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  • Where Was My Chia 10 Years Ago?

    image-6Ten 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.

  • Surge it Up with Chia Surge

    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.

    Chia Surge Gel Optimizes Your Workout

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    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!

  • A Chia Intervention.

    screen-shot-2012-08-07-at-84038-pmYou glance over your monthly on-line bank statement.  It was a great Sunday morning until you almost choked on your Starbucks half-caff, non-fat, sugar-free chai latte.  “Three hundred and eighty-two dollars on race entry fees this month?”  Your weekend hobby is now draining your Vegas fund, never mind the fact that you are so sore from yesterday’s “mud run” that you can’t even think of being able to do next week’s half-marathon.

    It seems you’ve been so wrapped up in the latest destination marathon and setting your alarm to meet your cycling group for the Sunday long-ride that you haven’t had the time or resources to actually take care of your nutritional needs.  You are neglecting your nutritional needs probably- without even knowing it.  Your breakfast is a bagel on the go.  Lunch is a time luxury you often can’t afford with your busy work schedule, so you grab whatever is lurking on the community table in the break room: a half-eaten bag of chips or a donut or two from yesterday’s sales meeting.  Dinner is on the fly as you transition from your evening swim to picking up your pup at doggie daycare.

    You need a major intervention.

    Yep, racer’s anonymous would do you and your piggy bank some good.  Time to shift your perspective from racing to living a healthy lifestyle.  After all, isn’t that what being active is all about-about living a healthy lifestyle?  With revolutionary products like Chia Surge Endurance Gel, you don’t have to compromise your nutrition anymore.  Fuel yourself for life and have the energy you want.  After all, your training and exercise program should enhance your health, not detract from it.

    So next time you are walking past the vending machine on the second floor of your office building, instead of listening to the Snicker’s bar calling your name, take a detour to www.vitalyte.com and read about the amazing benefits of chia.

    That’s right...you deserve a Chia Intervention.  It will do you and your Vegas funds wonders.  Hmmmm...I wonder if chia seeds can help with hangovers?

  • Chia: A Superfood

    Chia Seeds are tiny black and white seeds that used to be a staple food in Aztec and Mayan times. They are now experiencing a surge in popularity due to their wonderful health benefits. I recently read up on them to find out what all this hype was about. I found out they are tiny miracles of nutrition in a micro-seed! Now every time I take a Chia Surge Gel made by Vitalyte, I think about how they’re benefitting my body and mind! Chia Seeds Equal Healthy Living

    Chia seeds are indeed a superfood!  Just to list a few of the comparisons, they have:

    • 2x the amount of protein of any grains
    • 3x the amount of antioxidants of blueberries
    • 5x more calcium than milk
    • 2x the amount of potassium in a banana
    • 3x the iron of spinach

    Chia seeds are also loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and have trace amounts of boron, which is an essential mineral to help transfer calcium to the bones. Now I don’t think I’d be able to eat ALL of that on a run! So it’s pretty cool to be able to get all that nutrition at once from some little Chia Seeds in an Energy Gel! Actually, that is my favorite quality of CHIA Surge; it doesn’t upset my stomach or cause any gastro-intestinal distress! Most anything eaten during exercise will give me stomach cramps, however Chia surge is absorbed so quickly that I don’t feel any stomach discomfort ever!!! It’s such a relief! Just pure energy and high quality nutrition on the run. I’m so happy to finally have such a wonderful solution for my running energy needs!

  • Chia Essentials: A Complete Nutritional Revolution or The Ultimate Accessory

    chia-seeds-photo-1024x768Once in a great while man is able to step back from advances in nutritional discoveries, he is able to put down Brazilian rainforest fruit with funny sounding or even unpronounceable names, he is able to step back from the GMO table full of everything artificial and recognize that sometimes the key to complete nutrition and total health lies not in the undiscovered, but in the knowledge that has been available for centuries.

    The Revolution for total health begins with Chia Essentials Complete Nutrition Bar. The Original Chia Bar™ is packed full of whole of whole seed chia for an amazingly nutritious super food blast. Calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, omega’s, and protein are just the beginning. Chia, with its unique properties, helps control blood sugar over an extended period of time, helping burn more calories. Not only is Chia Essentials Complete Nutrition Bar a health revolution, you won’t find a better tasting bar. Seriously, we could have created the healthiest bar in the world (which we did) but if it tastes like cardboard, or something much much worse, then what’s the point. The point is; you really can have it all.

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    Chia Essentials Complete Nutrition Bar is the perfect accessory to your healthy lifestyle. You wouldn’t leave the house without your purse, your earrings or your keys, so why would you even think about leaving without the most essential accessory of them all. Chia Essentials. Start your revolution today.

    Click here for Chia Essentials Complete Nutrition Bar.

