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About Lacy

Lacy Jaye Hansen is a graduate of Wichita State University and a two-time Boston Marathon finisher. When not training for her next run she's a busy wife and mom.

Gold Bond’s New Powder Spray is Perfect for Runners

It’s summertime, and this year it looks like the heat is hanging on for dear life. As an athlete, I’m used to sweating, but when the humidity skyrockets, I no longer sweat, I pour. This pouring can bring on so many more issues, like chafing. A small irritation that leads to a constant pain with every swing of the arm or stride of the leg. Seriously, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” Thankfully there are options out there to keep the chaffing away. Gold Bond has just released one of the most helpful products yet.

Gold Bond Powder

 Gold Bond No Mess Powder Spray just hit the market. similar to the classic powder formula, the spray is intended to keep people dry and cool. Is there anyone desiring dryness and coolness more than a runner? The best way to test this new product was to simply let runners use it and report the findings.

Sean Amore and Emily Behlmann are two runners taking part in a training promotion called “”The Local Joes.” The “Joes” are people who have never been runners, haven’t run in a long time, or simply haven’t trained specifically to finish a race. They are training for Wichita’s Prairie Fire Marathon and Half Marathon. They were perfect test subjects for the Gold Bond spray. Sean and Emily have gotten to know the brutal trials that runners go through, even the chafing blunders, this summer. They both tested the sprays and here’s what the new or renewed runners had to say.

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The Piccolo Chef Cookbook Redefines Kid Food

I get really annoyed when I hear people talk about “kid food.” Typically this refers to some lower quality version of food that’s morphed into playful shapes or dyed some ridiculous bright color. “Food” that’s somehow okay for little growing bodies to eat, but not grown adults. That’s nonsense. If it’s junk, it’s junk. If you won’t eat it, or “shouldn’t” eat it, neither should your kids. Give up the lie that fun food has to be unhealthy, it’s not true. And please, for the love of Pete, feed your kids food, real food.

Piccolo Chef Cookbook 1

I was pleased as punch to flip through the pages of a new cookbook called, “The Piccolo Chef. Healthy cooking with your kids.” Mothers, Tina Fanelli Moraccini and Lillian Palmieri share the vision that healthy cooking should be easy and appealing to children and adults alike. They started the Piccolo Chef cooking school in Los Angeles to encourage children and teenagers to appreciate real food and quality ingredients. This new cookbook is birthed out of their cooking philosophy and belief that the kitchen is a great place for families to bond, even today’s busy families.

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Subscribe to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box for Munchies You Can Trust

Snack time around my house isn’t very typical. Little Debbie isn’t welcome and neither is her recently recovered friend, Hostess. Nutrition is key, but we can’t just munch on dry rice cakes either. When we find a tasty snack that passes the healthy test, we get excited and want to share the good news. We have nothing but high praise for Vegan Cuts and their snack boxes.

vegan cuts

Vegan Cuts is web-based company that is dedicated to promoting vegan products, not just foods. They have a great way to sample many of their favorite products in the form of their snack boxes. It’s the newest entry in a growing trend of monthly subscriptions that deliver a fun box to you each month. Theirs is filled with food and products that all fit the vegan lifestyle. The subscription is $19.95 per month and has free shipping in the U.S. Each monthly box comes with about 7-10 items. In addition to being vegan, the contents are about 80% gluten-free too.

Each box is different and allows the recipient to try out new things each month. My box came with several snacks, a few drink mix-ins, and even some vegan lip balm. (more…)

Gluten-Free Labels Now Standardized for the First Time by the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just issued the first set of standards regarding the “gluten-free” labels on food products. Up until this point there were no regulations and anyone could essentially slap that label on their product.

gf bread

The new standard states that foods that are less than 20 parts per million of gluten can be considered gluten free. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is a very common ingredient in many foods on the grocery store shelf. To date, about three million Americans suffer from celiac disease, a disease that causes the digestive system all sorts of issues as it does not process or digest gluten. Gluten-free shopping used to be very difficult and almost done exclusively at specialty stores. That is no longer the case. (more…)

Laura Tarbell’s Pilates for Runners is Necessary to Overcome the Rough Side Effects of the Sport

“Joseph Pilates once said, ‘We are only as young as our spine.’ And how true that is!” These were Laura Tarbell’s closing words as she explained the details of her new DVD, Pilates for Runners. Designing this workout especially for strengthening runners is something Laura explained is close to her heart.pilates for runners

“Our spine is involved in everything we do, especially running! Therefore, as runners, we especially need to take the utmost care of our spines and strengthen the deep muscles of the core to ensure the opportunity to run for decades and for the lasting health of our bodies.”

These were similar words different professionals have passed on to me as my body has been reacting to all the stress I put it through during marathon training. I used Tarbell’s workout and was quickly made aware just how badly my body needs Pilates.

