• Sara O'Malley

Whey Protein vs. Plant-Based Protein - What I've Learned

If you follow me on any social media, you probably have seen the changes I've been making when it comes to"clean eating". While I LOVE the "If It Fits Your Macros" Lifestyle, and still eat whatever the f I want, just in moderation, my mindset has changed on WHAT I want.

I'm still counting macros, but I've changed the amount of CHEMICALS and ARTIFICIAL things I was putting into my body. I'm worried about it with my son, so why would I not be worried about it for myself?

The topic of today's post: protein! Protein powder plays a huge role in my macro counting. Because I lift a lot of weights and want that fat to turn into muscle, I need protein. Before, I was getting it from various different protein powders, normally whatever I could find at GNC for a good price/taste. I never paid attention to the ingredients until I got pregnant. I was told I couldn't take my regular protein because it wasn't safe for the baby. Okay... so how the hell is it safe for me? It's not!

What I used to use: Whey Protein. This gives you the most "bang for your macros" and often has little carbs, fat & TONS of protein. Too good to be true? Yep... According to Today Show (my go-to morning show lol) dietician Keri Glassman, whey isn't all it's cracked up to be. It can be hard to digest without a supportive enzyme mixed with it, making you bloat. It's also made from milk fat and dairy, which can slow down the loss of body fat. Using whey protein long-term can damage your digestive enzymes, slowing down your digestion for not only protein, but all macronutrients.

I decided that I probably shouldn't be drinking something every day that I couldn't drink while pregnant, so my quest for the best-tasting plant-based protein began. I tried Orgain, which tasted like chalk to me. I also tested Sun Warrior, which was a bit better, but tasted nothing like chocolate. Finally, I reached out to my Arbonne consultant and asked about their protein.

What I use now: Plant-Based Protein. Arbonne Protein is vegan - here's the description because I just can't say it better: "now non-GMO and with less sugar, our best-selling Protein Shakes deliver 20 g of vegan protein with 24 vitamins and minerals and all essential amino acids to help support muscles and daily health. Our plant-powdered protein is derived from peas, rice and cranberries for optimum digestibility and satiety. This delicious Protein Shake Mix is clinically tested and certified to have a lower glycemic index, which means it tastes great and won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. Perfect for your journey to healthy living inside and out!"

This tasted AHHHmazing and was way easier to digest for my body than the whey protein. I knew it was way better for me on the inside, but I didn't know I'd see physical effects on the outside! I mean look at that pic! NOTHING changed except my protein. I eat the same, do the same core workouts, etc. I just am not BLOATED from the whey and my "baby abs" are showing!

I would NEVER promote / sell something I didn't believe in. After using this protein for a month and referring other people to it, my consultant convinced me that I should be selling it since I was getting so many people on board (I mean, duh). So, I took the plunge. This isn't selling - it's sharing. If you want to see results like this and don't want to choke down plant-based protein because it tastes like shit, try this stuff! If you're local to me I can bring you a serving for you to try. I have ALL of the flavors.



Marble Cake

Cinnamon Roll

If you just want to use plant-based protein but aren't interested in Arbonne, you can find it at Walmart, CVS, on Amazon, etc. As always, message me/email me with any questions. I promise, this one little change will ADD up in no time!

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