I think I might share my experiences with you guys here:
I was looking for a solution to fit my athletic needs (lots of traveling, late night workouts, irregular schedule, high calorie consumption, very long training sessions and multi-day races) for quite some time now when I stumbled across 100% Food and Aleh’s story.
As it seemed as the perfect solution for me, I ordered a month worth of 100% Food (and also the Double Protein and Low Carb versions; due to the even higher Protein rate) to give it a try.
Here are my experiences:
(Disclaimer: I am a vegetarian and normally pay close attention to what I eat)
One, sometimes two, 100% Food Double Protein shakes a day. Mostly instead of lunch while I was out working and traveling. Sometimes I was a bit hungry at night which I overcame with cashew nut (or cashew nut butter) snacks. What was most astonishing during that time was that I almost never craved chocolate anymore. (Which was a huuuge problem for me before; especially after a workout my body craved energy and chocolate was a quick, though unhealthy and short-term fix)
Forgot my 100% food at home: after-workout-cravings turned into 300g of Chocolate. Boom. I called it a cheat day. On the one hand it showed me how powerful and helping 100% Food is, on the other hand I still went for the quick fix when I didn’t have it at hand.
Most times I had 2 shakes a day, on a few days only 1. My normal schedule was:
Breakfast: greek yoghurt with chia seeds, goji berries, cashew nuts, cinnamon, blueberries, half a banana and half an apple
Lunch: 100% Food Double Protein
Afternoon Snack: 100% Food Double Protein or Low Carb
Dinner: Scrambled eggs with sweet potato, spinach, kale or wild rice with beans, feta cheese, avocado and a salat + smoothie
I once tested three shakes a day which left me a bit uneasy, it is still fullfilling but it feels a little bit weird not having eaten (or rather chewed) the whole day - but it’s an option for long days on the road when you can’t get anything healthy between your teeth. At the end of that period I realised, that I definitely got leaner, and lost some body fat.
Cheat day on purpose.
300g of Chocolate, going to an Italian restaurant an eating all the pizza, antipasti and noodles smile
Lots of hard workouts, often twice a day. Racing every weekend.
Always a bottle at hand - it can’t get any more convenient. I now feel like mixing it up though because one might get bored of the same taste over and over. So I experimented a little bit with adding it to smoothies and shakes. Well, it doesn’t mix with everything but I am getting better at it. Also making it for breakfast; one bottle of 100% food in a bowl with some blueberries, cinnamon and banana. Awesome.
Had no cheat days during that time; I feel like I am recovering WAY better than before (which could also be partly due to the fact that I now eat way more healthy protein and less carbs).
I found what I was looking for my athletic needs - I am ordering more! It just saves a lot of time and money - while you are (probably) eating healthier than ever.
- it’s actually “chewy”, not just some dissolvable powder
- you can taste the ingredients (real foods) which have a great taste (better than a lot of alternatives)
- versatile: smoothie, shakes, breakfast, with water only,….
- reduces cravings - no more sweets
- easy to handle (you can easily toss the bottle in your gym bag and carry it around for a day; did this with “normal” shakers in the past and i ended in a protein-shake-catastrophe IN my bag)
- I disliked the taste of low carb which was more artificial and “stale”
- Double protein and low carb uses soy as a protein supply, which might not be optimal (estrogenic)
- maybe the marketing as "space food” won’t appeal to everyone