Product Review & Giveaway: MealEnders

Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

 ****WINNER ANNOUNCED!  CONGRATS NICOLE!****

A few weeks ago I was awarded the opportunity to try out MealEnders signaling lozenges.   What are MealEnders?  They are toted as the cure to overeating and work by acting on our body’s physical and psychological cues to help you avoid overeating and master portion control.

 

According to the MealEnder’s website this is how they work….

“MealEnders’ active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge.  First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal.  Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.  You can feel your MealEnder go to work instantly.”

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I wasn’t quite sure what to think when I heard of this theory, but figured it couldn’t hurt to give them a try.  I’m all for finding things that can help stop my brain’s hunger signals and popping a piece of ‘candy’ seemed easy enough.

TASTE:

Let’s first talk about taste!  These little lozenges were not what I expected. I imagined that they would just be straight up hard candy that I would suck on.  They’re not just hard candy though, they are coated in a creamy outer layer that is super decadent.  I loved each flavor, but my favorite was the Chocolate Mint.

Chocolate Mint:  These reminded me of Andes mints and they were delish!  The only down side is that they left me craving Andes mints!

Cinnamon:  These were not what I expected, the flavor is reminiscent of apple pie or coffee cake.  I unexpectedly enjoyed these.

Citrus: These reminded me of lemon custard or a creamy lemon meringue flavor.

Mocha:  These were my least favorite of the flavors, but they were still good.  I’m just not a huge mocha person.

EFFECT:

I wish I could say that these little lozenges are miracle workers, but I can’t.  I do think they aid in keeping your mind occupied after you’re finished eating a meal, but for me the first few minutes of tasting the creamy outer layer send me into craving mode.  I know this might not be the case for everybody, but I try to avoid candy like foods because they are triggers for me.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t think they had a positive effect.  I did find that waiting it out and getting to the end of the lozenge did help to stop my urge to eat more.  The taste of the lozenge changes as you work your way through and the unique tingling sensation at the end does help to turn of the urge to eat more.

I do like having them for days where I struggle with overeating, but I don’t feel like they are meant for me at every meal.  I might be more apt to use them when I’m dining out or indulging in foods that I am more prone to overeating.  I know that right now, with my current meal plan, I’m having a hard enough time eating all of the food on my plate (I’m in a higher bracket of the 21 Day Fix Extreme plan and it’s a lot of food!) and adding in a hunger stopping lozenge doesn’t make sense.

In short, I do sense the effect and have seen the most success with using them after an evening meal (when hunger cues are high).

OVERALL RECOMMENDATION:

I recommend these lozenges for your cheat meals or for when you have a hard time shutting off the hunger (when you know you’ve had enough to eat).  I don’t necessarily think they are good for people like me that struggle with craving triggers–for me these often left me craving more chocolate or sweets and for the 20 minutes I worked on them I couldn’t stop day dreaming about desserts.

I do feel like once you get to the end the effect is greater, but I find it hard to believe that you can’t achieve the same effect by brushing your teeth immediately after a meal.  I will continue to use the remainder of the product and hope that my view may change, but upon my initial uses I’m not extremely impressed.

I do think they would work great if you’re someone that doesn’t struggle with food triggers and would highly recommend them to you.  For me the triggering effect is too high and I felt like it outweighed the benefit.  I should add that on the days where the trigger wasn’t as bad I did notice a decline in my hunger cues, especially when used in the evenings.

GIVEAWAY:

If you’re interested in trying these out for yourself be sure to get entered into my giveaway!!  To enter visit the link below and get entered!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b5cbf0ec4/?

 

 

 

Product Review and Giveaway: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Hello everyone!   It’s been a long while since my last post, but I’m back at it again!  I’m finally recovered after 3 weeks of being sick and actually have the energy to get back to blogging and chatting about some of my newest finds and happenings.

Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts and I couldn’t have been more impressed.  I honestly didn’t even know what hemp hearts were until I received my bag, but I figured it was worth a shot since I had so thoroughly enjoyed their Hemp Pro 70.

What are hemp hearts?  To put it simply, they are raw shelled hemp seeds and nutritional powerhouses.

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  • Great tasting – Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.
  • Easy to use – Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!
  • Nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
  • Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax

 

Now that you know what they are and what they offer let’s get talking about taste!  I love these things!  They might look like bird food, but they pack a lot of taste and of the many seeds and mix-ins I’ve tried this might top the list.  The flavor is nutty and reminded me of crushed walnuts.  It was perfect for topping on my oatmeal, yogurt, and on peanut/cashew buttered Ezekiel bread.

Even my three year old really enjoyed them!  After his first bite I asked him if he liked them. His reply, “No.  I REALLY, REALLY like them!  They are yummy.”

In short, these little nuggets of goodness are the perfect snack food.  I’m actually eager to order up a larger bag for when I run out (they are that tasty).

