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Thrive In 30!

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 When Krystal contacted me from Sequel Naturals to announce their awesome THRIVE IN 30 challenge, I couldn’t wait to get started!  As a fan of every single VEGA product I’ve tried, I knew that with this company endorsing, it must be pretty legit. 

Although I already eat a healthy diet, I figured any tips and tricks that I could gain from the program couldn’t hurt!  Here’s a little bit about the head man, Brendan Brazier:

Hi! I’m  Brendan Brazier and I’ll be your guide on a 30 day journey that will increase your knowledge about nutrition, provide you with an alternative to traditional fitness principles and give you a fresh approach to total body health.

For me it all began at the age of 15, when I decided to become a professional Ironman triathlete. Since Ironman competitions combine a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle, and marathon (26.2 miles of running), making a full-time career of racing clearly requires a serious approach to training. But I loved the Ironman lifestyle, so for no other reason than enjoyment, I happily pursued my goal.

Given the magnitude of my investment in preparing my body for professional competition, I knew adhering to the most effective training program possible would give me a sizable advantage, so I looked at the training programs of some of the world’s top professional Ironman athletes with the plan of mimicking their routines.

To distinguish what elevated the best athletes from the typical, I also looked at training regimens of those with respectable yet average performance. What I found surprised me: the average athlete’s program differed very little from the elite.

If training discrepancies were minimal and natural talent can only get you so far, what caused some athletes to pull out ahead of the rest of the pack? The most significant difference I found between the upper-echelon elites and the moderately-performing athlete had little to do with trainingit was almost all about recovery.

Breakthrough performances are hinged on the rate at which the body can regenerate itself after training. Realizing this, quick and complete recovery became my focus. And as I discovered, diet has the single greatest impact on recovery. In fact, food choices can account for up to 80 percent of the total recovery process.

My focus then shifted specifically to nutrition—not because I had an interest in nutrition—but simply because I knew that what I ate could very well be the difference between having a pro-career or not!

I raced Ironman triathlons professionally for seven years. But beyond racing professionally, I’ve learned that optimal nutrition is a means to a full, energetic, productive and enjoyable life—regardless of your personal goals.Simply put, premium nutrition will make any challenge you face easier.

Through trial and error, I discovered that with the perfect combination of the right foods, it was possible to achieve incredible levels of fitness that went far beyond what I could have achieved on a regular diet. This perfect combination evolved for me in the form of a whole food, plant-based diet.

You can sign up here for FREE lessons each day, plus 15% off VEGA products!

Here is a little sneak peek of what was in the first lesson:

What have you got to lose?  Are YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

What A Teasee…

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…I’m back!  But guess what?  This is just a teaser post until I can get all my vacation pictures uploaded 🙂  I definitely wanted to say hi, and let you all know, I’m still alive and kickin’….PLUS:  I’ve got a winner to share!

Remember this giveaway? You guys were jumping at the chance to with this awesome cookbook by Peggy  that Sequel Naturals offered to giveaway!

Annnnnddd the winner, courtesy of RANDOM.org iss:

LAURA

 

 

Laura, please send me an email to freckledfoodielove@gmail.com so I can get your shipping information and mail you your prize! (:

 

Be back as soon as possible with vacation recaps galore!

 

XO.

Must Have Been Something I Ate! Giveaway Alert ;)

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When Cierra From Sequel Naturals, a favorite company of mine, contacted me about the release of a new book called “Must Have Been Something I Ate” by Peggy Kotsopoulos, I did a little bit of research on what the excitement was all about before I accepted the review offer.

To start off, I figured that since I loved their Whole Food Health Optimizers and Shake & Go Smoothies (the Choc-A-Lot in particular ;)), I would by a supporter of almost anything they endorsed.

I came to find that this book not only contained beneficial holistic nutritional information, but it also contained tips and tricks for eating to enhance beauty and things of that sort!

The description of this book is spot on:

This isn’t your typical “eat-your-greens” nutrition book but a personalized resource for discovering the connection between the food you eat and how you look and feel. Whether you’re feeling blue or bloated, bitchy or blemished, this one-of-a-kind companion will become your solution-finding BFF.

Topics and tips include:
• Learn key nutrients that will have you feeling energized and stress-free
• Reveal what could be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts and how to lose the weight for good
• Discover how to kick cravings to the curb
• Get gorgeous with beautifying foods
• Locate the best foods to lift your mood and revamp your sex life
• Design PMS-proof cabinets
• Plus 25 guilt-free yet indulgent recipes complete with colour photos

 Aren’t convinced that anything this amazing for your body can taste good?

Check out some of the included recipes from the book:

Chai Tea Latte
• Hummus, Fig and Olive Tapenade Crustini
• Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
• Creamy Broccoli Soup
• Omega Pesto with Zucchini Lunguini
• Chocolate Mousse

Still aren’t convinced?  Wellllll, the kind peeps at the company offered to GIVEAWAY a book to one of you lucky readers so you can see for yourselves!

You can purchase the book at the online store, here!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Become a fan of Sequel Naturals on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you’ve done so.

2. Leave a comment on this post telling me which of these recipes sounds delicious to you!

3. Blog about, tweet about, or facebook about this giveaway (linking back of course), and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

XOXO.