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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Win $100 Visa from BlogHer & ZICO 0630

ZICO Reviews and Giveaways

 Each winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card and a case of ZICO Coconut Water- ends 6/30

This BlogHer sweepstakes runs from June 4, 2012 to June 30, 2012 and is only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older.  Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. To read the Official Rules, click here. Good luck!
I’ve always been a fan of Almond Joy chocolate bars, but not until recently did I realize that coconut was more than just something awesome inside of my candy bar. Recently, I’ve been using pure coconut oil as an overnight deep conditioning treatment on my hair twice a week. My damaged, color-treated hair feels smoother and more moisturized and my split ends are jumping for joy at the extra TLC the coconut oil provides.
As a runner who likes to DREAM BIG I am all about trying to find the next best thing that is going to help me get an edge during training. In order to achieve my dreams - I can't just rely on running miles to get there. I need to think about my nutrition and hydration strategy as a key component to realizing my 3:05 dream! No matter how hard I try to stay hydrated it is something I struggle with. If you want to read about what happens to me when I am not hydrated during a marathon check out my race recap from Boston Marathon 2011. After that race I took hydrating seriously.
It’s no secret that I live a pretty sweaty existence. Between teaching and practicing hot yoga, running and CrossFit, most days require multiple showers and outfit changes. But it’s not just staying clean and dry that I have to pay attention to due to my high activity level, I also have to be mindful of proper hydration and fueling. When you sweat as much and as long as I do it become important to also think about electrolyte replacement. I have tried many solutions from powders to tablets to sports drinks but lately I’ve been loving coconut water as a natural alternative.

ZICO - Juice of Winners!

I remember when I first fell in love with ZICO coconut water. I had the flu and was facing a marathon less than a week away. I felt dehydrated and weak so I stocked up at Whole Foods: herbal teas, healing vitamins and ZICO coconut water. The potassium and electrolytes had me feeling much better. I never got to 100% for the race, but I did finish it feeling hydrated and oh so much more alive. Since that race I've used ZICO coconut water any time I need to be at the top of my games or when I want a natural, refreshing treat.
We have all seen the scene in a movie a dozen times. Someone crawls up the beach, sunburned and in tattered clothes, dehydrated and about to succumb to the elements. Then they find a coconut and all is well. Until recently I just hocked that up to cinematic fiction, but, come to find out, coconut water (the liquid inside a you g coconut) is pretty amazing stuff. For one, It contains 5 electrolytes, which makes it a great way to stay hydrated on a deserted island or a hot summer day. But I know from personal experience in my kitchen that coconuts can be a huge pain to open!

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