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When they sent handsome, young Jeremy of Pristine, to pass me some Yogood samples to try, I took one look at his fit form and thought, hmm, how apt! Getting someone lean and trim to be the face of your health food range is a really good marketing strategy .. ya think?! Jeremy, are all your colleagues as fit as you ar? I know a few single hot female bloggers to introduce if you like ;)

Anyway, I digress. Back to the muesli. Every evening, me and my husband run, as we will soon be taking part in the KL marathon. We try to vary our location (more often than not, it includes hill sprinting, fire walking, glass swallowing, red sea parting… :P kidding ! but erm, sometimes it feels like that .. ) but will still invariably bump into people we know, all training equally hard for the upcoming race. Now with regards to breakfast and health food, I have never been big on cereal or muesli. However, I figured that Jeremy passing me the muesli samples was as good a chance as any to see if my performance on the road improved at all if I added health grains to my diet.

Here is the verdict.

Breakfast 6.45am
I swapped Kaya, Butter, Brown bread (3 slices) for, 40g (approx 1 bowl) of Gourmet muesli Cran&berries with low fat milk.
With my normal diet, I am usually starving by 10.00am.
The Gourmet muesli Cran&berries lasted me till lunch time, believe it or not. I found that whilst the kaya butter bread gave me a burst of energy (no doubt peak in blood sugar), the muesli actually stayed a heavy mass in my gut for longer. Not only that, the 40g serving is approx 133kcal only, add on low fat milk, it can’t be far off from the no. of calories in 3 slices of kaya butter toast?
So far the muesli wins in terms of performance.

How about taste wise? Erm, I cannot lie.. Kaya Butter Toast tastes a hell of a lot better than muesli but having said that, the huge amount of Cranberries and a mix of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and orange blended with sultanas and raisins and roasted whole almonds really pumps up the taste and fruity aroma in this product!
I am still a kaya butter bread girl, but I can see how Yogood gourmet muesli could give the other boring muesli’s out there, a run for their money.

Snack at 6.15pm, before my evening run.
It’s no rocket science that if you are hungry or dehydrated, your performance will be drastically compromised during a run. As such, I am constantly drinking water throughout the day and just 30 minutes before my run I have an isotonic drink and a Snicker bar (or whatever other chocolates are in the fridge – I don’t take Powergels, until closer to race-time, because they are just too bloody expensive hah..! Unless of course Nestle..ahem, Kim! ..you are reading this and want to sponsor me some GELS:P .. joking la.. Kim, I’ll talk to you later :P). Anyway, the objective is to have some fast release carbo/energy and electrolytes without burning a hole in your pocket, so chocs will do just fine. Well, swapping the Snicker bar for the Choc & nuts muesli bar, I found it just as effective in giving my body that boost for my run. The plus point was I felt less bloated/more alert on the muesli bar and it was less sweet, making me feel less sick after eating the whole damn bar at one go. Performance wise.. same,same. Both equally good. I have enough energy to complete my 1.5hr run and that makes me happy.

Final verdict on the muesli’s – a healthy, tasty and efficient energy alternative to all those sugary snacks you take a day. If you can hack the grains long-term, I guarantee you will see an improvement in energy levels/alertness/health and in the long run, your body will love you for it.

Snack at 7.00pm, before weights training.

Akan datang. I plan to take a Muesli Choc Bar before my hour long weights training session tonight and see how I fare. I normally take the Powergel.. (ok,ok.. so sometimes I have to spend on the gel.. but I get a good price.. thanks Kim! hehe..)

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Oral Fixation.

Finally, the new product that Pristine is carrying is called the Oral fixation mints mojito mint!
This product is from the United States and the mint is slightly sourish, minty and refreshing (minus the alcohol!) .. just like a mock mojito. The mint uses sorbital which contains two thirds the calories of sugar, and is not as sweet. It is poorly absorbed by the body, so it does not raise insulin levels as much as sugar. The thing I like most about the mint is that it comes in a really cool, slim container that looks slightly thicker than a business card. Easy to slip into that itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny handbag, if you ask me.
There are many more Pristine, Yogood products in the market, but these were the few that I particularly liked. With that, I bid you good evening and happy training!


Comments

  1. "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    must eat muesli ar…sigh..sigh…

    ok la..must go buy some d..

    1.5 hr run?? thats crazy..my legs n muscles will disintegrate..

  2. worldwindows says:

    You are moving into the arena I would like to sweep under the carpet. Its been ages running and muesli was in my vocab.

  3. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Oh my gawdddd…I salute you lar! If I train like you do, my legs will putus! T_T

    I only eat muesli with lots of raisins, banana bits and nuts in it… ;P

  4. CUMI & CIKI says:

    joe:
    ahem, the whole idea is not to disintegrate before you fin the run la..farnee boy:P Muesli is a good start no? ;)

    WW:
    lol, that’s so cute but no need to be hardcore rite.. even light exercise is better than nothing.. a walk in the park.. a swim? then chomp on your choc m bar.. hehe

    bsrbabe:
    dat’s good.. at least u eat Muesli!

  5. Precious Pea says:

    Wahh..your post put me to shame lah…can’t think of the last time i exercised. Cooking counts ar??? Anyway, i like muesli especially those with lots of nuts and fruits. But so expensive if take on daily basis. Furthermore, am lactose intolerant so I tend to substitute milk with soya…not as tasty though.

  6. Tummythoz says:

    No thinking. I know I’m ashamed. *Looking down at tree stumps for legs*

    Is Yogood sold in most grocers?

  7. Timothy Low says:

    My gosh! You are awesomely creative! Love your article ….

  8. Julian Si says:

    U make me want some YoGood … YouGood!!

