Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Product Review: Warrior Food, by HealthForce Nutritionals

When I was running out of my last container of protein my friend Tim contacted me and said "I have a great product I want you to try". He told me about it: Rice and Hemp protein blend, low sugar and sodium, klamath algae (great for kidney support and rich in b12), and nopal cactus for blood sugar function, plus digestive enzymes... sounded great so I was pretty excited to give it a try.
HealthForce is known to be a super reputable source for whole food supplements and has a great track record with me. I love their green food, Vitamineral Green, and their Maca Force product, so I expected good things from this protein. It did not disappoint.
I loved that this product was so low in sodium and not over sweet. To some people it may even be "not sweet enough", but I always add a banana to my post workout shake to get my blood sugar back up and start the glycogen synthesis going. With a banana added I find this to be the perfect sweetness. I am really impressed overall with the improvement in texture and palatability of protein powders now days. This product and the new vega product both have a great new hemp protein that suspends in liquid really well. In the past with protein powders you would notice that the hemp would always settle down to the bottom and you would constantly be shaking your drink to keep the hemp suspended in the liquid. No longer! I was also told that because of this new micro refining of the proteins they absorb better as well which makes the assimilation rate higher.
One thing I noticed that sets Warrior Food apart from some of the competing brands is that their recommended serving size is only about 2.25 tablespoons, which is about half of other products. The protein per serving is 15.4g (as opposed to 25 or so). When I asked about this I was told that the company is finding that the athletes they are testing are doing so well assimilating this protein that they have been able to cut back on the amount they are taking as a supplement because they are absorbing more and recovering and preforming well on a smaller dose. Ultimately I think you have to do what you normally do with any of these types of products which is to listen to your body and do what is right for you. I do like the idea of taking as little as you need to see results- because an excess in protein isn't any better for your body than a deficit.
Two things I see as possible negatives (and I am really reaching here)- The blend is not as broad as some of the other protein powders out on the market, so that could be a possible point of contention for some... but they did choose super good and easily digestible sources. The only other thing is that the name is very similar to "sun warrior", I have no idea who had it first or anything else, but when I want to tell people about this great product I have to be really clear that this is WARRIOR FOOD, not SUN WARRIOR, and that can be confusing. Not knocking sun warrior cause it is a great cheap source of plan based protein, but this is just a higher quality product in my opinion.
Why use a plant based non-isolate protein, EVEN if you aren't a vegan? Whey and Soy isolate proteins are very acid forming within your body and hard for you to digest and absorb. They create an acidic environment in your body and you react by pulling calcium from your bones to act as a buffer from the acid, long term this can cause a decrease in bone density and even osteoporosis. Which is why countries with a high intake of animal proteins, like dairy, which are very acidic actually see a HIGHER rate of osteoporosis even though they ingest more calcium.
All in all I am VERY happy with this product and would recommend it as being one of two of the highest quality plant based (alkalizing!) protein supplements on the market!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 22 grams (2 Heaping Tbsp)
Servings: 11

Calories: 83 Fat Cal: 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 0.7 g 1.0%
Saturated Fat: 0.0 g 0.1%
Chloesterol: 0.0 mg 0.0%
Sodium: 6.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 3.9 g 1.3%
Dietary Fiber 0.7 g 2.6%
Sugars: 1.0 g
Protein: 15.4 g

Vitamin A: 0% Calcium: 7%
Vitamin C: 0% Iron: 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Warrior Food, Vegan Protein Ingredients
Sprouted, Raw, Non-GMO, Organic Brown Rice Protein
Organic Hemp Protein
Organic Actual Vanilla Bean
Wildcrafted Nopal Cactus
Organic Whole Leaf Stevia

Enhanced Nutritionally:· Phycocyanin extract from Klamath Algae (for Kidney support*), Enzymes (protease, bromelain, papain, amylase, lipase, cellulase, alpha-galactosidase) – for assimilation.

Enhanced Energetically: •·Homeopathic •·Magnetic •·Vibrational

Warrior Food™ says “No Whey” to high uric acid forming, kidney damaging animal proteins.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The value of keeping a training log

So I am back at it again... If I ever worked out consistently for more than 3 months at a time I would be very proud of myself. I am trying to get in a super regular/reasonable routine so that I will keep with it through the summer, or at least until skateboarding season is in full swing ;)
My current motivator is actually my workout log. I made a spreadsheet that is tailored specifically to my current routine and it has graphs that show me my progress from week to week. I can't wait for each next workout to watch my weight lifted to go up. My goals are to gain strength and mass, and drop fat- which will happen without effort as long as I am working out regularly.

I plan to adjust my workout and specific exercises every 4 weeks or so for now but that may change as I see how I am progressing. I like repeating specific exercises for a few weeks to see improvement but I don't know if I will keep it at four weeks, maybe just 2. I was trying to keep my spreadsheet from getting too complicated.
I am really looking forward to being able to look back at it in a few months and see where I started versus where I am at that point. Anyone else find logging to be as helpful as I do?