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Customer Spotlight: McKenzie Wilson

Congratulations to McKenzie, our recent True Nutrition Golden Scoop winner!  Read more about her below: 

How old are you?

21 years old

How did you first hear about True Nutrition?
My Dad told me about it. I fell in love with the taste, the way the protein makes me feel. It makes it easier for me to get pure, non-GMO plant protein in my diet (I get the Pea protein).

What is your favorite True Nutrition product?

My favorite product is the pea protein with a probiotic boost. My favorite flavor so far is cookies and cream.

What is your favorite way to train?

I enjoy lifting and conditioning/HIIT circuits and my favorite sport to play is soccer. I’m recovering from an ACL tear/surgery and start my return to sports physical therapy in about 3 weeks which is super exciting! It’s been almost a year since I’ve last played soccer which was how I tore my ACL in the first place.

Why is health/fitness so important to you?

Health and fitness is important to me because I love being active. It makes me feel good about myself in so many ways.

If you were trapped on an island with just ONE item, what item would you bring?

I’d bring a knife (I know that’s a boring and logical answer, sorry.)

What’s one interesting fact or detail that not many know about you?

In my free time in the summer, I like to practice hula hooping tricks next to my pool.

Instagram: @kenz__13

…Who will win the next golden scoop?

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I am a reinsurance underwriter based out of the Dallas area. Simply put, reinsurance is insurance for insurance companies. I know that sounds a little silly but there are certain businesses that make even well known insurance companies nervous; that’s where I step in. My job is half sitting at a desk and half marketing throughout TX, OK, and LA. That being said, I’m on the road a lot, meeting people, eating out, and attending events. I work for a company owned by Berkshire Hathaway and have had the pleasure of meeting the famous Warren Buffet.

I grew up in Plano, TX. I was a band kid, playing the french horn for seven years. Today, I call The Colony home but I consider it all part of Dallas.

I’ve been an avid weight lifter for about eight years. I really first stepped into the gym when my first job post college resulted in some weight gain. I was kind of cardio bunny in college so weight lifting was a brand new world for me. My (now) husband had encouraged me to pick up a dumbbell instead of increasing my speed on the treadmill. I used bodybuilding.com and youtube to learn different exercises and proper form. A lot of trail and error. As the years went on, I definitely put on muscle but I never really followed a structure so my results were always a little wobbly.

My husband and I have really developed an appreciation for the body building world over the years. When you spend time in the gym, lifting heavy weights, you really see the science behind what it takes to change your body. I started watching instagram stories and videos of athletes’ transformations. Their hard work, workouts, but more importantly, the fun they were having gave me an urge to try this sport. But, I always had an excuse to not pursue it: my job requires me to travel, I need to lose weight first, I drink, the Holidays, etc.

As January 2018 approached, I became painfully aware that my 30th birthday was around the corner. I reflected on my 20’s and felt that I had really accomplished a lot. My career was going really well, I bought my first home by 28 (by myself, before I got married), and had recently married my husband. What was nagging me though? I still wanted to do a body building show. Something clicked this past December. I was standing at the dog park with my husband, we own two very large standard poodles, and I turned him and say, “If I don’t do it now, I never will”. He smiled back and said, “Let’s do this.” From there, I spent about two weeks researching the sport, finding a coach, and setting myself up for success. My rule was that I would do this right and be all in.

I decided to do a 19 week prep. I was a little out of shape for this goal and wanted to take it nice and slow. My results have been phenomenal and I am so proud of the work I have been doing, My coach is Dr. Bryce Cavillo of Fort Worth and he has been my champion – his instagram handle Dr_Bryce_Fit.

My husband used to work at Vitamin Shoppe, while he was in Chiropractic school, so he is a big fan of supplements in general. He introduced me to TrueNutrition about six years ago. At the time, he was looking for a specific protein and found a company that allowed him to customize his supplements without much limitations. The price was reasonable, the product was good…he was immediately hooked. Since then we have been regulars.

I will be competing at the Kuclo Classic in Plano, TX on Saturday, May 19th. Division Bikini – Novice & Open.

