- Whey Protein. If you are sensitive to dairy, whey may still be an amazing option for you because it is 95-99% lactose free. Isagenix is 99% lactose free, which I love. Be sure to get whey that is from organic grass-fed cow's milk. It is also important that it is cold-pressed and cold filtered. High heat, acids, and salts strips the whey from it's nutritional value, damaging the protein. Whey, even as a former vegan is my favorite. I've seen the most gains from using whey. Check out my post on whey protein and it's amazing health benefits. It may shock you!
- Vegan or Plant-based Protein. If you absolutely do not want whey, I can understand and respect that fully. I competed on a vegan diet (3 years vegan eating) my very first competition, so it is very possible to be successful with only plant-based nutrition. I suggest a plant-based protein that is from pea, rice, hemp, and chia seeds. Isagenix has a dairy-free Berry Harvest flavor that is absolutely delicious and more importantly organic. For my first competition, I used 'Raw Meal', which is also a great protein. Just because I use Isagenix, do not feel pressured to. I simply suggest it for the Organic nutritional profile, and my ability to make extra income for competitions. Raw Meal, though organic and a wonderful product didn't help me pay for my the product itself or to compete.
- Egg Protein. I love eggs. I love them boiled, scrambled, sunny-side up, poached, made into an omelet, etc. The only thing I caution against is ensuring that they are organic or at the very least from chickens that haven't been injected and treated with hormones or antibiotics.
- Soy Protein. DIVAs I know that soy is often sold as a health food, but the truth is, only fermented soy such as soy sauce and miso soup should be enjoyed. Tofu sparingly, and soy milk and soy protein, and edamame beans I would steer clear from all together. Why? Soy increases one's estrogen levels, basically putting your hormones out of wack. Too much estrogen/soy is linked to breast cancer, and other sex organ cancers. This is true also in men, but even more so for women. Also, soy is not as superior in effectiveness (fat loss and muscle gain) as whey protein. Again, if you need a plant-based protein for for hemp, rice, pea, etc.
If you're taking competing seriously then you absolutely need to choose quality protein sources. I suggest for protein powders and shakes to look for something Organic, such as Isagenix. Protein supplements are excellent for pre and post workout. They also are perfect for a quick nutritional, low-fat snack. Below I detailed a few of my favorite types of protein supplements and snacks available to you. I cannot stress enough that not all protein shakes are created equal. Most are falsely labeled and are laced with artificial ingredients and dangerous toxins. Beware.
If you're unsure what to look for or what constitutes as safe please do not hesitate to shoot me a message containing the name of your chosen protein. I will quickly look it over for you, and give you my unbiased opinion. My number one and two concerns are your health and well-being, and ensuring that you are not throwing money down the drain.
IFBB Pro IshaB. is a certified Master Trainer, and the creator of the M.E.S.H.E.D. Methodology. She is a
7-time self-trained NPC Bikini Champion, IFBB Pro, and Bikini Competition Prep Coach. Isha Loves to INSPIRE as well as EMPOWER people to live their BEST LIFE POSSIBLE!