I got a lot of requests to do a blog post on what supplements work for me, so here you are my friends…
Now, before I give you my list PLEASE remember supplements are suppose to SUPPLEMENT your meals. Vitamins and other dietary supplements cannot replace all of the nutrients and benefits of whole food. They are there to help with nutrition gaps in your diet but it is not your ticket to good health. "The power is in the plate, not in a pill".
Let's start with vitamins...
Daily Multi-Vitamin: I take one a day. I get my Multivitamin from my doctor who prescribed me one a few years back but you can get one almost anywhere. A multivitamin can help fill in for any nutrition gaps.
Fish Oil: I take one with breakfast and one with dinner. A lot of the benefit of fish oil seems to come from the omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. The body does not produce its own omega-3 fatty acids, nor can the body make omega-3 fatty acids from omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce pain and swelling. It also relates to healthy heart and blood system. As well as MANY more benefits!
Vitamin C: I take one a day. The benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.
Now let's move on to Dietary Supplements...
When it comes to selecting supplements you have to know what is important to YOU! When I was looking for supplements I wanted something that was all natural (the way nature intended it) GMO free ingredients and no artificial colors flavors or sweeteners. I also wanted something that actually tasted good! In my meal plan I am taking these supplements everyday so I want something that I can take on a daily basis, without having to choke it down! Now I am not sure if you have ever tried to find a supplement like this but it is a little hard to find. Either you find a protein that taste good and is full of artificial flavors/sweeteners or you find an all-natural one and it doesn't taste good, like at all.
I discovered Gnarly Nutrition about 2 years and completely fell in love with their products and have been using them ever since. Here are the supplements I use that help me with my prep (& everyday life, ha)!
A good pre workout allows you to get 100% out of your workout. How often do you drag yourself to the gym and have just about no energy? Pre-Workouts help give me the energy I need to make it through my last few sets or run that last few minutes.
Right now, I am doing cardio 5 days a week and lifting weight 6 days a week (yep, 2-a days most days). I take my pre-workout before cardio and before weights. I have tried SO many pre-workouts! My husband is a ‘pre-workout junkie’ and used to bring home different brands all the time. Now we both take PUMP from Gnarly. In Pump there is Nitric Oxide Booster (helps increase blood flow and helps you work out longer), Creatine (helps give your muscles energy for muscle contraction & gets you lean muscle mass) and Green Tea Extract (which is a natural source of caffeine and stimulates metabolism and boosts energy levels)
For my Post Workout, I take a BCAA Supplement (Branched Chained Amino Acids). A lot of people take protein after they work out which is great; but I just take my protein at a different time of the day. BBCAAs have been found to improve the rate of protein synthesis when combined with resistance training. This means accelerated muscle growth and maintenance. Making BCAAs constantly available to your body will help you recuperate and your muscle to recover so you can get back at it again and again – leading to greater strength and progress.
I am currently eating 5 meals a day. I am doing this to fuel my body and give it the energy it needs to support my heavy strength training. For two of my meals I get a protein supplement, either a protein bar or a protein shake. Protein helps provide additional energy for your muscles while accelerating protein synthesis allowing for muscle building and preventing muscle breakdown. Additionally protein aids in muscle recovery and healing.
If I choose a Protein Bar I usually pick a Quest Bar. It has an awesome taste (I love all the flavors, but chocolate peanut butter is my fav).
If I choose a Protein Shake I always grab my Gnarly Whey Protein. I usually prefer to do the protein shake to the protein bar; the reasoning being Gnarly sources their protein from New Zealand so it is high quality whey. It’s clean of Hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. The cattle are grass fed and manage humanely. & Trust me that impacts the flavor of the protein and how the protein is digested and assimilated by your body.
That is all the supplements I am on currently for the March NPC Show. This is what I have been consulted to do by a certified nutritionist and what is working for ME. Adding these to your diet (I assume) will help as well; just make sure you research whatever you decide to do!
I love Gnarly so much that I contacted them to see if there is any way I could get a coupon code for my followers! & I am thrilled to let you know they are giving you all 15% off by using coupon code MCKINLI15 at check out! They even have little sample packs for sale if you just want to try it!
I know so many of my followers have asked what I recommend when it comes to loosing weight. Right now, I am not taking this because I don't need to lose weight but rather gain weight. If you are needing to slim down, I HIGHLY Recommend Gnarly Slim! It is made of the best ingredients to not only help you keep calories down, but to actually give your body ingredients and nutrients it needs to help build a stronger, fitter you! So be sure to check that out if you are in the market! :)
Keep the questions coming!! If I don't know the answer I can ask my coach as well!
Enjoy you day lovelies!