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.


All About Collagen

When I first heard of people taking collagen I was so confused as to what it was and what all the hype was about especially on Instagram. Here, I will explain some general questions I’ve gotten about collagen that will give you more of an idea of exactly what it is and why I personally take it every day.

 

What is collagen? Collagen is what holds our body together. It is the main protein that makes up our skin and connective tissue. Collagen peptides are the 18 amino acids that are the building blocks of the protein molecules itself. We start to produce less collagen in our 20’s which leads to wrinkles, joint stiffness, and weaker bones. All signs of aging! Unfortunately, the way we eat nowadays (aka the modern Western Diet) does not provide efficient amounts of collagen.

What are the benefits of using collagen? Some of the proclaimed benefits are increased skin elasticity by reducing appearance of wrinkles/cellulite and supporting firm and soft skin, building thicker hair and stronger nails, improved gut health by maintaining a healthy gut lining and promoting healthy digestion, support of healthy bones and joints by reducing joint stiffness and aiding in muscle repair, etc. The list goes on!

How do I use collagen? Literally in anything! It comes in a powder consistency and is totally tasteless. You can pour it in your morning coffee, blend it right into a smoothie, or even add it to your favorite baked goods. The choice is yours. It’s truly versatile which makes it so much easier to consume every day.

What are the types of collagen? There are two types of collagen supplements. Bovine collagen is made from the skin, bones, and muscles of grass fed cows, while marine collagen is from fish bones and scales.

What brands should I use? You want to look for a high quality, grass fed, pasture raised collagen. There’s a lot of collagen brands on the market so be sure to do your research before buying! Some of the lower quality collagens do not dissolve well and even have a bit of a smell to them. Not good! It’s totally worth the money to invest in high quality and is better for your health too. Further Food has amazing marine and bovine collagen. It’s very high quality; it dissolves completely in hot or cold liquid and is completely odorless.

Have I noticed a difference since taking collagen? Yes. I have been taking collagen for over a year now and have noticed some of the benefits I mentioned above. The main difference I have noticed was my nails. They feel so much stronger and seriously grow so much faster– it’s insane. I also have noticed a difference in my skin and hair. My skin looks more clear than before using collagen and my hair feels a lot fuller and grows quickly too!

 

By taking collagen every day, you can increase your collagen production and obtain the health benefits I explained above. All of our bodies are different, but I promise that you will see at least one benefit in supplementing it every day.

Consistency is key when taking collagen to notice a real difference. However, because of its powdery texture, I feel that it’s super easy to add to your daily routine because you can easily add it to your everyday foods. 

If you’re interested in trying collagen for the first time (or are already taking it and love it!), you can use my discount code on FurtherFood.com. Use the code LETTUCEEEAT10 at checkout for 10% off!

For more information about Further Food collagen, be sure to visit the link here!

Thanks for reading! If you have any other questions or concerns, comment below. Also be sure to check out my Maple Pecan Collagen Bliss Balls  recipe if you’re looking for some inspo!

 

xoxo,

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bulletproof Matcha Latte

New to matcha or wanting to hop on the recent trend? This finely ground tea powder is full of antioxidants and naturally boosts your overall health and enhances energy. I enjoy drinking this latte almost every day. I’ll tell you every ingredient I use and break it down as to why I use it and the health benefits of each.

  • Matcha green tea powder: I use Matchaful or Ippodo Tea Ceremonial Grade Brands however you can also use the culinary grade. The culinary grade is not necessarily lower quality, but it just has a different purpose and usually cheaper. I choose to use the highest grade because it has a naturally sweet flavor and a smoother texture to it versus any other grade. Plus, the bright green color of a ceremonial grade indicates that it has higher concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients in the tea powder.

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  • Coconut butter: Matcha is high in Vitamin A (aka a fat soluble vitamin) and to completely absorb this vitamin, you need to be consuming a fat source with it. Coconut butter is high in healthy fats that can easily absorb fat soluble vitamins found in matcha. It also keeps this latte so smooth and creamy! I use Artisana Organics brand shown below.

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  • Collagen Peptides: This stuff is amazing. It keeps your hair fuller and softer, nails looking stronger and longer, and skin looking glowing and youthful. It also restores gut health by aiding in healthy digestion. On top of all that, it adds froth to your latte! I use Vital Proteins or Further Food collagen interchangeably. Vital Proteins brand shown below.

 

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  • Brain Octane Oil: This highly concentrated oil found in coconut oil enhances energy moods and clears brain fog. It’s a quick long lasting energy source that leaves you feeling ready to start your day. (Note: This is different than MCT oil.)

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  • Cinnamon: Gives you a little more sweetness without adding any sugar, controls blood sugar levels, and even has anti-inflammatroy properties.

 

Here’s the recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1-2 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 1 serving of collagen peptides
  • 1/2 tablespoon brain octane oil OR coconut oil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon (I like a lot of cinnamon so I usually overdo it but start off with 1/4 tsp if you’re unsure)

 

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to a high speed blender. I prefer a Vitamix.
  3. Once water is almost at a boil, remove from heat and add to the blender.
  4. Blend on high for about 1-2 minutes or until frothy.
  5. Serve into your favorite mug and enjoy!

 

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