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Bulu Box Review

Let's be honest, nutrition products are needed. They can help enhance our workouts, help with pain, help us take care of ourselves, and increase our overall health all together. But while we are being honest, can we all admit that the nutrition industry is making a KILLING off of us.  Nutrition products aren't cheap, so when you buy them, it's usually with a good chunk of change, and there is always some risk involved. Sometimes the risk comes from you not getting the results you want from a product. While other times, it could just be that you can't stand the taste of the product. I have had several nutrition products that are so potent that I just can't handle drinking or taking them due to the taste. 

Then there you have it. You have this entire container of an expensive product that you won't even be using. And you are left trying to decide if you want to find another product to buy, risking that the same thing could happen again. 

WELL....no more of that! 

Bulu Box has fixed the problem for us! 

Rather than buying full size products with our fingers crossed and hoping it works out for us, Bulu Box has created a monthly subscription box where they will send you full size samples of health and nutrition products to try out.

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What's even better, is that if you LOVE the product, it's easy to go right to their website and order more of it! 

Seriously isn't that such a great idea! Imagine how much money you will save by being able try things before you commit and buy them! 

"Bulu Box is the best way to discover the health, nutrition and weight loss products that are right for YOU!"

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I got a BuluBox this week, with some great products in it! Some I would never even think to look for at the store, but I realize would be very helpful for me. Here's what I got! 

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  1. Yerba Prima-is a fiber powder, which I love to add to my smoothies but haven't had any to do that with in a long time. This specific one is full of goodness that promotes healthy bacteria in the gut. This is actually such a big deal, because with so much of the food in our world today, many of us are walking around with bad guts, which can cause a lot of inflammation in our body! I am definitely going to be trying this and reading up on it. 
  2. The T-Brush-a different way to brush your teeth. This was a bonus for this box, but I am so intrigued, and have enjoyed the different shaped toothbrush so far. 
  3. Island Boost-is supposed to be an automatic shot of energy without caffeine. I am running 8 miles tonight, so I plan to try this out and I'll let you know how it goes! 
  4. RUNA Tea-I was so excited to see this. They sale this tea at a local Natural Grocers, and my friend just bought some and was telling me how amazing it was. PLUS, it's Sugar Free! She bought already made, bottled tea, but this is a tea bag. I'm excited to make some hot tea with it! Plus I love cinnamon.
  5. Movit Energy Gummies-Okay, I tried these on my 5miler last night, and it was my best run in a while. I felt INCREDIBLE!! Plus these things tasted great! 

So take advantage of the 50% OFF Code from Fitappraoch, and who knows, you could find some amazing health and fitness products that could really help enhance your workouts and make you feel better! Even if some products you don't love, at least you didn't waste money on full sizes of them! 

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I was provided this Bulu Box for free through my Sweatpink Ambassadorship with Fit Approach. All opinions of the Bulu Box Review are all my own. 

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How I'm Fueling My First Post-Baby Half Marathon + a Giveaway

Well race day is upon me! I'm 5 days out, and I will admit, I'm pretty dang excited, and maybe just a tad bit nervous!  Mostly I'm nervous because my last few weeks of training haven't been as great as previous trainings had been.  I ran my 11 mile run 4 weeks ago, and had intended to run my top 12 mile run the weekend I attended my Yoga training, but that just didn't happen.  So add that first weekend of not hitting my far training run on top of two different times getting sick, plus some icy weather, and the last 3 weeks of my training has been quite all over the place. 

Needless to say though, I am still super excited and about 95% confident that I am ready and will do great! I believe my finish time for my first half marathon in 2012 was 2hr49min. and then my 2nd in 2013 I didn't keep track of the time because I did intervals (walk/running) with my mom and 7 month pregnant sister. If all goes well, I think that I will PR (hit a personal record) for my half marathon time. Now, that does excite me, although I'm not all about the time either. I am just a runner to run. I don't pay attention to what time I hit each of my miles in, etc. I don't really care about that. I was not naturally a runner, so just being a long distance runner is a huge achievement for me, and at this time I'm fine with focussing on that. Maybe as I run more long races, then it will be fun to see if I can beat my previous time, but that's not what I focus on. 

This run I will definitely focus more on proper nutrition and fueling my body for the run. I recently attended a "Nutrition for Runner's" Workshop at a local running store, and it really got me thinking and realizing that I need to focus on nutrition, before, during, and after my run. 

So here's my plan and what I'll be using to Fuel My First Post-Baby Half Marathon! 

How to fuel your half marathon. Before, During, and Post Race Nutrition by @brittanysuell`

Before My Race: 

-Nuun Hydration- I drink a glass of water with half a Nuun Hydration tablet in it. I love the tri-berry flavor! It is a great way to start the race hydrated, especially since I don't run holding a water bottle. 

-RX Bar- I eat half of an RX bar before my race. Now granted I run my training runs in the afternoon/evening, and the half marathon will be in the morning, so I will probably add a banana to the half of the bar as well. 

