Vitamins, and supplements, and proteins, OH MY!

Deciding to live a healthier lifestyle, and actually committing to it can be extremely difficult and overwhelming – especially in the first few months.

Unfortunately, there’s no secret to success, you really just need to want it…bad… like really, really bad. You have to make hard decisions like, do you (a) get wasted with your friends, drunk dial your ex boyfriend 47 times, and then wake up looking and feeling like a hot mess? OR, (b) eat a healthy meal, go to the gym (this is where the cute boys are by the way), and look smoking hot? TOUGH CHOICE.

Although I love drunk dialing my ex, option B is probably the way to go. So, where do you start? Do your research! Drastic changes in your diet or levels of activity can be extremely hard on your body. If you’re really going to do this, I suggest meeting with a certified nutritionist to make sure that you’re not causing your body more harm than good.  A lot of people tend to forget about vitamins, supplements, and proteins that are vital to a healthy lifestyle. The problem is THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS and walking into a health food store can sometime make your brain explode. So, I wanted to share some of my favourite things! By this I mean stuff that I now can’t live without and that have become a part of my every day attempt at a healthy lifestyle. I’m no pro but I have tried quite a few things on my long journey. So here’s a list of my personal must-haves:

 

  1. Progressive MultiVitamin for Active Women (there’s also one for men).

Don’t be thrown off by the “for Active Women” part – this multivitamin isn’t specific to those that are training. If you work out a couple of times a week, work long hours, or just have a generally busy lifestyle, you can still take them.  Multivitamins have a ton of benefits – they reduce stress, keep you alert and energized throughout the day, protect your heart, improve your immune system, and help you maintain clear, healthy skin.

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  1. Naka Vital Greens

Greens can be brutal to take. If you add the powdered greens to a shake, not only do they ruin the taste, they also make you feel like you’re eating chalk. Mixing the greens with water = chalk. Adding the greens to juice = chalk! Mixing the greens with your oatmeal = CHALK! You get the point. The powdered greens taste gross and turn things into chalk. So, I found a liquid format that lets me take the greens in a way I’m very familiar with… a shot! The Naka Vital Greens are super easy to take – a shot in the morning (it has a nice minty taste) is all you need…It’s no lemon drop but it provides the full daily dose of veggies your body needs.

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  1. New Chapter Wholemega Whole Fish Oil

This one was a simple choice. Fish oil in a liquid format? No thank you, barf, bye. Fish oil in a capsule? Yes, please. Is it normal for me to love Omega-3? Well I do, I want to marry it.  My favourite is that it improves fat burning, who doesn’t want that? It also reduces the signs of aging and makes your hair soft and shiny. So, I think that’s all I need to say. Oh yeah, and something about boosting brain power, memory, and improving bone health.. blah, blah, blah.

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  1. Digestive Enzymes

Can I marry digestive enzymes too? Is that bigamy? Whatever. I do what I want.  Digestive enzymes are a life saver, no matter what’s on your plate.  Any typical diet can drain our enzyme supply – but you need them to help breakdown foods so that your insides can properly extract and distribute nutrients. Without these the food you eat would just slowly rot inside of you… gross.  I find they also help with bloating, and no one wants to look 3 months pregnant when they’re not. Let me put it this way – take the enzymes with your meals and after about 5 days you’ll be able to schedule your bathroom visits… for the same time every day. Yay! For once being “regular” is good.

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  1. Dymatize Nutrition ISO 100 – Gourmet Chocolate

I choo-choo-choose you, chocolate. I’ve tried dozens of protein powders, and this one is by far the best tasting one. So that, and that reason alone is why it’s on my must-have list. If you are looking for something more natural or that has less calories (they are all very close by the way) then this may not be for you. But boy oh boy does it taste good – and when you’re on a strict meal plan taking this protein feels like cheating… sweet, sweet cheating.

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All of these gems should be able to be found at your local health and nutrition store. If not… Google.

 

xoxo

Alyssa

 

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2 thoughts on “Vitamins, and supplements, and proteins, OH MY!

  1. Patti Stewart says:

    Great information….but…..how does one get Omega-3 without taking Fish Oils? Many of us may have extreme allergy to fish….any ideas?

    • akasquatters says:

      Hi Patti,

      Great question! What a lot of people don’t’ know is that it’s not the fish itself that prompts allergic reactions, but fish proteins. Fish oil capsules go through a ton of filtration and purification steps that remove virtually all of the protein. However, these processes can vary from brand to brand so if you have a documented fish allergy I’d be extra careful. Having said that, there are other ways you can get omega-3 fatty acids. The funny thing is, fish don’t even produce their own omega-3 fatty acids – they get it from algae! So that means you can too 🙂 There are a lot of vegetarian and vegan omega-3 supplements that you can pick up at your local health food store. Other great sources of omega-3 are flaxseed / flaxseed oil, canola, walnuts, and pecans. The easiest way to add these to your diet is adding the seeds and nuts to a salad or granola. You can also buy omega-enriched eggs (they’ve been fed a diet of greens, flaxseed and granola). Hope this helps!

      Alyssa

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