Supplementing Life: A Now Foods Giveaway!

Things just didn’t go the way I planned. Life is funny like that.

Photo Sep 02, 10 52 22 AMMy days started getting longer. My stress increased. My workouts increased. I started missing meals. I started feeling guilty because if I couldn’t eat kale and quinoa then I just wouldn’t eat. I have a history of an eating disorder. Not good. My body starting taking a beating. I needed SOMETHING and I needed it quickly. Either I was going to be self-righteous or I was going to die. Period.

I made friends with Now Foods when I attended FitBloggin in June. I love that their company is based on people, making quality and healthy products at affordable prices, treating their employees, customers and vendors with respect and honesty and a commitment to help people live healthier lives. They are also a family owned business who’ve been at this since 1968, which seems kind of mind blowing to someone who didn’t start changing their life until the the 21st century.  They offered to send me some products to accompany what was going on in my life. I needed something for stress, protein (especially because I’m vegan AND workout a lot, if I miss meals, I’ll go into a protein deficit first. I’m not speaking for all vegans, just me) and something to help me with my immune system and energy.

And boom! They hooked me up.

Before I talk about anything, let me first emphasize that I believe in eating whole foods. However, supplements are just that. They are supposed to be an “addition” or a “tool” to an already healthy diet. And on those days when I get up at O Dark Thirty and I am headed to the gym and can’t turn on the light to make pancakes like I want to or  a day like today when I am sitting in my car typing this waiting on my daughter to get back from camp and will have to rush to get back to work, I need something  I can have on the go. I had to open my mind to this because, well, none of us lead ideal lives. But I digress…..

I think too much of anything ain’t good for you so I was thrilled when they sent me their pea protein (lots of soy protein on the market). I tried natural flavor (tried to make some pumpkin protein pancakes which would have been good had I not overdosed on nutmeg), vanilla toffee and dutch chocolate. All good. And options are good for someone who has food ADD.

Now Foods Pea Protein

The Tru Food Vegan is my new BFF. It’s low in calories and full of goodness. I have digestive issues so the probiotics in it are awesome.  It’s berry flavor so sometimes I have added a few frozen strawberries or banana and hit the road.  It’s full of fiber too so I didn’t feel hungry.  And you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy it. 🙂

Tru-Food VeganAs for stress, well, let’s see: A death, a four day trip, teaching at a conference, teaching a full day workshop, coming back and still teaching my classes and training clients (did I mention I drove?) and now headed out of town for the funeral (not to mention the rest of my life), umm, yeah. Stress can be an issue.  I have found that rhodiola gives me just a little more energy and just doesn’t cause that complete physical breakdown when I am running around high strung (and I don’t want to adapt to this lifestyle but the help while things are just happening is useful).   It also has other benefits like help for belly fat.  And I know lots of us like a benefit like that.  🙂

RhodiolaAnd. as for my immune system and energy, well, just give me some extra vitamin C and B-12 and I’m good to go. Everyone in my family likes the effer-C packs (we just put it in our water and go!) and I just use the b-12 packs under my tongue right before I head out in the morning or like today, before my evening class when I know I’m going to need an extra boost! (and we just happen to like lemon lime.  There are different flavors!)

Photo Sep 10, 1 15 59 PMAnd because NOW Foods ROCKS, they are going to give one of my readers a chance to win EVERYTHING I tried.  These are my honest opinions (even though they did send me the products to review) and I would LOVE to hear yours!  Enter the giveaway below.  It will end on next Wednesday, September 17th at 11;59 p.m. CST!  Good luck!

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36 Responses to Supplementing Life: A Now Foods Giveaway!

  1. I’d totally try the True Food Vegan!

  2. Hannah Griffin says:

    It I so awesome to see that you found something that works for you and your body!! Stress is my worst enemy, I would love to try the rhodiola to help withe that. AND like you said, it doesn’t hurt that it helps with belly fat! Thanks to you and NOW foods for the opportunity to win these awesome products!

  3. Tina Boatright says:

    Like you I have had an eating disorder in the past. When I started gaining some weight a few years ago, I decided I needed to lose weight. This time I did it in a healthy way. I have always thought I was fat no matter how much I weigh. It’s just something I have learned to deal with the last 21 years. I have friends & family who are very supportive & watch my weight also. With training for a half marathon I have started using whey isolate protein after my runs. I’m all up for trying something new. Thank you for sharing your story with us & helping me stay focused & motivated when at times I feel like giving up.

  4. Laura Burris says:

    The stress one and the energy.

  5. CJ says:

    Oh, I would love to try the Pea Protein. I’ve been researching top vegan proteins that work well for those with Celiac, and people keep telling me: Pea Protein!

    I already love NOW’s stevia extract. ^_^

    Thanks for the brill giveaway!

  6. Laura says:

    I’d love to try the protien! I’ve been struggling to finding a powder that doesn’t flair up my
    Crohn’s disease. 🙁

  7. Candy says:

    Being vegan has been wonderful for me, but I struggle with my energy all the time and my protein intake. So I’m very excited and hopeful (fingers crossed) to win this, more than anything the true food and vegan protein! Xoxoooo 🙂

  8. Roxanne Gutierrez says:

    Hi, I just began adding Now supplements to my diet and my body and mind are so thankful!

  9. Jen says:

    Tru-food vegan and the pea protein!

  10. Adrienne says:

    I love NOW brand supplements….over 60% of what I take in addition to my diet is Now brand, would love to try the proteins by them!

  11. Juliana says:

    I would love to try the pea protein

  12. Angelic Anderson says:

    I’m excited to try the Rhodiola – energy is one of those things I lack often. ❤️

  13. Sarah says:

    The pea protein powder sounds really awesome! I’ve been wanting to experiment with different protein powders, but have only tried hemp so far. It’s good, but definitely noticeable in most everything it’s mixed with.

  14. Jewels moran says:

    You sound like me! Go, go, go! I absolutely need rhodiola in my life. I feel like I’m constantly running around like a crazy person and stressed while doing so. I work out and try to eat healthy but I always feel stressed and tired. Plus, I agree… I’m always up for losing belly fat. 😉
    Instant energy b12 would be great to try as well.
    Thanks for the chance to win! <3

  15. Shaun says:

    This is awesome. Better late than never. I too hit a breaking point when I started my 206 lb weight loss journey. I train at home though. 3 kids , wife and full time job I can’t make it to a gym.. Now foods is an amazing company and I hope to add them to my supplements whenever I can afford…

  16. Lacey McBride says:

    I would love to try them all but if I had to pick 1, the Pea Protein! I would love to try it mixed in my breakfast for a pre workout! Thanks for the review & giveaway! 🙂

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  18. Laurel C says:

    I’ve never had pea protein before!