My favorite way to eat them was on top of my Greek yogurt!



 Let’s get to those giveaway details!  ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL WIN A FREE BAG OF HEMP HEARTS!!  To enter you must follow the rafflecopter link and complete the following tasks:

  • follow @ManitobaHarvest on IG and Twitter
  • tweet about the giveaway
  • follow @sarah_griff_fit @manitobaharvest on IG
  • follow @SarahGriffFit on Twitter

To Enter Visit:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b5cbf0ec3/?

Giveaway deadline is 3/17/15!  Be sure to get entered today!

 

 

Product Review & Giveaway: Win Sports Detergent

Have you ever had a tech tee or running tights that just smelled straight up funky no matter how many times you ran them through the wash?  I know I have!  I’ve become all too familiar with stocking my laundry room with a gallon jug of vinegar just for that reason.  I constantly struggle during the summer months or if I’ve left clothes in my gym bag for too long.

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It would always seem that no matter how much I washed my technical fabrics the stench just wouldn’t disappear.  Well, it looks like that may be a thing of the past and I just may be able to finally ditch the vinegar!  WIN Sports Detergent is a specially formulated detergent that essentially removes embedded sports odors.

My first load of stinky gym clothes was the ultimate of tests.  I decided to provide the best stench inducing environment for my gear–I packed 2 days worth of sweat soaked clothes into a ziplock bag and let it stew for a week.  It was rather rank by the time I was ready to try out the detergent so I had high hopes.  If the detergent didn’t work I would know right away and I would also be stuck with the funk.

Lucky me!  The clothes came out fresh and stank free!  The best part is that the amount needed is fairly low and one bottle gets you 21 loads of fresh duds.

For my second and third trials I decided to up the ante and include a few pairs of my son’s pee laden jammies (he’s still prone to the occasional accident).  Both batches turned out fresh and any scent of urine was gone.  I am definitely sold!

These detergents are great because they aren’t just a fragrant method of covering up odors, they actually work to break them down and eliminate them completely.

Have you ever tried special sports detergents?  Well, guess what?!  Now’s your chance!  You can enter to win 2 free bottles (one regular, one green) of Win Detergent.  That’s 42 loads worth of detergent for FREE!! 

If you don’t win you can still save $1 on this great detergent by purchasing through WIN’s Amazon and using the discount code: WINGIVE1.

To enter the giveaway visit my FB page and use the giveaway tab!    Or go to my rafflecopter link to enter here.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Runlist/Product Review: PRO Compression Calf Sleeves

Tis the season for gift giving!

If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for that runner in your life, look no further.  PRO Compression brand sleeves and socks are the way to go!

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A few weeks ago I was awarded the opportunity to review PRO Compression brand calf sleeves.  If you’re a runner or know a runner, then you’ve probably heard about these handy accessories or at the least have seen another runner donning a pair.  

I noticed my first pair when I saw someone’s race photos.  They were wearing a bright neon pair of them and it had me hopping onto google to see what I could find out about them.  Why were runners everywhere rocking these compression sleeves?

According to PRO Compression the benefits are many….

Marathon Calf Sleeves combine the optimal blend of advanced materials and innovative design to deliver maximum benefit. True graduated compression technology helps improve blood flow and oxygen delivery, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster recovery.

Thanks to our advanced design, Marathon Calf Sleeves also support critical muscles and tendons, helping reduce inflammation and soreness associated with running and other activities.  Put it all together for the perfect compression sleeve for training, racing, recovery and travel.”

They sounded like a dream!  Whilst training for a marathon the body is fighting constant muscle abuse.  Recovery time is often limited while following a busy training schedule so it’s important to find ways to aid in that routine.  I’m still a fairly new runner (I only truly began running and training in April 2013) so a lot of this training and recovery is new to me, but the one thing I learned early on is that having the proper support during a run is key to maintaining a healthy body.

From stability shoes to KT tape, I’ve found that the little things really do play a big role in overall performance, recovery time, and injury prevention.  So you can imagine how eager I was to try something new!

I’m not severely prone to injuries, but I am a “heavy-stride” runner.  My feet really pound the pavement when I run so shoes with cushion and support have been a huge help in preventing injuries, but I still on occasion (especially during my long runs) feel pain in my left shin.

I tried my sleeves the day of my first run back after having been sick for 2 weeks.  I knew that my body would be angry with me, but as soon as I slipped those sleeves on I felt like my calfs were wrapped in a warm hug.  Though they were a pain to get on, the struggle was worth the effort.  I wore them during my run and then again in the evening after my run and slept through the night with them.

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During my run I appreciated the snug feel, it was like wearing a sports bra for my muscles!  My shin didn’t ache and the next day my calves weren’t sore.  I can’t wait to see how they feel on my longer runs!  Unfortunately, I cancelled my marathon plans and haven’t been mentally capable of doing anything over 5 miles in the past few weeks so I’ll need to update you on how they aid in long run recovery later.

