10 Days and Counting

Cannot believe it is only 10 days until I attempt my first (and probably last, well, the last one I will ever swim in Lake Michigan) Ironman 70.3.  Twenty weeks ago, when I started my training program, race day, Sunday, July 15th seemed so far away.

Thanks to my dear friend RS, I have been reading 17 Hours to Glory: Extraordinary Stories from the Heart of Triathlon by Mathias Muller. The book is a collection of seventeen compelling stories that allow readers to experience tremendous athleticism, unbelievable capacity for suffering, and true strength of character brought about during an Ironman journey.  I started the book on June 28th, fittingly 17 days prior to race day.  I am reading one inspirational chapter every night and will continue to do so until the eve before my race.
I am truly in awe of the personal stories of triathlon’s most inspirational athletes: Julie Moss, Mark Allen, Paula Newby-Fraser, Greg Welch, and Chrissie Wellington.  And the stories get even better as I am reading about an out of shape secretary, with terrible health habits who takes up triathlon to lose weight; a nun who races triathlons to bring attention to her spiritual causes; and two men with a rivalry so intense that their disabilities fade into the shadows. Injury, unfortunate circumstances, and close finishes mark many of the stories.
In some of the stories, I am reading about Ironman champions.  Other stories outline individuals who will overcome all odds just to finish.  I will be in the category of just working to cross the finish line.  Truly, this journey, and this book, have shown me that there is no limit on the possibilities of the human spirit.

A very special to thanks to all my wonderful family and friends who have supported me throughout this journey.  And a very special thanks to those of you who will be there on race day at the finish line.  I will be picturing your loving faces and strong arms the entire time I am on the course.  I am truly blessed to have this incredible opportunity in my lifetime and will race for all those who cannot have this opportunity:  Grandpa Gunther, Nicole, Kathy and Roseanne who all had a special impact on me or my family and who all were called home to Heaven over the past few months; Molly, Kara, Jen, Susie, and Mike who have battled cancer or continue to battle cancer at this time in their young lives; and for my dear friend, who roped me into this crazy thing, who battles MS.  She will be a star in the next edition of Ironman’s most inspirational stories as she will also be crossing the finish line in 10 days.  And I race for all the others I know who have loved ones that are experiencing health challenges at this time.  All of you will be with me, in my mind and soul, on race day….just 10 short days from today.

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Freak Out!

O.M.G. Yesterday will go down as one of the most SHOCKING days of my life (right up there with the day I found out I was expecting TWO babies instead of the most likely ONE!).

As many of you know, it’s getting close to tri-time…Ironman 70.3 Racine is only 3 weeks away.  For the past 17 weeks, I have been following my training program, as well as possible, to prepare myself for this epic event (and ONE TIME ONLY) event on Sunday, July 15th.  It was suggested this past week, that I venture to Racine and into Lake Michigan to become “one” with the water and my wetsuit.  So, that is what I did on this lovely summer weekend.

And for the first time, I am now having SERIOUS DOUBTS as to weather I can do this race.  The water temp in Racine yesterday at 8am was 50 degrees!  Yes, 5-0. OMG!  I FREAKED OUT!  It was SO COLD.  I was freeeeeeeeezing in my weh-weh-weh-weh-wetsuit (teeth chattering).  Even peeing in it (a lot!) did not warm me up much (I know, too much information, but at least I’m honest AND I was desperate).  It was a complete nightmare and total shock.  I was only able to tolerate 30 minutes of swimming….if you want to call it that – more like water ballet for a few moments followed by a several minutes of freak-out-swim-spasms.  And it’s going to take me a lot longer than 30 minutes to swim 1.2 miles!

AGH!

Of course I was not stupid enough to go on this adventure alone.  Thanks to my 2 other buddies that survived the frigid waters as well….and a GREAT BIG THANKS to my ONE buddy who thought this would be a FABULOUS idea to better prep us for the race.  Honestly, I am now more UNPREPPED, mentally, than ever.

***Deep breaths***

Today’s 11 mile run, and short swim (in the pool thank you very much) were much more encouraging than yesterday’s endeavor.  And tomorrow’s 3 hour bike ride and 1 hour run will be a breeze compared to yesterday morning.  The true test will be my next swim in Lake Michigan…and not sure exactly sure when that is going to happen.  But it will DEFINITELY not happen until I have my new neoprene booties on my feet 🙂

So, if you are looking for me over the next 3 weeks, please know I am alive….and truly questioning whether I am well.   If you have any FREAK OUT remedies, those are greatly appreciated….please post them here.  HELP!

