This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games. I have now gone for the past 2 years to take care of my athletes Emily Bridgers and Team Terminus, and each year the event gets bigger and better.
Beyond caring for my athletes, my highlight throughout the weekend was walking through the Vendor Village and seeing all the latest products within the health and fitness industry. This year there were over 150 vendors, but I wanted to share with you all my top 2 in 2015.
Even if you didn’t go to the CrossFit Games or you don’t care about CrossFit, it’s important to keep reading as the 2 companies I will share could be important as part of your daily life. Personally, I will begin implementing many of their products into my lifestyle as they are on the cutting edge of 21st-century health.
Over the course of the weekend I spent roughly 6 hours in total in the Village. I spent my time with the owners of these companies, talking with them about their products and whether there was potential for utilizing it not only in my life, but my patients’ lives too.
I am very strict about what I put into my body and careful about what products I carry in the office for my patients’ sake. Any time a sales rep says, “The margins are large, so you can make lots of money,”my brain shuts down and I am ready to move to the next booth. This tells me that they have a poor quality product but want to make it look like it’s top quality with great marketing and a higher price tag.
While there this weekend I met with 2 new companies that I think could be the next best thing and their products are of outstanding quality.
1) Bulletproof (bulletproofexec.com)
Many of you have probably heard of Bulletproof coffee and if not, then I highly recommend checking them out. I think what most people don’t understand is that Bulletproof has a product line, because most people assume that Bulletproof only means putting butter and coconut oil in your coffee. I recently started putting butter and oil in my morning tea, but since this weekend I will definitely switch out the coconut oil for the Brain Octane oil and use more of their products.
I started each morning at the CrossFit Games with a cup of Bulletproof coffee from their mini-cafe, and rumor says that they are opening up storefronts in the near future. The funny thing is that I don’t even drink coffee; in fact, I may have only had 5 cups of coffee in my life. The butter and brain oil was so good and fresh that it helped with the taste of the coffee, actually making it taste quite good.
While walking around the Vendor Village I saw they had a booth and were sampling a new product called Fat Water. This water was a game changer for me over the weekend and I even gave Emily some on Saturday night to take on Sunday because of how effective it can be as a fuel source for athletes. The berry flavor was my favorite and the only ingredients were Bulletproof XCT Oil and Purified Water.
A lot of people are accustomed to eating lots of carbohydrates to create energy, but more athletes are moving towards adding in good fats as ways to boost their energy and perform even better. If you look at many of the protein powders now, they contain MCT (medium chain triglycerides), and some of my professional athletes will take a tablespoon of coconut oil before practice or before games as it contains loads of MCTs.
Before I walked away they handed me a vanilla collagen bar, which is whatseparated them from every vendor as it was not only healthy, but super tasty too. The ingredient list was:
Organic cashew butter, Bulletproof®Upgraded Collagen Protein, chicory root fiber, Bulletproof®XCT™Oil Powder (Caprylic and Capric Acid Triglycerides sourced from coconut and/or palm kernel oil), organic cashews, Bulletproof®Brain Octane (Caprylic Acid Triglycerides sourced from coconut and/or palm kernel oil), organic coconut oil, Bulletproof®VanillaMax™(lab-tested Madagascar vanilla beans), sea salt, stevia.
All I can say is that I have found my new energy bar and if I were you, I would join the Bulletproof Lifestyle as David Asprey seems to have a big vision.
2) Paleo Treats – (paleotreats.com)
While filling up some water at the alkaline water station I noticed this booth and saw a treat that literally looked like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup BUT was paleo. I had to find out what was in this product and whether it tasted like a Reese’s. I haven’t had a Reese’s in so long, but if I could find a healthy alternative to that junk then my life would be better. It’s not that I eat candy bars because I know how detrimental they are to my health, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have small cravings for sweets.
They had many different treats, but the one I sampled was called the Bandito’s. The taste of it was…amazing! They served it cold from the refrigerator and literally within 60 seconds I devoured the whole thing because of how good it tasted.
I talked more to the employees and the owner, and their passion was definitely there as far as how much they believe in their product and how healthy this can be as an alternative to junk food sweets.
The ingredient list:
Almond flour, roasted almond butter, coconut oil, honey, cacao butter, flax meal, dried unsweetened coconut, cacao powder, vanilla extract, sea salt
I could potentially see myself carrying this product in the office, as we are always looking for healthy foods that patients can grab and go with instead of depending on junk or skipping a meal. I know how busy everyone is in today’s world, so having quick access to a healthy treat could be important for my clients and all of you.
Thanks to all the vendors this year for their amazing hospitality and showing up to sponsor one of the greatest sporting events.