Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Plant-based Powerhouses

Plant-based Powerhouses

powerhousesplural of pow·er·house

Noun: A person or thing of great energy, strength, or power. 

I have been getting a fair amount of emails and Facebook messages lately

(mostly from inquisitive aspiring vegetarian/vegan athletes) about what type 
of plant-based supplements I take to stay healthy and get all of the nutrients 

need through a rigorously active lifestyle. I decided that I might as well just 

do a quick blog post to answer many people at the same time and to share 

some killer products by thriving companies.

I will preface this article by saying that I tend to get most of nutrients from 

whole foods and I feel that it is really the best choice. I realize that it is not 

always the most convenient choice, but I would rather eat a nice meal after

good, long outing rather than gulp down some supplement concoction. I do, 

however, think there are a lot of benefits of having a concentrated 

supplement of certain nutrients to bolster recovery and to fight off 

inflammation, sickness, etc. etc.

Below is an order ranking of how much I use the product and a little blurb 

about each one:

  • Udo's Oil 3-6-9 Blend DHA-  Udo's DHA Oil Blend is an excellent vegetarian source of DHA. (Docosahexaenoic Acid) (algae-derived). DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential for the proper functioning of our brains as adults, and for the development of our nervous system and visual abilities during the first six months of life.* Supportive - but not conclusive - research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.  I tend to drizzle this oil on salads, vegetables, really just about everything, and I include it in my "power smoothies". I've heard that it can help you maintain strong mental focus in bouts of extended physical exertion. I'll buy that! And I've been giving it to my daughter since she was an infant.
  • Floradix- I really love this product and highly believe in using herbs for your health. READ THIS to learn more about this amazing powerhouse.
  • Vitamin D- Living in Portland, Oregon (especially in the winter months) denies me my love of basking (or running) in the sun. Therefore I take a Vitamin D supplement (which is recommended at this latitude and in general. There is a lot of research being done in this area currently). Read more about this very important nutrient HERE.
  • Living Harvest Tempt Hempmilk- Love,love,love this product. I eat cereal with it or add it to smoothies. They have many different flavors and the seed-derived milk is packed with nutrients. Learn more about Tempt Hempmilk by clicking HERE.
  • Living Harvest Tempt Protein Powder- "You're vegan? Where do you get your protein?"- I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard that question. The answer is, like I said before, food! But sometimes we ultra endurance athletes need a little extra and that's when I turn to my favorite flavor Vanilla Spice...again in an easily digestible smoothie. To learn more READ THIS.
  • I also take a probiotic multi-vitamin every couple days and Vitamin C pretty often.
I am really grateful for these thriving Pacific Northwest companies.  Flora (Udo's Oil) is based out of Lynden, WA and have an impressive and deep line of health products. I was lucky enough to take a tour of the facilities in March of 2010 and I use many of their products on a regular basis. In fact just last week I felt a cold coming on and I started using some of their herb blends and fought the cold right off.  Thanks Flora! I am proud to be connected to such top-notch organization.

Living Harvest Tempt is a local Portland, Oregon company and I live just a few minutes walk from their downtown office. After moving to Portland in 2009 I was so excited to realize that they're based here because I've using the products since I lived in New York. They also have many excellent products and if I ever get a sweet tooth (usually after a really long race!) I tend to go for the chocolate hempmilk ice cream. I appreciate the goodness Living Harvest...thanks a bunch!

So, like I said at the beginning, I usually try to keep things pretty simple and rely heavily on plant-based whole foods, but these are definitely a few of the "powerhouses" that keep me fueled for a highly active lifestyle. I hope this answers some questions and/or prompts you to try some of them out for yourself.  Good luck!

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