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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

    Chia

    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!

  • The Many Benefits of Chia

    The Many Health Benefits of Chia

    The word “Chia” is derived from the Mayan word for strength, because the Mayans and Aztecs fully understood the power that one can derive from these amazing seeds. Quite often, manufacturers and sellers will drastically overstate the health benefits associated with a seed or supplement, but the benefits of chia are backed up by science as well as history.

    In the early Aztec and Mayan empires, people knew there was something special about chia. These seeds, which come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, comprised one of four essential grains used as part of everyday consumption, and were also incorporated into medicines and used by Aztec warriors as a source of strength and vitality.

    Fast-forward more than 5,000 years, and scientists are coming to prove what the Aztecs and Mayans knew all along: Chia is an amazing nutrient source. For starters, chia seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than fatty acids. These fats are essential for human health, but most people do not get enough of them. Chia seeds are also so rich in antioxidants that the seeds can be stored for extremely long periods of time without becoming rancid.

    But omega-3's and antioxidants are just the tip of the iceberg. Chia is also very rich in fiber, as well as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous and zinc. It can enhance the nutritional value of other food when used as an additive, and with its nut-like flavor, it can enhance the taste of your favorite foods as well.

    For these reasons and more, chia is being heralded as a “superfood.” You may have heard a lot about other superfoods like blueberries, broccoli, spinach and salmon, and these foods are all great, but many of them contain only a subset of the vast array of nutrients that you will find in chia. For instance, blueberries—like chia—contain phytonutrients and antioxidants, but they lack the omega-3 fatty acids. With its diverse selection of nutrients, vitamins and essential fats, chia is arguably the perfect food.

    Chia can be consumed in many ways. The grain is completely beneficial on its own, and unlike flax, you can derive its benefits without grinding the seeds. You can also use chia as a food additive or as a liquid. Unlike most seeds, you can even find chia in gel form, which is extremely beneficial in its own right. The gel causes a reaction in the stomach, drastically slowing the conversion process of carbohydrates into sugar. Chia gel can also help to balance your electrolytes.

    Like the Aztecs and the Mayans who lived centuries ago, you can enhance your own health and vitality by incorporating chia into your everyday diet. Whether you want to increase your energy or just ensure that you get those essential vitamins and nutrients every day, chia can set you on the right path.  Check out our Chia gel, Chia Surge.

  • Chia Seeds FAQs

    What is Chia?

    Chia is an edible seed that comes from the Salvia hispanica plant, which commonly grows in southern Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows that chia seeds were a staple crop of the Aztec and Mayan empires as long ago as 3500 B.C. The Spanish conquistadors outlawed the cultivation of chia due to its connection to Aztec religion, and the grain faded into obscurity. In recent years, chia has enjoyed a popular resurgence as scientists have discovered amazing health benefits associated with it.

    What are the Chia Seeds Nutrition Facts?

    Chia is one of the ultimate superfoods. A single ounce of chia contains 42 percent of your daily recommended fiber, and more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. It also contains very healthy doses of electrolytes, antioxidants, and even protein. In fact, chia is a complete protein source, containing all of the essential amino acids, and it contains 3 times more calcium than skim milk.

    What are the Benefits of Chia Seeds?

    Thanks to its myriad nutrients, chia offers a wide variety of health benefits. Chia consumption can help you to meet many of your daily nutrient requirements, and the fiber can help you to keep your appetite under control. The ancient Aztec warriors consumed chia for the energy and endurance that it provides, and you can experience the same energy boost by consuming chia seeds yourself. The ample calcium can help prevent bone disorders like osteoporosis. Chia also promotes heart health and beautiful skin, hair and nails.

    How Do I Consume Chia Seeds?

    You have many options when it comes to chia. You can eat the seeds by themselves or add them to your food or drink, and still derive all of the nutritional benefits. There are chia seed foods, chia seed drinks, chia seed oils and even chia seed bars. Other superfoods, like flax seeds, must be ground up, but chia seeds are beneficial no matter how you consume them. You can even consume chia as a gel, which offers many benefits of its own. Researchers have also found that chia seeds gel has the ability to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar. Vitalyte's Chia Surge energy gel is a great example of an effective use of chia.

    What are the Benefits of Chia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds?

    Flax seeds are very nutritious as well, but they do not hold a candle to chia seeds. For instance, flax seeds must be ground up in order for their nutrients to be digestible.  By contrast, you do not need to grind up chia seeds in order to obtain the nutritional benefits. Also, chia has much higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants than flax does, and is more nutrient-dense.

    What are Chia Seeds' Side Effects?

    Chia has many nutritional benefits and very few side effects. If you are taking blood thinners, you may want to speak with your doctor before adding chia to your diet, simply because omega-3 fatty acids can thin the blood. Also, the high fiber content may leave some people feeling slightly bloated. You will find though, that the benefits far outweigh the side effects.

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