“It had led me to link what I ate to how I ran, to link what anyone ate to how they lived.”
That quote was one of the many that stood out to me while reading Scott Jurek’s Eat & Run. Over the past six months, I have felt healthier and lighter than ever. And I should clarify, by lighter I mean not as heavy or stuffed after meals, not referring to weight loss. My skin is super clear, my nails and hair are growing with super speed and my running has improved dramatically. I’ve mentioned before, but my speed is much quicker to what it was this time last year and my recovery time is faster than it has ever been. This is true for my hiking as well.
I’ve noticed that because I am eating more greens, my lifestyle is now a little greener. I am wasting less, reusing more, and purchasing healthier products for my home, wardrobe and body care. I am now more conscious of my food and impact on the environment all because of this one switch in lifestyle.
During chapter six of his book, Jurek shares his belief of spirulina and the health benefits that it has on athletes. I too had researched this complete protein and have begun recently reaping the benefits of algae.
After hours of searching the internet for a vegan energy supplement, I found ENERGYbits. Basically I wanted a natural version of an energy gel and settled on these small tablets, or bits. The company sent me a trial size to try while hiking and I’m now hooked. One weekend trip into the mountains and I came out a believer.
All you have to do is take 20-30 bits about a half hour prior to exercising and your done. They are tiny little “tabs” that you gulp down with water or chew (but they definitely have an acquired taste). I only took 20 each day because I was a little nervous about the impact but I was fine. No jittery feelings, no crash hours later. I just felt less hungry longer and stronger physically. And let me remind you, this was the trip that I was carrying a full pack! Paula at one point noted the “beast mode,” as we call it on the trail.
Since being home, I’ve tried spirulina in the powder form, like Jurek, but prefer it in pill form. His recipe featured on page 52, “Green Power Pre-Workout Drink,” was the first recipe I tried- and not going to lie, hated it! It was the spirulina strong and clear. Since that day, I’ve only added one teaspoon to my morning smoothies (instead of two) and have loved them.
But smoothies aren’t my personal choice of a pre-workout fuel. Because of this, I will be switching back to ENERGYbits. I will also be using them during my long runs once I get up and over six miles comfortably. Here’s a look at the nutritional information:
I am in the process of becoming an ambassador for this company because I believe in it so much. In the meantime, I’ve ordered the product at my own cost and will continue to use it and provide feedback to the company. Once accepted, I’ll be able to offer all my readers a discount and hold giveaways!
Don’t be shocked if you check them out and see the cost of one bag ($115). Let me break down the math: each bag contains 1,000 tabs. I took 20 tabs and felt strong, so that’s 50 servings. And to break it down further, that’s $2.30 per serving. Now think about all the energy drinks, bars, and shots that you buy for running long distances; they are all about the same cost. There is only one ingredient on this label however, algae!
If you check out this product and have any questions for me, ask away! If I don’t know the answer, I will reach out to my contact at ENERGYbits directly. I love learning about new, healthier replacements to my old habits and love sharing this information with my readers.
Care to share what you use as a fuel while running?
*I was given a free sample from ENERGYbits but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the few sponsored posts on this blog and my journey of becoming a healthier athlete.*