As an athlete, I am very, very aware of what I put in my body. It’s true that food is fuel, and we actually are what we eat. Because of this, I’ve been taking stock of my diet, and reworking it to be more beneficial to my body and the activities I am partaking in.
I want to be less dependent on highly-processed foods and foods full of artificial chemicals. I also want to eat more whole foods and plant-based foods to help fuel my body in a natural way. So when I started looking at traditional marathon training fueling options like those artificial energy gels, bites and beans, I started to get a bit wary. How would these impact my performance? Would they help? Or hurt?
Luckily, one product that I learned about (and that I’m super excited about) is ENERGYbits. Here’s the deal with these little buggers – they are 100% spirulina algae. Yes, algae, the stuff the grows in your fish tank (hell, they even kind of smell like fish food, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss). But check this out – spirulina algae is one of those fab, all-natural superfoods that ONLY benefit your body, and never detract from all the hard work you’re doing while running. And, spirulina algae has the highest concentration of protein in any food – plant, animal or otherwise – available on the market today. This means that all my protein needs are going to be met with just one superfood.
ENERGYbits are these tiny little tabs that, when taken before or during a workout, boost your overall performance in an all-natural way. Because I was getting wary of those artificial, chemical-filled energy gels and beans, when I was told about ENERGYbits, I was all over them. Hello, who doesn’t want an all-natural alternative to their performance boosting needs?
ENERGYbits sent me a small sample, and I was SUPER pumped to give them a try. Because I just started my marathon training, I thought these would be great to try out during my weekly long runs, just to see how they impacted my energy and endurance levels. So I gave them a go last Saturday right before my first weekly long run – only a 5-miler, but still, that’s how marathon training plans work.
Okay, at first, I didn’t feel too well during my run. However, I don’t this this had anything to do with the ENERGYbits themselves. I think that I had eaten too much chocolate the night before (and I had, really, which is not a good thing. Sometimes those cravings are brutal!). So, the over-indulgence couples with having to drink more water than usual before my run to swallow my ENERGYbits kind of upset my stomach. I was able to complete my 5 mile run, and I went home to enjoy a shower and a cup of coffee.
But then, suddenly, I started to feel really good. Even though I had only run 5 miles, I wasn’t nearly as tired after my run as I should have been – especially since I wasn’t feeling 100% during it. And that’s the cool thing about ENERGYbits – they don’t give you the immediate energy boost following by an immediate crash like some products. They actually fuel you all day long! I was pretty surprised by this, actually, as I hadn’t been anticipating the continuous feeling of awesome that day.
So, I’m giving ENERGYbits another try tomorrow when I’ll definitely need the energy – not only for an early-morning run, but also for a full day of race volunteering! And since I won’t be pigging out on chocolate tonight (I’ve got a quinoa and spinach salad on my menu for this evening), I 100% believe I will feel awesome for the entire day tomorrow.
And, if that’s the case, I won’t hesitate to keep consuming them during the next 120 days of training!