Bulking Up with a Stack of Food from Aldi

I have no idea how I have survived without Aldi in my life for so long. If you haven’t heard of it, Aldi is a discount store that sells a wide variety of foods. What you will find at Aldi is that most of their products are generic brands, with a few name brand items thrown into the mix. I’m pretty sure that these stores are really popular in Europe and then they made their way to the United States. I had often driven by my local Aldi but hadn’t been inside since I began to start my new bulk.

bulk this wayAs I first walked in, I immediately noticed an awesome snack section. It wasn’t really titled the snack aisle but it is where you will find a majority of pantry goods. I am not someone who tends to follow strict guidelines when bulking. If I stand on the scale and see a bigger number than the week before, I’m doing alright. In the pantry section, I was able to find a bunch of cereals for $1.29. I seriously can’t even find cereal under $2.50 at most places so this was a nice deal. I bought six different boxes of cereal, a new record from one shopping trip.

Next, I went down the diary aisle and found a few good deals. I saw the Greek yogurt was on sale for about 60 cents when everywhere else has it for one dollar. Greek yogurt is a great food for bulking up because, in most cases, it has much more protein per serving. One thing that pairs especially well with yogurt is granola and did Aldi ever have a selection of granola! I was able to get a large bag of granola that has lasted me about a week and it only cost $2.99, amazing.

The new supplements I am using to help bulk are making me very hungry. It is almost like I wake up ready to eat a large breakfast and it doesn’t slow down from there. The supplements I’ve been using are called the Crazy Bulk stack and I’ve been happy with the results. I’ve been taking these supplement for about three weeks and I’ve already gained 11 pounds. Best of all, I haven’t really changed up anything regarding my weightlifting regimen. However, I have noticed that I’ve gotten stronger so the only change is that I’m able to lift more weight.

Taking a trip to Aldi provided me with  enough food to get through a month of bulking for about $200, half of what I paid at my regular grocery store. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve stopped learning to care about what a label says. I think I have one of the most overactive appetites in the world which means my food budget can get expensive. I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite find every item on my list at Aldi. However, they did have most of the items I needed and the cost savings were exceptional. I wanted to give a quick heads up and point two things that you may not be prepared for when you enter Aldi for the first time. You will need to bring a quarter to use their shopping carts and you do need to pay for your own bags at checkout. I saw a bunch of shoppers with their own bags so I guess I’m out of the loop there.

Protein Powders for People with Whey Allergies

Are you allergic to protein powder? It’s common to feel worried at the thought that something made to help you is hurting you. As it turns out, it could be the result of a whey allergy. Only having a whey allergy doesn’t mean you have to stop using protein powder, it just means you might need to switch brands. You won’t know for sure if you have a whey allergy until you know the signs. Next, you’ll need to figure out which types of protein are for you. In this post, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about having a whey allergy.

Signs of a Whey Protein Allergic Reaction

The first sign to watch out for is if your stomach cramps up. Once you have drank your protein shake, it starts going down to the stomach. In many cases, protein powder passes through just as anything else would. You would hardly know when protein powder has entered the stomach. However, those with whey protein allergies will feel something different as their protein shake is being digested. Stomach cramps associated with a whey protein allergic will often be accompanied by bouts of diarrhea.

The second sign to watch out for is any change happening to your skin. In many allergic reactions, skin turns red and blotchy. You may notice that these red patches become very itchy. It’s common for people to feel like skin has come into contact with poison ivy when a whey induced allergic reaction occurs.

Types of Non Whey Protein Powder

Being allergic to protein powder isn’t the end of the world. As you know, there are plenty of protein powders that are made using no whey at all. Finding the right non whey protein powder will get you back to feeling normal again.

AI Sports No Whey Protein: This is a vegan based protein powder that I love. AI Sports Nutrition is a big name company that has low prices. I know that last sentence sounds a bit cheesy but its true. This company has continued to keep product costs low in a world where many other companies are raising prices.