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RX Bars are incredible bars that are made with REAL foods, and lucky for me, NO ADDED SUGAR! They are Whole 30 approved, and most contain some of the same ingredients like egg whites, dates, almonds,and figs, plus other stuff depending on what flavor. My favorite flavor is the Blueberry RX Bar! Oh my word! Can you say INCREDIBLE! Seriously, it's like eating a healthy blueberry muffin, and I LOVE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS! 

During My Race: 

-Flip Belt-I will be using my Flip Belt, it's not really nutrition related, but it holds all my goodies in place! My phone which will be playing "The Chalene Show" Podcasts, and tracking my run with Nike+, and My RX Bar that I will eat around mile 4-6.

-Bondi Band-Once again, not actually nutrition related, but Bondi Bands are my GO-TO head bands when it comes to running, or any workout where I will be sweating a ton! Let me know if you are interested in getting some, I have a lot in stock, and I'm telling you, they are great headbands! 

-Water-What!?! Yep that's right, I'll be taking advantage of the race water stations and staying hydrated! Gotta love that H20! 

-RX Bar-Around mile 4-6 I will be eating the 2nd half of my RX Bar! 

Did I mention that RX Bars are incredible and super yummy! Packed with 12 grams of protein, GMO free, Gluten free, Soy free, Dairy free, and full of yummy nutrition! And they come in several good flavors, so no matter what running mood you are in, surely you can find one to fuel your run for the day! 

Post Race: 

-Nuun Hydration-I'll be drinking the 2nd half of my tri-berry tablet, directly after the race, and maybe another later in the day to refuel and stay hydrated from the long run. 

-Vega Team Protein-After every run/workout, I always have a post workout protein smoothie with Vega Team Protein! It's a plant based protein powder that is yummy and doesn't have all the crap in it that some protein powders have! 

Now I don't know if I said enough about these wonderful RX Bars! You know with my journey of no sugar in 2015, that I am loving on the go snacks that are packed with protein, nutrition, real foods, and NO ADDED SUGAR, oh and they need to taste good. I've have fun making homemade stuff, but these things are awesome and so great to have on hand. Plus they have a coffee flavored one, and I love coffee! 

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Actually this past weekend we took a quick trip to New Mexico for a day of skiing. Now it was a quick trip, so we had one day to ski, so we did not want to take time to stop and eat lunch. Instead, my husband and I enjoyed a yummy Apple RX Bar on the ski lift as we made our way to the top of the mountain! It was perfect! 

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So to celebrate my first post baby half marathon, RX Bar has been kind enough to give one of you guys a chance to try one of each flavor of their awesome RX Bars!!! Wahoo! Who wants to win these yummy bars! 

ENTER BELOW to WIN: 1 RX bar of each flavor + an RX Bar T-shirt! 

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Baby-Led Weaning & Nutrition

This weekend, I was asked why I chose to use the technique of "Baby-Led Weaning" to feed my son.  And honestly I didn't have a clear answer for them.  This challenged my husband and me to really research the process of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) and why we do it.

Just so we are on the same page, Baby-Led Weaning, or BLW is described as,

"BLW, encourages a baby's confidence and independence by following his cues. Solid feeding starts when the baby demonstrates that he can feed himself and progresses at his unique pace.  It allows him to follow his instincts to copy his parents and [siblings] to develop his feeding skills in a natural, fun way, learning as he goes." (Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett)

So basically, instead of spoon feeding  my baby the "normal" pureed baby foods, I give him whole foods, cut into strips that he can easily grasp, and he feeds himself. You can read more about why we decided to use this method in my post Start 'em Young.

As we have begun researching, we have learned so many health benefits that it has for a baby, and encourages even through their adult years. Plus allowing the baby to make choices about what foods to pick up and eat, etc. builds confidence and creates an ability to make decisions, which I love.  Here are some of the awesome Nutritional Facts we have found with BLW.

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(All quotes come from the book "Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods and Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater" by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett)

APPETITE CONTROL.

As we all know very well, and I have discussed frequently on my blog, eating habits that we develop as children can last a lifetime, and when they are bad habits, it is very hard to break them. So according to research, "...babies who are allowed to choose what to eat from a range of nutritious foods, at their own pace, and to decide when they've had enough, continue to eat according to their appetite and are less likely to overeat when they are older." And my favorite part, {bold added} "This may be an important part of preventing obesity."

BETTER NUTRITION.

Evidence suggests that when children are involved with meals at an early age, they are less likely to choose unhealthy foods when they are older.  They are "more likely to be better nourished, long term. This is partly because they are used to copying what their parents do, and to eating adult food wherever they are, and partly because they tend to be more adventurous eaters anyway."

