I’m the February Athlete of the Month!

As you may remember, I have committed to Racing with the Clot Buster in 2013 by wearing my polka dot jersey.

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Blood clots are the third leading cause of death in the United States. pulmonary embolisms (PE) kill more people per year then auto accidents! The accurate diagnosis of a PE is crucial. PE is also a leading cause of unexpected deaths in hospitalized patients; however, the diagnosis is missed more often than it is made.

I want to help bring awareness to this horrible injury so that others don’t have to experience what I have, which is why I am so excited and honored to have been named The Clot Buster Triathete’s February Athlete of the Month! Thank you, Roland!

A little secret? The only “Of the Month” thing I was nominated as growing up was “Student of the Month.” I would have never even been considered an athlete – so, this is extra special for me!

Be sure to check out the post, Roland’s blog (where you can order your own polka dots) and these links too:

  • What You Need to Know – Blood clots are a common medical condition and don’t have to be deadly or cause irreparable damage. Find out if you’re at risk.
  • Could YOU Have a Blood Clot? – Know the symptoms of blood clots and don’t delay in seeking medical assistance.

In the words of The Clot Buster…

“Get inspired and get out there. Blood clots cannot stop you!” And either can anything else!

Until the next mile marker,

CeliAct: The #1 Nutritional Supplement Just for People with Celiac Disease

Although millions of dollars are being spent on celiac disease research, the list of sufferers continues to grow and remains only one cure – the gluten-free diet. While I haven’t been officially diagnosed with celiac disease, my doctor has determined that I definitely have intolerance to it. I have been reading a lot about gluten sensitivity and other health concerns that come along with it (systemic inflammation, lactose intolerance, food allergies, etc.) and would not be surprised if the way I have been eating (mainly processed foods, whole grains, sugars, dairy) have impacted my health – or lack thereof recently. I believe most of the food we ingest is poisoning in one way or another and I no longer want to do that to my body. Since September, I have been trying to greatly decrease, if not eliminate these things from my diet:

  • Gluten and it’s relatives (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, quiona, soy, sorghum, brown rice, oats, corn and teff)
  • Poultry (yes, poultry, because chickens ingest massive amounts of corn and are exposed to latex and ingest too many plant oils)
  • Avocados, Bananas, Celery, Figs and Kiwi (all contain a latex-like protein that can aggravate the immune system)
  • Seeds, nuts, chips, flax, soy, chickpeas and humus

But, is gluten-free really enough? Our bodies are also lacking many essential nutrients such as omega 3 (fish oil), calcium, magnesium and vitamins D and B, among others.

Since September, I have been taking so many vitamins it’s upset my stomach, caused unnecessary anxiety (when, where, how much) and become disruptive at times. This isn’t even all I was taking in one day (and it made me crazy, very crazy)-

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Needless to say, I was eager and relieved to discover CeliAct from my friend Elle over at Eat Run Sail. CeliAct is a supplement to the gluten-free diet that provides a complete nutritional solution for people with celiac disease. It provides your body with nutrients and compounds you need to stay healthy.

CeliAct bottle

According to a number of recent studies if you have celiac disease and follow a gluten free diet, your need for vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are significantly higher.

CeliAct provides everything you need in five compnents, including:

  • Digestive Enzyme Support – Assists your intestine by breaking  down food and releasing more vitamins and minerals to reduce the risk of  nutrient deficiencies.
  • Multivitamin / Multiminieral Complex – The intestine of someone with celiac disease doesn’t absorb nutrients as well as a healthy person so it needs things such as Vitamins A, E and K (for immunity, blood clotting and vision); Vitamin C; B-Complex Vitamins; and Folic Acid and B12 (to reduce anemia).
  • Intestinal Healing Blend – With nutrients such as Zinc, which helps your body to patch up holes and gaps in your intestinal linin
  • Probiotic Defense Complex- Helps to toss out bad bacteria, assist in digestion, and lend a much-needed hand to your body’s intestinal healing cells.
  • Bone-Building Formula- People with celiac disease are also at a higher risk for diseases like osteoporosis. This componont strenghtens your bones with nutrients like Calcium, Vitamin D and Magnesium.

For a complete list of nutrients included in this product and all of their benefits, visit here.

And while all of these nutrients are essential, did you know the most common nutrient that people with celiac disease don’t get enough of isn’t iron, calcium, or zinc? It’s fat.

Stop being afraid of fat. You need it. Fat helps to produce new cells, build strong joints, and keep the immune system healthy. Without enough fat you may become underweight, deficient in fat-soluble vitamins, and develop brittle nails and hair.

To make sure you get enough, you can also take CeliAct Fish Oil. It gives you the extra fat that your body needs and is rich in essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that fish oil accelerates the healing process of the intestine by providing the critical nutrients for intestinal healing. The damage that gluten unleashes on your body results in severe inflammation of the intestines. Unfortunately, inflammation can exist even after you’ve made dietry changes to elminate gluten, which is why you need fish oil.

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These two products combined together provide all the multi-vitamins and nutrients you need to not only recover from, but remain healthy after eliminating gluten from your life.