Pea Protein: No, this protein doesn’t taste like peas. If you’re like me, you didn’t really get excited when you saw peas on your plate at dinnertime. As an adult, I tend to avoid putting peas on my plate. However, a pea based protein powder is actually very tasty. You can take this recommendation as someone that doesn’t even like peas. Natural sweeteners help to add to the flavor of the protein powder. You also don’t have to worry about every type of pea based protein powder being green.

Soy Protein: Soy has really taken off in the world of drinks. You’ve likely seen a lot of soy milk products on store shelves. I’ve tried soy milk in the past and was stunned at how close to the real thing it was and that was years ago. I’m sure soy milk has only improved since then. If you like soy milk, you will love soy protein. The latest research on soy shows that this ingredient has many benefits.

non whey protein sources

Not being able to consume why isn’t the end of the world. There are many types of protein powders to use that contain no whey at all. Protein is essential for gaining muscle and retaining a healthy weight. Finding the right non whey protein powders ensures you have no more whey allergies.

Can You Double the Muscle You Build?

Although, I’m not positive as to why, doesn’t it seem like you’re always hearing about ways to double, or even triple your muscle? I don’t think that we stop to consider that double something equates to 200%, certainly not a number to be scoffed at. Nevertheless, I wanted to see what out there could come close to doubling the rate at which I gain muscle. I’ve worked on this for quite a while now and had to bust out a calculator to come up with an equation that would work. What I came up with is, with my current diet and training regimen, I was gaining about 4.5 lbs a month, not a bad number but not great either. With that in mind, I set off to see what could be done so that I could build muscle more rapidly. I was already using something for energy, so I knew that I would be covered there.

To tell you the truth, I’ve actually had to reduce the amount of energy I’ve been getting, so I was definitely all set in that department. Stacking the best supplements I could get my hands on, I now had what I needed to see if I could start gaining a respectable 9 pounds a month (doubling my previous month of gains).

Stacks Are Awesome, If You Are Dedicated to Building Lean Muscle!

It wasn’t easy and it took some modifying of my meal plan, as well as what workouts I was doing, I wasn’t sure if it could be done in time. As the thirty day point was looming, I knew that I looked a little bulkier but I didn’t realistically think that I was anywhere close to my gaining goal.One thing that bugged me about trying to double the muscle building power I had was all of the meals I had to it. It seemed like everyday was another battle with the fork to eat more than I had the past week. I have to admit that more of my gains, this time around, were comprised of fat, which I was fine with. I think that if I do some changing to the supplements that I am stacking, I can reach that point of gaining twice as much muscle.

How I Gained 25lbs In About A Month

Recently, I’ve been getting asked about what changes I have been making, from my friends that also train. Perhaps it has been my busy holiday schedule, I suppose that I have accidentally forgotten to notice that I was bulking fast. I have certainly been consuming more milk than usual, it has been like a craving since I started lifting heavily.

I’ve also seen, that with doing more of my compound lifts, which use more muscles at once, than would isolation exercises, that my appetite has been changing. It is almost like my hunger is more noticable and harder to shrug off, than how I used to eat. Being someone that could skip a meal or two before it really got to me, I find that the more I force myself to eat, the more often I am hungry.

I am hoping that you are seeing the connection between forcing myself to eat and how quickly my body grew to like that schedule, meaning if you go through a couple days of weirdness, actual pounds gained could be on the other side. I don’t know if it is possible for all of you to gain more than twenty pounds in a month, for some it will be too much to ask. What you should be doing, rather than setting a goal that someone else had, would be to setup tasks that are feasible for you to exceed. You’ll find the right balance, even it takes some trial and error but you will get do complete tasks that you never thought you could and it feels great!

Go grab a list of great calorie dense foods, perhaps a gallon or two of milk, and start doing exercises that use your full body. If you can deal with burning muscles and feeling more sluggish on heavy eating days, you’ll be growing your way into a massive version of you very fast. Also, the faster amount of days that you set for gaining weight could lead to slight fat gains, this is part of the process and what to be prepared for during bulking times. Fear not, with an emphasis on adding some light running into your week, that extra flab will be no match for you!

Chester knows that to get to where you really want to be, you will need to make changes that won’t always be those that you ease into. Prepare yourself for a long road and you’ll see that the travel time was never as long as what you would have expected it to be!