Hello ALOHA world, Cameron from Freckled Foodie here to chat about all things stomach sensitivities and their not-so-friendly relationship with typical protein powders. Read along to find out what led me to try and fall in love with ALOHA protein powder and how it has finally cured some of my Instagram food envy.
If you are like me, only a small amount of pictures on your Instagram feed are filled with people that you actually know on a “real world” / non-instagram basis. The rest? Filled with beautiful models on extravagant vacations, decadent smoothie bowls that look as if they’ve taken days to perfect, and Lululemon-clad females in the gym with six-pack abs.
Instagram can be one interesting application. It encourages and cultivates creativity and community, but can also so easily drive you into a hole of envy. Where am I going with this? Surprisingly, not where you expect. Yes, I want to be lounging by the crystal clear water with a pineapple cocktail in my hand like the girl I see doing on my phone, but that is such a stretch from current reality that it is not what causes my jealousy. What does? Simple foods that everyone seems to be enjoying that my stomach cannot tolerate.
These are the posts that make me think, “damn, wouldn’t it be nice if my digestive system could just suck it up and not hate me for 48 hours after devouring a personal pizza or massive sundae?”. And I’m not talking only junk food. One specific health food item ignites this food envy green devil inside of me: protein shakes. Laugh away. Seriously, please do, because I know how ridiculous this sounds. But as someone who prioritizes working out and exercising on a daily basis, my routine has always felt like it lacks this oh so necessary after workout concoction.
These shakes are a star on every single health food or fitness focused blog. “Just finished a killer 5-mile run, sprinting home for my protein shake!” Tell me you haven’t seen that caption ten times over already this morning. So, why, you may ask, am I so envious of these shakes instead of just enjoying them along with the rest of the fitness world? Simple. The strength of my stomach is one thing I have been proven unable to build. With a weak and irregular digestive system, typical protein powders send my stomach into a tailspin.
If I drink a standard protein shake following a workout I not longer feel the light and fit attributes you aim to experience after a run, but instead I am extremely bloated and experience cramps and digestive issues for the following 24-48 hours. While I have not hammered down all of the exact trigger foods for my personal digestive system, I have, through one too many trial and errors, found a handful of certain foods that continue to be the culprit. Coincidentally, some of these culprits, especially soy and gluten, seriously limit the types of protein powders I am able to digest.
Since most proteins sold today include majority of either whey or soy protein, I was ecstatic to find ALOHA. Finally, a fully plant derived protein source made of ingredients I can easily pronounce and trust. With a product that is organic, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten, soy, and dairy free, I am finally able to enjoy protein shakes and properly replenish my body. If you are like me and suffer from similar digestive issues that have caused you to permanently sideline protein shakes of any kind, give ALOHA a try. Obviously everyone’s body is different and there is no “one solution fits all” (if only), but you may finally find the answer you’ve been sweatily searching for this whole time.