That whole post-workout nutrition thing

When I decide to commit to something I’m often like “AHHHHHHDOALLTHETHINGSATONCE”
 Which, obviously, gets overwhelming and impossible.
 Like, some days I read so many fitness articles that by the time I finish reading them I’m exhausted and completely unmotivated and just want to sit on the couch, eat a cheeseburger and say fuck it to the whole thing.
 So, I’m going to attempt to break my new period of focused commitment to exercise/nutrition into manageable pieces instead of stressing myself out by trying to do everything perfectly all the time and beating myself up when I screw up.
 This week I’m focusing on post-workout nutrition, and avoiding alcohol.
 When it comes to post-workout nutrition,
 there is so.much.information.
 That’s one of those things you can read about in every fitness resource available and get 100000 different answers about what to do and what not to do, and what’s the best and what’s the worst and what’s outdated until your head wants to explode.
 After taking in just about all the information I can handle, I’ve distilled some key nuggets of info that I feel like hold the most truth. For me. Again, this is based on pretty much nothing other than my own research and instinct and it’s highly likely I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about so this is just what I’m gonna do and see what happens.
 There’s a lot of debate around it, but most of what I’ve read suggests there’s value to the “window of opportunity”(i.e., you should eat something within an hour of working out) And this something should mostly be a quick digesting source of protein to repair your muscles you ripped up in the gym, and a carb source to replace your energy. And something about not having fat because it makes the protein less effective, or something.
 So, I bought myself some 100% Whey Protein powder (this one, if you care), and one of those little blendy bottles from GNC. And every day this week I’m gonna have myself a little protein shake after my workout. With:

1 scoop chocolate whey
 1/4 cup almond milk
 1tbsp ground flaxseed
 & water.
 and I’m gonna eat a banana.

I figure this way I’ll get my quick digesting protein in with the shake and the carbs with the banana. And I don’t really know what the deal is with flaxseeds but they’re supposed to be good for you so I guess I’ll drink some and tell you if I feel any different for it.

As for the alcohol thing… 
 I’m an extrovert. I like to have fun and I like to have a good time. I also really like red wine.
 But… I also feel much much better physically when I don’t drink. And avoiding alcohol is key to any successful healthy living binge, and also a great, clean beginning. So. I’m gonna try, but I’m also not going to intentionally make myself a social leper because life is hard enough as it is without cutting off friendship and happiness. I’ll keep you posted.

Originally published at on April 19, 2016.