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My Little Bump in the Road – Had a Little Accident

For almost 15 weeks now, I have been moving through my Ironman Training without too much excitement and pain (very thankful for that).  However, everything changed last week as my 3 lovely, little boys got out of school 🙂 All of a sudden, I am doing a lot more working out at “odd hours” of the day (i.e. 5:30am and 9:00pm) as opposed to cramming in all the training while they are at school.  But so be it.  Only 5 weeks to go!  YEAH!

Well, on Sunday, I raced out the door at 6:20am to get going on my 3+hour bike ride for the day. Decided to start with a few hills (have some really great ones close to home) and then I headed over the the New Berlin trail, out to Waukesha, and onto the Glacial Drumlin Trail.  At the 1.75 hour mark, I turned around and headed back home, the exact way I had ventured out.  Unfortunately, the ride home was NOT as uneventful as the ride out.

There’s a little window of time in Waukesha where you are on the roads (and off the trails) in between the Glacial Drumlin and New Berlin trails.  I encountered an area with a four-way stop….so I unclipped, stopped, looked around, and started to proceed thru the intersection, reclipping my feet as I progressed forward.  About 2 seconds later, I was on the ground, bike on top of me, with a tremendous pain in my butt.

At around 8am on a Sunday morning, a car came, out of no where, and did a very poor stop at the intersection (if any stop at all) and continued to turn right, through the intersection, into my path!!!! AGH!!! I had about 1 second to slam on my brakes, come to a complete stop with my toes clipped in, and fall gracefully to the ground.

The car continued on it’s merry way (not sure male/female) and the kind woman behind him/her, got out to ask if I was ok.  Thankfully, I was mostly ok.  I got back on my bike (after unclipping to get up) and began my 1+ hour journey back home.

Well, today, I have a GINORMOUS bruise/hematoma/painful area on my hip/rump area (the spot that absorbed the majority of the fall). I also have a big swollen spot on my inner forearm where my bike bars came down hard on my arm). Have a bit of a bruise on my inner knee, but nothing else too bad to speak of. My bike appears to be mostly ok too…since ALL of it landed on top of me.  Could not swim today and could not bike.  However, I did manage to run 10 miles w/o too much pain.  Will be interesting to see how things looks tomorrow.

The best laid plans are never executed without any blips and bumps.  In my mind, I am trying to think about this incident as preparation for things to expect on challenge day as nothing ever goes 100% according to plan.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  And I am very thankful that nothing more serious happened as many others have suffered torn ligaments, broken bones, and death during episodes like this.

Hoping that I can get my big bruised butt back on the bike later this week….and my arms back into the pool by tomorrow or Wed.   And if you happen to see me at the pool this week/next, please hold your comments about the HUGE black and blue marks that will be covering my bottom.

Just think to yourself, “That is her little (well, kind of BIG) bump in the road.”

No comments please 🙂

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An Update on Molly and her B.C. Battle

Since some of you know my friend Molly, who was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple years back, and you often ask how she is doing, I thought I would do a blog post to share Molly’s update with all my readers as her story is an inspirational journey back to great health after beating the big “C.”

To give you a little background, Molly found a lump in her breast in April of 2010, right around her 33rd birthday celebration.  After some quick tests, the lump was determined to be cancerous and Molly underwent a double mastectomy in May 2010. The long, hard journey of chemo and radiation then continued for over a year.  In October of 2011, Molly underwent reconstructive surgery and it marked a kind-of-close to this tough chapter in her life.  Molly then made the choice to “move on with her life.”  Thankfully, no further breast cancer has been detected; however there is a spot on Molly’s neck that her doctors continue to watch and monitor (and we’ll come back to that).

