As part of “2010 will be different” I’ve finally started taking a multivitiamin regularly.
For years I’ve resisted, and here are some of the reasons why, beyond my seeming inability to get into the habit:
I didn’t think I needed one. My diet has gaps, sure, but I eat a variety of foods, and overall I feel pretty good. I’ve had my B12 levels checked, and they were fine, so yay for me, I don’t need that “crutch,” right?
More and more foods have built in multivitamins. Say what you will about processed foods, but an incredible number of them have vitamins added to them already. It seems like the veg stuff is even more susceptable to this (fortified soy milk, etc) but take a look at breads and cereals the next time you’re in the grocery store. Plus I already take Vega semi-regularly, which has nutrients up the whazoo.
But those were just excuses, really. The main reason I’ve resisted so long wasn’t too hard to figure out:
It was like an admission of guilt. If I was taking a multivitamin, that was saying to the world that it was impossible to achieve a full range of nutrients on a plant based diet.
There were other reasons too, but this time, instead of brainstorming all my points of resistance I decided to think of a reason why I should take a vitamin pill that overpowered all the made up reasons not to:
I want to take full advantage of this incredible time we’re living in.
Think about this: I can take a simple, easily affordable pill that all but ensures I’m getting a full range of vitamins into my body every day. How cool is that? Plus, I’m not approaching this as an insurance policy, but rather as a bonus.
This isn’t an excuse to eat a crappy diet, which is another reason I resisted for so long. If anything, it’s made me more aware of the role nutrition plays in my diet. I like to take a look at the bottle when I take a pill and pick out a vitamin I’m not familiar with, like K2, and then I can find out what it does (acts as a blood coagulant and appears to help fight cancer) and what natural sources exist (leafy greens for the win!)
Part of this change in thinking came from some work I was doing last year to track my protein/carb/fat ratios on Daily Burn (a habit I’ve slipped on,) which led me to look into new sources of protein. At first I was disappointed because a lot of these sources were processed in the forms of powders, mock meats, etc., but then I realized something:
It’s more than possible to achieve an adequate level of nutrition on a whole-foods, plant-based diet, but supplementation of an existing healthy diet could lead to an exceptional level of health. Our ancestors might have survived on simple plants, but we’ve got the chance to be astounding.
Since I want 2010 to be an exceptional, and not merely adequate year, I’m giving multivitamins a try. In time I might try some other supplements, but as I’ve said in the newsletter, it’s best to change one thing at a time, so this is phase one.
As should be obvious, I’m not a nutritionist, dietitian, or anyone you should listen to at all when it comes to matters that people go to school for a very long time to understand. Do your own research, consult your own people, yadda yadda yadda, but hopefully the explanation of my change in thinking has helped you to examine some of your own limiting beliefs and maybe stirred you to come up with new reasons that overpower them.
And if you take any supplements, what are they and why? Let us know in the comments so others can learn!
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