Long-time readers may remember the post where I talked about why I wasn’t going to take my multivitamin any more. At the time the iron content in them was making me sick (literally) and I thought I was receiving enough minerals and vitamins from my diet. No offense to the doctor providing me the input to stop taking it at that time, but when she asked if I ate healthy, I said “yes.” There was no further discussion beyond that, except for a mention that I should be eating fruits and vegetables and taking a multivitamin.
Taking a Multivitamin
Don’t all of us health and fitness bloggers say and think that? Well honestly I don’t think I eat healthy enough. Am I eating cups of kale and red beets every day? Am I eating carrots and apples every day? No. So how would I have the proper vitamins in my body that would allow me to not have to take a multivitamin? I have no idea. For a long time I thought I was healthy because I avoid fast food, bacon, mayonnaise and a lot of the foods most Americans love and eat much too often.
Anyways, call me a year older and a year wiser now. I’m back to taking a multivitamin, but get this – I cut it in half. Half a vitamin = no throwing up. I also recently added a few other supplements into my diet along with flax seed oil instead of the fish oil chews I was taking (not pictured).
Taking a Multivitamin
So why all the sudden change. I may truly be at a crossroads with my health. For so long I’ve followed that old pyramid plan released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Yes, I realize the pyramid is outdated today but it’s what I was taught and grew up with. As an adult I learned about calories, fat and started to gain a better idea of which parts of the pyramid were better or worse.
For example, I could have nuts, but learned almonds pack less calories and more nutritional punch than peanuts. I started to try new fruits and vegetables. No offense to mom and dad but I grew up in a very meat and potatoes household. There are many fruits and vegetables I have now tried as an adult that I never had as a child. In fact, I don’t think I knew what kale was until about five years ago.
So where am I going? I think I had a wonderful foundation as a child and young adult for diet. But I think I can do a lot better. Today with so many diseases and cancer running rampant it’s frankly really scary to think what the future may hold for my health, or yours. And maybe even more concerning to me, all the genetic modification, pesticide use and other questionable practices surrounding mainstream food growth and preparation.
I’ve been telling myself wheat flour and wheat bread are healthy. I’ve been telling myself whole fat cheese and milk are healthy. But what about all the vegetables I avoid when I eat those former items? I do it all the time. Grabbing a slice of bread or cheese instead of an apple. I’d like to do better and I’m finding incredible inspiration from the most recent book I’m reading.
I don’t think anyone can say for sure that eating a certain way will prevent disease or cancer, but why wait to see? Why not make a change in my diet today? Why not make better choices today? I would like to live and healthy life. I know many of us say this but do we truly act it out day by day, bite by bite? I think reaching for an apple next time I’m hungry will be worth it. At this time I have no plans to 100% eliminate any food or food group from my diet.