Molly is a wonderfully loving, amazing, determined, and inspirational wife and mother to three young childrentwin boys almost 6 years and a sweet young princess who is almost 4 years. I am so blessed and honored to have Molly as a special friend in my life. I truly enjoy her sense of humor, wittiness, and touch of sarcasm as well as her creativity and example of determination.  I also admire her unending desire to help others (which continued right through her cancer battle no matter how hard it was).  Molly’s story recently aired on Madison television as part of the Komen Walk preparations for her area.  View Molly’s inspirational interview about her breast cancer journey here. (Yes, give it a minute to load)

As I mentioned, Molly still has a spot on her neck that her doctors continue to monitor.  In fact, she is due for a PET scan in the very near future.  However, she got an unbelievable call from her insurance company today stating that they are not going to cover that PET scan.  After delivering that mind-numbing news,  the insurance representative proceeded to question Molly and the actions of her physicians.   The conversation turned condescending and ended very poorly, as you can imagine.  Here’s a young mother who has battled aggressive breast cancer, still has a concerning spot in her neck, and her insurance company doesn’t want to provide coverage for an upcoming scan that her physicians have recommended.

There are so many abuses of our health care system on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, this is leading to some “limited” care/insurance coverage for those who are truly in need.  This breaks my heart.  Why should this wonderfully loving, amazing, responsible mother have to bear the stress of fighting this battle?  We all know what added stress does for us!  If you believe in the power of prayer, please say a quick one for Molly – please pray that her insurance carrier will quickly see the light and provide the scan that Molly’s physicians have ordered.

And please, use our health care system responsibly. Imagine if you were in Molly’s situation – how frustrating and stressful it would be to do battle with your insurance provider over a test which is being suggested to monitor a potential deadly threat within your body.

Molly always appreciates everyone’s prayers and requests for updates.  I know she believes that all the positive energy that has been sent her way has truly made a difference in her life.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support.  Love you Mol.  You have eaten a big chunk of that damn elephant!

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Tell All Tuesday

Someone mentioned that it’s “Tell All Tuesday” today so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to come clean about a few things.

So my “pretty preparation” and personal hygiene habits have taken a dramatic shift as I have entered the toughest weeks of Ironman training.  Cannot tell you how many people have commented on all my “new” freckles the past few weeks.  Well folks, these freckles are not new.  What you are seeing is the real Heather without ANY makeup!  Nothing to tone them down.  Sadly, I have not been on any exotic vacation in the hot sun on the beach….just spending time in the basement of my health club and out on the roads at 5am-8am or 8pm-10pm.

In the past 24 hours, I have showered 3 times…due to 3 intense workouts.  However, last week, I went an entire day without a shower after a 3 hour workout.  Seriously disgusting. Hope that was not the day you were standing next to me in line at the grocery store. LOL.  And if it was, I am so sorry.

And then there was the workout without a sports bra….well, not exactly. I forgot to bring a clean sports bra with me one morning and I happened to have a not-so-clean one in my bag from the day before….so I turned it inside out and used it for my workout. And thankfully (in case you were wondering) that was a day that I had time to take an extra long shower (7 mins in stead of 5 mins) after my workout.

I have not eaten any more oldie moldy protein bars from the bottom of my car so that’s a plus.

And that’s probably way too much information for most of you to handle on “Tell All Tuesday.”

But for those of you who have been following my Ironman journey closely, thank you so much for your support and the worst of it will soon be behind me.  And once again you will be able to welcome “prepared and pretty” Heather back into your life…..with just a few freckles and mostly clean clothes.

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My Green Thumb Gets Muddy

Welcome to this wonderful spring in Wisconsin!  I’m loving the balmy 50-60 degree days and all this rain is a real treat too.  Well, for those of you who may not know me so well, that is a little taste of my sarcasm.  After those record breaking warm temps in March, I thought I would be out tending to my garden quite early this year.  Well, I was completely wrong.  All I have to tend to right now is a bunch of mud.  YUCK.

Presently, we have green beans, tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkins, kale, parsley and MORE growing in the entry way of out home.  It’s quite humorous actually.  We are picking 8-10 beans/day off our plants and eating them at breakfast – LOL!  Every week my DH asks me when I am going to relocate my garden…and every week I answer back, “When the weather cooperates.”  Truly hoping that next weekend is the winner (because I just bought about 20 more little plants to add to our garden thanks to The Greenhouse Girls).

So the plan this summer is to grow our own garden. We are planning a super-duper sturdy, barbed wire fence (just kidding re: the barbed wire) to keep the deer, rabbits, groundhogs, turkey, fox, and any other wildlife that wanders through, OUT of the garden.  Going to give it our best effort to see if this works.  And if not, there’s always the local farmer’s markets and CSA’s for back-up.  (And I know we will still visit the market every weekend to find what we would love to taste and are not growing.)

