I went to Bear Nutrition today, and it was an interesting experience. Bear Nutrition is a health club that serves high protein shakes as well as gives body evaluations to determine health goals/ways to get in better shape and provides you with a wellness coach. I went with some friends after going to the gym (I know, I'm just being super fit today!). I had never heard of Bear Nutrition before going. They had more than fifty flavors of shakes to choose from, which was a bit overwhelming at first! I ended up ordering banana-peach freeze. It was pretty good! It had the typical protein-powder taste to it, but I definitely thought it was better than most protein shakes. It didn't have the artificial sugar taste, which I despise. Anyway, the point of this post isn't to talk about the shake flavors.
I had the body evaluation done, and low and behold, it showed that I am underweight (imagine that). It said I have a healthy metabolic age (12), visceral fat (1), and that I'm staying hydrated (which, as CF patients know, is a necessity!). However, it also said my body fat percentage and bone mass were low. The lady then went on and said that "they can work with me to think of ways to increase calories," that I need to eat between 75-80 grams of protein a day, and that I need to look into buying some of their many products. Now, I understand them wanting me to buy their stuff, seeing as they get paid based on commission and all. But I don't think my weight problem is as easy as just buying some protein shakes and some pills. How awesome would that be, to just down a pill and not have to worry about eating more to gain weight??
I'm not telling you this to make you feel sorry for me (please don't). I'm just saying this so that maybe you can understand a little more what I'm currently going through. I'm working on gaining muscle mass by going to the gym often, but I know that's not enough. I know I need to up my caloric intake. The question is, how can I do this without feeling so bad? Maybe I can't. Maybe for the next few months, I suck it up and treat eating like a job. It's not going to be fun, but something's got to change now.