Protein, protein, protein? Is UFIT the answer?

I’m training for a marathon, I have already completed a half marathon last year. Now, whilst I am far from an expert on matters of this nature. I will sit down, research and get to the bottom of something that I want to know.

Two crates are better than one

I had the privilege of being sent some protein drinks from UFIT, one batch of strawberry and one chocolate. I have tried more protein powders than you can shake a stick at. I used to have a cupboard full of protein powder shakers. But one thing I could never cure! A small amount of the powder used to sit at the bottom after the contents had been depleted. Aargh must have the full protein, must get it inside. Build, build, build, So when I had the chance to trial these drinks, my hand was first in the air.

 Where’s all my protein gone

I have come to realize (obviously) that you need protein to repair muscles. But I thought, you didn’t really need much replacement during cardiovascular training as well I was wrong! 

 

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Fitness magazine.com

The flavors I was sent were strawberry and chocolate. I love strawberries and I love chocolate so I was in my element. However, for me at least, the chocolate seemed a bit thinner in consistency compared to the strawberry. It was still nice, really nice. But if you like your protein shakes fairly thicker, it’s strawberry.

The science…..

In each shake there is packed 22 grams of protein. According to a study by the USDA we eat on average 69 grams of protein a day. But if you exercise more than an hour five or more days a week, increase intake by 0.75 grams per pound. Now I am definitely not one of those that measures, calculates everything I put in my body. Even when I was weight lifting (a long time ago) and got fairly big, I didn’t obsess about it. SO, the UFIT shakes are a sure-fire way of at least making sure you may be getting the right amount of protein.

The amount is your choice

The first week I was drinking them I did everyday. I run 3 times a week: 13 mile on a Monday…….6mile on a Wednesday….5 mile on a Friday. But, I drank UFIT everyday, I have to be honest it was a bit much for me. However, I did actually feel a difference. I was less achy, my legs didn’t feel as tight and I did actually feel a slight pump (very slight).

The second week I opted for every other day, and for me that felt better. The effects I mentioned above were still there but it gave me a chance to rest my stomach. I drank them in the morning straight after a run, now I can’t eat after a run it does me in. So these shakes were ideal for replacing nutrients without feeling the sick heaviness of solids. And they do say eating protein in the AM tends to curb your appetite…..win win. I am one for testing out the psychological impacts of what might be a placebo. So I went 2 weeks without the shakes, and after having them for the short time of the previous two weeks. I have to say I did feel better for having them…..I really did, and I didn’t think I would!

How much

These are marketed as £2 a shake, but I have found them (remarkably) in ‘ICELAND FREEZER STORES’ for £1.50. All in all, I will be going back on these. As you may know I am on SLIMMING WORLD, and if you are too, these shakes are 8 syns per shake. Below is the nutritional info for both:



I say give them a go, as for the chocolate I know I said it was slightly thinner than the strawberry. But, it’s chocolate flavor……come on! I’ll still be drinking it.

Let me know if you get these, and let me know how you get on with them. Running a marathon? Let’s exchange some tips.

Luv ya xxxx

Tony Martin brainfood

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Healthy eating…..We DO have time!

When you go to the supermarket, you walk through the Star Trek type doors and what is the first thing you see? Cakes, biscuits, and crisps on offer. More often than not they are cheap really cheap. Every authority in the land is telling us to eat healthier to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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This is what I have noticed over the last week. Now in our house we are busy, I mean really busy like 80% of the time. We went down to London for a birthday party and stayed a couple of days. We went shopping, visited family, debs was working prior the road trip till 4 in the morning, I worked till about 3. So basically we didn’t have a chance to catch a breath. This weekend we have to do it all over again! I keep banging on about the fact that we go Slimming World and have lost 3 stone 7. Every now and again you sometimes go off plan, it happens! We have been eating far far better than we used to.

Since starting  Slimming World last year I have had heartburn, indigestion and bloating once! So as they say eating healthier is better for you obviously. So back to last weekend, we went off plan and we knew we would. And that’s when the trouble started! Also as it was my birthday on Tuesday we went out for a meal.

