#QLFGivesBack: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

As you know, I have long since believed in the power of social media. From 2011’s protests in Egypt, to this month’s protests in Ferguson, Missouri, from regularily roasting the hell out of pop culture’s problems to expanding our definitions of ‘news worthy,’ it’s become clear that the revolution may not be televised, but in the 21st century, it will be on social media.

Tweets create change and ‘Selfies Save Lives.’

So, when I heard about the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC)’ my interest was piqued. Here’s how it works; you get challenged by another person to dump a bucket of ice water on your head. If you don’t accept the challenge within 24 hours, you donate $100 to the ALS Foundation.

So let’s step back; people are not dumping water on their heads because it’s hot. The purpose is to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Aclerosis, or ALS.  As per ALS’ website, the disease is described as:

‘ …a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.’

There as many as 30,000 cases of ALS in America. The average victim of the disease is male and between 40-70. 70% of those diagnosed will die within three years of developing the disease. It is a devasting, ravenous disease for anyone to develop but even more so, when it happens to an athlete, whose bodies are such an important part of how they define themselves.

There is currently no cure for ALS but with more financial support, we can make sure that this important research continues.

So, my small contribution to the effort below:

Shout to the greatest camera woman I’ve met thus far—my mom! And bonus banann peze Zoe points if you can translate what she’s saying to me!

In the same way I was called out, I’m calling out some of my blogger fam too! So:

@BarrelHouseBklyn

@TheTakeOvah

@KoolestKidOut

@PowerEliteOne

The floor (and the ice bucket) are yours. Y’all can’t borrow my camarawoman, though. 

 

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I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with Naturade! I’m currently their ‘SuperFan of the Week’ and am guest blogging on their site!

Mama, I made it!

It’s only right that this happened; my entire adult life of being this size has come one question:  ” Bruh; How much protein do you eat to become that big ?”

And the answer is, ‘A lot.’

I love protein. And with good reason; it is the single most important nutrient  the body needs to exist in a healthy state. You want healthy hair, skin and nails? Protein. What to continue growing and generating hormones, cells and bones? Protein.  The list goes on and on but for my purposes, protein is most important to me because of the key role it plays in building and repairing tissue and muscles.

Generally, protein is found in eggs, meat and beans, cheese and nuts. It’s perishable and requires temperature management to keep your healthy treat from becoming a trip to the emergency room re: food poisoning. Plus, people look at you funny for walking into meetings holding a chicken leg.

Protein powders, however, completely circumvent that. They are super portable and convenient and if you find the right one, you can get the same serving size of protein from your powder that you could have gotten from that lint-covered piece of pocket chicken I talked about earlier.

But the operative phrase here is ‘finding the right one’ because most shakes don’t get it right. Some taste like grit, some feel like glue and some have too many calories or the amount of protein per serving size is negligible. So, when I found Naturade Vegan and Whey Protein shakes, I kind of fell in love. Not only is the whey protein option complete, the vegan protein combines pea, hemp, chia and potato protein sources and so, it’s complete too. Both options boast 22 vitamins and minerals and a fiber and probiotic blend that make it super easy to digest.

Vegan vs. Whey: Round 1. 

Welcome to the main event! You guys have been patiently waiting for this moment all post  and I promise we will deliver!

In this corner, standing at 2lb and 18inches tall!

The Original Muscle; Whey ‘The Scoop’ Protein !

And in this corner! Standing at 1.8lb and 12 inches tall,

The New Kid on The Block, Ready to Rock;  Vegan  ‘Please Believe Him’ Protein!

Let’s get Ready to Rumbllllllleeeee….

I mean, that’s what plays in your head when making decisions at the health food store too, right?

When thinking about choosing between the two, you want to consider two things:

1. Is it complete?

2. What are my dietary restrictions/choices?

Why complete matters

Protein in its smallest form is simply an amino acid.  The healthy human body can create 12 of the amino acids needed for health but must find the nutrition. A complete external protein source is one that has all nine of the additional essential amino acids.

Walk this Whey…

Whey is a byproduct of cheese which is made with milk.  Once cheese has been created, the milk used creates a liquid. That liquid is further processed and that’s how you get whey. Since whey is a dairy byproduct, it is a complete protein and low in lactose content. Even though it’s low in lactose content, what little lactose it has is just enough to keep you feeling full, which can help with appetite management and ultimately, weight loss.

