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Review: Thrive – Plant Based Nutrition Bars by GoMacro

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GoMacro Thrive I was recently sent a box of GoMacro’s newest bar — Thrive, a plant-based nutrition bar, which should be available at Whole Foods now. I’ve shared info in a previous post about GoMacro -so I knew I liked their bars, but I was interested in trying these bars because they use plant-based protein which I prefer because of my dairy sensitivities.

The GoMacro Thrive is available in six flavors that contain plant-based protein, essential fatty acids and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind. 

GoMacro is a pretty cool company too. As I mentioned in my earlier postthese bars are made with quality ingredients and taste good.  The company is family owned and cause driven.  These bards are great if you are on the go and want a healthy snack that has protein!

GoMacro-Thrive: My FavoritesThrive bars are USDA Organic, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Kosher, Vegan and Low Glycemic and delicious. So far, my favorites are the ones that include chocolate! (no surprise)

Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip

All of their bars are under 200 calories with 7g of protein. In addition to the two flavors above they offer:

  • Almond Apricot
  • Blueberry Lavender
  • Ginger Lemon
  • Caramel Coconut

They were all good, although I am not a huge fan of Ginger or Lavender in general, so those were not my favorite. So, with that said, I heartily recommend giving these bars a try!

Keep in mind, whole fresh food should always be a first choice – but we all need to live in reality and recognize it’s not always possible situation-ally or time wise to eat that way. We have to be realistic and fluid enough to accommodate life. So, my advice is to always make the best choice with what you have available. These bars are not perfect –they do contain sugar (although natural coconut sugar and brown rice syrup) – but compared to some other bars on the market, they are a better choice.

Get 30% off GoMacro: Thrive bars!

And because the people at GoMacro are so kind, they are offering a one-time-use coupon code (Thrive30) for 30% off to my readers to buy Thrive bars at gomacro.com

 

Disclosure: Although GoMacro provided me with samples, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the brand or company. 

Thriving Under Pressure

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I have been doing a lot of looking into ideas and strategies about thriving under pressure. Being able to jump into action, make decisions, act upon happenings under stress. The type of stressors depends on the situation –but the overall idea that you can process that stress and not let it stop you in your tracks.

Last week, during my second Krav Maga class, i had that light bulb moment when I realized that this is exactly the type of training I need. Each class ends with some sort of high stress activity where you are asked to practice the skills you learned earlier in the class. It’s to help you get comfortable doing them automatically. During this last one and the first class’s activity, I become keenly aware that I do start to panic and I didn’t freak out because I knew there was no real danger – it made me realize that I need to force myself to practice being outside of my comfort zone more and work to push myself harder.  It was seriously mentally a breakthrough idea for me!  I have been aware of my mind being the biggest obstacle to me progressing physically and career wise and to understand that a lot of it is fear and not being comfortable without stability and planning was mind blowing to me.  I found some interesting ideas and info on this whole idea and will share more info and updates in the days, weeks and years to come!

Why We Choke During Tasks That Require Our Procedural Memory

When you practice something over and over again, the knowledge of how to do that task gets burned into your unconscious and into your “muscle memory.” Your body can instinctively remember how it feels to do something right.

When you start to think too much about the task you’re trying to accomplish, you block the pathways to this muscle memory. Over-thinking things shuts off your instincts, which know what to do, from kicking in.

The Key to Being Clutch When Using Your Procedural Memory

To excel under pressure and be clutch with tasks that require procedural memory, you must distract yourself from the task at hand. Instead of over-thinking what you’re doing or are about to do, you must trust that the hours of training and practice you’ve put in before that moment won’t let you down.

Distract yourself. If you’re lining up for a golf putt, distract yourself from the mechanics of your putt by counting backwards or singing. Our guitarist above can close his eyes when he starts to feel nervous when playing in front of an audience (as an added bonus, scrunching his eyes shut will make the girls think he’s deep).

Develop a mantra. Sports psychologists often counsel their athletes to develop a mantra they can repeat when the pressure is on. Mantras are just another way to keep you from over-thinking what you’re doing in a high-pressure situation. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett’s mantra when he was up at bat was “Try easier.” A basketball player could use a mantra like “Relaxed and smooth,” for when he steps up to the free throw line. When you’re on the putting green, use the immortal mantra of Chevy Chase in Caddyshack: “Be the ball.”

Focus on the target, not your mechanics. Another tactic you can use to avoid paralysis by analysis is to focus on your target, instead of your mechanics. For example, when you’re trying to bowl a strike, you don’t want to think about your approach, so you should focus and aim at an arrow on the lane instead. When firing a gun, focus on getting a clear sight, not on your trigger pull.

Don’t slow down. Remember how with tasks that require working memory you should slow down? Well, forget that bit of advice for tasks that require procedural memory. Studies show that the faster you get going, the better you do. Football coaches understand this and will often try to throw off opposing kickers by calling a time-out right before they kick the ball. This technique is called “icing the kicker.” The idea is that giving the kicker more time to think about the kick will increase his analysis and anxiety, thus blocking his procedural memory from guiding the ball through the uprights. If you’ve ever mountain biked, you’ve probably witnessed the truth in this. If you see an obstacle up ahead on the trail and cautiously slow down in anticipation, you will often awkwardly hit the obstacle and fall over. But, if you swallow your fear and keep up a quick pace, more often than not the bike will sail right over the obstacle.

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