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American Heart Month and a Heart Healthy Giveaway – ENERGYbits

February is the American Heart Month and we all know that this is IMPORTANT. Our heart is a fantastic muscle that keeps us going through life and we should give nothing but the best to it as a thank you for the days we live here on the planet, right?!

Even though I’m sure we all (some more, some less) have the knowledge of this the facts are that heart disease and strokes are one of the most common causes of death in this country. Scary facts:

1.      One in three deaths in the USA are from heart disease and stroke

2.      One in three adults in the USA have cardiovascular disease

3.      More women then men have a stroke each year (55,000 more)

4.      An estimated 68 million adults have high blood pressure

5.      An estimated 71 million adults have high cholesterol

6.      An estimated 935,000 heart attacks and 795,000 strokes occur each year in USA

Source http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/AAG/dhdsp.htm

I’m all into the ENERGYbits and they happen to not only be great for some extra energy, vitamins and minerals but also for our heart health They can actually help you make sure that you’re doing all you can to keep your most important muscle pumping – taking you through life, runs and workouts safe and sound.

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“Our algae tabs are quickly becoming recognized as the easiest, fastest, safest and most natural way to lower blood pressure and heart disease and are even being recommended to patients by cardiologists. This is because ENERGYbits® and SKINNYbits® are 100% organically grown spirulina algae which is loaded with heart healthy Essential Fatty Acids like Omega 3 and GLA which reduce inflammation in blood vessels. This helps blood to flow easily and heals the blood vessels so blood pressure and the chance of heart attack or stroke are reduced. Swallow (or chew) at least 30 tabs a day to experience all the health benefits that Mother Nature intended you to have from algae.”

– Catharine Arnston, Founder and CEO of Bits of Health Inc.

With this said I’d like to give you the opportunity to order your own bits of choice (there are ENERGYbits, SKINNYbits, RECOVERYbits and VITALITYbits to choose from, all of them consisting of 100% PURE algae) for yourself or someone you love as a gift – not only for Valentines Day but for the future. Use discount code EVELINRUNS to get 15% off your order.

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Or.. You can enter this HEART HEALTHY GIVEAWAY.

Through entering you get a chance to win a tin of ENERGYbits (approximately 75 bits).

Enter by following the steps below:

1. Like ENERGYbits on Facebook. Leave a comment on this blogpost telling me you liked them. (Mandatory)

2. Like SKINNYbits on Facebook. Leave a comment on this blogpost telling me you liked them. (Mandatory)

3. Follow @ENERGYbits on Twitter. Leave a comment here when you’ve started to follow them (include your twitter handle in the comment). (Mandatory)

4. Follow @SKINNYbits on Twitter. Leave a comment here when you’ve started to follow them (include your twitter handle in the comment). (Mandatory)

Get additional entries to the giveaway by:

5. Liking evelinruns on Facebook. Leave a comment here telling me you did so (include your account name)

6. Follow @evelinruns on Twitter. Leave a comment here telling me you did and what your twitter handle is.

7. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment here telling me you did so. Example: I entered the Heart Healthy @ENERGYbits #giveaway over at @evelinruns blog, you can too: https://evelinruns.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/american-heart-month-and-a-heart-healthy-giveaway-energybits

So that’s a total of 7 entries per person and the more you do the bigger the chance that you’ll get some ENERGYbits shipped your way in early March.

Good luck!

The giveaway is open until February 28th 2012 and I will randomly pick a winner and post here on the blog March 1st. The giveaway is unfortunately only open for US and Canada residents due to shipping and customs outside of North America.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

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The Gift of Love and Health

Valentines Day is coming closer and as it is a day when we are spoiling our loved ones I want to suggest a great gift – a gift of healthy bits instead to that chocolate you might be thinking of giving away. ENERGYbits. These bits of algae will set your loved one/ones up for a great continuing of the year of 2013 as they are LOADED with vitamin, minerals and protein. With only one calorie a piece they provide a healthy “snack” to keep you or/and your loved ones going throughout the day. The bits consist of 100% NATURAL and PURE algae.

