Meet The SuperSprout Heros – Mikayla Sasson
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My name is Mikayla Sasson and I’m an aspiring collegiate track and field athlete for Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Sports have always been apart of my everyday life since I was a young age. I’m a competitive person my nature so being the best in my field, staying healthy and looking good has always been a priority and motivation for me.
Since I was a very young child, I’ve had to learn how to live with and manage closely my predisposition with exercise induced asthma. It’s also known as ‘Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB). Given I do so much exercise around my training and workouts, I’ve had to understand my body mechanics and symptoms. When I start to exercise I begin breathing faster and deeper, and the air going in is colder and drier. These changes immediately affect my airways making them inflamed, constricted in size, making it very difficult to breath. Plus there’s always coughing and splattering going on too.
Working on ‘cardio exercises’ as a strategy and priority has helped to alleviate the symptoms and condition has lessened as my lung function has gotten stronger. Along with my exercise and training schedule, I visit my GP regularly and have an Asthma Plan in place. This plan is based upon using my Inhaler prior to any cardio exercise like running, and a Preventer at night which helps to control the condition and keep my airways relaxed. These days having a great connection with my body and new confidence I don’t let this condition ever hold me back from being my best.
Dealing with injuries on the other hand was a different obstacle I’ve had to overcome. Over the last twelve months, the ‘metatarsals’ in one of my feet has become inflamed. The ‘metatatsals’ are the five bones and tendons that make up the structure of your foot that exist between the ankle and the toe bones. Given how often you need your feet every day – it was truly a challenging time. I had to rest my foot whilst getting used to doing workouts differently to stay in shape. It hasn’t been fun nor easy, but when you’re determined to do things, you can make anything happen.
Being off my feet for a while I had to relook at my already strict diet. The goal was to maintain energy levels without putting on excess weight. What really worked for me was eating ‘low density foods’. These are foods that are high in protein but low in fat and calories. I love eating a variety of vegetables for the fibre and lean white chicken meat for protein. Fruits and vegetables are all low energy density, meaning you can eat satisfying portions without putting on weight. During this time of reflection, I found that whilst I didn’t have any known food allergies, I noticed my skin and stomach had sensitivities to dairy foods. I put this down to getting breakouts on my face too frequently and my stomach feeling bloated after eating cheese or yoghurt.
So after connecting the dots – I decided to remove dairy from my diet all together during the fall of 2017. I didn’t miss these foods and could see my skin and bloating symptoms subside as a result. These were the outcomes I wanted and it gave me the confidence to relook at my whole diet to include more plant based foods and refocus on being more health conscious about the foods I eat overall.
I am a member of the track and field team for my college (as a sprinter). I am proud to say that this year I earned USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region Honors in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.27, which was ranked fifth best in the region and also a top 40 time across the country (for NCAA Division lll).
Why this means so much more to me this year is because I went for months not running at all, to running, to sprinting, to winning. The plan was to start slow and build. I did not go at super fast paces right away but week after week my coaches helped me to get back my running fitness to a point where I was able to run my fastest times ever.
I love the workouts with my team, they are mentally and physically tough but rewarding. I always feel more capable and competent in knowing I only get out, what I put in and in the end it’s going to help me achieve my goal of becoming the best sprinter I can be.
My training routine consists of various elements for overall fitness. It includes running, form work for sprinting, lifting, circuits, and ab workouts. My Coaches have the combinations and repetitions planned exactly right for best results.
I train 6-10 hours per week, which is easier to stick too during College breaks but much tougher during the school year when classes are back. I do try to keep a balance of time with friends, family and time for me too. Mental wellness is just as important as the training, to keep yourself in check. But when you’re determined to make it all work like I am, I find a routine I’m happy with and stick to it.
I also need to mention that it’s my diet that gives me the energy and fuel to assist my performance with mind, body, and vitality. Recently I’ve came across this new brand called Super Sprout.
Super Sprout is 100% pure, all natural real whole food individual fruits and vegetable powders. They are just as good as eating the real thing but because they’re in a powder – they’re super quick to add to any food get an extra hit of nutrition.
Adding Super Sprout powdered foods to my diet has made me feel healthier and happier about how much extra nutrients I’m getting out of just one tablespoon of concentrated powder. I use Super Sprout powder the most when making protein shakes – because of the nutritional convenience.It really is so quick, easy and convenient to add these pure powders to any recipes like a smoothie shake because the actual fruit or vegetable itself can take up the majority of the blender or may not be in season when you want it.
My favorite recipe is one I came up with on my self. It’s a tasty and filling protein shake I have after I workout. I call it the ‘Super Blueberry Shake’.
- I mix one packet of frozen Sambazon Acai
- 2 tablespoons of the Blueberry Super Sprout powder
- 8 ounces of Almond Milk
- 1 x scoop of Bone Broth Collagen chocolate protein powder.