The one thing I’ve always done to be healthy

Happy Thursday, my friends! So it’s the third week of January 2015, and hopefully we’re all still gung-ho about our new year’s resolutions, right? Well this year, instead of resolutions, I set some “goals” for myself, and yes, most of them are aligned with being healthier. For instance:

  • I want to do more yoga to gain flexibility.
  • I want to try out new recipes at home at least once-a-month to eat more variety.
  • I want to learn to teach an additional group fitness class to add to my repertoire.
  • I want to be more patient with myself and with others.

What you may notice about these goals is that they are not appearance-based at all. They are feeling-based. All of these things will make me feel healthier from the inside out. In life, it’s usually not one single thing that is going to make or break how you feel, but a combination of many things that can add up to be just what you need to achieve wellness, like sleeping more, eating right, exercising and being kind to yourself and others. However, on top of that, sometimes there are things that can help you feel good that you may not be even be considering. Things like vitamins, folks, vitamins.

Healthy parts of my life via A Lady Goes WestThese things, while seemingly unrelated, are all parts of how I live a healthy lifestyle. Fitness, hydration, real food, a daily multivitamin, and of course, a way to share my passions through blogging. That’s where it’s at.

While clearly I’m not a doctor or a registered dietitian, I am someone who knows what works for me. I’ve been an avid daily multivitamin user for years and years. Even on vacation in Cabo, I bring along my multivitamins to take in the morning before a day of lounging by the pool. It’s part of my life. And I can’t remember the last time I went a day without a multivitamin. That being said, when the folks at Centrum reached out to me about some information from a survey they just conducted with Prevention, I felt compelled to share it with you. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to statistics and trends, so this one was interesting to me. And if it helps one person, then it’s worth it.

Are you getting enough nutrients in your food?

Here it is: It’s very possible that you aren’t getting the adequate amount of vitamins and minerals you need through food alone, even if you have a balanced diet, so a daily multivitamin might be the way to go. And you’re not alone. A lot of people aren’t getting enough nutrients, because it’s not that easy to track the nutritional content of every bite you take, especially when you lead a busy life.

Do you know what the six essential nutrients are that most people aren’t getting enough of out of their food? I certainly didn’t. They are vitamins A, C, D, and E, and the minerals calcium and magnesium.

Do you know if all of those nutrients are in the food you eat each day? I sure don’t. That’s why I like to rely on a multivitamin to make sure I’m capturing all that extra stuff that just might give me a little extra oomph.

And now for that study. Here are some good-to-know findings:

  • Most people (about 80 percent) said that the nutritional content of the food they buy factors into their purchasing decisions, but they were mostly concerned with calories and fat (about 72 and 61 percent, respectively), rather than the amount of vitamins and minerals in that food (about 30 percent). 
  • Most Americans were not aware of the benefits of essential nutrients including the following:
    • Magnesium is important for energy. 58% of people polled were “not sure” where they can find Magnesium, and only 8% were aware it is important for energy. 
    • Vitamin E is important for heart health. 53% of people polled were “not sure” where they can find Vitamin E, and only 12% were aware it is important for heart health. 
    • Vitamin A helps the immune system. 50% of people polled were “not sure” where they can find Vitamin A, and only 10% were aware it helps with immune system.

So basically, if you’re like me and a bit clueless when it comes to what these nutrients are good for and why you need them, you’re not alone. But you don’t have to worry, because you can easily help fill any dietary gaps by taking a multivitamin each day. I’m a bit of a worrier, so knowing that I’m crossing “essential nutrient consumption” off the list of to-dos each day makes me feel a lot better.

How do I do it? With routine. Every single morning, after I eat breakfast, I take my vitamins. I do it right before brushing my teeth. It’s just part of my morning process and keeps me honest. So there you go! That’s the one thing I’ve always done to be healthy, for as long as I can remember.

Save on vitamins today!

If you’re in need of a multivitamin, head on over to the Centrum site to find one that is right for you and take advantage of a $4 coupon off your next purchase. Centrum multivitamins have all of those essential nutrients I mentioned above in one little pill, so they make it easy for you.

Centrum vitamin via A Lady Goes WestA look at my bottle of Centrum multivitamins, which are little and orange and full of good stuff.

Thanks to the folks at Centrum for bringing this good information to my attention, because I’m definitely a believer in doing whatever you can to be your best self. Not only at the start of the year, when everyone is focused on being healthy, but all year long when the talk about “goals” and “resolutions” has faded. Am I right?

