WHY I STOPPED TAKING MULTIVITAMINS

Have you been taking a multivitamin “just in case” you think may be missing nutrients? I eat an overall healthy diet and used to take a multivitamin designed for women everyday until I realized why it wasn’t necessary.

Here’s why:

Vitamins are needed in small quantities, but most of us obtain well over that amount from food and even more, if you’re taking a multivitamin. However, having a “backup load” of vitamins is not a good thing. Your body will not use the excess and will get rid of them through your kidneys, intestines, lungs, or even skin.

Vitamins are meant for those who actually have a deficiency and once the deficiency is improved, the vitamins should be stopped. Instead of getting your daily vitamins from one tiny man-made pill, why don’t we just eat real food and obtain our vitamins that way? In a pill, you miss the flavor, fiber, minerals, and other nutrients found in that food.

We are designed to chew, swallow, digest, and assimilate nutrients from REAL FOOD. Our body recognizes the food item and knows exactly how to use it. When a pill is digested and attempting to metabolize, the body is wondering where all the other components are- i.e. fiber, protein, carbohydrate, etc.

To “replace those missing components”, the body’s reaction is to signal us to eat (“get the munchies”) and thus explains why people taking vitamins may tend to overeat even when they’re not hungry. Because you’ve taken that vitamin, your body will continually keep eating until you’ve fully “replaced” those components with real food.

Once I stopped taking the vitamin, I noticed some chin acne starting to fade and my overall energy felt a lot better. It was a difference I definitely noticed and wanted to share this information.

So, if you are taking a multivitamin, maybe reconsider and look at your overall diet. Ask yourself how you can obtain this from food and think of ways to incorporate these types of foods in your diet. If you eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, there is no need to worry about obtaining your vitamins. However, if you are concerned you’re lacking in something, check in with yourself and see how you’re feeling. If the feeling isn’t good and worsens, go see a doctor and get a blood test to check your vitamins. Don’t ever just assume.

Even if the multivitamin says it’s “made from real food”, “organic”, “natural”, whatever the case may be, it is not real whole food and is not better for you. Always go with real food first! Your body will thank you.


My Top Tips For Healthy Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping can be a very overwhelming process. There’s so many products out there on the market that makes it so much more difficult to know what to buy. I have suggested this simple steps that can make your trip a little more stress-free and have you leaving the store with healthy, wholesome choices.

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1. Read the ingredients label: Are you able to pronounce every ingredient on the label? If not, I’d stay away from it. There is so much added junk in foods that are not necessary. Try to avoid hydrogenated oils (aka trans fat!), artificial flavors (literally not real food), preservatives, and refined ingredients.
2. Check for added sugars:  It’s a shame that there are actually various names for sugar. Some of these ingredients can be harmful to the body, especially if they are consumed in large amounts. Common names to look out for are dextrose, (high fructose) corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, cane juice, corn sweetener, rice syrup, maltodextrin, etc. Again, if you can’t pronounce it or don’t even know what is it- it’s probably not the best to buy. Instead, try eating fresh berries, grapes, or even clementines! These fruits are so sweet and provide natural sugars that are good for you and provide fiber too!
3. Shop mainly the perimeter: This is where you’ll find all the fresh, least processed foods in the grocery store. There is where fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and breads will be and where most of your foods should be coming from. I say mainly, because sometimes you’ll need products found in the center of the store. I explain more in tip #6.
4. Have a plan: Think about what you want to make for the week. If you go without having a plan, you’ll end up wandering around aimlessly, overspending, and end up with way more food than you need. Prepare and gather recipes you’d like to enjoy for that week and make a list of the ingredients you’ll need for each recipe. This will make your life a whole lot easier and save you time shopping and $$!
5. Don’t go hungry: This is key and I can attest to this. If you go to the grocery store hungry, you will literally want everything and impulse buy foods you probably don’t need. When you eat before, it will help to avoid any temptations and cravings you may have when you get to the store.
6. Stock up on frozen/canned foods: Frozen and canned vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh. They are often overlooked, however, it’s nice to have these options when you run out of fresh produce. You’ll know they won’t go bad so quickly and therefore can be there for a back up! Just be sure to check for added sugars, salt, and other preservatives. Example: If you’re looking for frozen blueberries, the only ingredient listed should be blueberries.
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Thanks for reading! If you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment below and share with fellow grocery shoppers! Hope this helps! 

How I Stay Motivated to Eat Healthy

  1. IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. I often think about the way I will feel after I eat something. I want food to make me feel good, not bad.
  2. MAKE HEALTHIER VERSIONS. I make a lot of healthier versions of foods if I get a craving for it. For example- if I’m craving pizza- I like to make my own flour crust or use a cauliflower crust at home and add a bunch of veggies to it. This always satisfies my craving. Another example is if I’m craving cookies or something else sweet- I usually find healthy dessert recipes from food accounts I follow on Instagram or Pinterest OR make something of my own. Also, there are so many companies that make healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods that are seriously so good and good for you! I will share my favorite brands below. Yes, it can be pricey but it’s worth the price to me knowing that I’m putting nutritious ingredients in my body.
  3. HAVE FOOD FREEDOM. This circles back to number 2. Now, if I truly just want a decadent piece of chocolate cake or a greasy slice of pizza – I am going to eat it. I do not restrict myself from eating certain foods. When you have this mentality that you are not allowed to eat something- it’s draining on the body and unhealthy for you mentally/physically and you’ll actually end up eating way more than you should rather than just eating that one piece of pizza versus 20 other things you eat to satisfy that craving. Sometimes the cauliflower pizza crust just doesn’t cut it and that’s okay. However, I find when you eat healthfully most of the time, you don’t crave all those foods. I can tell you from experience, trust me.
  4. PREP FOOD BEFOREHAND. I like to have cut up fruits and veggies that are ready to be eaten in the fridge with no further prepping. Taking time to prep these on a day to be ready throughout the week will be helpful and keep you on track.
  5. TRY NEW FOODS. People often think healthy eating is boring when in fact it does not need to be at all! Try to find healthy recipes online or through cookbooks and make them! It’s so much more exciting because you’ll have something to look forward to and you’ll actually enjoy eating what you make.
  6. BRING FOOD WITH YOU BEFORE LEAVING THE HOUSE. If you know you’re going to be gone for awhile and won’t have access to healthful foods wherever you are- plan ahead! Prep things the night before and put them in a lunchbox or cooler to have ready to eat for when you do get hungry. In my hometown, there isn’t many healthy food places around, so I always bring snacks or a homemade smoothie with me whenever I leave the house for a long period of time. Plus it saves you $$. Snack ideas can be apple, banana, yogurt, granola, protein bars.

Favorites:

Ready to go baking mixes: Simple Mills

Lunchbox/cooler: Packit

Protein bars: Perfect Bar, Rxbars

** If you have any more questions about what I exactly eat in a day, other food product recommendations, or any other general questions – please do not hesitate to reach out! **

xoxo,

Stephanie