I know drinking a meal isn't ideal, however, that all important post workout window closes a little to quick, and there is little other way to get in what I need. Would egg white powder be more effective (paleo). New to paleo but dairy seems like a big no - no. What should I be slugging down? BCAA, EGG WHITE, WHEY.
Thank you everyone! Can't wait for the transformation to begin.
I was almost 200 at 5'8 when I started and I used egg protein with coconut milk on occasion.
I leaned out all the way down to 155lbs on paleo. Egg protein is not the best choice if real food is available but it works in a pinch and with coconut milk it can be a good high fat meal replacement.
However, if you are leaning out, PWO meals aren't really that important tho since you don't really want to build and lean at the same time. If you are cutting mass you should just eat regular meals. PWO meal windows are really for bulking in my opinion.
Beef jerky with raw fruit or sweet potato is good. Both egg and whey have the potential to be gut irritants. If you are not lactose tolerant and not a paleo-puritan, then whey is fine, but you might want to just stick to solid food (even if you miss the window, which is most effective once you get closer to 10% body fat for a man and 15% for a woman) until you lean out and get used to the paleo protocol.
I should also say Nell Stephanson, whose recipes are often reposted by Cordain, uses egg white for post workout. She's in fantastic condition. stephenson.typepad.com
I don't like egg white because I find it to be hard on my stomach. Martin Berkhan, who runs leangains.com, recommends using BCAA. I'm not a big fan of protein supplements because meat has plenty of protein already.
I don't know how good the science is on the post workout window. I doubt if you wait two to three hours after a workout to eat that it would do much to hinder your improvement. It seems like another little thing to worry about that you could probably do without.
+1 to the idea that a PWO shake is not really necessary.
However, Robb Wolf and other 'gurus' talk about how PWO is a good time to have a bit of carbs, especially in sweet potato form.
I'd suggest that if you want to have a bit of carbs on your weightloss program, that you put them in your PWO meal (within an hour or two of the workout). That should encourage carbs to go to building muscle rather than maintaining fat tissue stores. I'm not necessarily saying go eat potatoes, but if you are want to or if you want to have other starchy vegetables, I would eat them then, and I would stay low carb at other times.
Natural whole foods are paleo. Supplements are not paleo. Eating the whole egg, white plus yoke, would be considered paleo. Eating powdered stuff added to water is not paleo. Of course, few people are 100% paleo at all time, so perhaps your real question is, which of these options might be more healthy than the others or a similar, but not identical question would be which of these options is healthier yet still gives fast recovery time from workouts?