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I can tell you that since I’ve been starting to use these green bits I’ve noticed a big difference not just in my energy levels but in endurance and performance in general. I take 30-40 of the bits with water about 15-20 minutes before I hit the road for my runs (or head into the workout room for a date with the weights) and I no longer have to deal with a “down” around the 2nd-3rd kilometre of the run. I cruise on by and feel strong in both body and mind for a longer period of time. Because of the bits being full of minerals and vitamins too I’ve stopped taking my normal muli vitamin pill and have stopped franticly looking for an electrolyte product that will work with my stomach. The bits are giving me electrolytes on top of that nice extra energy (without a “crash”)! AND, me being one of those with a sensitive stomach I’m happy to say that they aren’t messing with my poor little belly AT ALL!

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ENERGYbits are a part of my normal routine when it comes to exercising, running and racing.

Great stuff! And as you can tell when visiting their website, there are three other kinds of bits too. RECOVERYbits, which consists of 100% chlorella algae, SKINNYbits which consists of 100% spirulina algae, and VITALITYbits which consists of 50% spirulina and 50% chlorella algae.

So if you feel like trying the bits out or give them to someone who deserves a gift of LOVE and a step in the right direction to a healthy life – head on over to ENERGYbits, choose your bag of bits and use the promotion code EVELINRUNS to get 15% off your order. I’d say go ahead, take the leap and give the wonderful green little bits a go!

 

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My Daily Supplements

There’s a whole lot of different things we need to think about when it comes to our health and what we eat. I find it hard to really get a hold on how well I am ACTUALLY eating.. Since I started running I’ve been forced to look over my habits as I lost a lot of weight (I know this is usually a good thing, but when I was down to 105lbs for my 5’5″ body it got to a point where I desperately needed to step my intake up) and could not seem to get a hold on how I should be eating to fuel my body. Since then I’ve found a diet and a way of fueling that works well for me. I’ve put on some weight again, but I’m still way beyond where I started when I started with the running in May 2012.

I had been taking a multivitamin pill for a while when I found ENERGYbits. These 100% spirulina algaes are FULL of the vitamins and minerals (in fact, if you’re using the bits every day the only thing you might want to think about is Vitamin D which the spirulina algae doesn’t have) our bodys need and I stopped taking my normal multivitamins. As I live in Hawaii and usually get a bit of sunshine everyday I don’t have a crazy need for the Vitamin D, but if you’re living in a place with little sunshine or if you’re spending a lot of time inside you might want to think about taking a Vitamin D supplement. As we just moved to a less sunny spot on the island I’m wondering if I should go back to taking a little bit of Vitamin D supplements too. Because of my history of depression I need to be very careful with these kind of things as a slight little imbalance in my body can affect me very bad..

 

Here’s my daily intake of other things than food:

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Spirulina in the shape of ENERGYbits (which I’m sure by now you already know I love..) or Spirulina Powder added to juice, yoghurt, smoothies or just on top of bananas.

A while ago I got in contact with Nutrex Hawaii as I was curious about their product BioAstin. I’ve seen it around a bunch lately and as I’ve had some problems with my skin and getting burned easily in the sun I figured it would be interesting to see if these pills could help me. BioAstin consists of the antioxidant Astaxanthin and is said to have many benefits for our body. As I’m right now taking these pills daily to be able to review the product I’ll be back in a later post telling you more about it.

Alpha Liphoic Acid (ALA) is the third and last supplement I take on a daily basis. This is an antioxidant that are found in low doses in some foods (spinach, broccoli, yams, potatoes, yeast, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, beets etc) and is also made naturally in our bodies. It is supposed to fight free radicals, help lower the blood sugar level and have benefits for skin and overall health. I actually got this to see if it would help me with what seems like never ending skin problems. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties it can help treat psoriasis and atopic and contact dermatitis.

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Banana with peanut butter and spirulina. Tasty and filling!

So, with added Vitamin D and maybe some fish (krill?) oil I’m thinking I’ll be all set together with my normal mostly veggie diet.