Alright guys, I hope your week has been going along just nicely. I’m thinking of popping in later today to share an awesome workout with you. But if not, I’ll see you back here tomorrow morning for everybody’s most-anticipated post of the week “Friday Favorites.” Have a good one!

Disclaimer: I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness. 

Questions of the day

Do you take a multivitamin? What’s one thing you’re trying to work on this year to be healthier?

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  1. I’ve gotten out of the habit of taking a vitamin, but I really need to start again! I would like for it to be just part of my daily routine. One thing I’m working on to be healthier this year is hydration….I’m trying my best to drink at least half my body weight in ounces daily but aim for a gallon. I’ve always struggled with this for some reason, but I notice how much better I feel when I get my water in. Have a good day!

    1. Hi Amy! Ohhhh water. How it truly is one of the most important things in the world for us. Everything is better when you’re hydrated. Everything! That’s a great goal, so keep at it:)

  2. I used to take a multi-vitamin and was as diligent as you about taking it. But now I get all the vitamins and minerals I need in my Shakeology! No more buying separate supplements for me because it’s all in there. One of the biggest reasons I love that stuff. Happy Thursday to you!

    1. Happy Thursday to you too, Courtney! Shakeology is some tasty stuff!! And so awesome it has all the vitamins you need. 🙂

    1. Hi Megan, That’s great you’re taking a vitamin! I hope you recover from all your injuries soon. Have a wonderful Thursday, friend! 🙂

    1. Hi Lauren! I’m with you, it seems like anything we can do to ensure we’re getting what we need, the better. Glad you’re on board with vitamins! 🙂

  3. I’ve been on and off with taking multi-vitamins mostly because I don’t find they make a difference in how I feel. But I’ve also read about how the quality of the vitamin you’re taking makes a huge difference so maybe I wasn’t taking a quality one! I’ve been taking a high quality fish oil supplement lately and have noticed that makes a big difference in my workout recovery.

    1. Hi Christa! You do have to listen to the signals of your body, so I’m glad you found a supplement that is helping with recovery. Hope all is well with you!! 🙂

  4. I take a multi-vitamin! I’ve never been sure if it does anything, but I religiously take it! Mine is one of the raw ones and it even SMELLS healthy! 😉 Also, love the yoga goal! (Of course!)

    1. Hi Lora, Of course you love my yoga girl! Now I need as many cute yoga clothes as you to make that happen. Glad you’re on board the vitamin train. Have a great day, friend! 🙂

  5. I love that you’re setting goals that deal more with how you feel, rather than appearance! I don’t take a multi-vitamin, but I probably should, because I don’t eat as much of a variety of fruits, veggies and fish as I think I do 😛

  6. Good call on taking vitamins! I used to be a lot better.. some days I just forget. But it’s such an easy way to get those nutrients in. I just get the Target brand women’s multi.. they’re very reasonably priced!

    I can specifically remember one day my freshman year of college.. the only things I consumed were cereal and alcohol.. but I took my multivitamin! 😉 haha.

    1. Hhahah Emily!! You make me laugh. Sounds like you had a good head on your shoulders in college. 🙂 And I’m pretty sure my diet was the same around that time of my life. But we turned out alright?? 🙂

  7. I’m not a big supplement fan, I do take a B12 because I don’t eat meat or any animal products and ONCE in a blue moon I’ll take a multi vitamin. I also randomly take VitD&C. I try to ensure I eat a wide variety of plant based foods to get my nutrients. I will admit I don’t take it as seriously as I probably could.

    1. Hi Brittany! That’s great you’re eating a variety of plant-based products. Thanks for stopping by to say hello. I look forward to following your food posts from here on out! Happy Thursday:)

  8. So funny Ashley, because I saw Centrum “chewables” and thought they would be yummy so I bought them..only to realize after a month of taking them that it said “for aging adults 50+”..ha!
    But I love how you made goals too. I made a video of mine on my channel just to keep me accountable this time around 🙂
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

    1. Hi Sarah Grace! Thanks for stopping by. Okay, first of all, I’m a fan of chewables. But that’s totally hilarious you’ve been eating the ones for older adults. In fact, it made me laugh out loud reading that. Do you feel more mature? hahahha 🙂 A video of your goals? NICE! Hope you’ve had a great weekend:)

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