I had THE girliest/relaxing/me day yesterday. Like, full-on pamper mode.
I took a SoulCycle class, shaved my legs (a rarity), exfoliated my entire body, painted my nails (or, at least, attempted to), did my laundry, cleaned my entire house, and watched some Netflix with a candle burning while I ate some Postmates-delivered-dinner (which included 2 Sprinkle’s cupcakes. I girl can indulge, right?). Y’ALL. Doesn’t that sound like the best day ever?! I never get entire days of me-time like that so when I do, I take major advantage of it.
While I was cleaning, I emptied out my pantry & refrigerator because the amount of expired food in there was next level EMBARRASSING. I think I legit threw half of my food away, including one piece of ‘food’ that I’m soooo over.
We had such a good relationship for so long, but the time has come to cut ties and break up FOR GOOD. I’m ready to get my protein the natural way!
I came to this decision a few weeks ago when I was grocery shopping and stumbled into the ‘bar’ isle. Okay, time to confess: I have never been very good about checking labels (because I try to eat as little processed food as possible) so it wasn’t until recently that I actually read the ingredients on the back of my favorite protein bar brand. I was appalled.
The bar’s ingredients included the following:
+ Soy protein isolate, which is a very cheap form of protein which is often genetically modified (GMO).
+ Hydrogenated oils of SOME sort. *Hint hint* Hydrogenated means trans fat (which is the bad fat).
+ Artificial sweeteners like fructose and sucralose, which can cause more harm and health problems than normal sugar.
+ SICK NASTY synthetic vitamins & minerals.
+ Words I couldn’t pronounce.
Uhhhhhhh. Let’s just think about this for a sec. Literally NONE of that sounds good for you. It’s just a glorified candy bar, in my opinion. Might as well eat a freaking candy bar instead, am I right?
I totally get the protein bar spell people fall under because we feel like we’re eating something healthy & it’s a plus that they taste good–or, at least, some of them do. But how can a food item with a shelf life that’s longer than you’ll be alive really benefit your health in any way? Not to mention all the artificial sugar and chemicals that they pack into those tiny bars.
So, I’ve decided to get all my protein the NATURAL and stay away from chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and GMO foods. Especially protein bars. Hello, cage-free eggs, and free range chicken breast! YAY. This is definitely going to be my next little project: getting creative with chicken recipes. I’ll let y’all know which ones are the best.
Sedentary women need about 46 grams of protein a day, so if you’re up and moving like me, you’re going to need a little more. I try to eat at least 70 grams of protein a day and that’s on the high side.
I’ll probably need to get creative with how I incorporate protein into my diet because chicken & eggs get real boring real fast, no matter how yummy the chicken is. But I’ll have a whole post on that later!
So, who’s with me?! Let’s dump protein bars for good.