Having your own garden can involve a lot of work, education, and planning.  There are probably some of you out there that like the idea of growing your own healthy veggies, fruits, and herbs but don’t know where to start so I wanted to share a bit of info with you that I read in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today (May 6, 2012).  The article was entitled, “Tending to the Gardener” and it appeared in the Entree Section on the front page.

To give a brief summary, the interest in local and organic grown food is rapidly growing so more and more people are branching out to become first time gardeners.  Thankfully, there are actually specialists out there who will come to your home, analyze your garden site, and help you plan and install your project.  There are also specialized garden based businesses cropping up all over the city.  One such place is Growing Power, Milwaukee’s urban farm located at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, founded by Will Allen.  Mr. Allen suggests “placing two feet of clean, chemical free compost over existing ground,” as opposed to digging down or tilling up your backyard for your personal garden.   Growing Power has a fantastic composting program where the soil they create is ideal for gardening: proper pH, high microbial count, and an appropriate nitrogen/phosphorus/potassium ratio.  They sell their soil in bags and by the cubic yard.

And the help can go beyond that!  Another local company, Green Team, can come to your home and install custom raised beds. Plus they will deliver the compost too!  Furthermore, if you’d like them to tend your beds, that may be arranged as well.  For every 10 gardens installed through the Green Team partnership, Growing Power will donate a free garden to a family in need (I’m not exactly sure how this family is determined but will get more details on my upcoming visit to Growing Power.)   Growing Power and The Green Team are undertaking the 20,000 Backyard Garden Initiative.  Their goal is to inspire 20,000 new backyard gardens in the very near future (maybe I will be one of them).

My inspiration to plant my own garden this year was my family and my clients.  All my boys LOVE being involved “in the process” no matter what type of project we are working on.  They planted the seeds, LOVE to water, like to harvest the beans we have already, LOVE to water, enjoy cooking….and did I mention LOVE to water?!  No doubt my garden will be one of the best watered in the area.  Please call if you need watering assistance (Better Health By Heather). Now if I could only get them to weed!

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Beautiful Inspiration from a 10 (and 3/4) year old

For the past year or so, I have been practicing the art of saying “No.” It has not been an easy task for me as I have been an over-doer for the majority of my almost 40 years.  However, I had reached a point in my life where there was just too much going on and it was causing stress for my husband, my children, and me!  So last spring, I decided to really think about all that I was committing to.  Was it going to benefit my husband and children?  Was it going to help me grow and become a better person?  Was it going to add value and fun to my life?  Was it something I was passionate about?  Was it going to help others in my local community of friends?  (Especially those who I knew needed true help.)  If I could answer “YES” to most of these questions, then I gave serious consideration to participating/volunteering in the event. And if the answer was “NO,” to most of the questions, then I passed on that particular activity and promised myself to have no regrets.

The past year has brought more quality time with my family and friends as well as more time to focus on those in need.  And you know what?  I truly don’t feel like I have missed out on anything life has to offer.  I have a full life. I am happy.  And a happy mother makes for a happy home.

Last week I received a message from a friend who shared a beautiful creation by a very insightful 10 (and 3/4 as she insists) year old girl.  Maddy wrote a most inspirational poem about living life and it truly connected with me on a deep emotional level as it’s the reason behind why I have been trying to practice the art of saying, “No” at this point in my life.  I requested permission to share this inspirational poem with my readers because I think sometimes we all need to take some time to refocus and reflect on what is truly important to us in living our lives to the fullest.  Thank you Maddy for your willingness to share.  You have a beautiful talent and ability to convey your thoughts and insight (well beyond your 10 and 3/4 years).  Thanks for the inspiration this week!  You are blessed to realize such an important concept so early in your life.  May you continue to inspire many others in your lifetime.

By Madaline Mae Oehmke, age 10¾

“The waves on the sand,
The cool water on my hand,
The birds and the bees,
The wind in the trees,
The sky painted red and pink,
Things like this can really make you think,

Life is a gift.

It is a treat,
That life is so sweet,
Because rushes of sadness would be hard to beat,
It would be a struggle to get your spirits to lift,
Let this remind you,

Life is a gift.

There are people who have suffered through emotional and physical pain,
Yet in the end there’s a valuable gain,
Whether it’s confidence in yourself or generous fate,
Either way, life is great,
In fact,

Life is a gift.

