Getting into the best shape of my life

Running 12 miles in the redwoods

Running 12 miles in the redwoods

I feel soooo good.  I am running 3-4x a week and cross training on the other days.  I now have muscular abs again which I haven’t had in a really long time.  In fact all of my muscles have decided to join the party.  The reason I am writing this is because I want to inspire you to sign up for some kind of event and train for it.  You will be amazed at how motivated you can become when you are running for a cause (for me it’s leukemia) and with other people who are counting on you to be there.  I have made some great friends, look and feel better than ever and my mood is much more steady and balanced.  I am running 12 miles tomorrow and 18 miles next Saturday.  I am not even worried anymore about weather I can do it or not, because with a little bee pollen in my back pocket, I can run anywhere!

Since a lot of you reading this know that I eat a high raw, vegan diet, here are some of the things I have been finding to work quite well:

Chia seeds

Chia Seeds

Chia are super high in EFAs and have an ability to give endurance to long distance runners.

Super-Energizing Power…For Greater Endurance and “Go Power”!  Due to its unique blend of Protein, Essential Fats, Fiber, Complex Carbohydrates, and Antioxidants, chia is unrivalled among seeds and grains for providing energy to your body.

Improves Cardiovascular Health…super high levels of heart-healthy EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)…chia’s oil contains the highest-known percentage of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, a whopping 62%–64%!

Stabilizes Blood Sugar…Reduces blood sugar swings…and supports conditions of hypoglycemia and diabetes.

Reduces Cravings for Sweets and Junk Foods—high soluble fiber content releases natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream.

Improves Mental Focus and Concentration. Chia’s balanced essential fatty acids can signficantly boost your brain power…and brighten your mood.

High-Quality Protein—Chia contains 20% or more protein…a higher percentage protein than found in other grains, such as wheat, corn, rice, or oats.

Builds Lean Muscle Mass…Plus it’s useful for weight loss and weight maintenance.  Chia is suitable for all lifestyles and dietary regimens, including low-carb diets and vegetarian diets.

Gluten-Free. Unlike grain-source proteins, chia seed protein contains no gluten.  You can eat chia without worrying about gluten if you are sensitive to it…or about developing gluten sensitivity.  Chia is an ideal food for individuals with gluten sensitivity, carbohydrate intolerance, hypoglycemia, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or anyone who wants to avoid common gluten-containing grains like corn, barley, and wheat.

An Ideal Food for nearly everyone, including individuals with food allergies, food sensitivities, or food and chemical hypersensitivity.  One study found no evidence of allergic response to chia, even in individuals with peanut and tree nut allergies.

Super-Hydration and Electrolyte Balance. Chia’s soluble fiber (hydrophilic colloids) massively retains water…keeps you well-hydrated and maintains your electrolyte balance.

Supports Healthy Elimination and Detoxification—healthy oils and fiber contribute to greater regularity and comfort…beneficial effects not to be underestimated!

Uniquely Balanced. Chia offers an amazingly balanced ratios of macronutrients…better balanced than most grains, seeds, and many other foods.

 

I soak 1/4 cup chia seeds in 3/4 cups water and either blend them into some almond or sesame milk with 2 Tbs. Warrior Food protein powder (see PureJoyPlanet.com), and some stevia or honey or perhaps a banana. I like to add about 1 Tbs. Spirulina or Vitamineral Green.  This is my post run smoothie.  I eat a pretty low glycemic (sweets) diet, so instead of a lot of fruit which bloats me and makes me burp, I add the stevia.  Lately I’ve been adding aloe vera gel (the inner part of about 1/3 of a big leaf) and blending that in too.  It gets frothy and fills out the smoothie nicely.

Bee Pollen

bee pollen

bee pollen

This is an amazing food. It’s got 18 amino acids and is very high in protein.  Here is a little excerpt to give you more info:

Bee Pollen is often referred to as nature’s perfect food because it contains a rich supply of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and amino acids.  In addition, it contains flavonoids such as rutin and quercitin.

