I don’t have to shake my protein.

I sat down with myself and had a heart to heart. Okay, I probably didn’t sit down–I was most likely walking around my apartment talking to myself–but either way, I knew I was going to have to put the tumultuous latter half of 2013 behind me in order to move forward.

One area of my life that needed a serious redo was my food. After six months of paying less than stellar attention to my nutrition in order to devote that attention towards dealing with my separation, moving, life on my own, starting over, questioning my entire being and staying sane, I was all kinds of discombobulated. Haha, so yes, nutrition took a backseat. Heck, nutrition wasn’t even the same car.

cleaneating groceries

So during this new year heart to heart, I made a commitment to myself to get back to the old Cherie who meal preps, plans meals & snacks ahead and chooses quality over convenience. Also, I simply need to eat more real food.

For someone who loves to eat clean, one sneaky, not-so-clean “food” was a big part of my daily intake:  The protein shake.
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The fine powder was my drug. I had to have it errrrryday. I made sure to carry shakers of it with me wherever I went, set aside parts of my paycheck to make sure a steady supply of it was arriving to my doorstep, baggies of it came with me on any vacations or road trips, I had it first thing in the morning, during the afternoon, after my workout, and then right before bed, only to repeat it all again the next day. Total addiction.

I rarely ate anything that had a label on it anyhow, but if I did, I sure could pronounce the few ingredients it had. But on the tub of protein powder? Ugh. Even this English major had a difficult time sounding it all out. So I overlooked it. “I’m a gym goer! I need my protein!”

protein powder

But also during this heart to heart, I decided to quit the protein powder cold turkey. I didn’t need to detox myself out of it or wean myself off of it. I just stopped. Here was an ingenious thought I had: What if I just ate real food to get my protein? Picture a light bulb exploding over my head! Duh.

Back to my sources of protein coming from food–Greek yogurt, lean meats and seafood, beans, eggs, nuts, quinoa and more plants! I missed these foods. My body really missed them. With proper meal planning and preparation, these foods are convenient and “fast food.” The only thing I was wondering about was how to chow down on my salmon at the gym right after my sets were complete, haha.

Hmmmm, what about those ENERGYbits®?

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Oh yes, I remember trying them out a little over a year ago for a review. I liked them. They were easy. There was no shaking, mixing, or preparation involved. And best of all? THEY WERE REAL FOOD. I went back and read my review to give it some more thought. The only thing I was missing was enough of them to give them a real shot. I promptly ordered another bag, replaced a serving of them in place of the protein powder, and felt my clean groove coming back. Amazing! And not a single shaker was dirtied in the process.

skinny-bits-tin

So a month later, having sufficiently tested them out to make sure I could stand by my belief in them, I’m thrilled to be #poweredbybits. So thrilled, I’m even an ENERGYbits® Ambassador now!!! They are made with ONE ingredient–100% Spirulina algae. These BITS are 100% natural, 100% green, have only one calorie per tab and contain no sugar, no caffeine, no chemicals, no gluten and no soy. And protein? Oh heck yes. Spirulina provides the highest concentration of protein in the world–these BITS are 64% protein, thank you. Peace out, protein powder.

Energy Bits Coupon Code

Should you want to make the switch to clean, green protein, you can use my coupon code: CHERIERUNSTHIS and save 25% off your order at energybits.com!

There are four different BITS, by the way:
ENERGYbits® 100% spirulina
SKINNYbits® 100% spirulina
RECOVERYbits® 100% chlorella
VITALITYbits® 50% spirulina, 50% chlorella

recovery bits free gift

AND, if you’ve been thinking of trying RECOVERYbits now is the time! From now until February 21, 2014, when you order a bag of chlorella RECOVERYbits it will include a complimentary GIFT WITH PURCHASE! Your gift comes in an attractive black organza bag that contains a full tin of RECOVERYbits, a single sample serving of RECOVERYbits, a cool pair of ENERGYbits sunglasses, an ENERGYbits pen and some fun stickers. This $35 retail value is yours absolutely FREE with the purchase of at least one bag of RECOVERYbits. It’s a fun and healthy Valentines Day gift we think everyone will love, even more than chocolates. (Okay, if not more than chocolates, at least as much as…haa!)

share your love with energy bits

BIT by BIT, I’m cleaning up my life, fitness and food. 🙂 Not chugging down a shake before and after my workouts in lieu of swallowing my BITS doesn’t make me any less of a gym rat. I do happen to think it makes me smarter and cleaner, though!  #ItsOKtoSwallow  <— Okay, so maybe that was a ‘lil dirty, but…. 😉

And now, if I do look back to last year, it will only be to see how far I’ve come.

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