no whey” when it comes to drinking protein powder? I feel ya. I don’t know about you, but when I think protein powder I think ginormous pouches of powder that you need to be swole AF just to manoeuvre the box from the doorstep to your kitchen. Whilst I wholeheartedly stand by the statement that you don’t need protein powder - as in, it’s completely possible to get an adequate amount of protein from a varied and balanced diet - it is super handy and time efficient. But it can be kind of intimidating when you are looking to choose which one to go for - so, here are some of the protein pre-conceptions I’d like to try and bust for you babes:
- Protein makes you bulky
First off, it’s physically impossible for Women to look like men, we don’t build muscle the same way or have the same hormones or muscle mass building capabilities. Secondly, protein is a vital part of a balanced diet, along with carbs and fat. It’s also an essential nutrient for building muscle, so, don’t be shy!
2. The more protein you eat the musclier you’ll get
Don’t be fooled that more means, well, more. When it comes to protein, that’s not the case. Your body can only absorb a certain amount of it, so by over-eating it, you’re neglecting yourself of enjoying more of your other macro nutrients such as fats and carbs. We’re all different shapes and sizes, which means we all need a slightly different amount. For Women, generally nutritionists recommend between 0.8-1g of protein per lbs of body weight. But I’d recommend using an online calculator to get a gage of roughly what the right amount is for you - more than likely, it’s a lot less than what you think!
3. Protein powder is for guys
Absolutely no whey - It’s for absolutely anyone! What changes is the quantity of it that we have. At the end of the day, protein powder is just another source of protein like chicken, beef or turkey but provided in a powdered form to make quick and easy shakes, smoothies and snacks.
The ladies at Free Soul sent me a pouch of their protein to try - created with a female first mindset by leading clinical nutritionists with an ambition to achieve the perfect blend of strength, energy and balance. Sounds pretty good, right? That means things like Peruvian Maca - traditionally used to help regulate female hormonal balance and improve your mood (I can hear the boys singing hallelujah). This tag teamed with vital vitamins like B6 which helps contribute to the regulation of hormonal activity - positively impacting the mood of women is kinda cool. The idea of not only dosing up on my protein intake, but also giving my body a boost of vitamins, minerals and key nutrients that it needs to help support my hormones, mood and energy makes it kinda cool.
A big thank you to the gals at Free Soul for sending me a pouch of their protein to try. All of Free Soul’s products are soy, gluten and GMO free and don’t contain ay cheap milk powder fillers (like a lotta other brands do). You can checkout more about their product line and ingredients here: https://herfreesoul.com.