I'm not a perfectly "clean" eater. I am not a health nut, I don't care about life extension and could care less about living perfectly healthy. I drink a beer or two every few months, eat bread on the regular, and even drink milk almost daily. With that being said I think its pretty obvious I'm not the Paleo type and I don't read too many nutrition guru articles.
About a month ago I hit a real plateau in my training. All my warm ups felt heavy, my joints were constantly aching, my sleep was horrible, and my sex drive was close to non existent. I took a few days off and upped the calories but that didn't seem to help.
It was then when I read a post by MorePain I believe that stated how so many lifters get so caught up with all the fancy creatine, super pumpilicious supplements but forget about the basics.
I introduced Vitamin D, Fish Oil, and ZMA back into my daily regimen and the difference has been night and day.
I believe that besides and even before a protein powder these should be the absolute staples of any hard trainers regimen.
5,000 i.u. of D a day.
10 Grams of Fish Oil with Breakfast
4-5 Caps of ZMA before bed.
My muscles feel fuller, I've got a ton of energy, my bicep tendon feels normal, I'm sleeping like a baby, and my sex drive is through the roof. I literally gained 10 pounds in about two weeks after introducing the basics back into my regimen. I suggest everyone do the same.