Happy Thursday! I managed to make it out to the gym last night, and it was amazing. I love Maddux to death, but I needed a little break. I ended up going to CrossFit with Logan. We started with a warm up consisting of back extensions, burpees, and various other bodyweight moves. The strength portion was 5 deadlifts at even minutes and 8 burpees at odd minutes. I might have the even/odd thing backwards, but you get the drift.
The WOD was cardio only. You could row or run. I chose running, but was actually mad we didn’t have something “harder” to do. Um. I’m an idiot. The running WOD was 4 x 400 meter sprints with a 2 minute rest between. Sounds easy, right? I could have died. My time (with the rest periods subtracted) was 6:28. I’m a little mad at myself, because I
kind of totally just gave up on the last one. I have got to stop eating dinner right before I go. Don’t I just look like I want to barf? Attractive. Truthfully, though, I felt really good on the drive home. Like, I thought I could go do the running portion better at that point. My mind was clearer than it was earlier, so I obviously needed that workout to become a somewhat sane human being again.
Aside from my brief moment of clarity on the drive home, it’s no secret that we’ve been struggling a lot around here. There has been enough fussiness, irritability, and sleep trouble around here to last a lifetime. And that’s just me. The baby’s been pretty grumpy, too. 😉
But seriously, an overtired baby and an under nourished mama don’t make a good team. Yesterday, I mentioned cleaning up my eating habits. I just haven’t felt like myself recently, and I think what I’ve been eating is to blame. So far, so good on the cleaner eating. Every single one of my meals has included fresh, whole ingredients.
Note: I was sent the following products to try through my partnership with FitFluential (for more information, refer to the disclosure at the bottom of this post).
In addition to getting my eating on track, I finally got around to trying some Nutrex Hawaii products. I’m taking Spirulina Pacifica and BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin. Sounds intense, right? I can barely pronounce them, so you bet your buns I had to do my research before I ate them. I just didn’t really know much about them at all.
What I found out was that they are actually exactly what I’ve been looking for: a natural way to bump up my protein and nutrient intake. It’s crazy how much they can fit into 7 daily pills.
The six lighter ones are the daily dose of Spirulina and the dark one is the daily dose of BioAstin. It seems like a lot, but they really aren’t large pills. Anyway, let’s discuss specifics:
Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica
- blue-green vegetable microalgae
- all natural, 100% vegetarian, Kosher Certified, and Non-GMO
- free of gluten, lactose, soy, pesticides, herbicides, and solvents
- wonderful source of protein, carotenoids, vitamins, iron, and anti-oxidants
- supports increased energy levels and boosts immunity
BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin
- green microalgae
- Non-GMO and BSE-Free
- free of gluten, lactose, pesticides, and herbicides
- low source of protein, but world’s strongest antioxidant
- clinically proven to support joint, brain, eye, and skin health
Basically, they contain a lot of good-for-you stuff that you might miss out on if you don’t have an absolute perfect diet. 😉 I really like the fact that the Spirulina is 100% vegetarian, because I know a lot of people who skip out on certain multivitamins because of gelatin. Problem solved.
I’m not going to sit here and make claims like I feel like a new person. Let’s be real here. I will say that I’m glad I have a way to get some extra natural protein and minerals down the hatch throughout the day. If I get an energy boost, well that’s just a plus. 🙂 At this point, I’d eat seaweed floating around in the ocean if someone said it would make me supermom.
The one last thing I want to mention, which is just because I’m 100% honest here, is that the pills smell like straight up fish water. Think aquarium. I mean, I understand why they do, I just thought that should be mentioned. That being said, they don’t give you fish burps like the fishy Omega pills sometimes can. So it’s all good in the hood. Just don’t sniff them and you’re good to go. I was also sent a powder version of the Spirulina, but I’ve yet to try it. It came with a few fun recipes, so I might have to experiment with that soon.
Interested in learning more about how you can #ColorYourDiet or purchasing some of the products for yourself? Head on over to the Nutrex Hawaii website!
Question: Do you take, or would you consider taking, any supplements with any form of algae? I almost let it freak me out, but it’s just another plant!
Now if you’ll excuse me, a couch and a chick-flick are calling my name. My restless child is finally in bed (we had nap wars today), so I’m skipping a workout in favor of some down time. Sounds perfect to me!
**Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Nutrex Hawaii. I am being compensated for this honest review, but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**