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Now Foods Immersion Event Recap

This post is sponsored by Fitfluential on behalf of NOW Foods.

NOW Foods Immersion Event​

NOW Foods was generous enough to fly out + accommodate a handful of bloggers and writers this year in order to allow us to get a deeper look into how their products are sourced + manufactured + tested + brought to shelves of health food stores all over.

I am at a loss for words on how to best summarize this trip, but I thought it would be the realest + clearest to share notes that I took as the trip transpired. They are essentially bullet point style quotes and factoids. This is how my brain works, so,  this is how I write!

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What stood out the most to me about my experience at NOW Foods was the quality of the people and the mindfulness + attention to detail with production. The neatest thing that blogging has brought me is a priceless set of experiences. I’ve met some incredible people on this trip, and that experience has enriched my life. There’s something about being thrown together with a bunch of people you’ve never met that awakens the human spirit. We gravitate to conversations where we find our commonplace. We feel profoundly connected thru this experience.

The coolest part of that is the staff at NOW Foods was a part of that. It wasn’t just the bloggers that I connected to. It was the people that make up the NOW Foods Team as well.

I think you’ll be able to tell how good of a time we had by these photos….

 

In regards to the quality of NOW Products as a whole (which I’m sure a bunch of you consumers are wondering about!), I felt assured and confident after seeing the rigorous testing that is done on the batches of supplements + food + beauty products that are produced. It’s impressive how much work is put into maintaining clean + pure products when they have such a large number of SKUs.

Perhaps the most profound thought I had in regards to product quality that I wanted to make sure I mentioned in this post was that: having an organic certification stamped on your label is not everything. It’s about: where are these ingredients sourced from + how are they grown + how are they processed? That ultimately dictates what the product ends up being. Not a label. It’s about the care that’s put into the whole sourcing to manufacturing process, from start to finish.

I say this because I know many people may overlook NOW initially because they don’t see the USDA Organic label on the packaging. Well, I’m here to tell you that I have witnessed many brands that throw the word “organic” around, but what they are doing is using that word, but then not practicing it. Whereas there are plenty of products that are not labeled as organic but are tested for pesticide content. Every brand is different, but it’s something to consider.

I am SO excited for the generous boatload of goodies that NOW provided to me (they even shipped it from the event to my home). It’s about $350 in value and loaded with supplements ranging from a Women’s probiotic to a Plant Protein powder to a Blender. The even-better news? They want to give one away to you!

To Enter:

-Just leave me a comment! (That. Is. It!)

Feel free to be funny and creative. You can leave a comment on here or Instagram or Facebook. All are awesomely acceptable!

I will notify the winner on 5/16 (one week from today!)

 

 

 

Fitfluential Puma Campaign Review

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of PUMA Fitness.

PUMA Fitness

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Fashion Comfort Look:

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Gym Loose Tank Top

About: 

-Loose Fit

-Sweat-wicking fabric

-Scoop Neckline

-Back cutout detailing

My Thoughts:

This top is beautiful–from the cut to the pattern and transparency of the fabric. It fit loosely, yet is feminine in that the fabric is see-through. I love the design. It’s the ideal, breathable running tank that could also be worn around town as a fun and unique tank top during warmer temps.

Studio Capsule Pants

About:

-Relaxed fit

-Moisture-wicking

-Wide elastic band

-drawstring

My Thoughts:

What a unique, comfortable, yet chic pair of sweatpants. I love the cute take on lounge sweatpants. They are tight enough around the bum and legs that they do not feel too frumpy on me. I see them as a fashionable twist on my cooler-temp sweatpants workout and hanging-out routine.

Narita V2 Shoes

About:

-Lightweight

-Mesh upper with synthetic suede overlays

-Breathable sockliner

My Thoughts:

When I first saw these shoes, I thought: throwback. I love the retro look and color contrast on these shoes. I wore these a few days ago while kicking the soccer ball around at the park with my family. They are perfect for kicking a soccer ball. They’re low profile, Simple with a flat platform where the laces are. Outside of soccer ball kicking, I find them as a comfortable sneaker to wear with sweatpants or jeans.

Performance Look:

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Gym Tank 3

About:

-Inner bra support

-Fitted; feminine silhouette

-Criss-cross back strap

-Sweat-wicking

My Thoughts:

I love the color of this form-fitting tank. It covers enough so that I feel comfortable exercising without having to be cautious. It’s also flattering, I feel, and would complement a range of body types. The inner bra support is a nice detail. I prefer to still wear a sports bra underneath–though it could be worn without one during low-intensity performance activities.

Gym 3/4 Length Tights

About:

-Unique patterning

-Flattering fit

-Drawstring waist

-Capri Length

My Thoughts:

These capris fit like a dream. They are comfortable at the waist–having the adjustable drawstring option is nice for water weight fluctuation. The material feels seamless and is ideal for optimizing performance and feel on long distance runs.

Mobium XT Shoe

About:

-Lightweight

-Breathable

-Rubber outsole

-Allows feet to move and expand freely

My Thoughts:

Love at first sight with the color of these shoes. I love how vibrant they are. They are very cushy and comfortable. I normally run in semi-minimalist shoes–thus, these shoes aren’t my pick for running. However, I enjoy wearing these shoes for performance during cross-training activities like hiking, weight lifting and doing plyometrics.

 

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