Q&A with the 2 Health Trends I've Bought Into

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I walked into work the other day and everyone was buzzing about Intermittent Fasting.  I swear if you eat before noon these days, people are giving you the side-eye.  Additionally, Vital Proteins' signature blue boxes are littered amongst the piles of Amazon packages in our office every day and whenever I receive a shipment, my desk is immediately bombarded with, "Does this work?"  "Have you tried it?"

So, what's the deal here? When did Collagen and Intermittent Fasting become so popular and why have I bought in?

Collagen

  • Q: What is Collagen?

  • A: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong.

  • Q: What's the difference between Collagen and other proteins?

  • A: The difference between Collagen and other proteins is the amount of amino acids present in Collagen, which are commonly present in most protein, but are especially high in Collagen protein.

  • Q: How often should you take Collagen Peptides?

  • A: 1-2 scoops, 1-2 times daily

  • Q: How should I take Collagen Peptides?

  • A: Mix into coffee, tea, smoothies or desserts. Two of our favorite recipes can be found here: Bulletproof Matcha with Vital Proteins and Vital Proteins Cookie Recipe

  • Q: What are the benefits of Collagen?

  • A: Glowing skin, a more youthful appearance, joint health, tendon & bone strength, healthy cartilage, improved digestion and gut health.

  • Q: What kind of results have we seen with Collagen?

  • A: The visible and most prominent differences we've seen (so far) are quicker hair growth and stronger nails. And when I say quicker hair growth, I mean I'm suited to play Elsa or Rapunzel in an upcoming film. My bank account may hate me, but my hair stylist is going to love me. I used to go 3-4 months between hair appointments. It's hardly been a month since my last appointment and I'm headed back in tomorrow - talk about crazy changes! So, if you're looking for longer, healthier hair - Collagen is for you!

  • Q: What types of Collagen do we recommend?

  • A: We LOVE Vital Proteins. We recommend the Collagen Peptides and just received VP's NEW! Collagen Sports Greens, which we can't wait to try!

Intermittent Fasting:

  • Q: What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?

  • A: IF involves shortening your daily eating window so your body is not constantly pulling energy from the food you're taking in, and is forced to utilize fat stores for energy.

  • Q: How does one practice IF?

  • A: With IF, it isn't so much what you eat, but when you eat it. Most people stop eating after a certain time in the evening (say, 8pm) and then skip breakfast the following morning.

  • Q: What are the benefits of IF?

  • A: Fat loss, blood sugar regulation, higher metabolism and decreased inflammation.

  • Q: Why is IF so popular?

  • A: People love IF because you don't have to count calories or weigh and measure your food. By simply sticking to your eating window, it just seems to work, though it's important to remember the quality of the food you eat will have an impact. Binging on junk food during your eating window will not be as beneficial as eating lots of proteins and greens.

  • Q: What does a typical day of IF look like?

  • Morning-noon: water and black coffee (do not eat breakfast)

  • Lunch (noon): Protein-packed salad and maybe some fruit

  • Afternoon snack(s): fruit and nuts, a smoothie or any other healthy snack

  • Dinner (before 8pm): A big meal- you won't be eating until noon the following day

  • Q: What kind of results have we seen with IF?

  • A: I personally have shed a few lbs and wake up feeling more rested. I've only been trying it for about two weeks now, but have certainly seen enough to be intrigued!

Have you tried either of these health trends?  What other trends should we be taking note of?

xx, E