Unless you Have that ‘Vegan Feelin’’

Vegan protein is also awesome, although, a single serving of it is not complete. The way to ensure you’re eating and meeting your daily protein goals is to combine vegan proteins. So, that handful of walnuts may not fit the bill, but add it to, say, a quinoa and black bean salad and now, you’re cooking.

What’s in My Protein Shake?

As far as I’m concerned, vegan protein is always your best bet. As I said, whey is a byproduct of cheese. So it’s technically milk juice. Since it’s a byproduct of milk, it–like other non-organic dairy products–are often chocked full of the hidden hormones that cows are fed in their diets.  So as you eat whey protein, you may also eating a ton of hormones too.

Vegan protein powder is easier to digest, packs just as much protein as the whey option AND quite literally tastes like cake batter. And generally, when you find legitimately healthy things that are delicious, you should love them dearly.

Looking for ways to incorporate Naturade protein powders into your food choices? I’m no chef, but check out my fav’s ideas below.

Cereal Seasoning

  • Prep your favorite cereal as you would normally.
  • Sprinkle half a serving of Naturade into the milk you use and half on top of the cereal.

Coconut Ice Pops

  • 1 can of whole fat coconut milk
  • (optional) fruit chunks
  • Serving of Naturade
  • Mix Naturade with coconut milk, (optional fruit chunks)
  • Freeze in ice pop molds

 Fruit Shake

  • 5-6 strawberries
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup of almond milk
  • Naturade
  • Optional ice
  • Blend

I want to get you started on your protein powder journey, so I’m excited to partner with Naturade for Quantum Leap Fitness’ first giveaway. One lucky reader will win a supply of Naturade!

How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment. In it, share:

  1. Your email address( if you have it):

(Optional if you have it):

  1. Twitter handle
  2. IG name

If you like, you can also post:

2. On Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Tweet the following “I just entered @zeusdagreat91 #giveaway for a chance to #win  @Naturade  Protein Powder! www.quantumleapfitness.com

3. On Instagram: Follow my Instagram (@bodybyzeus) and ‘Like’ my post for this giveaway!

Just a head’s up: Every tweet and IG like is an additional entry, so tweet and like or comment as much as you like for more chances to win!

Giveaway closes on August 15, 2014, 11:59pm, EST. Good Luck!

Naturade gifted me with sample products.  Opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

 

 

Scoop The Difference

 

As health professional and retired athlete, protein has been a key part of my diet for years. Protein generally comes in perishable form (eggs, meat, beans and cheese) so finding convenient, portable sources of it can be tricky. Protein powders are your best bet but there are so many out there that picking the right one for you can be challenging. In my experience, vegan and whey proteins are superior choices by far.

When thinking about choosing between the two, you want to consider two things:

  1. Is it complete?
  2. What are my dietary restrictions/choices?

Why complete matters

You may remember from science class that protein is a building block of human life, growth, cell repair and function. Protein in its smallest form is simply an amino acid.  The healthy human body can create 12 of the amino acids needed for health but must find the rest through nutrition. A complete external protein source is one that has all nine of the additional essential amino acids.

What Do you Choose to Eat?

The only sources of complete protein are meat, seafood, eggs and dairy. If you will not or cannot consume these things, your route to optimal protein consumption is via nuts, beans grain crops like quinoa and veggies like soy, and leafy greens.

Walk this Whey…

Whey is a byproduct of cheese which is made with milk.  Once cheese has been created, the milk used creates a liquid. That liquid is further processed and that’s how you get whey. Since whey is a dairy byproduct, it is a complete protein and low in lactose content. Even though it’s low in lactose content, what little lactose it has is just enough to keep you feeling full, which can help with appetite management and ultimately, weight loss.

Unless you Have that ‘Vegan Feelin’’

Vegan protein is also awesome, although, a single serving of it is not complete. The way to ensure you’re eating and meeting your daily protein goals is to combine vegan proteins. So, that handful of walnuts may not fit the bill, but add it to, say, a quinoa and black bean salad and now, you’re cooking.

If you, like me, are not much of a chef and/or need to get your protein on the go, Naturade  protein powders are you.  Not only is the whey protein option complete,  the vegan protein combines pea, hemp, chia and potato protein sources and so, it’s complete too. Both options boast 22 vitamins and minerals and a fiber and probiotic blend that make it super easy to digest.

Also, they both quite literally taste like cake batter. And generally, when you find healthy things that taste like cake, you should love them and hold them close.

Naturade gifted me with sample products.  Opinions expressed here are my own.

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