Man I feel rough, I mean really rough! I went for a run on Wednesday and I barely managed 4 miles. I had indigestion, heartburn and a general feeling that something is wrong…..I went home after 4 mile. This is what bad food can do for you, I have noticed it with these symptoms because my body isn’t used to it. I’m not fuelled by crap food, what I put in, my body uses. I felt lethargic and I didn’t want to get up, I’ll go as far to say my brain hurt too! 

So I go back to the beginning, why are shops promoting the very food that does this, as soon as you walk in the shop? Me and Deb was talking about this and I was concerned. Obesity is obviously a problem now in our society. Yes I know we have a choice to eat like it, but as I have said many times the subconscious is very powerful. The marketing, labels and the general draw of these foods can have the pulling effect.
I’m not going to lull you into my beliefs, or what I think might be going on. But, eating crap made me docile (in a sense) ‘animals’ that become docile are easy to control! So why is it that only food that is often bad for you quite often is cheap? Some of it has to do with farmers, they are getting ripped off left right and centre by some of the big chains. And that’s a shame, we all know about the big milk scandal so they have to make their money somehow. The more people that eat fresh the prices will come down, it will take years but eventually it will happen.

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This is what your plate should contain at every meal

We are given the false impression that life is just too busy and it’s easy to get takeaway or throw a ready meal in the microwave. We do have time to cook fresh we really do. We make all our own sauces and it takes minutes. To be honest it probebrly takes longer to open a jar pour it in a pan, slightly fill the jar with water making sure you get the last bit. And despite what you think, if you shop sensibly it doesn’t cost that much more to cook fresh.

We don’t own a microwave, haven’t done for a long time and we don’t intend on getting one. Freshly cooked and prepared foods fire you up. It makes you more alert, more energetic and it really does help you to think straight. You don’t feel so bloated and lethargic. Look at the panels on bad food and there are more E’s in there than an illegal rave. Your body is not designed  to function on chemicals.

We won’t be eating like that again, never, nada! Being able to cook fresh is not about it taking to long, you don’t have enough time to do it. I guarantee if you manage your tasks rather than thinking about the time you have to fit in, you will find the time.

Manage your tasks and not your time. Write out a to do list the previous night and write down cooking a meal from fresh. Dissect it, write down everything you have to do and how long you think it will take. Put veg in the pan 3mins, brown the mince 10 mins. That’s just an example…..but go for it….you won’t regret it.

Let me know how you get on. Let me know how it makes you feel.

Tony Martin brainfood

Healthy lunch with SWEET POTATOES

We have been going slimming world now for about 31 weeks and what started out as a way to lose weight changed into a complete life change and brain reprogram. So far to date I and my partner have lost bang on the nose 3 stone in weight each. When i became a taxi driver I ballooned from 12 stone right up to 16 stone 10 (do the math). My partner is an education as she comes up with a lot of meal ideas, and because of the plan we never go hungry. And that’s exactly what slimming world is, it is not a diet but a healthy eating plan a re-education of how you view food, so here we go with the latest invention.

 

sweet pots

 

SWEET POTATOES WITH BACON, ONION AND PEPPERS.

  1. Bake the sweet potatoes in a fan oven  mark 200 until they are soft inside (make sure to prick with a fork first)
  2. Cook lean or medallions of bacon in a non stick pan with a few sprays of fry light cooking oil
  3. Chop one onion and 2 peppers (any colour) and toss into the bacon and cook together
  4. Once the potatoes are soft half and scoop out the inside and place into a separate bowl
  5. Once the bacon mix is cooked to taste, chop and place in the bowl with the mush from the potatoes.
  6. Mix well and combine together and place back into the skins of the sweet potatoes
  7. Add a sprinkling of grated cheese on top ( if you are on the slimming world plan either syn the cheese (weighed) or count it as your HEA
  8. Serve with a massive side salad
Sweet potatoes with bacon, peppers and onion
Sweet potatoes with bacon, peppers and onion

 

Those of you on the Slimming world plan will know all about the syns that you could add to this recipe, having said that we had the cheese as our HEA, so it is completely syn free. Those of you not on this plan SYN FREE and FREE FOODS basically means (believe it or not) you can eat as much of this as you want.

Enjoy  xxx

 

Tony Martin