- Give yourself 30 each day-That can be thirty minutes dedicated to a walk, your favorite book or your favorite Starbucks blend. Spending that time with yourself is like telling the world, “Hey I value myself!” You get time to get back to that space where there is nothing but you and your version of quiet. I do this when I run or go to the gym. I grab my Chia Surge gel, my Vitalyte and my headphones and I’m out the door. No Mac laptop can catch me, I leave all conference calls in the dust and well, that cute boy that my mom insists I date and give a chance because he “comes from such a good family” gets a busy signal when he calls.
- Margin-I read the book Stress Less by Dr. Don Colbert. In the book, Dr. Colbert says that his most stressed and sick clients were those that were the busiest and did not leave enough “margin” in their lives. By that he meant time in-between events. Here at Vitalyte Sports Nutrition, we support an active, healthy lifestyle. Healthy includes leaving room to recover from strenuous events. Tennis players take a 90 second break in between odd games. Football has time-outs and basketball is famous for their half-times. So take time outs through out your life, your training and your day. Not only will little breaks insure that you don’t have to take a major sabbatical to recharge your batteries properly, but they also allow you time to shift your focus to other aspects of your life that might need attention. So go take that vacation, that 20 minute nap or that weekend off.
- Chose healthy-We are constantly presented with choices. Usually those choices include things that add to our health or things that detract from our health. Learning to identify those things that don’t make us feel good is vital to being able to living a healthy lifestyle. At Vitalyte, we have chosen to create products free from artificial sweeteners and preservatives. We made a choice for health. By choosing products such as Chia Surge Endurance Gel and the new Chia Essentials Bar, you are adding to your health. So next time you go to the store, pick whole grains, organic produce and anti-biotic free meats. Add to your health and realize that you do have a choice.
Blog Archives August, 2012
By Laura Conley
Laura’s eating routine before a 10K or half marathon race is just that…a ROUTINE!
I eat exactly half a cup of cheerios cereal with half a cup of Honey bunches of Oats with 2tbs cottage cheese and peach yogurt mixed with milk. I also slice up one banana on top and strawberries or peaches if they are in season. Then I have a cup of black coffee and a cup of green tea along with it.
About an hour before my race I drink Tri-phase and load my pockets with chia surge. Now I know many people want the benefits of Chia, but don’t know how to consume it during a race… Chia energy gel is by far the BEST way to eat on the run. The gel is not very thick so it goes down easily and doesn’t choke you like some thick gummy candy. The best part is that it absorbs rapidly with without stomach discomfort. With this pre-race meal and during race nutrition, I am set to run my best and win!!!
Hello Vitalyte fans,
I’m proud to say I’m a new Brand Ambassador for Vitalyte. My name is Jeff Foy I’m a firefighter in San Diego, triathlete and the founder of the non profit endurance team: TEAM CAL FIRE and co-founder of SDC-FEST (San Diego County Firefighters Endurance Sports Team) -yes we know that is a long name FEST works great for us.
Growing up in Tennessee playing golf since age 3, soccer and tennis since age 5 and all kinds of outdoor activities, I have been an athlete all my life. I played these sports competitively through college. I later went on to become a golf pro but left the golf industry to become a firefighter. A couple years after becoming a firefighter I began boxing for charity. On top of all these activities I’ve always participated in any sport at any time. But I never spent much time on nutritional supplements.
After an injury from boxing I was told if I kept at it, I could kiss my career goodbye. That was a no brainer so I needed to find a new outlet for all my energy. A cousin of mine participates in triathlons in Texas and had been trying to get me to do one for years. I decided to give it a “tri” and I was hooked. I began doing triathlons in 2009 (Newport Beach was my first). I try and race 4 to 7 times each year.
Last year my fire department decided to switch to a better electrolyte replacement product. Vitalyte was the solution. I was using it casually at work and knew it worked but didn’t know all the science behind it. I was later introduced to Milena from Vitalyte and I learned much more about their products including Chia surge.
I began using all the products and I was hooked. I haven’t had the chance to race this year. My wife and I are expecting our 2nd daughter any day now but I’m hoping to support my team at Mission Bay (Mission Bay and Wildflower are my favorite races). I can’t wait to see how Vitalyte will improve my performance at during a race.
