It was a great day for a triathlon; my preparation was fantastic, and although there were plenty of learning lessons during the race, I managed to make second place in my age group, winning my first official medal. I probably had half dozen bottles of water after the race, a banana, and several orange slices to help replace lost carbohydrates and electrolytes. Yes, it was a great morning, and I was feeling fine. While there was lots of pizza and beer on hand at the post race expo, I felt completely satisfied with taking care of my body and enjoying the moment.
It was once thought that only animal protein was complete and superior to plant-based options. Complete protein is composed of all 10 essential amino acids. By definition, essential amino acids cannot be made by the body; they must be obtained through dietary sources.
Fortunately, there are several complete plant protein sources. However, to obtain all 10 amino acids, in high quantities, it’s advantageous to consume several complementary sources of protein on a regular basis. For example, hemp (yes, hemp), yellow pea and brown rice protein offer a superior amino acid profile that rivals any in the animal kingdom. Continue reading