My Food, My Vitamins

So as you can see from my Lifestyle Diet post, the foods we eat are of great importance. However, it’s just as important to think about the other things we put in our mouth. For example, off and on for many years I took a multi-vitamin with essential minerals. Healthy right? Could be.

For me the multi-vitamin mentioned above, or the extra B vitamins,  just build in my system. At one point my B12 levels were over approx 1500 and that was after I stopped taking it. So while for many these regular over the counter vitamins are beneficial, for MTHFR patients, they are quite problematic. (I have recently found that many prenatal vitamins now include methylated B12 and folate.) The point is, while there may be many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients on the shelf, they are not all beneficial or safe for us. So do your research and choose carefully.

Now of course the best place to get your vitamins and minerals is your whole foods diet. Eating plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables is a wonderful place to start. But don’t stop there. Your healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, and oils should be a big part of your daily regimen. And should you choose to eat meat as I do, be choosy. I eat mainly naturally raised chicken and turkey and wild caught salmon. (By natural I mean they’re not pumped full of hormones and antibiotics to grow super sized birds.) I occasionally enjoy lean pork and beef.  As for grains, I buy brown basmati rice, as it is easier to digest, brown rice pasta, gluten-free oatmeal, real non-gmo cornmeal and cornflour, and other non-wheat flours. (We do eat many of the same comfort foods we grew up with. They’re just prepared in a healthier manner.) And as far as milk goes, there are now so many non-dairy milks to choose from. Experiment and find your favorites. We enjoy cashew, almond, and coconut. And soy is great to cook with, but each must choose their own.

The list could go on and on. The point is don’t limit yourself to just a few items. And don’t feel like you have to go without. Making the right choices provides the right nutrition for your body. Each color provides a wonderful array of vitamins and mineral. And when prepared properly with a wide range of spices, they burst with flavor as well.

There is no better way to heal yourself than with a tasty dish of healthy food. And today is a good day to start.