But there are some things I’m still on the lookout for:

Looking to find a protein powder (preferably easy to shake up in a blender bottle) for fast on-the-go fuel, but this one seems to be way harder then I imagined as my stomach seem to hate everything I try. Bummer! Good thing the ENERGYbits are giving me tons of protein at least. I should also mention that my husband is doing his very best with providing great proteins (without necessarily being meat) for every meal – something I tend to be pretty bad at even after a thousand years as vegetarian/vegan/pescetarian..

Of course I’m also ALWAYS on the lookout for easy and tasty gels/chews/drinks to bring along on long runs.

Electrolyte tabs/powders tend to be really hard on my belly so I’m relaying on the ENERGYbits to take care of the electrolyte business for now.

I am far from an expert in these things and if you have any suggestions, please feel free to tell me whatever crosses your mind.

Q: Do you take supplements? If so, what are you taking?

Do you have any suggestions on natural (as natural as possible) and easy-on-the-stomach bring-along-fuel for running? Electrolytes?


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Snack Me Up

I love snacks.

In periods of my life snack time was the equivalent of candy time, but nowadays I make way better choices. Some of my favorites are:

 

toast with almond butter and banana

Toast with nut butter (whatever kind, really, I love ’em all!) and sliced banana

greek yoghurt with almond butter and berries

Greek Yoghurt with almond butter and dried berries (sometimes added spirulina powder which makes the color of the yoghurt funky and fun)

veggie eggs benne

Vegetarian Eggs Benedict (might be more than a snack, but I freaking LOVE it). In fact, eggs in all shapes totally gets me going.

kombucha and bits

My favorite drink (except for COFFEE) and the beloved ENERGYbits. All green and wonderful!

avocado

Avocado. Straight up or with lemon/salt and pepper/cottage cheese/whatever. Avocado is, just like eggs, something I could eat however, whenever.

nespresso

Not really a snack, but sometimes when I’m dealing with a craving I make myself a cup of coffee (preferably a strong little cup of Nespresso) and sit down. Here, relaxing with my baby cat.

orange, carrot and lemon juice

Juice! Gotta love juice. Actually, I don’t really care for packaged juices but I love to make my own. One of the favorites: carrot/orange/lemon.

drink chia beach

DrinkChia. Chia seeds comes with great benefits and this drink makes me keep going when I’m out and about and/or waiting for dinner or so.

banana with peanut butter and spirulina

Sliced up banana with nut butter and spirulina powder. Nom nom nom. AND filling.

I enjoy healthy choices of snacks. There’s a lot of nice things that will make my cravings go away and that will fill me up enough for a mid day snack or so. But don’t get me wrong. I DO eat other things too. Occasionally I binge ice cream (really bad! I’m sensitive to lactose and ice cream NEVER ends happily, but it’s OH so GOOD!), candy or potato chips. Not often, but it definitely happens. 

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I’ve noticed that since I got better with drinking water I’m way better with staying away from unnecessary snacking.

 

Q: What are your favorite snacks? Do you indulge in “unhealthy” snacks from time to time? Or every time? Do you have any tricks NOT to eat that unnecessary ice cream, cinnamon roll or whatever you might fancy?


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A Great Start Of The New Year – ENERGYbits

While most of us have been giving gifts to our left and right for Christmas I feel like it’s important to remember ourselves that we actually don’t need a special day or a special reason to give a gift to someone we care about (like family, friends or.. ourselves!). I’m going to give you a great idea for a gift to start out the new year with. I know I’m going to stay #poweredbybits this coming year and I am happy I am!

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Why?

ENERGYbits® are the hottest high performance protein to hit the athletic community and have won a coveted spot as the most preferred fuel for athletes and weekend warriors. But before you turn up your nose at the thought of buying food as a gift for your favorite athlete, you should know that ENERGYbits® are not your average protein snack. They are made from 100% organic spirulina algae, which, according to NASA boasts a thousand times more vitamins and the highest concentration of protein in the world. No wonder algae has been used by NASA astronauts and Olympic athletes for decades. These nuggets of nutrition are in a class all their own. And it’s definitely first class.

