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Garden of Life Summit Rundown: Probiotics + Protein + Organic Farming

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The notion of possibly summarizing my entire weekend at the Garden of Life headquarters is an incredibly overwhelming task. There are SO many ideals that were brought to my attention, many that were even more cemented in my thinking, and a ton of new ideals that I’ve been inspired to ponder. To sum up my general emotion triggered by being a part of this summit, I left Palm Beach feeling:

Inspired. Driven. Hyped on supporting organic. Enthusiastic. Invigorated. Energized. Healthy.

I ate so much good (both good tasting and good for me!) foods while I was there, I truly did leave feeling superpowered. I drank my weight in local, green juice, ate a plentiful amount of locally-caught seafood and even dined at a farm-to-table restaurant.

In regards to the information, knowledge and inspiration that I acquired, here are the main take-aways that I grasped from this weekend that I am applying and taking into my everyday life.

Before I get into all of the details, I’ll just add that I am a FEELER. By that, I mean that I am largely influenced by how things make me feel–both as a result of the information I hear and how I feel when using a product. Thus, a lot of these tidbits from the summit really resonated with me, or I related strongly to because I have experienced the protein for myself. Scientific backup is great (many desire solely that), and Garden of Life has that to back up their products, but, I am an advocate for these products because I have witnessed first hand the impact that they have had on my health. I feel like the best version of Jesica when I am eating loads of organic, raw, plant based foods. This kind of supplementation is a gigantic part of that. I consider each of the Garden of Life products to be beyond “just a supplement,” because the quality is supreme and they are whole food-based, they are in a league of their own.

I have bolded some of my favorite parts!

1. “Probiotics” is not JUST a buzz word. Your body NEEDS them to function optimally.

-The standard American diet, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. have diminished our bodies’ good bacteria population in the gut. The effect on human health is profound.

-Supplementing the diet with probiotics is key is returning this good bacteria population back to a point where the digestive system can assimilate, absorb and process nutrients as it’s supposed to.

-“At Garden of Life, we are greens, we are probiotics. It’s who are are.” -Sherri Gunn, Garden of Life.

-“So much more can be done with health & prevention.” -Dawn Jarvis, Garden of Life.

-There are trillions of microbial organisms in your body. You help the good microbes thrive by eating a rich, whole food based diet that limits processed foods.

-A natural, whole food diet without pesticides, GMOs helps heal the gut.

-Good bacteria in the gut helps protect against the bad bacteria. So, we need the good bacteria.

-Digestive health is responsible for absorption of all of the food we eat, which contributes to our overall vitality. That’s why gut health is such a focus.

2. Supporting organic is, indeed, so very important.

-“I do this because it means a lot.” -Jeff Brams, Garden of Life

-Traceability, sourcing, transparency and sustainability are so important in acquiring raw materials  ingredients.

-Supporting organic, family farms drives economic change. “This is the mission.” – Jeff Brams, Garden of Life

-GoL elevates the success of villages in Africa by sourcing from them.

-Biodynamic farming is utilized and valued. You must farm the soil, not the plants. It’s about the “symphony of the soil.”

3. Protein. Why so important?

-Your entire body requires protein to maintain itself, rebuild, repair and build.

-Whole food supplements are faster and more effective because they are assimilated like real food.

-Protein helps build muscle–then muscle helps clean sugar out of your system.

-Protein lowers ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger.

-Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) don’t have to go thru the liver. They go straight to the muscle. This reduces lactic acid, aids recovery.

-Protein isolates are not the same as whole food based proteins because they cause the blood sugar to rise.

-“High quality protein has a satiating effect on the body.”-Jeff Brams, Garden of Life.

-“Protein is the original energy drink–it just provides energy through a different mechanism.” -Jeff Brams, Garden of Life

-Assaults to digestive tract causes inability to absorb protein (processed foods, pharmaceutical drugs, gluten, excess sugar, lack of good bacteria in the gut)

4. Tidbits on Garden of Life Proteins

Organic Plant Protein (OPP) created because of “grain free” demand, because customers want taste & texture. Contains more fermented ingredients (& nutrients due to superfood content), whereas GoL’s Raw Protein contains more sprouted. Fermented & sprouted ingredients are more easily digested than an unprepped seed.

-Unprepped seeds do not want to be digested. They want to be transported and deposited in a new home. Nature’s example: squirrels plant acorns, let them sprout and then eat them.

-Variety of proteins in one blend makes it work–gives you a complete amino acid chain.

Organic Plant Protein contains the superfoods baobab (acts as a prebiotic) & moringa (combats malnutrition).

Raw Meal has more protein & acts as a meal replacement, with significant amounts of fat, carbs and protein. Contains high nutrient content, thus less cravings and helps you feel fuller longer.

Raw Fit contains Fucothin (green coffee bean extract) which regulates and balances blood sugar.

-Adding power packed protein & superfood blends like these to your diet helps proliferate good microbes in your body.

5. Inflammation

-“The cornerstone of all disease is inflammation.” -Dawn Jarvis, Garden of Life

-Sugar encourages inflammation.

-Keep out artificial sweeteners that are causing oxidative stress.

