Every morning after I get the wee ones their breakfast and milk (or rice milk, in the case of Little Miss), I open our vitamin drawer. I hand over the Vitamin D and elderberry to boost their immune systems in the winter, Calcium-Magnesium to Little Miss since she can't have dairy, fish oil to Mister Man to help boost his focus, multi-vitamins to both - and suddenly I feel like I'm going overboard. I want to do the right things for the wee ones and for me, but it's hard to know what to do, especially when there are so many options out there.
With them, I make sure I've figured out at least some of it. For me, well... I gave up on me. It's just too confusing. Proof? This is the vitamin section at my store. I can't even truly call it an "aisle" because it encompasses multiple aisles. Frequently, even if I narrow down what vitamin I'm looking for, there are multiple dosages available, adding to the confusion. As I stood here yesterday, I actually watched two different people stand in the aisles holding vitamin bottles comparing them back and forth, trying to figure out what they should choose.
See what I mean? Seriously, that's a lot of health being sold every day!
I was recently asked to take a nutritional assessment on Nutrition Possible. The assessment was fairly thorough, I thought, asking about everything from how much I exercise to what foods I eat to my biggest concerns and more. In the end, the goods news is that I get high marks for several areas including fruits and veggies. Phew! I was surprised that my seafood intake needs to increase more. I thought I was doing sort of ok there, but apparently that lobster risotto I chose to eat last night was the right move! Whole grains was my other area where I fell short, which is mostly because I eat few grains most days altogether. Oops. It's a good reminder.
In the end, the assessment recommended three Centrum supplements (yes, Nutrition Possible is a Centrum promotion) for me. There was a multi-vitamin, one with phytonutrients, and Omega-3. It was nice to see not just what supplements Nutrition Possible recommended for me based on my assessment but also how much of each I should be taking. That definitely takes out a lot of the confusion and guesswork.
Did I mention that by taking the assessment, I also received a coupon for $10 off any Centrum Pronutrients supplement with purchase of a Centrum Multi-vitamin. The coupon is mailed to me, so I haven't started any new regiments yet!
Beyond just supplements, the assessment's results also recommended other changes. To increase my suggested foods, there was a list provided of foods I could eat more often. And if I'm not into that wheat English muffin? I can simply click the little "x" and it disappears to be replaced by something else - quinoa in this case. Yum, I forgot about how much I love quinoa! There were also suggested activities from dance moves to snacking on nuts instead of chips, with each one showing the benefits I receive from indulging in that activity. It's actually sort of fun, and as I make changes to my diet and activities, I can update my assessment to reflect those changes and get new recommendations.
Are you ready to get un-confused, too? Oh, and while doing so, do you have any interest in winning a $25 American Express gift card? I thought so. So what do you have to do to win the prize pack? First of all, let me stress that you must follow all the rules. If you do not follow the rules, your entry will not count!
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