Meal Plan:
I eat six meals a day. My plan changes throughout my prep but here is a snap shot of my current meals.
5am:
1/2 cup of oatmeal, handful of blueberries, cinnamon, stevia
1 whole egg & 1/2 egg whites
Post-Workout
TrueNutrition Chocolate Fudge Protein Powder in water
10am
4 oz lean protein (chicken or ground turkey) & 1/2 c quinoa
1pm
4 oz lean protein & steamed broccoli
4pm
4 oz lean protein & 1/2 c quinoa
7pm
4 oz lean protein & lightly steamed broccoli

Workout Plan:
Sunday – Legs & Cardio
Monday – Push Day (triceps, chest, shoulders) & Cardio
Tuesday – Pull Day (back, biceps), Abs, & Cardio
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Legs & Cardio
Friday – Push Day (triceps, chest, shoulders) & Cardio
Saturday – Pull Day (back, biceps), Abs, & Cardio

TrueNutrition Supplements:
TrueNutrition Protein
I love that I can custom blend these and add flavoring. My husband and I both have food restrictions – we’re both dairy-free and he is egg-free. We have tried the whey (prior to removing dairy), egg white, beef amino, and cricket protein. All have been great and we do blends. For my show, I stick to the grass-fed beef amino protein. I like the TrueFlavor Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla – the regular flavor intensity is very good, it mixes well, and I like that the sweetener is stevia.
TrueNutrition BCAA’s
I have this every morning before my workout and add this to a lot of my drinks throughout the day. Because of that, I stick to flavorless so I can add it to anything.
TrueNutrition L-Carnitine Powder
One serving every morning before my workout
TrueNutrition L-Glutamine Powder
One serving post workout with my protein shake. The body becomes less forgiving as you lose body fat so this has been a life saver as I get closer to show day.

You guys just added collagen peptides which I am very excited about! I drink this twice a day.

Instagram Handle: sammie_sweetheart_

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TN Customer spotlight on Kira D!  Kira is a college student who’s main focuses in her life are her grades and her health.  Not something you find to common with the stereotypical college diet!  She uses True Nutrition because she can get exactly what she needs in her protein and the price is still affordable, what a plus for any college student!  She’s trying to cut out snacks and junk food so we commend her for that, we know how hard it could be!  Check her out!

Occupation:

College Student

What sports/activities do you participate in?

I play tennis with my dad

What are your top priorities at this moment in your life?

My grades and my health

What does your nutrition and diet routine look like? How do your goals influence your nutrition and diet?

I drink lots of protein shakes and eat fruit, meats and vegetables

What is your favorite thing about TrueNutrition.com?

I can find exactly what I want for an amazing price (This is helpful especially since I’m a college student)

What TrueNutrition products do you use to maintain your nutrition and dietary goals?

I use the pea protein isolate powder so that I can incorporate more protein into my diet without consuming meats all day long and exhausting my digestive system. This is helpful because the protein allows me to feel full longer so that I don’t snack on junk food

What is your favorite hobby/past time?

Reading

What is a fun, weird, and/or interesting fact about yourself?

I don’t really have a weird fact but I have a guilty pleasure of watching keeping up with the kardashians which I guess can be considered weird since the Kardashian’s are so notorious for being over dramatic and watching that show is seen as an overall “waste of time”

Do you have a ig/ fb/

I have an Instagram but I never really use it because I find that it’s mentally and emotionally draining for me. Most of the views are from years ago but you can check it out @lil_kiwa

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If your joints are screaming out in protest with every move you make, you just might be deficient in this amino acid. First isolated by the German physician Albrecht Kossel in 1896, Histidine is one of the 23 amino acids used to build proteins in humans. Employed by our bodies to develop and maintain healthy tissues, Histidine works most often with the myelin sheaths that coat nerve cells and ensure the transmission of messages from the brain to various parts of the body. For this reason, it’s said that getting enough Histidine is necessary for both balanced mental and physical health.

WHERE DO WE GET IT?

Like other amino acids, Histidine is found in many high-protein foods, such as meat and dairy products, as well as grains such as rice, wheat, and rye. Since it’s fairly easy for natural Histidine supplies to run short, it can also be supplemented solo or alongside other aminos to ensure we reap its benefits.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

Speaking of benefits, Histadine is the precursor for histamine and is often used to fight inflammation responses. Inadequate blood levels of L-histidine are found in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. Eric R. Braverman, M.D., author of “The Healing Nutrients Within,” points out that histidine is the only amino acid to be consistently abnormal in people with these conditions. While Histidine is not guaranteed to help ease symptoms of RA, many sufferers of joint pain and RA claim it does just that for them.

