Hi everyone, I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted. September was a busy month for me with traveling on vacation and then coming home right after Hurricane Irma hit us in FL so things were a bit chaotic. Thankfully other than losing power for a few days and branches falling we were fine. Though the effects are still felt around the area – our street was flooded again earlier in the week after a retention pond backed up. Still this is something I’ve never experienced before and it was wonderful to see how the community came together to open their homes (those who had power) and generally offer help to strangers. And now, of course, Puerto Rico is dealing with the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria – so let’s continue to pray and support all of those affected.
Well to get back on to the subject topic, today I received an automatic shipment for my bariatric vitamins and I thought it would be a good idea to share my regimen.
I have used this regimen for years and my blood work has always come back fantastic. Considering how little food we can consume I have been pretty ‘religious’ about ensuring that I take my vitamins daily. The key ones I use, from a bariatric perspective, are from a company called Building Blocks (bbvitamins.com) I use the chewable ones – they also have them in pill/tablet form. I still have a hard time swallowing large pills and, as I’m sure you’ve seen, vitamins can be very large in size so I have found that the chewables work best for me.
In fact, a couple of years ago, I did try pill form for a couple of weeks when someone at one of my support groups shared how he researched the ingredients in building blocks and came out with all these others which he got from CVS and Vitamin Shoppe at a much lower cost. That just did not work out well for me and I figured, as the saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ so I went back to Building Blocks for my calcium and multiple vitamins. They also have a B12 vitamin that I used to take which I’ve switched since those are small and go down just fine. Twice a day (a.m. and p.m.) I chew two calcium and one multivitamin per the package directions.
The other ones I take are Vitamin D3, Krill Oil and CoQ-10. Since I don’t eat fish I take the Krill Oil for the Omega benefits. Vitamin D3 has many benefits, among them are that I find it wards off sunburn for me, not completely of course but it definitely helps. Living in Florida and being fair-skinned, sunburn is a definite risk for me every day.
As for CoQ-10, there are many articles about its benefits and I’m pasting the below info from webmd.com:
“CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.
I purchase the Krill Oil and CoQ-10 from Puritans Pride and I buy the B12 and D3 at Sam’s Club.
I’d love to hear from you so let me know if you have any questions or want to share your regimen and any other hints and tips as we continue on our WLS journey together.