I had a long conversation this week with my training partner explaining my reluctance to use protein powder. For many athletes, it’s unthinkable to go without a post-workout smoothie fortified with their preferred protein powder. There are plenty of studies showing importance of replenishing the body with a fine-tuned concoction of carbohydrates and protein, served up conveniently in a drink bottle. Visit the kitchen of any athletes and you’re likely to find a cabinet stuffed with economy size tubs of powder supplements of all kinds. There are blends for pre workout, during workout, post workout, first thing in the morning, last thing before bed. It is a routine that I cannot get on board.
What bothers me about these supplements go beyond their artificial and highly processed content. I hate the utilitarian aspect of ingesting strange potions for the sake of health and performance. If eating is a sliding scale between feeding and enjoyment, sports drink and supplement sit firmly at the feeding end. I do not get the satisfaction of tasting, smelling, and feeling of real food. Instead, it is gulping down liquid calories with promises of a better me. Thanks but no thanks.