Excited to have a needle stuck in my vein and blood drawn?! Of course, my mom and husband would have thought I was crazy to want to have my blood drawn. I absolutely hated anything to do with needles growing up. I guess that is why always avoided any procedures at the doctors office involving needles, if it wasn’t absolutely necessary!
Well, with age comes wisdom and insight. You grow up a bit and realize that some things are necessary in life to continue to do the things you love to do. One of those things in life is running. Running is something I want to be able to continue doing late into my life. as long as possible. Running has taught me to be more attune with my body’s needs mentally and physically. My desire to perform, as an athlete, at my healthiest, strongest and most capable level is what lead me to seek more information and insight into my health.
Back in June of 2016, I decided to try out InsideTracker for the first time. I was so excited when ,Jonathan Levitt a team member at Inside Tracker, reached out to me! With a discount, I was given the opportunity to have the Ultimate Blood Analysis Test, plus Inner Age performed. Inside Tracker is a company that will work with you to “optimize your body’s performance through Sophisticated, science-based blood analytics.” It did require that I get several vials of blood drawn! Yikes! I was nervous about the blood draw! The nurse technicians at Quest Diagnostic Lab in Annapolis, MD were awesome! I never felt a thing! Having my blood drawn and this test performed was one of the greatest things I have done for my health! The results were available within a week! You can read about my first round of results Here and Here
Changes in Training and Nutrition lead me to one of my most tough, but rewarding training seasons!
Through the summer and fall, I made changes to my nutrition and training needs. One of the great benefits of using Inside Tracker, is the instant results, feedback and recommendations that are specific to your blood work analysis! I felt stronger, healthier and mentally fit! I knew that I was taking charge of my health and in the process optimizing my training and overall health!
Improvement from June to November! As I finished up with a long training cycle, including four half marathons between July and mid November, I knew that I wanted to retest with Inside tracker to see which Bio Markers had improved and which ones still needed work. Six months after my first test, I retested again-using the Ultimate Blood Analysis Plan! I love the Inside Tracker website because you get reports, graphs and detailed analysis of your blood work!
Improvements were made and in big part, by following the nutrition recommendations and guidelines that are provided with the blood work results!
On the Inside Tracker website, you can customize and tailor your goals for nutrition and training. I love that I can create goals and be alerted on a weekly, monthly basis.
Focusing on just a few key goals has helped me improve my health and performance. The guess work that comes with trying to figure out what and how much of a supplement or food my body needs was no longer and issue! With Inside Tracker, I am able zero in on exactly what my body needs! My biggest goal is boosting my energy by improving my glucose and ferritin levels.
Choosing foods that help me reach my nutrition goals, as outlined in my Inside Tracker Results, will lead to a stronger, healthier body that can reach its full potential as a runner and bring better overall health!
Breakfast- each morning I start with a hearty bowl of steelcut oats, arugula and organic eggs-my favorite company and brand Pete and Gerry’s Eggs as well as the Carol’s Eggs Brand from New Hampshire! My friend Sandra’s family owned company!
Supper- Two years ago, I began ordering Omega3 filled fish and seafood, online, from sizzlefish a company that offers superior quality fish delivered right to your door on dry ice! This is a must try company! I love having my freezer stocked with fish! At supper, I also include Kamut-ancient grain to increase my iron levels.
Supplements- Since reviewing my blood work analysis results, I was able to pinpoint which supplements I truly need to add to my nutrition routine. I will focus on taking a vitamin D supplement, along with berberine and plant sterols to improve my ferritin, iron and vitamin D levels. I customize and order vitamins from Vita Five
Updated Blood Work Results- Having these updated blood work results will allow me to focus on what my body needs in regards to training and nutrition. I feel in control and proactive with my health, not only as a runner, but just a woman in her early forties just trying to maximize her overall health and wellness. The results from Inside Tracker give me valuable information to use a part of my conversation about my health with my physician. As I gear up for a new training cycle for early spring half marathons, I feel excited that I have taken charge of my health! Digging deeper into my health through blood work analysis is so beneficial!
What are you doing to optimize your health and performance? Have you tried Blood Work Analysis testing with Inside Tracker?