This also shows how important it is for us, as adults to choose healthy foods as well, because our children watch us and mimic what we do. It is so important for me that my son has a good shot at living a healthy lifestyle.  Meaning, I want to teach him early what is healthy, so that those are the habits he picks up naturally.  Even the other day I ate a cookie at a friend's house, (I'm not saying this is TERRIBLE), but at the moment, my infant watching me, I thought, "Oh no, you can't have this." Then I realized, if I don't want him having it, then why am I having it.  He will mirror what I do!

A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD FOOD.

"If a baby's early experiences with food are healthy and happy, problems such as food refusal and food phobias are much less likely." Also with BLW, pickiness or refusing certain foods aren't as common, because eating is an enjoyable thing for the baby.  You lay the foods on their tray, and they choose what to pick up and put in their mouth.  They also choose when to be done eating.  When spoon-feeding, the parent is in control, and many times forcing the spoon or bribing the spoon into the baby's mouth, making the experience less enjoyable for the baby, and the parent.

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Here are some of the foods that I have pre-made for my son. I cut them into strips that are easy for him to pick-up, and steam or roast them, then freeze them.  I love that he is getting whole foods that I would normally eat as well.  One great thing with BLW is you don't necessarily have to pre-make food, but most foods you make for the family you can feed the baby.  Although this is true, some nights our house is crazy and we have leftovers or something, so it's nice to have pre-made food frozen for him.

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Here is the book referenced throughout the post.

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Smoothie Series WEEK 3-Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

Welcome to Week 3 of our Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, which is all about the nutritious additives you can put in your smoothie!

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You are probably wondering, what can be more nutritious that a cup full of fruit!?!? Well today I'm going to tell you my TOP 5 NUTRITIOUS ADDITIVES when it comes to making smoothies!

Now if you are just joining in on the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, START HERE:

smoothie week 1

smoothie week 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protein Powder:

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 There are so many brands of protein powders out there.  When finding one, I would suggest finding a natural, or plant based powder, here are two suggestions from previous reviews we have done: Skoop & Manitoba Harvest Both are plant based, and have great flavors.

I personally use protein powder in my smoothies because I use smoothies as meal replacements, and sometimes, post workout nutrition.  When it is as a meal replacement, it's important for me so that I am able to stay full longer.  When I am using a smoothie as a post workout drink, the protein aids in muscle recovery.  (more about that HERE)

Green Veggies:

My two favorite green veggies to add to my smoothies are: 

KALE

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SPINACH

Spinach is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, and B6, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium, and omega-3-fatty-acids. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.39.59 PM

So basically, adding greens to your smoothie is AWESOME FOR YOU!!! So DO IT!!

And don't be afraid of them! Just a handful of greens and you won't even taste them, your smoothie just might have a hint of green color to it! I love adding a handful to mine just because that means a little more vegetable intake for that day, and a whole lot more of GOOD NUTRITIONAL VALUE in my smoothie!

Chia Seeds:

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Same seeds used to create a CHIA PET! You know those little grass heads sold on TV Info-mercials in the 90's! These seeds are FILLED with Omega-3-fatty-acid and are also dietary fibers.

Some people even let these sit for a while, because as they sit in liquid, they become little jelly capsules, so they thicken up your smoothie! Yum! Or add them to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal!

Flax Seeds:

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.31.32 PMFlax seeds are high in dietary fiber, micronutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids, and have about 800 times the amount of antioxidant lignans of any other plant.

I have used the ground version or whole seeds in my smoothies, but usually the whole seeds get grounded some by the blender anyways.

Peanut Butter

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A balanced source of energy, and supplies all three macronutrients. About 13% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 72% fats. Great to add in for an extra boost of protein, but also be careful not to add too much, and go overboard with it.

Be sure to get natural peanut butter though.  Many regular peanut butter brands actually have sugars added to them....why did they ever do that? I don't know, in my opinion, a natural peanut butter has plenty of sweetness to it! So GO NATURAL!

These are my TOP 5 most used Nutritious Additives in my Smoothies, but I asked fellow Health & Fitness Bloggers, and here's some others they often times add.

Others: 

-Almond Butter -Full of nutrients and vitamins, and has different nutritional values than peanut butter.

-PB2-a low calorie powder form of peanut butter

-Bee Pollen -claimed to be nearly 40% protein and contain all nutrients required by humans

-Maca Powder - a Peruvian root powder that contains many vitamins, aids in energy, and more.

-Cacao Nibs -crumbles from whole Cacao beans, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers, and adds a natural chocolate flavor!

-Coconut Oil -claims to be easy to digest, and to help boost metabolism.

So in your adventure to become a Pro-Smoothie Drinker, I hope this helps!!!

Pick a couple of these on the list that interest you or seem like they would benefit your body and diet the most and go with it! You don't have to do them all!

So.....

What's your favorite Nutrient Rich Additive to put in your smoothie?

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& be sure to come back next week for more awesome smoothie recipes to finish off the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series! little-signautres

If you missed the first two weeks of the series, check them out! 

Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen 

WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers...COMING NEXT WEEK!