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Now that 2017 is well underway and we all know New Year’s resolutions don’t work very well, what are the changes you are going to make to your lifestyle? For us, lifestyle changes are where the big changes are, they are permanent changes. Not a diet per se, rather a better way of eating. And not an exercise program, but a lifestyle of simply moving more. So far in 2017 we are continuing to minimize our belongings, working to grow spiritually, and will continue to improve our health. Improving my health for me means making myself more of a priority. Yoga, stretching, and making sure I am on our inversion table each day (hopefully 2x a day) as well as continuing the work of closing my families nutritional gap with MegaFood. We feel as a family feel that we eat well; mainly organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and overall foods that are minimally processed. But I have learned that this is not enough.
What is a Nutritional Gap?
For our family, closing our nutritional gap became a clear need while listening to one of the most influential speakers for me at ShiftCon, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. She was a keynote lunch speaker and I was tuned in! Dr. Low Dog is so passionate about what she does and wants people, her patients and society to become healthier. At lunch, we were given a copy of her new book “Fortify Your Life, Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More;” and after lunch, she signed the books and was very engaging with everyone. This book will remain on our bookcase as a reference source for many years to come.
“Fortify Your Life, Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More” includes an appendix that is full of information, but the most interesting were the Drug-Nutrient Depletions and Interactions charts. Due to Marcus’ heart condition, he is on prescription medication. Based on what he takes he could be potentially be depleted in CoQ10, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin B9 (folate), B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), C, and sodium. Unfortunately, what we are understanding is that many M.D.s do not know how prescription drugs affect nutrients in the body, and therefore do not watch for these—essentially side effects—or guide their patients to prevent issues with nutrient deficiencies. In Dr. Low Dog’s introduction to her book, she says “but in four years of medical school education, we spent maybe three to five hours on nutrition and virtually none on nutritional supplements.”
I picked one of the minerals Marcus may be depleted in due to the prescriptions he takes, Magnesium. Based on “Fortify Your Life,” in order for Marcus to get the recommended daily value of Magnesium (not even based on the drug interactions) he would need to eat one of the following to get the DV (Daily Value) based on the FDA: 2 ½ cups boiled spinach, 2 ½ cups swiss chard, 6 ½ cups soy milk, 9 oz tofu, 17 slices of whole wheat bread, 3 ½ cups black beans… and the list goes on. Ummm, that is not happening. I know for our family this is right up there with impossible.
Why is there a Nutritional Gap?
We are unable to get the nutrients we need just via our food. We are not able to eat enough of it to get what we need. I have been in a mainstream doctor’s office and have heard that if you eat good there is no need to take a supplement and of course, they have no idea what I eat because they never asked. Below is a chart of the decline in mineral content in soil and the degradation of our soil as a globe. Our food does not contain the same vitamins and minerals that it once did. This is largely due to erosion and not feeding the soil. With the introduction of factory farming chemicals are used to grow our food instead of a soil rich in nutrients. This is one of the many reasons we garden. We turn nutrients (compost, chicken manure mixed with straw, leaves) into our soil every spring to feed it.
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is a partner with the vitamin/supplement maker MegaFood’s which is creating gender-specific multivitamins. Upon arriving home from ShiftCon, I ordered many of the vitamins that MegaFoods offers from VITACOST and then wahoo MegaFood sent me some free samples to try. As a family, we are finishing off our miscellaneous vitamins and supplements from other makers and we are all making the switch to MegaFood vitamins and supplements because I am so impressed with them. We order many of our supplements through VITACOST (referral link – we LOVE Vitacost and order monthly from them, you will save $10 for using the link), they offer free and fast shipping and carry the entire MegaFood line.
A number of things impressed me with MegaFoods, their products are farm fresh, vegetarian, dairy free, soy free, non-gmo verified, vegan, and gluten-free.
MegaFood is starting a promotion to get their Multis into the hands of people in need as well making donations to Wholesome Wave for fresh fruits & veggies. They are asking people to take a pledge to Mind the Gap x 2.
MegaFood wants you to “…just take the pledge that you’ll work on minding the gap through a healthy diet & multivitamins and we’ll pass the good on to someone who needs help conquering their nutritional gap.”
All you have to do is:
- Give MegaFood your word! Sign up to take the Pledge here. Pledge to close your nutritional gap by taking a MegaFood Multi.
- The first 20,000 pledgers receive a $5 off coupon and all will be entered for a chance to win a year’s supply of Multis and an ahh-mazing wellness getaway just for pledging.
- MegaFood will donate 1 bottle of Multis for every pledge (up to 20,000) to someone in need. Plus, we’ll make a donation to Wholesome Wave, the equivalent to 2 servings of fresh fruits & veggies per pledge for those in need.
Closing our Nutritional Gap with MegaFood
We are now taking the following MegaFood supplements:
Annika is now taking the Alpha Teen
Marcus is now taking:
Men Over 40 One Daily (yes, it’s sad when we need to purchase the over 40 version)
I am now taking:
Multi for Healthy Bones (they call this the BFF with any MegaFood Multi for women)
Our Smoothie Bar
We also make nutrient dense smoothies almost daily with our VitaMix. We add protein powder, a selection of superfoods like chia seed, hemp seed, wheat grass, flax seed oil along with greens, avocados and fruit like blueberries and add MegaFood Nutrient Booster Powders.
The powders that MegaFood gave us to sample were:
Daily Energy with beets, green tea, bacopa & b12
Daily C-Protect with blueberries, cranberries & UncleMatt’s Organic Whole Oranges
Daily Purity with dandelions, Schisandra berries & artichoke leaves
The scoops are tiny servings and you don’t really taste them. For Annika, I add 1/2 a scoop.
Our Family wishes you and yours a happy and healthy 2017!