  9. CUMI & CIKI says:

    pea:
    yea, i guess its hard to eat muesli if you have to eat with with soy instead of milk! poor u!

    tummythoz:
    yea, all the supermarkets

    timothy:
    cheers.. :)

    Jules:
    lol.. thx

  10. I thot you bought a new camera – a cool slim green one.. :D

    I was suckered into trying Movenpick Hotel’s Movenpick’s Special Swiss Breakfast Muesli during their buffet breakfast (mind you, they had pork sausages and bacon as well..).

    It was GREAT!! I don’t know how they did it, but I was amazed that it so creamy and smooth!!

    Of course when I bought Alpen Muesli from the supermkt, it was nothing like Movenpick’s Special Swiss Muesli la… :P

  11. backStreetGluttons says:

    Question : With such fine attention to different diet plans and their distinctive calorie/body building properties , you must be paying lots in terms of time , and effort etc so tell us , what drives you !
    we need the sure fire inspiration…TQ

  12. Oh my lord, people look good for a reason, people. People look good for a reason.
    Every evening run?! Hour long weight training session???????
    Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh………….
    SALUTE!

  13. thenomadGourmand says:

    i luvv muesli..but normally i take the crunchy type, then mix it w hot oats..the sweetness frm the muesli blends nicely w the oats..my colleagues says i’m eating baby food ;) but i like it! not jz for breakfst but great for dinners too, esp at times when i overeat the day be4 ;p
    of course, bread n butter n kaya and nasi lemak at least 4 times a week! haahah

  14. thenomadGourmand says:

    and yea..that blue bunny soooo cute! esp with all the poses u make him do! poor baby..

  15. Big Boys Oven says:

    healthy eating is sure good! ;)

  16. I am so inspired after reading your blog. I wonder when I’ll be able to come for a run with you without you ringing for a gurney after 30 minutes. I’m getting there! I just ran 4km this morning! Wheeeee….

    Anyway have tried Yogood. I find it a little sweet but great for people who are trying out muesli. Its a nice transition from cereal to muesli. I prefer Dorset (only the brown box, rest too sweet!). I think I will try isotonic before run, never thought of that. Duh…

  17. UnkaLeong says:

    1.5 Hours? *bows in respect* can’t remember the last time I went for a run lasting that long. Knee is acting up some more nowadays :( I swear by Muesli bars, but this yo good sounds good as well ;)

  18. thule a.k.a leo says:

    Long time didn't put my legs to good use… hahaha!! The last time was about 3 years ago when I climbed up Mount Kinabalu… but I push myself to the limit & cramped countless times… hahaha!!! Still managed to reach the peak though..

  19. fatboybakes says:

    MOJITO MINTS??? cheh, but without alcohol you say? that’s like eating vegetarian pork ribs.

    gawd, why is everyone running these days!!! sheesh, even paps has hopped on to the bandwagon…or treadmill. traitor she.

  20. mimid3vils says:

    Exercise~~~ Can’t remember when was my last exercise~~ Too loooooooong time ago liao ^.^

  21. Nic (KHKL) says:

    the intensity and momentum of this post is amazing. i can already feel the burning of ‘em calories in by body (mid-section, especially) now! very inspirational, this.

    very creative use of pics and dolls as well. ;D

  22. CUMI & CIKI says:

    gfad:
    wow.. i am not even gonna pretend i know what you are talking about (coz i don’t normally eat muesli therefore don’t know much bout it) ..lol! but yea, at least i know what you are getting at – it really depends on who is producing the muesli rite? difft brands difft quality! good.. next time i bring YOU health food shopping with me.. when u back?

  23. i will look out for this next. i’m eating weetabix (bleh like sawdust but it can last me longer) now, adding my own fresh fruits, dried fruits and nuts to make it edible :D

  24. CUMI & CIKI says:

    bsg:
    simple la.. i like to eat (not just health food but all the great fatty Malaysian meals that are out there ahem!), i like to feel fit and not get winded just climbing the stairs and i like to fit in my clothes .. so to be honest, it’s a mixture of health/fitness/vanity! hehe :P

    Mellie:
    think your body gets used to it. of course some days are better than others. Believe me, the ppl i run with are all way fitter/faster than me.. heh! but run your OWN race! that’s key.. don’t do more than ur body can handle and you will be running for a long time! (a wise woman once told me this.. and i think it’s true!)

  25. CUMI & CIKI says:

    TNG:
    i totally agree! (sama gang!).. u can’t just live the life of a hermit and eat berries all day long. Sometimes you need to let rip and have that killer bakuteh.. but as long as you know your limit and always balance that with a healthy lifestyle , i reckon moderation is most practical.. dontcha think;)

    unkaleong:
    tts because you are so bloody fast :P

    thule:
    respect!

    fbb:
    don’t be so harsh.. they are mints la.. not mini shots of intoxication:P
    i guess everyone is jumping on the bandwag coz, the KL marathon is approaching and what better way to challenge urself, right at your doorstep (dont even need to buy airticket to go to the himalayans.. whatever.. just run the KL marathon HERE!)

  26. CUMI & CIKI says:

    mimi :
    but u r preggers.. of course cannot exercise hardcore la.. but can walk treadmill mah ..;)

    nic:
    why thank you nic.. ! (who are you again..? mwuahahaha:P)

  27. nice post on yogood! bet hansem jeremy is pleased :)hmmm too bad i got my products from his brother instead! :p hehehe. really healthy la you, respect! i can only last 30 mins non stop swimming on alternate days. else i get so tired! hehehe maybe more yogood bars to boost my energy?

  28. CUMI & CIKI says:

    really.. his bro should be just as good looking wat.. some genes, no? lol:P

  29. PureGlutton says:

    Respect!! Tats a whole lot of nutritional tips there… wish im disciplined enough to eat those regularly!

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