  • What Not To Eat When Training for a Race

    images-1By Milena Glusac
    Food being one of my favorite topics, I thought it appropriate I blog about what to eat and probably most importantly, NOT eat, prior to training and racing.  Granted, this is insight coming from someone whose Facebook post this morning read, “A stop at Leucadia Donut Shoppe this morning before heading out for work and a day of tennis.  Not a bad way to start the day.”  I will put aside my glazed twist obsession for now and offer you unbiased nutrition tips.
    Here are my top three nutrition tips during training and racing.
    1. Keep it simple- Your body needs time to digest and start to be able to use what you intake.  When you're training and racing, your digestive system slows down because blood is being shunted to other areas of the body.  Focus on easy to digest foods.  That means pass on the T-bone and go for a half a bagel toasted with a little cream cheese instead.  Good news for all you Vitalyte fans.  The new Chia Surge Endurance Gel is the perfect go to fuel source prior to training.  So easy to digest and an amazing source of fuel and nutrition, Chia Surge can be taken a half hour prior to training and also every 45 minutes during training.
    2. Follow the four hour rule- Your body will not like you so much if you decide to partake in a Denny’s Grand Slam and then head out for a training session.  Eat protein meals no less than four hours prior to training.  Leave the Moon’s Over My-hammy and eggs over easy for the days you need a little hangover help.
    3. Balance the blood sugar- Your body can’t perform if it is not properly fueled.  During training and racing, you must keep your blood sugar balanced while giving your body fuel that it can utilize.  What are your options other than some sugary soupy gu that makes your blood sugar rise and then crash, leaving you feeling lethargic?  Vitalyte’s Chia Gel is the perfect option.  The carbohydrate source that is in the gel provides you with a steady burning fuel source.  Chia seeds offer a great source of fatty acids for optimal nutrition.
    Good luck with your training and racing.  Don’t forget to give Chia a chance and you can still have a bear claw...just leave it for after the 5k!
  • Chia for Runners.

    By Laura Conley
    One sunny day I was out for a run with my friend Phil.  We usually run for about 1hr30min-2 hours but halfway through the run, Phil started slowing down and dragging!  He said he "ran out of gas" and had no more energy to keep running.  I had my usual supply of Chia Gel on me so I offered him one-  (promising he would feel better shortly and finish the run if he ate it).
    This may have been a mistake on my part because in about 15 minutes Phil took off and sprinted up the hill ahead of me!  He ran the entire way home at a 6:15min/mile pace and I couldn't keep up with him!  The benefits of Chia seeds were obvious that day!  Pure Chia energy and speed in Phil's case!  So I warn everyone be careful giving CHIA Seed gel to an opponent....they may beat you from now on!
    If you're interested in stocking up on chia energy gel for your next run, then click here to visit the Chia Surge energy gel page.
  • Chia Surge Gel Beats the New York Marathon

    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 when 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 afunctional purpose by making it easier for each runner to identify their uniquely designed bottle the following day 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 taped 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 so bad.  This time I avoided an IV, unlike the year before.  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.”  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.  It was lighter.  Well the real test would be my stomach.  I continued running and to my surprise and delight, I felt great.  No gurgling or sloshing or nausea.  In fact I felt really good.  I had more energy.  “I think this Chia Surge has got it going on,” I said to myself.  When Evan asked me the next day how I liked it, I told him how surprised I was.  I mean we all knew that chia seeds were the superfood of the century and had amazing nutritional benefit.  But that paired with the other amazing ingredients in Chia Surge Endurance Gel!  Wow, all I could say was, “Where was this ten years ago?”  So 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.

  • Nature's Secret: Chia Seeds

    Chia Seeds are tiny black and white seeds that used to be a staple food in Aztec and Mayan times. They are now experiencing a surge in popularity due to their wonderful health benefits.  I recently read up on them to find out what all this hype was about.  I found out they are tiny miracles of nutrition in a micro-seed!  Now every time I take a Chia Surge Gel made by Vitalyte, I think about how they’re benefitting my body and mind! Chia Seeds.

    Chia seeds are indeed a superfood!  Just to list a few of the comparisons, they have:

    • 2x the amount of protein of any grains
    • 3x the amount of antioxidants of blueberries
    • 5x more calcium than milk
    • 2x the amount of potassium in a banana
    • 3x the iron of spinach

    Chia seeds are also loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and have trace amounts of boron, which is an essential mineral to help transfer calcium to the bones.  Now I don’t think I’d be able to eat ALL of that on a run!  So it’s pretty cool to be able to get all that nutrition at once from some little chia seeds in an Energy Gel! Actually, that is my favorite quality of CHIA Surge; it doesn’t upset my stomach or cause any gastro-intestinal distress!  Most anything eaten during exercise will give me stomach cramps, however Chia surge is absorbed so quickly that I don’t feel any stomach discomfort ever!!! It’s such a relief!  Just pure energy and high quality nutrition on the run.  I’m so happy to finally have such a wonderful solution for my running energy needs!

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