Wednesday, 21 November 2012

WIAW Supplement Edition

And I am officially overwhelmed. Thank you guys so much for all of your incredibly positive feedback on My Weight Evolution post. I shy away from about talking my weight loss because I am by no means an expert, and I think everyone's journey is different. But that was definitely part of my journey, so THANK YOU for coming along with me. 

Whew, and now that I have struggled to collect myself over here. Let's get back to our regular schedule program over. It's What I Ate Wednesday!!

And this is the Part 2 of My very 1st Nutrition Assessment - Supplement Edition

This is a continuation of my nutrition assessment from last week. The lovely Dani pointed out that even with an ideal diet a lot of athletes use supplements to help their body perform at it's best. So using supplements, as long as you are using the right ones, can make a big difference for us Average Joes as well.

I will be the first to admit that this little Darwinian Fail can use all the help she can get. But I have shied away from supplements because a.) I am notoriously bad at remembering to consistently take my vitamins and b.) I find the supplement world slightly overwhelming, so I am never sure what I should be taking.

So with Dani's help we have narrowed down what is going work best with my current goals and concerns.

Multi-Vitamin - So this is just generally an all around good idea for anyone. It just helps fill any holes you might be missing nutrient wise.

Iron - So as a woman our iron levels are often low, and then that is made much more likely if you are a distance runner, and then even more likely if you had major surgery and experienced a bleeding problem... Well check check and check! I have low iron so I am taking 1 capsule a day. Iron levels are important for your energy levels and muscle repair, both things I have been struggling with post-op.

Protein - I am using a protein supplement to help me reach my prerequisite protein quotient.Getting an adequate amount of protein is something I struggle with, so I have been enjoying a protein shake post-workout.

Collagen - Collagen is great for muscle and tissue repair- something I definitely need, while I work on recovery. The folks at NeoCell make a great powder form of this supplement. I have been adding one scoop to my AM fruit smoothie along with some berries, spinach, and pomegranate juice to check off all the necessary nutrition criteria. Super Yummy!

So that it! It's easy simple!
And now that I know what the heck I am doing, I am proud to say I have taken my vitamins everyday for the last 2 weeks!
Do you use Supplements? What are your thoughts on vitamins?

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,


  1. Very interesting! I am not a supplement person, either, but I have had to do some major IV supplementing of iron b/c mine was so low and not rising on oral supplements. I think you'll feel great once you get those numbers up, and probably many of the others as well.

  2. When I first started on my health and fitness journey...I knew nothing about getting the right amount of protein. I needed a protein 101 for dummies handbook! Let's just say, time's have changed ;)

  3. Way to go! I am so bad at remembering to take vitamins. I do have a multivitamin and iron pills but never ever take them. I think I lasted two days. I used to be so paranoid about protein and getting the right amount but I've learned that my body functions well with high carbs and fat. In the past I've forced myself to eat chicken and eggs even though I didn't like them. That has changes and I am super happy getting my fuel through other sources! Different things work for different people! I am happy you and Dani have found something that works specifically for you and your goals! You're the best :)

  4. Supplements are my life! Well not really, but I LOVE the supplement industry. I haven't blogged in a few (pesky thing called Graduate school), but I think the fun is learning which companies are actually making good products, and which are just stealing your money.

  5. Great post! I'm always interested to see what everyone else does for supplements. For me it's currently a multi with extra B and D. Sometimes I'll add in fish oil but I'm never good about keeping up with it!

  6. Very interesting! I always love reading about what other people are doing in terms of their supplements. I'm not a big fan, myself, mostly because I'm afraid of what's REALLY in some supplements. I'm all for the multivitamins or even any regular vitamins/minerals (I take a vitamin D and totally see the benefit in taking any others you might be low in). I do have a bit of a problem with the kinds of supplements being sold at some GNC and Popeye's stores.. the ones like "SHRED FAT XXX" or "eXPLODE MUSCLE MAX".. they scare me.

  7. I tend to shy away from a lot of supplements-tho I do the multivit, mag, protein and that's about it :)

    just gotta say again, love the bangs! you look gorg!!

  8. I really need to work on my nutrition game...

  9. I am so scare to take multivitamin packs, as I always feel nauseated after. I heard that this was because of too much iron? I do take two gummy adult multivitamins each morning.
    I admit I have been slacking hardcore on the protein shakes after hard workouts.

  10. I used to take a vitamin daily when I was younger [yay for Flinstone's and gummy bears haha :P] but haven't in recent years but should! I have iron-deficiency anemia and tried taking iron pills but they ended up making me so sick so I've had to get infusions instead- they're not fun!

  11. Okay no laughing I take chewable (yes, like gummy bears) multi-vitamins, calcium, omega 3, and fiber.

  12. I get my multi, calcium/magnesium/D for my age & I am lactose intolerant, joint pills for this old lady & my Nutrex Hawaii Spirulina & astaxanthin. I eat lots of protein too! :)