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I do look forward to picking up my training though and hope that I’ll have another long distance race planned soon.  I know these sleeves will be a new part of my routine.  Another added bonus during the winter months is that they turn my capris into long pants!  BONUS!

If you’re interested in trying a pair or buying them for a runner friend be sure to visit http://www.procompression.com and use PINK2 discount code thru December 15th for 40% off your purchase.

 

 

 

 

Product Review: FlipBelt

I finally had the chance to test out my new flip belt! AND I LOVE IT!  I really didn’t know how I would feel about it because I figured it would bunch up and look weird, but once I popped my phone in and flipped it over I was good to go.

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I ran for 5 miles and with my iPhone5s tucked away it stayed in place just fine.  It didn’t ride up or bounce around as one would expect, but I did need to wear it over my pants so that my mommy pouch wouldn’t be squished.

I think this belt would be great for a variety of people, but can see larger individuals or people with excess loose skin (like myself) struggling to feel comfortable.  I was able to solve this problem by wearing the belt over my running tights.  My tights help to hold everything in so my gut wasn’t flopping around over the belt as I ran.

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Overall, it’s a great product and I would recommend it to my friends (and you!).  The only con I can see is for larger individuals.  I know that this is something I would have avoided like the plague back when I first started my journey and can understand that it’s not something that is meant for every body.

I should also note that I ordered a size large for my size 10/12 hips so it’s a fairly standard fit.

If you’re interested in buying one of these at a super discounted price let me know ASAP (leave your email) so I can share my special discount code (I have 15 codes available for 33% off).

Also if I run out of super saver codes you can use code: Sweat10 for 10% off your entire FlipBelt purchase!

Be sure to visit http://bit.ly/flipbeltsweatpink to checkout their full collection of belts!
If you want to get your hands on one for cheap please fill out the form so I can send you the 33% off code!

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Product Review: Pure LYFT (Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Sticks)

As a busy mom who is so often lacking in the sleep department, I jumped at the opportunity to review this product.  These Pure LYFT Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Sticks are the perfect option for those looking for a boost without the overpowering taste of energy drinks or coffee (don’t get me wrong I love my coffee, but sometimes I just want an ice cold glass of something refreshing).

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Pure LYFT

“LYFT Energy Stir Sticks are a cool, new way to get all natural caffeine and stir energy into any beverage you’re drinking. The energy is derived from all natural green coffee bean extract and has vitamins A and B complex.  With 0 calories and a clean taste, it’s a perfect pre-workout boost, gets you over that 3pm slump, and is great during happy hour or to keep your energy up while you’re painting the town red!  

It’s also the perfect alternative to sugary energy drinks and shots. And if you’re ditching soda, LYFT gets the caffeine (equal to one tall coffee) you miss without the chemicals and calories.  You can easily stash it in your gym bag or even a small purse, making it an easy, lightweight, on-the-go option for energy.

How to: Simply peel down the label completely off the whole stick and remove it. Stir the stick into any beverage for approximately 20 seconds. Toss the stick or keep it in your glass.”

PERSONAL REVIEW (Please Note: This review is based on my personal experiences with this product.  I was not paid compensation for this review, but as the owner of this blog, I was provided with the opportunity to review this product for free.)

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I tried my first stick after a long week of unpacking and dealing with complete and udder exhaustion.  There wasn’t a day that had gone by in that week where I didn’t feel ready for a post-work nap.  Fitting in my evening workouts had started to become a struggle, by the time I was free to workout I was too wiped out to even consider it.

That’s when the light bulb went off in my head!  Wait a minute, don’t you have those caffeine sticks to test out?  Why, yes, yes I did!  So I poured myself a nice glass of ice cold water and stirred away.  No shaking, no absurd mixing, just peel and stir!  It was easier than opening a can of soda.

I definitely had my reservations before that first sip.  I braced myself because I expected a bitter or unpleasant taste.  Relief and satisfaction set in when I didn’t taste a thing.  It was no worse than sipping on the ice water than my body so desperately craved.  Before I knew it the little boost of energy kicked in.

I didn’t feel jittery (a problem I have with energy drinks) and my HR was no faster than normal (yeah, I wore my HR monitor while I reviewed this product). I was energized and ready to chase my 2 year old around our new yard.  I fully enjoyed the stable boost it gave me and was pleased when it didn’t keep me up into the wee hours of the night.

I just recently used my second stick and paired it with lemonade.  Again, it gave me the perfectly balanced boost to get me over the early evening slump.  I highly recommend this product and wish they would have sent me more!  I may even consider dropping some cash on these babies!

Do you want to try them out?  Check out their website and order here!  Also be sure to check out Fit Approach and my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors!  They teamed up with Pure LYFT for this amazing review opportunity.  I love my team of Sweat Pink Ambassadors and am proud to be a part of such a great network of fit ladies!