It’s been one of those months again. You know…when I go to a million different places and have a million different conversations with a million different people. How’s that for exaggerating? I am serious, though. I feel like I’ve spent the whole month talking which is kind of funny because I am one serious introvert. I know—it’s hard for you to believe–but I am. If you leave me to my own devices, I’ll stay in my office all day long alone with the ringer off on my phone. That is pure heaven to me. But I didn’t stay in my office; instead I was out and about being pegged with a bunch of questions I feel are more on the review side but worth a quick mention again:
Do I need a multi vitamin?
Yes! And get a good one, too. Good does not mean expensive. My favorite? GNC Ultra Mega for Women original. They got all crazy and started coming out with ridiculous variations such as one for dog walkers, those who use hair gel and for anyone who still watches Survivor. Honestly, you don’t need all that. Plus the amounts that they add for things like that are so small it’s not worth it.
Do I need to take __________?
Most likely no. This conversation usually starts off with all the things you need to take/buy and then ends a little later on with you telling me that you don’t have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of. Let me say this for the record: unless you are in a MAJOR endurance event , cutting for a MAJOR event or just won the lottery save your money. There are only 4 things I advise people to take long term: multi, BCAA’s, fish oil and magnesium. Anything else is a specialty item that is being taken for a specific reason.
I hate swallowing pills.
Really? Because I know of at least 10 people who’ve told me how much they love it and wish that their food came that way, too. Ok, done with the sarcasm but this really is a non issue nowadays. You can get just about anything as a tincture/liquid or a chewable online or in a vitamin store so knock yourself out finding what you need.
What’s a good brand?
Who the heck knows! Seriously! They change vitamin brands by the hour. I have been in stores standing in front of a display and someone has come over and relabeled the vitamins while I stood there. Ok, that’s a lie but I have been pumping gas before while the price was going up. You get my point, though. So here are some general tips that I’m sure if you try hard enough you can find the exception to the rule so please bear with me: go national (Nature’s Way) but not commercial (One A Day). Do not buy the 50 pound container of vitamins at Costco or BJ’s. Go middle of the road for price. Too expensive is usually over the top (USANA or Nutralife—the Coach brand of vitamins) and too cheap is just that (Walgreen’s version). Don’t read the label like you know what you’re doing, you have not a clue what you’re looking at. Admit it. Go for sustained release if you can find it and last but not least, if you can get pregnancy vitamins do it because they are typically of great quality.
Do you recommend any fat burners?
WHAT? Put the crack pipe down girl! No! Listen, I spent a very long time at a weight that I wished to holy heck I was never at and STILL didn’t take a fat burner then. THAT alone should tell you how I feel about them! Put the bottle down and run.
What should I take post workout?
This will be a series. Hang tight for this.
There’s more. Today was all the supplement questions. I had others and I’ll post those tomorrow. It’s been a busy month. If you have any questions I don’t answer over the next few days, hit me up via email and I’ll see what I can do. Woop woop!