God gave us life,
The best gift you can give,
So it’s best to really, and truly LIVE,
No matter which different way that you put it,
This puzzle piece will always fit,
This piece of advice,
Is more than nice,
So share it with a friend,
And remember it until the end,

Life is a gift,
So live it.”

And so I share this with you, my friends.  “Life is a gift, so live it!”

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Oldie and Moldy

Cannot believe I am going to share this crazy story with you. Anyone who knows me well, understands how my fridge and pantry operate.  Personally, I have a very low threshold for anything old or moldy.  My hubby will be the first to attest to this because I am always sniffing stuff and throwing it out if there’s the slightest question about freshness or dates….and he’s always saying, “it’s not that bad. I’ll eat it.”  (Although, lately he is changing his tune on that after one fairly bad episode of G.I. upset….sorry honey, I told you not to eat it!)

So last Friday, I went to the gym and did my routine butts and guts TRX  combo class.  I then headed over to my favorite treadmill for a quick hour run.  Then it was time to go home, play toys, color pics, build lego spaceships, and entertain my littlest (and cutest) man.  Around 11am, I had to head back to the gym for a 45 minute swim.  As I was driving to the gym, I realized I had never adequately “snacked” after my first morning workout.  Yes, I had consumed a yummy egg, peanut butter and apple breakfast; however, that was at 7am….and I was now STARVING!  So I started scavenging around my car, in the console, under the seat, in my gym bag, and ultimately I scored!  Found a wonderful peanut butter, oat, nut, flaxseed, and honey (and then some) handmade bar.  Ripped open the wrapper and was about to take my first HUGE bite…it was then that I noticed there was some green-black fluffy stuff all over one end of the bar.  In my “normal” life (before IM training), I would have dropped the bar like a hot potato and run screaming, “AGH!!!! MOLD!!!!!”  But IM training has truly changed me.

Took the bar, broke it in half, and proceeded to eat the end without mold (or so it appeared). YUM. About 15 seconds later, I realized what I was doing and how desperate I had become!  So  I called my crazy-friend-in-training-with-me, laughing hysterically, and told her what I had just done.  Thankfully, she, too was on her way to the gym pool….and she happened to have some chocolate milk in the car with her…which she so thoughtfully brought to the pool to share with me.  I drank it after my swim. I think it saved my life!

Never thought to ask her how old the chocolate milk was though.

Hmmm…..maybe I don’t want to know.

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SUPERFOODS – and the drumroll please

So, my previous post talked a bit about David Wolfe and his awesome presentation at IIN Mega Conf in LA last month.  I clued you in to his first five superfoods that may change your life.  Now, I am going to reveal the remainder of his Top 10 List.  **Drumroll, please…***

6. AFA Super Blue-Green Algae – sounds like something out of a deep sea movie, right?  Well, it is.  Only unlike spirulina (see previous post), blue-green algae prefers fresh water as opposed to brackish, salty water.  AFA blue-green algae are made primarily of soft proteins and polysaccharides that are easy to digest.  It’s loaded with chlorophyll, trace minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, iron, and B vitamins.  You can make tasty salad dressings, salsas,  smoothies and soups using AFA super blue-green algae.

7. Marine Phytoplankton – is the basis of the Earth’s entire food chain.  This is the best source of long-chain omega 3 fatty acids! It’s also a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and protein. The possible benefits of consuming this superfood include increased energy, improved immune function, decreased aches and pains, weight loss, improved memory, blood sugar stabilization, fewer cravings, improved concentration, BETTER SEX, calm and well being, better sleep (probably from the better sex), and the list goes on (but no one is going to read it since they already saw the “better sex” highlight).

8. Aloe Vera – perfect. Not another crazy sea item that no one has ever heard of.  Most of us are familiar with the healing benefits of topical aloe vera.  Imagine what it can do inside your body!  Aloe vera is helpful for digestive problems, killing candida (yeast), and reducing inflammation.  It also helps to keep white blood cells healthy by increasing the production of glutathione (an antioxidant that is critical to the production of while blood cells).  Aloe vera is available to drink if many forms and flavors.

9. Hempseed – No, this is not a seed that you smoke.  Hemp does happen to be classified as Cannibis sativa, the same species as marijuana, but it’s a species which contains hundreds of subspecies varieties.  Hemp belongs to the same family of plants as mulberry. Hempseeds contain all the essential amino acids and fatty acids necessary to maintain life on this planet.  It is also an excellent source of major trace minerals.