Robert A. Ronzio, author of “The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health,”claims that L-histidine also plays a central role in combating anemia. The amino acid is a major building block for hemoglobin, the protein responsible for transporting oxygen within red blood cells. According to Ronzio, a deficiency of L-histidine can lead to anemia.

Other symptoms of histidine deficiency can include scaly dry skin, eczema and fatigue. Supplementing with histidine may also help those that struggle with seasonal allergies.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH IT?

If you’re looking to start supplementing with Histidine, look no further than here at True Nutrition. Our NEW AND IMPROVED Instantized Essential Amino Acid formula is finally here, and you bet it features Histidine!

**As an added benefit for taking the time to check out this blog, get it 5% off with code ‘EAA5’ at checkout!


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TN Customer spotlight on Austin O!  Austin participates in a wide array of things outdoors.  Paddle boarding, free diving, hiking, you name it!  He loves traveling but that’s a given being he’s so involved with the outdoors.  Learning and improving physically everyday and we support that, keep it up Austin!  Make sure to check him out!

Occupation:

Student

What sports/activities do you participate in?

Hiking, Cycling, Calisthenics, Functional Performance Training, Paddleboarding, Free diving…

What are your top priorities at this moment in your life?

Travel and finding something interesting everyday whether that be improvement (learning or physically) or realizations about life.

What does your nutrition and diet routine look like? How do your goals influence your nutrition and diet?

Fasted workouts in the morning most days of the week, plant based lifestyle, minimal processed foods, occasional caloric surplus on the weekend. Very active lifestyle, ie always moving around. I want to be flexible and strong while still being able to move my body and recover from anything fast! This is why I experiment with different lifestyle choices.

What is your favorite thing about TrueNutrition.com?

Custom blends every time depending on what I feel like and learn. No artificial ingredients or sweetners options as well. I love how there is always some promo offered.

What TrueNutrition products do you use to maintain your nutrition and dietary goals?

Custom vegan protein blend.

What is your favorite hobby/past time?

Exploration

What is a fun, weird, and/or interesting fact about yourself?

Im pretty introverted but don’t care what people think about it and love to talk if its anything but small talk.

Do you have a ig/ fb/

facebook.com/austin.obrien3. Not on IG anymore but starting a blog shortly about life on the road and fitness/health and wellness.

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When you see the words ‘grass fed’ typed in bold lettering on a package of red meat, you may conjure up images of ‘happy cows’ lazily lounging in a wide-open pasture, grazing on pesticide-free grass and living their lives like livestock royalty.

Grass-fed beef has been marketed to the general population in the time of cancer studies, PETA videos and global warming as not only better for the cows, but better for you, your family and the environment.

So, is it really?

FOR YOU.

First things first, grass-fed beef is likely 100% a healthier option than grain-fed cows in your diet. According to a study at California State University’s College of Agriculture, grass-fed beef nutrition includes significantly more omega-3 fatty acids and more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than grain-fed beef.

If you haven’t heard of CLA yet, it’s a powerful polyunsaturated fatty acid we must obtain from our diets that’s been shown to help fight cancer, discourage weight gain and build muscle. High-quality grass-fed beef and butter from healthy, grass-fed cows are known as the top sources of CLA.

Grass-fed beef is also higher in precursors for vitamin A and E and cancer-fighting antioxidants compared to grain-fed beef.  Antibiotic and hormone free, it’s less likely to contain “superbugs”—bacteria that have become resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics.

Furthermore, no hormones typically means that consuming grass-fed beef won’t mess with your own hormones or disrupt your gut health. Overall, beef from grass-fed cows is WAY less likely to make you sick and reigns superior over grain-fed  from a food-safety perspective as well.

FOR THE WORLD.

According to the Environmental Working Group, well-managed grazing and grass-fed operations are also better for the environment. They use fewer energy-intensive inputs and, by regularly moving animals to fresh pasture and keeping them away from streambeds, they spread the manure more evenly and improve the quality and quantity of forage growth.

This helps to conserve soil, reduce erosion and water pollution, increase carbon sequestration and preserve biodiversity and wildlife.

