what your trainer isn't telling you about whey protein

Discover why elite athletes, weekend warriors, and fitness fanatics are all ditching dairy and turning to plant-powered fuel for post-workout replenishment.

If you’re serious about working out you know that recovery is an essential part of your routine.

Following intense exercise, the right combination of protein and carbohydrates will help your muscles recover and build strength.  It’s during the post-workout window that your body responds to the stress of exercise and the real benefits begin to kick in.   How you refuel after you sweat can make all the difference between average results, and game-changing performance.

According to leading sports scientists and exercise physiologists, a muscle needs anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild - assuming the right conditions are met.  Working it again too soon can lead to tissue breakdown instead of building, which can delay progress and heighten your risk of injury.

It’s no secret that every athlete wants to maximize results and decrease risk of burn-out, fatigue, and injury. But, the question is, how to do it as naturally and safely as possible.  The secret? It all comes down to the fuel you put in your tank. None of which is more important than the fuel you use during the post-workout recovery window.

An effective post-workout recovery strategy should include things like:

  • Replacing lost fluids, minerals, and electrolytes 
  • Eating nutrient-dense superfoods
  • Resting and relaxing
  • Giving your body a good stretch
  • Myofascial release & soft-tissue massage
  • Performing active recovery exercise
  • Getting some extra sleep
  • Avoiding overtraining

The trouble is, many of these strategies are time-consuming and don’t fit well with today’s busy lifestyle. Too often, we rush from home to work to gym without taking time in between to give our mind and body the personal care it needs on a DAILY basis. Being away from home, getting stuck in traffic, social engagements, and a long-list of “To-Do’s” can infringe on the time we need to fully recover and compromise results.

To compensate for busy schedules and living a life on-the-go, many athletes rely on post-workout protein to help them recover after a workout. 

Since the early 80’s, whey protein has been considered the gold standard for building muscle and maximizing gains, but it comes with a relatively unknown dark-side. 

whey protein vs. plant-based protein

A big concern for athletes is getting adequate protein in their diet for building, preserving, and repairing the tissue and muscle in their bodies. And, there is a popular myth that says you can only get the protein your body needs from whey or animal protein. Nothing could be further from the truth… You absolutely can get the protein your body needs from plant-based foods.

Many athletes who are at the top of their game are switching to a plant-based diet, including:

  • Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton
  • NASCAR's, Ryan Reed & Leilani Munter
  • NBA’s Kyrie Irving
  • US National Rowing Team member, Michaela Copenhaver
  • The entire defense of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans
  • Ultramarathoners, Scott Jurek and Rich Roll
  • Tennis stars Novak Djokovic, Venus and Serna Williams
  • Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Patrick Neshek

These are just a handful of countless athletes that have made the switch to a plant-based diet.  And, the list of athlete's that aren't strictly vegan, but have chosen to ditch dairy and follow a diet consisting MOSTLY of plant-based foods is even longer!  Many former and current olympians and professional athletes, our founder included, have switched from dairy-based proteins like whey to plant-based proteins instead.

The trouble with whey protein is that many people have an allergic reaction to whey (milk) products. It is also known to be pro-inflammatory and HIGHLY processed.

Whey protein is one of the most processed “foods” on the planet. A by-product of milk and dairy production, the extremely high temperatures used to produce whey protein can damage the fragile amino acids, leading to denatured protein that is less effective than advertised.

The lactose in whey can cause flatulence, indigestion, cramps, diarrhea, bloating and more for people who are allergic. Statistics show that over 75% of the worldwide population has dairy intolerance or lactose sensitivity. Even lactose-free options can pose issues because the underlying cause may not be lactose at all, but rather an intolerance to milk protein.

Beyond gut health issues, whey protein can cause an increase in mucous production, acne, and and other skin-related issues, which are a direct result of the low-grade inflammation caused by milk proteins.

the problems with whey protein & dairy

Milk does a body good?  Think again.  Billions of dollars have been spent to convince us that dairy is an essential food group. But, there’s nothing in cow’s milk and whey protein that you can’t get from plants. Protein combining of various plant-sources can provide all the essential amino acids you need to grow big and strong. 

Contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, whey protein can actually increase the production and storage of body fat. A nutritional research study published in 2012 demonstrated that the amino acids in whey spiked insulin levels MORE than the carbohydrates found in a piece of white bread, which is more than a candy bar! Insulin is the hormone responsible for storing body fat...not the typical goal for someone looking to become leaner, faster, and stronger.

What about bone health and getting enough calcium?

Whey protein and dairy products are acid-forming, meaning they spike acidity and lower pH levels in the blood. The non-alkaline sulphur-based amino acids of whey leach calcium from the bones into the bloodstream which degrades bone health and can result in calcification of the arteries, kidney stones, and even kidney failure. Quite a stark contrast to the reason why most people drink milk in the first place...the belief in the myth that it builds strong bones.

Why whey protein isn’t a health food

Other challenges with whey protein shakes is they typically contain large amounts of artificial sweeteners which you likely know aren’t good for your overall health and can pose dangerous long-term health risks.

Additionally, the raising of livestock for milk, dairy, and subsequently whey protein production has an enormous negative impact on the environment. Aside from the horrific conditions imposed on these animals, industrialized meat and dairy production are one of the largest contributors to climate change. It is a completely unsustainable and inhumane process that is depleting precious natural resources at an alarming rate and threatens access to clean drinking water, arable land, and life as we know it.

So, while whey is a complete protein it might not be the best choice for you. That is, if you care about your body, the planet and getting the most out of your workouts.

Here's a better way to recover after exercise

It’s time to wave goodbye to whey and power up with plants!

LYFE Fuel is a complete post-workout nutrition shake derived from whole food, nutrient-dense superfood ingredients. So much more than your basic protein shake, the Recovery is the elite all-in-one solution for total post-workout nutrition.

Our shakes are easily absorbed into your starving muscles with a quick and gentle digestion process that gives you more bang for your buck without all the undesirable side-effects of whey.

All the key nutrients your body needs to recover quickly after workouts including:

  • 25g Complete Plant Protein
  • 25 Whole Foods
  • Vitamins, Minerals, and Electrolytes
  • 1 Full Serving Organic Greens
  • 1000 ORAC Antioxidants
  • Tart Cherry to Minimize Soreness
  • 4.3g Branched Chain Amino Acids
  • Spirulina + Chlorella for Cellular Regeneration

With nine key benefits to give you the competitive edge:

  • Energy-Enhancing Maca
  • Alkalizing Greens
  • Heart-Protective Antioxidants
  • Muscle-Building BCAAs + Protein
  • Essential Vitamin D + Magnesium to Prevent Injury & Muscle Cramping
  • Metabolism-Boosting Nutrients
  • Soreness-Reducing Superfoods
  • Fortified Immune System
  • Peak Performance & Accelerated Recovery

And, unlike most whey protein shakes, there are no fillers, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, protein spiking, or unpleasant side effects to worry about.

Some people claim plant-based shakes and supplements typically taste chalky, but LYFE Fuel’s Recovery shakes are smooth & delicious. In fact, we’re so confident that you’ll LOVE our products that we offer a hassle-free money-back guarantee. If you’ve been searching for a healthier strategy to help you recover after a workout, to fast track your training and fitness goals…

LYFE Fuel is the answer you've been searching for!  That is, of course, if you want:

More stamina with shorter recovery time.

Repair your body after the beating you give it in the gym, on the mountain, and day to day life.

To kickstart muscle protein synthesis.

BCCAs with high leucine content for optimal muscle growth & repair. 

To bounce back faster after you sweat.

The obvious choice for anyone who wants the best for their health and the planet. 

Your muscles and taste buds to thank you. 

Easily absorbs into your starving muscles with a quick and gentle digestion process. The superior taste, is an added BONUS!


Our plant-based superfood Recovery shake was created to provide a whole food post-workout meal designed to replenish, refuel, and recover after you sweat.  

Click below to fuel up today!



Our plant-based superfood Recovery shake was created to provide a whole food post-workout meal designed to replenish, refuel, and recover after you sweat.

Click below to fuel up today!