10. Coconuts – You knew I would get to at least one “superfood” that everyone could pronounce.  There are so many benefits to eating coconuts and drinking coconut water: improved digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids; improved immune system function; improved utilization of blood sugar; improved absorption of calcium and magnesium ions; help in regulating hormone production; increased metabolism; support of healthy cholesterol formation in the liver; great rehydration; and SO MUCH MORE!  Coconut water is my personal drink of choice for rehydration after my intense workouts.

And there you have it. The completion of David Wolfe’s Top 10 Superfoods List!

Disappointed that the list is complete?  Well, Mr. Wolfe does have a few Superfoods that made his “Honorable Mention” list.  Let me know if you would like to hear about what those are 🙂  And you know where to find me if you need help finding these Superfoods or figuring out how to incorporate one or two of them into your life.

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Hungry Like The Wolf

“I’m on the hunt I’m after you…” only in my situation, I am not pining over a lovely lady, I am ravenous for FOOD!  Two weeks into my training program and I have noticed a HUGE increase in my appetite. At this rate, I will be 10 pounds heavier by July instead of a few pounds lighter!

Have been working to fuel my fiery appetite with healthy choices – more veggies, a bit of extra lean proteins, an extra snack of nuts or Greek yogurt here and there and some SUPERFOODS.  I’ve made the move to incorporate these “Superfoods” into my diet based on one of the fantastic speakers I heard at IIN Mega Conference a couple weeks back.

David “Avacado” Wolfe is the “rockstar of the superfoods and longevity world.”   David works and cooks with “America’s TOP CEOs,  Global Ambassadors, Hollywood celebrities, busy professionals, and even the most powerful buying influence in the nation—Moms—all look to him for expert advice in health, beauty, herbalism, nutrition and chocolate!”  David has dedicated 16 years of studying the inner workings of the human body and he “walks his talk” which was  clearly evidenced by his natural beauty, vibrant health, and unparalleled energy on stage!

David’s philosophy is that I am a “gastronaut” (not a wolf) – experimenting with flavor and food in my body to gain health benefits.  And there are superfoods that can assist in my journey to obtain optimal health.  According to “Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future,” (a book by Wolfe published in 2009), David preaches about his top 10 Superfoods, and he went into detail about most of them during his IIN talk.  So what are they? And what do they do?  Well, keep reading for the first five…

1. Goji Berries – boost immune function, increase alkalinity & vitality, provide liver protection, improved eye sight & blood quality, deliver anti-aging compounds, and more!

2. Cacao (raw chocolate)YES! CHOCOLATE IS ON THE LIST! contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world!  Helps protect us from age-related health conditions and illnesses and protects our DNA from free radical damage. Contains many great things including magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, tryptophan, serotonin, and more!  WARNING: EATING CACAO MAY CAUSE YOU TO HAVE THE BEST DAY EVER!!! (according to Mr. Wolfe).

3. Maca – a powerful adaptogen which can help the body stabilize its hormonal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.  It is also a powerful aphrodisiac – A NATURAL VIAGRA!

4. Bee products (honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly) – another great antioxidant which has also been shown to increase strength, endurance, and energy.  However, if you have a blood sugar problem, or cancer, it may be a good idea to stay away from honey.

5. Spirulina – are freshwater, microscopic algae that have been living on the planet since the appearance of life on Earth.  They are green-blue in color (the green from chlorophyll and the blue from phycocyanin).  The benefits of spirulina include: it’s a complete protein source, rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E and K; and it’s a great source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid that is needed to build and maintain a healthy nervous system.

I can honestly say, I have been consuming all 5 of these Superfoods for the past few weeks (and some of them over the past few years); however, I don’t do a lot of honey because of my sugar issue.  Spirulina and maca are amazing!  My hubby is addicted to cacao. My boys like Goji berries in their homemade granola bars. And who does not like honey?!

So while I try to tame the wolf in me, I am using “the Wolfe’s” suggestions to improve the nutrient quality in my life, especially during training time.  If you are interested in learning more about these superfoods, I strongly recommend reading David Wolfe’s book.  I am here too, if you want help in regards to incorporating these amazing additions into your daily life.

Stay tuned for the second five superfoods later this week!  A few more things from the ocean as well as an ancient healer…

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