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If I'm dairy-free, is there still a benefit to a post-workout whey protein shake?

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Created October 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

My entire family is dairy-free. We don't even use butter. I've never had any adverse reaction to dairy (just don't care too much for it) but my husband is allergic to it so we all quit drinking milk. However, we do lift weights about three times a week. Is there any benefit at all to drinking a whey protein shake (like we used to regularly) for me or should I just throw those big tubs we had bought away?

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on October 20, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Thanks! while I understand that real food is always better, the concern with "wastefulness" makes sense to me. I'll re-evaluate after the bins are gone. :)

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on October 19, 2012
at 10:11 PM

i see no reason why you shouldn't. you said you weren't sensitive to dairy, so as long as it's only post workout i think it's fine and perhaps even optimal. it can be a very convenient, effective post workout supplement. especially if you already bought them why be wasteful?

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on October 20, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Thanks! while I understand that real food is always better, the concern with "wastefulness" makes sense to me. I'll re-evaluate after the bins are gone. :)

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on October 19, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I don't do it. Maybe if lots hypertrophy is your goal you may want to do it, but I can't imagine that any processed food-like substance is going to be better for you than just eating real food. I have made, and continue to make, great strength gains with no non-food items. I do huge PWO meals that are probably a bit higher in carb than most PHers, but it's still all real food.

There's also lots of evidence out there that drinking calories is pretty bad for you. A lot of the preprocessing that happens in your mouth when chewing sets up signalling that prepares the rest of your body for the food. Drinking shakes, smoothies, etc, just bypasses that signalling and you're not "prepared" for the food.

Unless you have specific performance goals that are more important than health goals, I recommend against it.

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on October 20, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Most of those whey blends have a lot of crap in them. I quit using them for tht reason. I vote for using real food.

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