Tarbell was an athlete with chronic pain issues all during her young years. She discovered Pilates and felt she had found the missing puzzle piece.

“The addition of Pilates to my routine gave me a new perspective. I became intentional with how I moved my body. I learned how to stabilize my core to maintain good form and posture at the end of a hard race or long run. It helped me to get faster. It helped me build confidence,” said Laura, who continued to say Pilates increased the efficiency of her movements, in all aspects of her life, not just running. (more…)

Wear Me Out Clothing, the Spanx of Workout Gear, is Worthy of Your Sweat

I’m pretty low maintenance for a girl in her early 30s. I love a good deal on clothes, I’m addicted to resale stores, and I have no qualms about off-brands. However, when I became a runner about seven years ago, I started to get a little picky about certain things.

wear me out racerback

Bottom line: when you are giving your all physically, you can’t expect the cheapest shoe, shorts, or tank to do the same. So, while you’ll see me in consignment jeans, you won’t catch me in a cotton tee or off-brand short when I’m running and working out. The big brands make products that make the sport easier and they are well worth the expense.

When Wear Me Out Clothing contacted us about testing some of their athletic gear, I hopped at the chance to see what other offerings were out there. The brand says it’s a fitness and lifestyle wear. They advertise many pieces of clothing and have a range of items, even items they call “crossover” wear. I was sent a mesh racer back sport tank and extreme cinch back leggings. The color and design were nice and I was excited see what made this company unique. (more…)

5 Biggest Losers Complete the Ironman Triathlon to Become Elite Athletes after the Ranch

A 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. These are the daunting distances that make up a full Ironman triathlon. Many superior athletes don’t even take a second look at these races because they’re simply so demanding. The training, the discipline, and the excruciating race are all just too much for most to handle. However, a new unlikely trend seems to be taking place within the Ironman. The least likely of competitors are throwing their hat in the ring and chasing that fateful moment when the announcer says, “You are an Ironman!”.

biggest loser ironman

This surprising group is comprised of Biggest Loser contestants. People who entered a television reality show morbidly obese and then moved on to complete what is possibly the toughest physical feat on the planet – these elite individuals are hardly losers.

There have been five Biggest Loser contestants who have completed an Ironman, and they are Tara Costa (BL7), Hollie Self (BL4), Jay Kruger (BL5), Ali Vincent (BL5), and Matt Hoover (BL2). One theme seems to be shared among them all – finding out just how far they could push themselves drove them to take on their biggest challenge yet.

“…being on the Biggest Loser, you quickly learn that you can do so much more than what you think is possible if you just try,” said Tara Costa, a finalist in season 7.

All of the finishers say something to the effect that being on the show showed them that they were much more capable than they previously thought and once they were off the show, they needed another huge challenge to keep proving that to themselves. (more…)

Shrinking Prevention: It’s all About Your Bone Health

“We fight a war against gravity our entire lives, it pulling us down, us attempting to stand tall.”

Those are the wise words of nutritionist Deb Burchardt, M.S., R.D, L.D. as we discussed the issue of shrinking with age. It’s not simply an “old lady” condition, it’s a very serious symptom of a very serious issue.

bone loss

Burchardt explained in more detail that shrinking is a direct symptom of osteoporosis. The shrinking comes as one’s height is affected due to the compression of the spine. The spine is compressed due to the bones not being strong enough to stop it any longer.

So, the easy fix seems to be make bones stronger, right? Burchardt explained that it’s not always that easy. There’s no magic, quick fix, and some of the issues may have nothing to do with the individual as much as it may have to do with their mother, or even their grandmother. (more…)

Long John Silver’s Big Catch Meal Gets Worst Meal In America Title

The greasy votes have been tabulated and the award for “Worst Meal in America” goes to: Long John Silver’s Big Catch!

Coming in at 1,320 calories, 19 grams of saturated fat, 3,700 milligrams of sodium, and 33 grams of trans fat, the deep fried meal earned the official title from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) this week. It’s doubtful that anyone at the fish restaurant will be excited to accept this award.

Long John Silver's Worst Meal

The CSPI is a non-profit organization designed to be an advocate for nutrition and health. In a recent report by CBS News, the CSPI tested the Big Catch Meal and found the startling results. The meal contains just one piece of fried fish, an order of hush puppies, and a side of onion rings.

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Buy It Where They Grow It – The Farmery is About to Change How We Buy Fresh Produce

If you’re like me, you want your food to be as fresh and local as possible. It’s good for the local farmers, smaller growers tend to take more care and grow higher quality products, and the closer it was grown, the better it typically tastes as it doesn’t spend time withering in travel. The trouble is, for most of us, this requires locating semi-obscure farmer’s markets and getting to them at their less-than-convenient hours.

The Farmery

What if you could just get fresh, local, and delicious produce at a grocery store? Or better yet, what if the produce was grown right there, in the grocery store? Guys, it’s happening! And we need to spread the word so it can happen all over the country.

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