6. Ingredients

-“We are fanatical about ingredients.” -Dawn Jarvis, Garden of Life

-14 strains of probiotics makeup GoL probiotics products

-Made cold, shipped cold

-Dawn Jarvis has an incredible resume with experience being a nutritionist for Wimbledon, yet one of my favorite quotes of her lecture is: “We use the organic stuff.”

-A little “did you know” from this weekend…”Flamingos are pink because of the large amount of antioxidants that they consume.”

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The Garden of Life team was incredibly accommodating, helpful, inspiring and enthusiastic–infectiously so! A special thank you to every one of them that took time away from their work week to help me learn and grow in this field, especially Rhonda & Ursula who made it all happen! I will always treasure the memory of this weekend and know that all of the eye-opening things I’ve taken away will propel me even farther in a positive direction!

Also, thank you to Tess at Core Evolution Palm Beach for the challenging workout!

Here are the links to the sites of the other incredible talented ladies that I met! Check out all of the great info and inspiration they have to offer!

Meg Kelly  http://www.TheCompostCook.com

Keleigh May  www.WhereTheresAMeal.com

Roshini Cope  http://www.Glamazini.com

Michelle Sutter  http://www.powered-by-mom.com/

Dr. Pamela Reilly  http://goodworkswellness.com/blog-2/

Amber Gebhardt  www.yogabycandace.com

Rebecca Warner Schiffenauer  www.campwander.com

Chelsea Gilson  www.travelingfig.com

Dr. Marie Miczak  http://drmiczak.blogspot.com/

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Enell: Sports Bras for C-Cup & Above Review

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Enell Sports Bra

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Enell:

“ENELL, Inc. (ENELL) was officially founded in 1993 by Renelle Braaten who is determined to provide sports bras well-endowed women can count on when and where it matters most. ENELL has grown from a one-woman show to a team of 15 talented and enthusiastic staff members dedicated to providing bras that SUPPORT, STABILIZE and SECURE on and off the playing field [read more about our team here].

ENELL is proud to be a socially-responsible company. We strive to use local materials and quality manufacturing sites. Committed to SUPPORT in a BIG WAY , ENELL makes donations to several local charities and is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

ENELL, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Montana with distribution in 11 countries.

Products

Scientifically designed to SUPPORT, STABILIZE and SECURE, ENELL Bras come in 10 sizes to fit C cups and above.

ENELL SPORT Bra provides superior support for high-impact activities. Whether you are running or jumping, ENELL SPORT ensures that your body moves, not your breasts.

ENELL LITE Bra is specially designed for low-to-medium impact activities and all-day wear. Feel confident and in control with ENELL LITE wherever your day takes you.

MISSION

Enell, Inc. is dedicated to providing women C cup or above with the opportunity to fully participate in an active lifestyle by offering state of the art, high quality performance sports bras.”

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Enell Sport

About:

“If you’re C-cup or above, the hunt for the best sports bra is over! The ENELL SPORT’s patented design eliminates bounce while providing superior support and comfort. This high impact sports bra is made from a LYCRA® Spandex blend (90% nylon/10% LYCRA®). The SPORT bra is a critical piece of athletic equipment that answers the prayers of well-endowed athletes.

Features of ENELL SPORT Bras:

SHOULDER COMFORT – Wide non-stretch straps distribute weight to reduce shoulder fatigue.

MOVEMENT CONTROL – Wide elastic band and motion control neckline eliminate up and down movement.

SECURE CLOSURE – Fastens your girls simply and securely with hook and eye closures.

COMFORT CONTROL – Wide band provides a secure fit that moves with your body.

CONTROL AND COMFORT BACK – The full back with cross-strap design provides posture enhancing back support.

NATUREXX® MOISTURE MANAGAGEMENT PERFORMANCE FABRIC – Fabric wicks away moisture to keep you cool during the most intense workouts.”

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My Thoughts:

As a runner, I truly value a good sports bra that I feel provides sufficient support during my long runs. I’ve been a C cup or above since about high school age–and at that time, I bought sports bras that were too small for me so that I could get the support I desired. Truth is, they were cheaply made bras that were not fitting me properly. They were just so snug that they acted as a super-push-up bra. Not a good call on my part. 🙂

To be honest, I’ve leaned out a smidge in the last year or so and have noticed that my bra size has decreased a little bit (still a D cup), but I still feel that I need/desire adequate support.

That’s where Enell comes in. This bra is the real deal–no movement happens here–and yet, it’s still very comfortable. It allows you to run, jump, skip, stretch, sprawl, do whatever, without any concern about your bust getting in the way. Its a good feeling!

As you can likely tell from the above photos, the bra secures via several small clasps in the front. It takes some gusto to get the first one attached, but once you have that one secure, the rest are easier.

I’d definitely recommend this bra to any woman struggling to find that bra that will allow them to exercise without any worry about movement or shifting up top. Enell has their “formula” down for sure. My only desire for this bra is that it looked a little cooler. It looks a little bit “old lady-ish”. I would love a look that looked sportier. Come to think of it, it may be the light pink color that does this for me. Fashion isn’t at the top of my list, but next to all of my funky, cool, sporty workout gear, this bra looks a little bit dated.