I know that at Vitalyte has improved my ability to train for work and sport, and I can’t wait to see how it helps me advance and make some new PR’s.
Looking forward to sharing my life and Vitalyte tales with you all,
Ten years ago I ran the New York Marathon. Because I was in the elite field, my own personal water bottles were placed on a special table at every 5k mark of the race. There were 20 bottles on the table, each bottle belonging to an athlete. It was customary the day before the race to gather in the elite athlete hospitality suite for a version of World Class Athletes Arts and Crafts 101.
The coordinator of the marathon would bring into the suite a huge plastic box filled with markers, colored tape, ribbons, pipe cleaners and all the other goods you would find in a kindergarten classroom. The top marathoners in the world would then gather around and decorate their water bottles. Not only was it a fun break from the media tension and pre-race nerves, but it served a functional purpose by making it easier for each runner to identify their uniquely designed bottle when they would be blazing by the water table at 5:35-5:45 mile pace.
I don’t know what each person put in their bottle…some electrolyte solution perhaps or even the old standby that legendary marathoner Grete Waitz used, defizzed Coke. I knew I would need more calories than sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium mixed with sugar could offer. Don’t get me wrong, my body would desperately need the firing power of the electrolytes but what would get me through the 26.2 would be fuel. So I wrapped several chewable candies in tinfoil and tapped them to the side of my bottle that was draped in bows and blue and black tape (to match the colors of my racing attire of course). Everyone wondered what in the heck was in the tiny packages. At each five kilometer mark, I would down my drink and then unwrap my candy and chomp away as I whizzed through the five boroughs.
I wound up finishing 9th overall. Not bad. My little concoction worked quite well. Everyone wondered why I didn’t just take one of the gels offered along the course. My stomach would not let me. The hard to digest, prepackaged gut killers did not like me and vice versa. It wasn’t until a few months ago when the CEO of Vitalyte tossed me one of those oh-so-recognizable gel packs. “Oh no I said. We aren’t friends, gel and I.” “This is different,” he said. “Try it on your next run and let me know what you think.” Reluctantly I tucked the pink gel pack in my shorts the next morning and headed out for a run. “I promised him I would try it,” I reluctantly told myself, as my stomach braced itself for the onslaught.
First of all, I noticed the taste of the Chia Surge Gel was different than any other gel product I had tried. I continued running and to my surprise and delight, I felt great. No gurgling, sloshing or nausea. In fact I felt really good and had more energy that usual. “I think this Chia Surge has got it going on,” I said to myself. When the CEO, Evan asked me the next day how I liked it, I told him how surprised I was. We all knew that chia seeds were the new ‘it’ superfood, but that paired with the other amazing ingredients in Chia Surge Endurance Gel, all I could say was, “Where was this ten years ago?”
Now, my energy levels are awesome on my runs. I take a Chia Surge half way through a 5-6 mile run and on a longer run that is between 10-12 miles, I take one at mile 3 and one at mile 7. Who would’ve known how a little chia could go such a long way.
As the CEO of an international Sports Nutrition Company that focuses on promoting healthy active lifestyles, I am use to getting a myriad of unique questions wherever I go. Those questions range from very simple things like “How do I lose weight” to the sometimes odd one like “Will Vitalyte prevent chaffing in my groin?”
“Why am I not as sore” is one question a good friend of mine recently asked a couple days after a Fitness Rangers Boot Camp workout. The Fitness Rangers Boot Camp is an hour of high intensity interval training combining weights, the TRX and an ever increasing incline on a fast moving treadmill. The result is a total body weight and cardio blast that leaves even the fittest of gym rats struggling to keep up.
My friend and I were fortunate to pop a Chia Surge before the workout began. The Palatinose, Beta Alanine and whole seed chia in Chia Surge really does give you a quick boost of energy and allow you to push harder and longer. The result is a better workout, which in turn leads to better results. In addition, the lactic acid buffering benefits of beta Alanine make for a much quicker recovery, allowing you to get back in the gym sooner.
Chia Surge is a great tasting addition to any workout regimen and the results make the easy to carry pouch a must have for those looking for the most out of every workout or competition.
Go to http://www.vitalyte.com/products/energy-gel.html and check out what Chia Surge Gel can do for you and let it change your life for the better!