Hockey Player, Wheeling Nailers
Tell us about what you do
My name is Andrew Schmidt. I play for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL, and I graduated from Miami University in 2016.
Tell us about why you switched from whey
To be honest, I was influenced by a few of my friends who were playing high levels of hockey, and I noticed that they were eliminating dairy and meat from their diets, so I wanted to get that edge and I wanted to emulate what they were doing. So, I started little by little removing meat and dairy from my diet, and then slowly removing eggs as well, and I just noticed an immediate physical change in my day to day life, and energy levels. Going to practice, I feel great.
It used to be a problem with me for consistency from day to day, and I noticed that every day I felt good, at least, that my floor became a lot higher as far as my energy levels. So, I stuck with it, and it's done wonders for me because basically I feel like a new player out there.
Without the dairy, I feel lighter and I feel, like you said, just a little bit less inflamed throughout. I used to be a big dairy guy. I'm from Wisconsin, lots of cheese and dairy and mac and cheese, it's hard to give up those foods, but it's undeniable how much better I feel without them.
Bottom line is the the plant based protein is where I want to go, and that pea protein is something that I used every day, and the Modus has been great since I've gotten here, and I'll continue to use it in my supplement afterwards. I've noticed that when you remove all the meat and dairy and you need those extra calories and you have to supplement them with the shake, the Modus protein, it tastes good and I have it multiple times throughout the day.
I eat a lot of the same things. Veggie burgers are definitely for dinner a lot. I eat some chickpea pasta, some of the alternative pastas. I also will mix in smoothies throughout the day, usually after my workout in the afternoon I'll have a big smoothie with plant based yogurt. For breakfast, a lot of oatmeal and almond milk and all that good stuff. But yeah.