GREEN DOES A BODY GOOD
Today’s status: Five days in a row back in the gym and feeling much better than last time we spoke (thank you Jesus!).
Got to give credit where credit is due, my boyfriend Michael took care of me on the miserable sick days, from breakfast in bed to keeping me on my daily vitamin and green juice regimen – which was the absolute last thing I wanted to do when I was feeling that sick. Also, once he saw that I was starting to feel better, I really wasn’t motivated or energized to do much, but he pushed me to get back to the gym. Since he doesn’t partake in the bar method (although I did get him there once and have photographic evidence to prove it!) he brought me along with him to the gym to get back into my routine. He did his best to keep me happy and healthy, and today I can finally say, thank you! The results are incredible, today I am finally feeling like myself again. I have more energy, the endorphins have returned and now I can get back to my 30 Days of Bar challenge!
Laying on your ass all day, relying on medications to get you feeling better just doesn’t do it for me, or for most to be honest. The crux of the matter is your health, even when sick and miserable, you have to keep up with your vitamin and nutrient routine in order to bounce back quickly, and isn’t that what we all want when we’re sick?
There were a lot of supplements, vitamins and homeopathic treatments I did at home in order to speed up my recovery process. We just got home from our routine trip to The Vitamin Shoppe to re-stock on some of our favorites. The purpose of this post is to share with you my success with vitamins and how I try to keep myself in tip top health (as much as I can). The bottom line is consistency, isn’t it so with everything in life? While these vitamins and supplements are purely specific to my goals and needs, they are vital to my daily life and I continue to see and feel the difference when I’m on my vitamin grind, that is for damn sure.
Our initial vitamin list originated from one of Mike’s nutritional doctors, (some pictured above) so I’m not going to intimidate you with that. We’ve since customized our individual regimens according to our own specific needs (and you should do the same, although none of these could hurt you).
I’ll start you off with my morning regimen, in order of intake & importance (to me):
(I’ve included links for each product so you can read more about each supplement and find where to purchase if interested)
+ Garden of Life – Perfect Food – Raw Organic Green Super Food, Energizer – The super food of ALL green juices out there IMO – just some facts it includes: Guayaki® Yerba Mate, traditionally used for centuries to promote immediate energy and long term focus, RAW Organic Peruvian Maca, harvested by hand, aged and sun dried to perfection, to support energy production as well as healthy, balanced hormones, RAW Organic Pomegranate Juice and Cordyceps Mushrooms, long prized for providing the sustained energy you need to power through your day, RAW Organic AfricanBaobab, rich in minerals, especially magnesium, to promote the production of ATP-energy on the cellular level – the list goes on and on, just believe me, if there is anything you take away from this post TRY THIS GREEN DRINK (it’s actually a powder and you mix it in with whatever you prefer) and voila, the perfect green juice! I mix 1 scoop with about 6 oz. of fresh OJ.
+ Tri-Pep BCAA (branch chain amino acid) – this is a peptide-bonded BCAA (more superior than the free form BCAA’s on market) improves exercise performance, accelerates intra & post workout recovery & preserves lean muscle mass – 1 scoop mixed with 6oz of water
+ T.A.G. (Trans Alanyl Glutamine) – drastically increases muscle repair, inhibits muscle fatigue and soreness, prevents muscle loss during exercise, improves immune system and overall health – 1 scoop mixed with 6oz of water
+ Cocotein – the best way (quality & flavor wise) to get in your protein!!! This is a mix of Isopure protein and coconut water, read more about the importance of isopure (isolate protein) in my recap below
+ Garden of Life – Vitamin Code, Raw Whole Food Multi for Women – The Fruits & Vegetables in Vitamin Code® are raw and organically grown, the list goes on and on for this one so I suggest you click the link to read all about it – if you get one supplement from this list, this multi is the one to start with
+ Garden of Life Probiotic for Women (keep refrigerated at all times!) – if you are a woman and reading this, I shouldn’t have to school you about probiotics – this is one of the best on the market – click the link for more details
+ Biosil (the multi I take already has biotin in it but this unique formula really works) – †reduces fine lines & wrinkles, thickens and strengthens hair and nails, promotes healthy bones and joints
+ vitamin D3, 5000 iu – †supports bone density and immunity; again, my multi has this covered, but as a woman bone density is super important so I try to take an extra dose of D3 alone
+ ubiquinol CoQ10, 100 mg – †cardiovascular health (preventative), cellular health, energy production
+ grape seed extract, 100 mg – †powerful antioxidant protection for your body, promotes healthy digestion & cellular health
+ Alpha Lipoic Acid, 300 mg – †glucose metabolism, antioxidant, promotes cellular health & energy
+ tonalin CLA, 1000mg – †CLA helps to reduce body fat, and enhance lean mass, it’s a natural fat burner (I refuse to take any of those processed, chemically made ones that are extremely scary and usually make you extremely scary/fidgety/neurotic (luckily I got that out of my system in my high school/college years, prior to becoming health crazed)
+ Ginko Biloba, 120 mg – †supports memory, maintain healthy cognitive functions and improve circulation in the elderly, which can lead to a delay in the start of Alzheimer’s disease, and a decrease in senile dementia, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and vertigo (dizziness)
This may seem like a lot, but I got used to it and I legit feel the difference if I’m not on this regimen.