Bee pollen contains 35% protein, 55% carbohydrates, 2% fatty acids, and 3% minerals and vitamins.  Consequently, it has been noted to have a high concentration of vitamins A, C, D, and E, and it is extraordinary rich in the B-complex vitamins.  However, bee pollen’s composition may vary depending on plant sources and geographic region.

First, bee pollen consists of antioxidant compounds such as vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and flavonoids, which makes it a free radical fighter.  Antioxidants are compounds that help protect the body from cellular damage caused by free radicals.

The body needs antioxidants because with every breath you take (among others) you generate free radicals, which are highly reactive substances that can attack and damage cells, contributing to premature aging and disease if left unchecked.

I take bee pollen by the Tablespoon.  Maybe once or twice a week, but not all the time, just when I think about it. I do eat it on my long Saturday runs. About every hour I pour a mouthful and rinse it down with water. I gotta tell ya, I feel awesome when I do it. My energy is high and I finish my run strong and feeling fine!

Greens

Fresh Mesclun Mix

Fresh Mesclun Mix

I love kale, parsley, basil, Romaine, arugula, spring mix, fresh herbs and butter lettuce.  I eat a big green salad once or twice a day.  Sometimes I’ll eat one for breakfast with mashed avocado and sauerkraut as a dressing.  Other times with 1 Tbs. pumpkins seed oil or hemp seed oil or olive oil.  I add cucumbers, red bell peppers (green are not ripe), tomatoes and dum ta dum…. Freeze dried peas which I buy from http://www.justtomatoes.com

Sea Vegetables

hijiki2-lg

I love dulse, nori, sea palm, hijiki, and arame.  I add it to salads almost daily (usually just one of the above).  Sea Veg are filled with minerals and are so good for us. My inner voice is usually quick to speak up and remind me if I forget to add one of these jewels to my salad, it sound something like (“dulse!” or “Nori”…I just hear the voice in my head and I know what I need to do).

Water

ion ways water

I realize this is something I do daily anyways, but I feel it is such a big part of the way I feel, it needs to be mentioned.  I have a water Ionizer/Alkalizer from Ion Ways called the Athena.  It makes the water more alkaline and it also ionizes it which microclusters the water making it more absorbable by the cells therefore more hydrating.  We all know that when we are alkaline and hydrated we have more energy, feel good and don’t get sick. In fact, I checked my urine Ph today and it was really alkaline…major blue on the test strip.  No wonder I’ve been feeling so good and haven’t gotten sick since Goddess knows when 🙂

If you want to check out the system for yourself, go to http://www.Ionways.com/purejoyplanet

Other things I have found really help me during my training are good running shoes, a great coach (comes with the Team in Training fund raising package), good attitude, a white running hat and good moral support of friends and family.

I’ve been getting up early every morning now to stay on a rhythm, which means my alarm goes off at 5:20 am most mornings.  When I’m not running, I get up early (in the dark) and go to a 6 am yoga class.  I’m in bed by 10pm and most of the time I stop all eating by 6 or 7 pm.  These are all great ways to add to my overall health and well being and I know that my liver and body thank me for being so kind to them, and so will yours!

I’m doing a gallbladder flush over the next 5 days, so look for my blog results soon.

8 thoughts on “Getting into the best shape of my life

  1. Elaina, I am wishing you a fantastic marathon. You are showing that all people can improve, no matter what, with the awesome power of raw, chia, bee pollen etc! I am an AVID chia user, around 1/2 cup a day for me. need to get more bee pollen though!
    I will be rooting for you to have an amazing race day!
    love deb

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  3. Rob

    I’ve never had my own chia pet or chia head or whatnot, but they look cool on TV. I just eat the seeds and I swear, they help sooo much as far as energy and feeling good throughout the day goes. I honestly started feeling so much better on a day-to-day basis after I started putting them in my smoothies about a year ago. The one’s I get are Chia Pure. Chia Seeds Right Now they are even buy 1
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