Monday, February 8, 2010

How My Day Gets Started!

   I  thought I would write more specifically, about how I start my day with supplements (besides spending time with the Lord, my #1 priority in the morning)...Upon waking, the first thing I do is drink a lot of water. If I exercise first, I'll drink 24-48 oz. of water while I exercise. If I don't exercise first, I'll drink 24-48 oz. of water before I do anything else. Nancy Desjardins, of talks about the importance of hydrating your body properly when you first get up in the morning. This hasn't been easy for me...growing up, I didn't drink water first thing in the morning...I just didn't like it! Now, that I've been drinking water first thing, my body craves it, and that's a good thing!
  The other thing I do most mornings is to take a supplement of "Vitamineral Green" from  I can find it in our local health food store. I used to take spirulina by itself, but I've found that "Vitamineral Green," has more vitamins and minerals. Basically, I take this supplement to get the "good stuff" in my body and it also helps to get the "bad stuff" out. "Vitamineral Green" is recommended to take with water, but I don't like it with just water, so I mix about 1 T. in a juice glass of superfood green juice, like "Bolthouse Farms," "Naked Juice" or "Odwalla." My favorite is "Naked Juice," but I usually get "Bolthouse Farms" because it is cheaper. Nancy also recommends that we get enough fiber in our diets, so I also mix in 1-2 T. of ground flax seed (I buy flax seeds in the bulk section of Sprouts Farmers Market and grind it myself in my coffee's not used to grind coffee anymore, lol!). Flax seed does not just contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, it also contains Omega-3 essential fatty acids (the "good" fats), as well as Lignans, which have both antioxidants and plant estrogen. Remember, if you take a supplement of Flax seed, you must drink a lot of water, to make up for all the fiber...
  Since I am pregnant, I also take "Supermom" vitamins, which also contain spirulina. I like to purchase them here: . Spirulina also gives you energy and is very good for you! :o)
  These supplements took awhile to get used to, because my body wasn't used to such "good food." Now, I am used to it and I don't like to go a day without w/out these supplements to my daily eating routine. It's also comforting, because if I have a day when I don't eat as I should, at least I got some of the "good stuff" in first thing in the morning, LOL! :o)
  Tell me what you think about these supplements, if you've tried them or if you try them in the future or if there are supplements you take in which you derive great benefit!


  1. I am going to check out the vitamineral green...I miss the green stuff [barley green] in the morning...use to do it and felt better but stopped...probably because of finances but I am finding that as I get older it's better to spend the money now being healthy instead of being sick.

    So when you are finished with all the supplements and you have any room for breakfast? :-)

  2. LOL! Yes, I do! I usually have eggs...the Spirulina has quite a bit of protein, but I need a lot, first thing in the morning. :o)

  3. Hi Lori -- just wanted to let you know how much this has encouraged me. Keep posting!

    By the way, we will be in town for Easter break the last week of March.

    -- Julie Crowner

  4. You said it took a while for you body to get "used" to these "good things" ..... what exactly does that mean? Did it go into revolt or something?
    Are these things cost effective?
    Will they take a big chunk out of the budget?

  5. I just meant that I had to "make" myself take the Vitamineral Green at first, LOL! I didn't like the taste because I don't like Spirulina, but I knew it was good for me. But, after a couple of weeks of drinking it mixed in some "green juice," I got used to it. Now, I drink it almost gives me much needed energy and improves my health! :o) The Vitamineral Green costs about $25-$50, depending on the size you purchase and it lasts about 2-4 months (depending on the size). The Green Juice is about $4 for a quart and will last us about a week. I use 1 T. of the Vitamineral Green to about 1/2 cup of green juice and add 2 T. of ground flax seed (cheap!). So, not a huge expense, compared to most supplements...My body didn't react negatively to it, but on the bottle of Vitamineral Green, it recommends to start with a small amount and work up to 1 Tablespoon or more. I don't take more than a Tablespoon/day.
    I hope this helps! :o)