ENERGYbits® are easy to take and since they are packaged so elegantly, they make your gift giving a breeze. At just one calorie per tab, they also make a perfect low calorie, high-energy snack for anyone on the go, not just athletes. When swallowed (or chewed) by the handful, ENERGYbits® are instantly absorbed so they satisfy hunger, stop fatigue and provide a steady supply of energy for hours, all for just a few calories.  With more protein than steak, more beta carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach, more chlorophyll than wheatgrass and 40 vitamins, it’s no wonder ENERGYbits® are considered more than a super food but a “perfect food.”

As Catharine Arnston , Founder and CEO of Bits of Health explains, “algae’s nutritional pedigree is so impressive that The World Bank, The United Nations, NASA and Olympic athletes have declared it “the most nutritious food in the entire world.” With this kind of endorsement, you have to ask yourself, who wouldn’t want a bag of ENERGYbits® this year?”

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That should be answer enough? If not I can tell you that since I’ve been starting to use these green bits I’ve noticed a big difference not just in my energy levels but in endurance and performance in general. I take 30-40 of the bits with water about 15-20 minutes before I hit the road for my runs and I no longer have to deal with a “down” around the 2-3rd kilometre of the run. I cruise on by and feel strong in both body and mind for a longer period of time. Because of the bits being full of minerals and vitamins too I’ve stopped taking my normal muli vitamin pill and have stopped franticly looking for an electrolyte product that will work with my stomach. The bits are giving me electrolytes on top of that nice extra energy (without a “crash”)! AND, me being one of those with a sensitive stomach I’m happy to say that they aren’t messing with my poor little belly AT ALL!

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Great stuff! And as you can tell when visiting their website, there are two other kinds of bits too. RECOVERYbits, which consists of 100% chlorella algae, SKINNYbits which consists of 100% spirulina algae, and VITALITYbits which consists of 50% spirulina and 50% chlorella algae.

So if you feel like trying the bits out or give them to someone who are worth a great start of the new year – head on over to ENERGYbits, choose your bag of bits and use the promotion code EVELINRUNS to get 15% off your order. I’d say go ahead, take the leap and give the wonderful green little bits a go!

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I’m Surviving the End of the World tomorrow

So I’m running my third race tomorrow. Before the break of dawn my husband and I are getting up, into the car and driving the 1 1/2 hour to Kona. At 7am I’ll be at the start line for my second 10K race. I am nervous, but I’ve decided to just do this. I’m not aiming at a PR (but let’s be honest, don’t we all kind of want to do as good as freaking possible in all races), I’m going to have fun. And finish!

The race I’m doing is called “End of the World” and is arranged by Waverider Triathlon Club which is an organisation with the purpose of “encourage students of Kealakehe High School to live a healthy and active lifestyle”. Pretty cool and very suitable thinking of the location. Big Island and Kona is, as we all know, one of the greatest spots when it comes to triathlon competitions (IRONMAN).

I’m looking forward to run down Ali’i Drive and being able to look at the ocean as I run (my normal view is… lava.. and ocean in a distance).

But anyways. I AM nervous and this is what I did to calm my nerves this afternoon:

Day Before End of the World 1

Day Before End of the World 2

I’ve also been drinking tons of water and indulging in a LOT of chocolate (because… I’m worth it). Great preparations for tomorrow’s run.

 

Q: Anyone else out there doing a race this weekend? If so, good luck and HAVE FUN!


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My Run In Pictures – Dec 6th

Dec 6th 1I found my ENERGYbits and got #poweredbybits.

 

Dec 6th 2My beloved Garmin Forerunner 405CX is ready to go.

Dec 6th 3Realized that my old iPhone wasn’t charged and needed to be before I went out running. NEED my music on my runs. 

Dec 6th 4So while waiting for the phone to charge up I.. took a photo of my legs. Just because.

Dec 6th 5Finally got out and met this wonderful view of the sunset on my way down the hill to the highway where most of my running happens here in Hawaii. Exotic huh?

Dec 6th 6Well, I do like sunsets. I do.

Dec 6th 7Just me. Out running. On the Highway.

Dec 6th 8There it is, my shoulder.

Dec 6th 9Legs outside. WAY better than inside waiting for the phone to charge.

Dec 6th 10Back home doing my #plankAday (x 3) with a cat hanging out around me, under me, on top of me. Lots of kisses and yes, all he really wanted was some food.

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