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    05-01-2012, 06:32 PM
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Trained
Any Nutrition buffs here?

Sooo, I did my first show Sunday. My 45 year old body is still sore two days later. I'm not sure, but I think I pulled every muscle I own. I get that I'm not as young as I used to be, but I seem to be unable to maintain any muscle mass these days. Does anyone know what I can be doing in terms of nutrition to help build and maintain muscle? I a skinny thing and need some meat on me so to speak. I know squat about nutrition and there is tons of conflicting info out there.
     
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    05-01-2012, 06:44 PM
  #2
Weanling
If you aren't opposed to dairy, a whey protein shake/drink in the morning and/or after exercise will help you build muscle. Adding greens will help increase your energy/stamina. Try to stay away from too much soy (especially soy protein) as it can cause hormonal problems.
Keeping up on your Omegas (3,6,9) will help you maintain a healthy body as well. There are many great sources for Omegas, mainly from fish and algae, but foods like Chia and Flax can help as well.
Hopefully this helps some. You could contact your Primary Care Physician to do a food journal type thing, so s/he could tell you what you are missing from your diet.
Best of luck to you!
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    05-01-2012, 07:15 PM
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Trained
Stupid question. Are they whey protein drinks pre-made? I'm really bad about making an effort regarding fixing healthy foods from scratch.
     
    05-01-2012, 09:04 PM
  #4
Weanling
The only stupid question is the one that goes unasked! ;)
You might find some pre-made drinks. The pre-made protein drinks I know of use soy. Odwalla and Naked (I believe) make soy protein drinks. If you want whey protein (the most beneficial health-wise), buying a tin of whey protein powder is the way to go. A large one runs about $20 give or take and lasts a month. Mixing with a thicker beverage like coconut juice or the like is tastier than thinner beverages like apple juice or water.

Good luck! :)
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    05-16-2012, 08:09 PM
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Yearling
If you want to build and maintain muscle, it is pretty essential to get a good dose of protein soon after a muscle building exercise. When I did weight training, the rule was 30 grams within 30 minutes of the workout. I use muscle milk, which comes in both a powder mix form and as a pre-mixed drink that looks kind of like a juice box with a straw to punch through a foil spot in the top.

As for being sore in your muscles, make sure that when you are building muscles, you are building all opposing groups. For example, if you work your abs, work your back just as much, and if you work your quads work your hamstrings, too. Also stretch the muscles daily, just a little bit at a time and without "bouncing" which can tear the fibers.

I know you came asking about nutrition, but I must say, weight training is such a beneficial form of exercise that gets so overlooked by women! It really does help your body stay strong and limber and young feeling. As long as you don't do high resistance/low rep type training, you won't bulk up, contrary to popular belief.

Best of luck!
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    05-16-2012, 08:24 PM
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Trained
Thanks karliejaye. I actually was asking the question in the context of building and keeping muscle. I've noticed the past few years that I rapidly lose any muscle I manage to put on. I spent all winter building up my legs with all sorts of torture exercise, no stirrups, jockey stirrups, etc to the point where I had rock hard legs. Two months later after some lighter riding and it's all gone.

I'm not worried about bulking up at all. The dangers of that are a good 10 years past me. I'll be happy with enough muscle tone to sit the trot and jump safely.

I did buy that whey protein stuff. It's a little wonky tasting, so once that's gone, I'll probably try your stuff and see if it goes down easier.
     
    05-17-2012, 06:18 PM
  #7
Green Broke
It sounds like you really need to up your protein. There are many options out there in powdered form, some of which are awesome. Uping the protien in your meals, even with vegetarian opptions can help. Getting the nessesary vitamins/minerals is very important also, your body can't work right without.
     
    05-17-2012, 06:37 PM
  #8
Trained
Stupid question. Can a blood test tell you where you are deficient, or do you just get vague results that don't tell the whole picture?
     
    05-18-2012, 10:59 AM
  #9
Green Broke
It will tell you if you have severe deficiencies, but for more specifics I would go see a nutritionist. My doctor ran blood tests to figure out why my muscles were so tight it was getting uncomfortable and got no results, but someone who specializes in nutrition said I was likely magnesium deficient, a week of taking magnesium and the issue was gone.
     
    05-23-2012, 05:01 PM
  #10
Trained
You need to get an adequate amount of high quality protein every day to build muscle. You also need carbohydrates in your diet and enough vitamins. I take a multivitamin every day. I drink a couple of servings of skim milk daily. I eat small servings of low fat meat and lots of fruits and vegetables as well some whole grain bread. The further you get away from premixed, ready made, processed crap the better off you will be. You should be eating natural foods.

Good: broiled fish, steamed broccoli, steamed squash, home made whole wheat rolls, an apple, an orange, skim milk

Bad: Twinkies, Coka Cola, Ramen noodles

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