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Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
Me and my girlfriend are about to start P90X and can't afford the recovery drink at this time. We are wanting to take the nutrition guide serious and I noticed it automatically adds in the P90X recovery drink as part of the portion plan. What could we substitute for this to keep our calories, proteins, carbs, and fats all balanced properly? I'm worried more about this than recovering from muscle soreness, but if there is a way to accomplish both, that would be great.

Thanks.
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
11/30/12 5:26 AM as a reply to LearningToTrain.
Non-fat chocolate milk is a great substitute.

It has virtually the same ratio of carbs:protein, and contains no fat (which slows absorption).

I've used it in the past and, for me, it worked just as well at the recovery formula.

If you're lactose intolerant, another option would be soy protein (just make sure it's organic--most soy is loaded with GMOs) mixed with grape or pomegranate juice.

Hope that helps.
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
11/30/12 8:53 AM as a reply to TheBandit27.
I've heard this, but doesn't it break the rules and use 1 more dairy than supposed to? Also, chocolate has sugar and isn't really good for you. We want to follow the nutrition guide as closely as possible.
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
11/30/12 10:20 AM as a reply to LearningToTrain.
LearningToTrain:
I've heard this, but doesn't it break the rules and use 1 more dairy than supposed to? Also, chocolate has sugar and isn't really good for you. We want to follow the nutrition guide as closely as possible.


Not really.

Remember that the nutrition guide accounts for a recovery drink in both the portion approach and the meal plan approach, so the chocolate milk would take the place of that drink.

As far as the sugar, that's actually the purpose of a recovery drink. After an intense workout, when you've exhausted your glycogen (fuel) stores, is one of the ONLY times that simple sugar is actually beneficial to you. By using the chocolate milk post-workout, you'd be following the guide.

Here's a bit more info from the staff on this:

What's the deal with Recovery Formula?
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
11/30/12 10:31 AM as a reply to LearningToTrain.
Honestly, if you're not looking for the recovery benefits of recovery drink then just eat a nice piece of fruit with roughly the same amount of carbs and calories. If I'm not mistaken the portion plan counts recovery drink as a snack, so have a healthy snack to replace it. If you want to make your own recovery drink there are many simple recipes for it online. And, as Bandit said, many people use low fat chocolate milk or chocolate soy/rice/almond milk instead.
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
11/30/12 10:40 AM as a reply to LearningToTrain.
Thanks for your help Bandit and Andrew, I will probably do the chocolate milk some days and just eat a piece of fruit after the easier days.
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
11/30/12 12:14 PM as a reply to LearningToTrain.
Enjoy the program. Let us know how it goes and don't be shy about asking more questions.
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
11/30/12 3:04 PM as a reply to LearningToTrain.
If you can't afford recovery drink don't worry about it! But make sure that you are diligent about eating a nice hearty meal immediately post workout and you'll be just fine and won't be any more sore than if you drank the recovery drink. Don't wait longer than 30 min before eating that hearty meal post workout. ;-)

As far as it being included in the P90X portion plan, you can account for those 200 calories with whole foods. Or to make it even easier just track your calories and macros with myfitnesspal smartphone app. It's free and is much easier than the portion plan used in P90X!
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
11/30/12 4:46 PM as a reply to LearningToTrain.
I use a home blend (fructose, soy, cinnammon, and water) at a 4:1 ratio - 4g carbs to 1g protein. I follow that with a well ballance meal 30-40mins later. That said, however, as long as your eating right and following the nutritional guidlines you'll be fine.

Thanks,
Sprt
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RE: Substitute for P90X Recovery Drink
12/4/12 1:21 AM as a reply to Jacob83.
Jacob83:
If you can't afford recovery drink don't worry about it! But make sure that you are diligent about eating a nice hearty meal immediately post workout and you'll be just fine and won't be any more sore than if you drank the recovery drink. Don't wait longer than 30 min before eating that hearty meal post workout. ;-)

As far as it being included in the P90X portion plan, you can account for those 200 calories with whole foods. Or to make it even easier just track your calories and macros with myfitnesspal smartphone app. It's free and is much easier than the portion plan used in P90X!


I plan on drinking a 28g protein shake (NOW Foods 100% Pure Isolate Whey Protein Powder with 6 ounces of orange juice immediately after each workout and another at night. If I drink the protein shake right after a workout, do I still need to eat a hearty meal as well? Or will the protein shake be enough?

Thanks.
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