Why You Should be Taking Supplements

Navigating the journey of life takes a lot of work. Balancing work, family, fun, and personal growth means that we need to prioritize our health. While well-rounded nutrition remains foundational you can give yourself the edge with supplements. 

For me, my supplement stack is pretty simple, because that’s what works for me. I start each morning with a whey protein and creatine shake. I also take one of my two fish oil pills in the morning. Then I’ll typically have another protein shake around mid-afternoon, it’s a better snack than that bag of chips I want to reach for. It’s usually around this time that I’ll also take my second fish oil pill. Then before bed I have a casein protein shake with some banana, almond milk, and peanut butter, it’s like a nighttime snack that I don’t need to feel guilty about.

Let’s see what the other coaches do for their supplements:

I use a few different supplements throughout the day.

I usually start each morning with a workout immediately followed by a post workout protein shake which consists of about a cup of unsweetened almond milk and a cup of water, a scoop of whey protein, and a scoop of Collagen. This post-workout meal is easy to make and fast to consume, which is a great thing after a workout when my body is looking for nutrients to recover and rebuild. I am also usually short on time after my workout and before I start working 1-on-1 with clients, so a protein shake helps me get the nutrients I need even when I am short on time. I make the shake before I head to the gym and have it ready to go once my workout wraps up.

I set myself (and my recovery) up for success by having a pre-bedtime shake. This shake consists of a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a scoop of Casein, 1/2 a banana and a tbsp of almond butter. This shake satisfies any end of day hunger, aids in recovery, and keeps my metabolizing working throughout the night. Bonus, I don’t feel super hungry when I wake up in the morning.

Coach Mary

I take their whey protein in shakes, or add it to overnight oats and yogurt to make sure I am getting enough protein in my diet and recovering from workouts properly. I also use creatine to help my muscles work harder longer and electrolytes to make sure I am always hydrated and have good blood flow during my workouts.

Coach Gabby

I just started taking creatine again for muscle growth and recovery. I take creatine when I’m trying to gain muscle and bulk as opposed to not taking it when I’m trying to get more lean or go through a cutting phase. For protein I use whey mainly, but sometimes I use vegan as I’ve heard that it absorbs faster than regular whey, typically 1 serving a day of at least one of those. I also take an amino recovery supplement after a long workout to help with recovery. Sometimes I take a pre workout but mainly for the caffeine, I try to stay away from it most of the time.

Coach Melissa

I use whey and casein to get enough protein in my day. When I’m getting enough I feel less sore and more energy stable throughout my day. I use Whey after my workouts and sometimes casein as my evening protein pudding snack.

I take iron pills as I’m in my mid 40’s and need to make sure I’m keeping my iron levels up. Low iron = low energy

I also take fish oil (at bedtime to avoid fish burps) to make sure I’m getting enough of the right omega fatty acids.

Coach Caren

These supplements, when integrated mindfully into a holistic approach to health, can help preserve radiance, sustain muscle strength, empower mental resilience, and nourish your body from the inside out. Remember, supplements are most effective when combined with a balanced diet and a health-conscious lifestyle.

Looking to start adding some supplements to your nutritional plan? We just teamed up with Ascent Protein and Thorne to help provide you with quality supplements that you can trust. 

Ascent Protein provides whey, plant, and casein protein powders as well as pre-workout. There website with more information on each of their products can be found here: https://ascentprotein.com

If you would like to order any Ascent supplements, please use the link to the pre-order form below:

Whey Protein – $40/bag

Plant Protein – $37/bag

Casein Protein – $40/bag

Pre-Workout – $30/bag

Thorne has a wide variety of products, all of which you can order directly through our dispensary on their website.

If you would like to learn more about creating a well-rounded nutritional program, schedule a nutrition consultation with one of our nutrition coaches.