If I’m running late or forget to take all of my vitamins in the am, the main thing I cannot go without is my green juice, or what I fondly refer to as swamp water (due to it’s grotesque appearance). While it’s not appealing visually or flavorfully at first (I got used to it and now crave it), the nutritional and physical benefits alone are worth it. It’s my secret ingredient to my entire health/wellness/and beauty routine (yes, I said beauty, it makes your skin amazing!). Now I’m at the point where I take my swamp water twice a day.
At bedtime, I have the Garden of Life Raw Organic Green Super Food, apple flavor (not the energizer) mixed in with about half of a 16oz bottle of Cocotein (my absolute favorite protein drink I mentioned above). Cocotein is a mix of 100% pure isolate protein and coconut water. Isolate protein is the purest from of whey protein. To put it simply, if you have a Ferrari you’re going to put premium gasoline in it, correct? Well that’s what isolate protein is for us humans. Not to knock any other protein out there, but to give you some insight, the protein in muscle milk is a mixture of whey protein concentrate and milk proteins, it’s not horrible, but it’s not isolate. I myself at times even chug muscle milk if that’s all I can find at a quick stop on the road – so don’t fret. But the next time you’re stocking up for protein at the store, go with the isolate, my favorite is Isopure, who also make’s the Cocotein drink pictured. You can pickup Isopure & Cocotein at the vitamin shoppe along with everything else listed above in this post, I provided you a link to everything so no excuses!
Also, just an fyi, incase you didn’t realize by now, anything in this color text is a link that will provide you to whatever it is I’m talking about it in all my posts, you’re welcome!
Let me know if any of you are super health people or tried out some of the supplements above; I would love to hear your feedback. Leave me a comment if you have any questions regarding any of this, while I am not an expert, I’m lucky enough to have a Doctor that supports and highly recommends vitamins and natural supplements..
†Legal disclaimer: these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
With that being said, don’t let the FDA keep you away from naturally helping yourself out. Believe me, it’s better than chemically lab-made big dollar pharma companies coming after your natural-self with chemical prescription on top of prescription. Like I said, I am lucky enough to have a Doctor that supports this regimen and directed me on this natural path (his wife happens to be a nutritionalist). Don’t get me wrong, I take prescribed meds when needed, but I don’t rely on them to live a healthy lifestyle. If you aren’t as lucky to have a Doctor that believes in this, as most don’t, ask around for a good nutritionalist in your area – they can educate you on this topic and help you develop your own natural regimen on your health & wellness path. If you’re looking for more information pop over to The Grass Ceiling blog where you can really learn in detail about natural health and wellness (Erin is highly educated and experienced in this stuff, she also happens to be one of my bestie’s since we were kids – win win!).
I hope you enjoyed this post and that I didn’t scare you all off with my vitamin list! My little nephews cringe everytime I sleepover and they see me with my swamp water in the am, haha, I guess I’m that crazy aunt (ahhh)!
Thanks for reading as always!!!