They are slightly expensive, but totally worth it in my opinion (I was spending almost double this on all the pills I was taking before) – and if you think of the health benefits, I would rather pay for wellness than to be sick all the time. I’ve traded in all of my other vitamins for this package. This is for a month supply-

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Since I have been taking vitamins I feel healthier, more energized and sleep better at night. And, best of all, I am relieved to be taking this, instead of what I was taking before:

Celiact pills

I believe we must make sure our bodies are getting all of the nutrients we need (even if we must take a pill), but I have said goodbye to the days of owning my own pharmacy!

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CeliAct is a nutritional supplement specifically for people with celiac disease. Read more at the CeliAct Blog and connect with CeliAct on Facebook and Twitter. They have a fantastic website with a lot of information for people with celiac diseae. I found it very informative and plan to go back to it as a resource from now on.

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Do you suffer from celiac disease or a gluten intolerance? Do you take supplements? Why or why not? Have you tried CeliAct or will you?

Until the next mile marker,

*Please note: I was provided with one bottle each of CeliAct and CeliAct Fish Oil by CeliAct. I was not compensated in any way or asked to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you to CeliAct for their generosity in allowing me to review this product.

Stick it to Me: Antiphospholipid Awareness

stick-it-to-me-banner-final3If you have experienced a blood clot, you are at higher risk for developing a future clot.  Know your  risk factors and the symptoms of DVT and pulmonary embolism.  Be aware that the symptoms of a future clot may not be identical in presentation to what you experienced in the past. –clotconnect.og

Do You Shubeez?

I am excited to announce that Words to Run By is a recent affiliate partner with Shubeez! This is an amazing opportunity that I am proud to be a part of.

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So, what’s Shubeez, right? Shubeez are unique collectable shoe tags that attach securely to the laces of any athletic footwear. They have 13.1, 26.2, Bee pink (breast cancer awareness) and customizable options too.

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Each Shubeez is only $4.99 and if you purchase the Bee Pink tag, one dollar will be donated to breast cancer research programs at The James, Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Research Center.

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And why do Shubeez matter?

Because we all run for a reason. We all have a cause, a goal, a mission in life: in order to make progress you must begin to taking steps toward your desired result. At Shubeez, we believe that everyone has the power to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.  Whether running in a race, playing a game of baseball or running errands around town, with a Shubeez shoe tag you are showing that you are in fact a part of a community that cares.

The message is simple, yet so important-

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So, why do you lace-up? I run to remember my Mom, to raise awareness of the dangers of blood clots and to achieve a happy, healthy, balanced life. Running is as much about giving back to others as it is about improving myself and that is why I am proud to be a part of the Shubeez affiliate program.

Want to get your own Shubeez right away? Head on over to the Facebook page and enter the current giveaway for a pretty awesome prize package. Be sure to like the page too and follow Shubeez on Twitter.

If you don’t want to wait, order Shubeez HERE. Be sure to select Words to Run By from the drop-down Affiliate box! And, of course, please spread the word.

Why do you run? Tell me in the comments and then head on over to enter the Shubeez giveaway!

Until the next mile marker,

Racing with The Clot Buster

I am perpetually amazed at how often regular, every day, active, even healthy people are affected by blood clots – many to a debilitating degree. From politicians like Hillary Clinton to professional coaches like Jenny Hadfield, blood clots seem to be becoming more and more prevalent. While I am sad to hear of new people being hurt by this terrible ailment, I am happy and hoping they help bring awareness to what is becoming an important health topic.

I know I have posted this one before but it needs to be repeated so everyone knows just how serious this is. Blood clots are the third leading cause of death in the United States. pulmonary embolisms (PE) kill more people per year then auto accidents! The accurate diagnosis of a PE is crucial. PE is a leading cause of unexpected deaths in hospitalized patients; however, the diagnosis is missed more often than it is made. One source conservatively estimates that more than half of fatal PE cases are not even suspected antemortem.

Awareness is the key. Understand what you need to know before it’s too late – blood clots are very treatable when found in time. I didn’t know what was happening to me, and I almost didn’t make it.

I want to help bring awareness to this issue in any way possible and am working on a project to do just that in the coming months. I have spent many hours – days even – scouring the internet for information, existing support groups and other stories of people who have been affected by this silent killer. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there, at least, that one can relate to on a personal level.

While searching, I found The Clot Buster, a fellow athlete I could immediately relate to because he is a survivor too. The self-proclaimed “Clot Buster” is a triathlete on a quest to raise funds for the National Blood Clot Alliance, STOPTHECLOT.org. He invites his readers and supporter to come along for the SWIM, the RIDE, the RUN and everything in between. He also takes the time and features an athlete who has survived a blood clot each month on his blog, and I am so inspired by the stories I have read there.

The Clot Buster (a.k.a. Roland) runs, swims and bikes in The Clot Buster Polka Dots to raise awareness about blood clots and their devastating effects. Even better than that? Roland was kind enough to send me my very own jersey to wear out on the road.

This message ‘Never Give Up’ is one I truly believe in, especially recently, and it warms my heart to receive it from Roland. Thank you.

I can’t wait to wear my polka dots out on the road and I might even wear them at every race I run in 2013. I never realized how comfortable a triathlon jersey is – and it has built-in pockets!

I hope you too decide to support The Clot Buster in his mission to raise awareness and also my mission – come race with us! If you do, you can order your own jersey or triathlon top directly from Roland’s blog. Or, please stop by and check out the athletes that are featured there.

Until the next mile marker,