I had the pleasure of hearing Matt Shirvington speak last week about some of his career obstacles in conjunction with learning a little more about the work he does with partners, Vitasoy. Matt changed up his diet quite significantly during his career and felt performance improved. Just as the same as us “mere morals” struggle, he did too but obviously when you find what works for you in terms of nutrition and training, you stick with it. Matt shared his point of view in relation to what worked for him during his athletic career and now as a coach/trainer himself (very much the same as a lot of us in the industry, we learn from mistakes and do what works most effectively, for the greater population or our small niche we focus in on). What I gained from the event, on top of hearing about Matt talk about the same struggles we all face- aiming to be the best version of yourself and pushing out of comfort levels, was some handy knowledge about all the different types of milks out there on the supermarket shelves. I also was able to get a little more insight regarding women and soy milk. The whole women and soy (hormones etc) thing has always got me at a crossroads when it comes to choosing milk and I’m sure loads of you feel the same way. Basically and the short version is: some expert’s believe soy milk effects the hormonal balance of women and men and should therefore be avoided. As one of the most heavily sprayed food items in our world, I was a believer that avoidance was the best option. I’m always keen to research further into anything that comes by my industry that seems like a “big deal”. I also endeavour to give my readers a balanced view point, especially on this topic!
Sharon is Vitasoy’s resident nutritionist and the research she has come across reads:
“Research conducted on soy and its effects are often not representative of everyday soy milk consumption by a regular consumer and as a result many people have been misinformed, particularly about phytoestrogens. Soy milk actually provides a bundle of beneficial nutrients for women. Calcium enriched soy milks, of course as part of a diet high in calcium, enhance bone mineral density and there are a number of sound research studies which show that soy can benefit women who are menopausal.”
Sharon also commented on the fact that the research had been tested on animals that react differently to soy milk than to way humans do.
Conversely,“Soy is for dorks”, Written by renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin, is insightful also. With all things contentious, an educated mind is better than a closed mind. I remember when I was going through my first phase of giving up sugar, people told me my whole system would “literally shut down”, I’m still waiting for that to happen and I actually feel better than ever, having given it the flick.
You should do what works for your body and your body alone.
Points to remember:
– Go for quality over quantity
– Use other calcium sources on top of the varied spectrum of milks , especially if you are a vegetarian (chia seeds, sesame seeds, figs, spinach and rhubarb). Obviously the amount of calcium is less than dairy/soy sources however its nice to have options
– Do what works for you! If you are menopausal and get better from soy without adverse effect- why not use it!
-Apart from soy- try oat, coconut, almond or rice milks. Go for the lowest sugar or no added sugar option. This Vitasoy infographic shows you the best uses for the different types of milk- HANDY!
*Disclosure: I attended this event as a guest and was gifted product
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