Thirsty for More?

November 15th, 2016

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’ve all heard it a million times. Your dentist, doctor, coach or nutritionist pounding home the benefits of, and/or dire consequences of not drinking the standard 8 glasses or 8 ounces of water a day. We hear the science behind it. We understand the percentage of our body that is water is calculated to be about 70%, which interestingly enough, coincides with approximate amount of water the earth contains. This correlates with the fact that we were created from earth and mimic its makeup. For many of us though, knowing the good things to do, does not always translate to positive action to carry them out. Habits take time to form as well as break. It has been determined that it takes a minimum of 21 days to either establish or undo a habit. But, like any quest worth taking, becoming a more hydrated person begins with simply making a choice. “Wanting to” is most of the battle, because once we desire something, our actions begin to correlate with what it takes to acquire it. I wanted to guzzle a bit more water during the course of a day, but struggled with the best method to do so. I bought one of those huge jug type water bottles that hold your daily quota in one container. Not only was it heavy to lift for actual drinking, it was cumbersome to carry around all day and turned over in my car spilling my days’ worth of hydration into the carpet. Nice.

So, I bought smaller pretty decorative bottles that could be refilled. We’re landfill friendly, and I could fuel up from my 5 gallon drums I kept at home. A drawback was they also required hand washing with a bottle brush to clean them. When I was in a hurry and forgot to fill my bottles in advance, I headed out the door without them, figuring if the daily container mentioned above was cumbersome, the 5 gallon keg was out of the question, even in such a pinch : ). I tried buying a weeks’ worth of bigger bottles of water like alkaline brands that come closer to that proverbial 64 ounces. Which became expensive.

At present, my quest for proper hydration has brought me to a 6 bottle drink carrier actually designated for a six pack of beer, but recently repurposed to accommodate 6 bottles of 16 ounces of h2o. My daughter is a recycler, so the plastic bottles don’t go to landfills and I don’t suffer from carpal tunnel from the effort of lifting my all- inclusive jug, or end up dehydrated on those days I forgot to refill my pretty bottles, which left me in a dilemma. This works for me at the moment. I can easily determine how much I drank, and how much to go at a glance, and the handle on the case makes it easily portable. It is often trial and error when it comes to finding a system that works for each individual person, so don’t be discouraged if it is still a challenge to find ways to take in more water. Tap water filters, refillable bottles, large capacity containers and bottle carriers are only some of the ideas that are out there. I found what works for me, and you will too. : )

Written by Debra Elmore

Dream a Little Dream

March 1st, 2016

...But the greatest of these is Love.

Everyone has a dream. Or at least, they should. Dreams have amazing power to sustain us during the hard times, and give us direction and focus at any time. The word “dream”can be interchanged with “purpose”.  If there are any die hard Matrix movie fans still out there, you may still hear Agent Smith’s words proclaiming, “Without purpose, we would not exist. It is purpose that drives us. It is purpose that defines us…”

Believing you have a reason for being is one of the most compelling forces on the planet.This fact has been attested to in an article series titled, “Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why?” A defining factor in those who acquiesced during major crisis,as opposed to those who continued to fight against all odds to save their lives, was a sense of purpose. The ones more prone to overcome opposition and survive were the ones who believed they had a purpose they had not yet seen to fruition.This sense of needing to live to accomplish something they were meant to do, compel them to greater endurance and a reason to stay in the fight, when death would be easier and freeing.

Not everyone is convinced that their life matters. Many have been told things to the contrary, or just have never felt a great passion that gave them direction in life. The basic truth is, we are all here by design. We all were given gifts and callings in life that were meant to better our own life, and the lives of those around us. It may not be your intent in life to start a business or become a great artist, but we can all encourage people. We can care. We can give. We can love.

In the great scheme of things, Love is the greatest purpose we can possibly have.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Be encouraged today that you are not here by chance. Above all else, you are hereto be loved, and to love.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

 1 John 4:10


Anatomy of A Nutrition Bar

February 20th, 2016
There you are, poised in front of a vast array of bars, dollars in hand, ready to commit. You are in a hurry, and the last thing you want to do is spend the next twenty minutes poring over nutrition labels and fat contents. You know you have to decide, but how? The colorful label on one beckons. But further inspection of the wrapper reveals it is largely peanuts, and you are allergic. Another catches your eye, which attractively displays an animal, which also happens to be in the bar. And you are vegan. Now what? 
Sure, there are lots of pretty labels and sophisticated packaging. And a pretty darn good set of ingredients behind at least some of those wrappers. But what really sets apart one bar from another? And better yet, how to avoid the experience of purchasing a bar that looked good in the package, but your first taste left you unsure if it was recycled cardboard soaked in prune juice, or just a reasonable facsimile.

Lets face it, the health food industry has come a long way from the days of carob balls and peanut butter celery as your two snack options. Both taste and variety have much improved. 
Unfortunately, some bar companies didn’t get the memo. And while we can’t prevent the occasional cardboard mishap from befalling you, we can send you to the store better equipped
So, what DO you look for in a bar, other than that it taste better than the wrapper it came in?
First, know what you are looking for. 
Some bars are designed as a meal replacement bar, which means a higher calorie content, which could double your caloric intake if used as a side item in a packed lunch. Some bars, on the other hand, are intended more as a snack item and would be better suited to complement an entree as a complete meal. 
Second, energy bars can be expensive
Keep in mind that even though often sold individually, some stores offer case discounts when purchasing enough to make a complete box. Often it’s around 10%. Know what you are willing to spend, and look for the most nutrient dense option in that price range. 

Third, consider the cost, not just financially but nutritionally
Is the bar inexpensive, but contains mostly peanuts, which are a cheap legume, or heavily laden with various sweeteners and fillers? Something to consider, is the option of making your own bars. From simple and few ingredients to customized nutrition you tweak to make your own, the internet is a wealth of recipe options. 

Fourth, and Finally, What are the ratios?
While there is much debate about carb to protein ratios, etc, with some preferring high protein and some leaning more towards carbs and fats.  Depending on the type of activity and duration, and one's dietary needs, we offer a bar that is has an ample supply of carbs, protein and fat.
While our bars can be enjoyed by anyone, we do offer the benefit of healthy fats for sustained energy release over longer durations. While protein gets you started, fats keep you going longer. Which is why we appeal especially to cyclists, and endurance athletes. But a good dose of healthy fats are not exclusive to athletes. Much research has been done to support the fact that quality fats are not just important, but vital to metabolic processes within the body. I won’t bore the reader with information that is readily available elsewhere on this topic, but do want to lay to rest an unhealthy fear of healthy fats. It's just good for you. 

In conclusion, our hope is, of course, that LoAdebar is your first choice when contemplating that vast set of offerings in the bar aisle. But also that your well earned bar money gets put to use on a quality bar with ingredients you both recognize and that should be a natural part of the food chain- and that you, at all costs, avoid the crushing disappointment of discovering the bar you just bought for 5 dollars was better intended as a wrapper and not the