In turn, organic feed production and grazing practices are also better for the environment. They reduce fertilizer and pesticide runoff into waterways, and the use of compost and rotational grazing helps build healthy, productive and water-conserving soils.

Organic methods also enhance pest and weed resistance without the use of chemicals and ultimately foster greater resiliency in the face of extreme weather and climate change.

FOR THE ANIMAL.

And if you’re worried about that cow, grass-fed cattle lead much more humane lives. The animals themselves are not forced to live in confinement like their grain-fed counterparts. The cruelties of modern factory farming can be so severe that you don’t have to be a vegetarian or an animal rights activist to find the conditions to be intolerable, and a violation of the human-animal bond. These are the kinds of cruelty that groups like PETA have been raising public awareness on.

Pastured livestock are not forced to endure the miseries of factory farming. They are not cooped up in cages barely larger than their own bodies, or packed together like sardines for months on end.

Ready to make the switch? Always committed to providing the highest quality ingredients,  our NEW Hydrolyzed Collagen is 100% derived from Grass-Fed cows AND you have the option to choose grass-fed whey in your custom protein mix.

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TN Customer spotlight on Brad J!  Brad trains in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and powerlifting.  The photos clearly speak volumes and it’s awesome!  He’s focused on winning and follows a strict diet that helps him improve performance at a lower weight.  Seems like he’s got it figured out!  Make sure to check him out!

Occupation:

IT Sales Engineer

What sports/activities do you participate in?

BJJ, Powerlifting

What are your top priorities at this moment in your life?

Winning

What does your nutrition and diet routine look like? How do your goals influence your nutrition and diet?

I follow renaissance periodization fat loss templates. Improved performance at a lower weight, what more can you ask for?

What is your favorite thing about TrueNutrition.com?

quality, options and price.

What TrueNutrition products do you use to maintain your nutrition and dietary goals?

protein, typically Whey and Casein.

What is your favorite hobby/past time?

BJJ/Powerlifting

What is a fun, weird, and/or interesting fact about yourself?

Not sure

Do you have a ig/ fb/

https://www.facebook.com/brad.jepsen

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What is Collagen?

As its most basic explanation, collagen is described as the “glue” that keeps our bodies together. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. As the most abundant protein in the human body, it’s what gives our skin elasticity, strength and the ability for our wounds to heal. It also promotes hair growth, healthy nails and has been thought to repair joint damage.

So, why exactly do people consume it?

As part of the natural aging process, our body begins to produce less and less collagen as we age. This is exactly why you see beauty and skincare companies representing collagen as ‘the fountain of youth.’ As we lose collagen, our skin begins to thin and sag and our cartilage begins to degenerate, giving us those dreaded signs of aging like wrinkles, eye-bags, achy joints and loose skin.

What Makes True Nutrition’s Collagen Different?

Our collagen is 100% sourced from grass-fed and pasture raised cows with no added hormones, no additives and minimal processing. So, what does this mean? Unlike ‘similar’ collagen products on the market, our Collagen boasts a complete, naturally-occuring essential and nonessential amino acid profile, making it a complete protein. Practically any other collagen on the market is not a complete protein because it will lack or feature low amounts of some amino acids. With these products, you would need to supplement with another type of protein source in order for the product to benefit your body. Our bodies need both essential and nonessential amino acids to function well.

Long story short: Our Grass-fed Hydrolyzed Beef Collagen Powder can also be used as a complete protein source and makes a great substitute for a protein shake, featuring 27 grams of protein in each serving – AND it’s COMPLETELY CUSTOMIZABLE. Most other collagen powders are not a complete protein source, lack a complete amino acid profile AND don’t come in 19 delicious flavors including everything from cinnamon bun to chocolate peanut butter cup!

Why Beef Collagen?

Bovine (beef) collagen is a naturally occurring protein that provides types I and III collagen, the most abundant types of collagen found in the human body. These collagen types are also the major components of skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, gums, teeth, eyes and blood vessels.

It may help to treat osteoarthritis, improve gut health, build muscle, repair tissue, promote deeper sleep, improve skin quality and work as a topical treatment.

How To Get Started With Our Collagen:

Ready to start reaping the rewards of consuming collagen? True Nutrition suggests starting with 1 full scoop of our Grass-Fed Hydrolyzed Beef Collagen in approximately 12-16 fl oz of water or another favorite beverage (also great in coffee or smoothies!). A shaker cup or blender is recommended to ensure even mixing.

Yours in health,

True Nutrition

PS- We love to see your creations with our products! Be sure to tag us on social media for a chance to be featured on our pages.

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TN Customer spotlight on John W!  Now John is a first time customer and we want everyone to give him a warm welcome!  Welcome John!!  He’s a student and marksmanship instructor, how cool is that!  He’s a powerlifter, strongman, martial artist, and a target shooter!  All types of activities and we’re glad he chose True Nutrition to help him with his activities.  Make sure to check him out!

Occupation:

Student/ marksmanship instructor

What sports/activities do you participate in?

Power lifting, strongman, target shooting, archery, martial arts.

What are your top priorities at this moment in your life?

Being an excellent instructor to my summer students, getting into a PhD program, and working through my depression.

What does your nutrition and diet routine look like? How do your goals influence your nutrition and diet?

It looks like a bachelor college student’s diet. Its every bit as bad as that sounds.

What is your favorite thing about TrueNutrition.com?

The ability to customize my protein mix AND its still a better price than the retailers around here.

What TrueNutrition products do you use to maintain your nutrition and dietary goals?

None yet, just placed my first order!

What is your favorite hobby/past time?

Target shooting.

What is a fun, weird, and/or interesting fact about yourself?

My former prof/boss (when I worked as a teacher aide in undergrad) and I used to joke that I would replace him one day. Now that I’m in the throes of the PhD application process, he takes it less and less as a joke. He’s been a tremendous mentor, and he’s the reason I’m heading into teaching at all, and its an honor that he does look to work with me as a prof one day.

Do you have a ig/ fb/

https://www.facebook.com/john.witt.58
Wittjohnm

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With a reputation as ‘the primary BCAA,’ we’re starting our series off strong by breaking down  this muscle-building amino. Leucine is one of three Branched Chain Amino Acids.  A branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) is an amino acid having aliphatic side-chains with a branch (a central carbon atom bound to three or more carbon atoms). Branched-chain amino acids stimulate muscle protein synthesis, potentially more than a normal protein on its own. As mentioned above, there are three BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine and valine. These three proteinogenic BCAAs are among the nine essential amino acids for humans.

Since essential amino acids cannot be created within our bodies, they must be obtained through our diets.

Proper development of muscle tissue relies on amino acids and deficiencies can create massive problems. Protein in your diet provides structure to your cells and tissues – for example, your muscles and organs – and supports physiological functions like immune health, hormone production and cell-to-cell communication. If your diet is missing essential amino acids, your body’s first response is to break down muscle tissue to access the amino acids it contains so it can use them elsewhere. Therefore, muscle wasting is the first symptom of a deficiency of essential amino acids. Other effects can include decreased immune response, weakness, fatigue and changes to the texture of your skin and hair.

Not good, right?

Studies show that Leucine has much greater power on stimulating protein synthesis compared to any other amino acid. So, how can you make sure you’re getting enough Leucine? Supplementation, of course!

According to www.bodybuilding.com, here are some supplementation strategies you can use to help you maximize the benefits of leucine.
  1. “Consume 2.5 grams of leucine (or 5 g of total BCAAs) within 30 minutes of training to support an anabolic stimulus.
  2. Combine another 5 grams of leucine (or 10 g of BCAAs) in your post-workout custom True Nutrition protein shake.
  3. Consume 5 grams of leucine before sleep to facilitate recovery from training. As previously mentioned, adding leucine to a beverage, or compensating with increased leucine in whey protein, can be very effective for stimulating protein synthesis.
  4. Consuming leucine between meals is encouraged for accelerated recovery and enhanced protein synthesis. Individuals who are dieting and want to maintain lean muscle mass should consider adding a leucine supplement, which can certainly help reduce any potential catabolic effects and prevent muscle breakdown. Just 2-3 grams of leucine should do the trick.”

Everything mentioned for muscle growth above can be purchased in supreme quality here at True Nutrition. To help you get started on or renew your muscle growth journey, take 5% off the products mentioned above for the next week only with code ‘MARCH2’ at checkout.

Happy gains!

Yours in health,

True Nutrition

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