This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nature Made for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
I can’t tell you how often I get asked to define the term “healthy.” I If you look up healthy in the Webster (this is a dictionary, BTW) the definition is as followed:
“Beneficial to one’s physical, mental, or emotional state : conducive to health.”
I know that this definition of healthy is pretty vague, but what I love about it is that it suggests that everyone has a unique sense of healthy and I 100% believe in this.
Today I am partnering with Nature Made on their Healthy Together campaign to talk all things vitamins and to share my thoughts on why my healthy isn’t your healthy!
First things first! Let’s talk supplements.
I’m 100% positive you’ve seen Nature Made at the pharmacy before because they’re everywhere! Specifically here in Minneapolis, you can find them at CVS, Walgreens, and Target. Nature Made is I am excited to share my whole supplement routine coming up in a few months but today I wanted to share more about Nature Made, the supplement brand that I use, and specifically, the Multi-Vitamin.
Multi For Her
What I love about Nature Made’s Multi for Her, is that it’s not specific to one health benefit, but many! So much good stuff is packed into one pill or gummy. Why should you take a multivitamin even if you’re already a healthy eater and getting nutrients from food? That’s a great question and one I asked myself! The answer is, not every day is as balanced as we’d like it to be and a multivitamin ensures you’re getting all the good stuff no matter what. Nature Made’s Multi for Her has 23 key nutrients specifically designed for female health concerns such as: bone, heart, and reproductive health†. Some of the key nutrients in the Multi for Her are:
Folic acid — an important B vitamin for women of childbearing age
100% daily value of iron — an important mineral for premenopausal women
Vitamin D — provides support for bone, teeth, muscle, and immune health†
Calcium — helps build and support strong bones†
Vitamins A, C, and E
I go back and forth between the Multi for Her gummies and pill-form but have taken both before. In a few weeks, I am going to be chatting more about my entire supplement routine as a whole because I take different supplements for different concerns. Now that I’ve added them up in my head, I take quite a few…so be on the lookout!
Why My Healthy Isn’t Your Healthy
For so long I spent every waking hour comparing myself to the girl next to me. My abs were never as tight, my hair was never as perfect, and my skin was never as bright. I mostly fixated on outward appearance and thought everyone was judging me, but in reality, I was the judging me. Self-comparison and self-love are two things that I continue work on every single day and it feels so good to heal from the inside out.
Let’s go back to the question, what does healthy mean to you? I mentioned above that it’s really hard for me to create a universal definition of the word healthy because it’s so unique to everyone. Remember when I chatted about Whole30 and why it wasn’t right for me? Well, it IS right for a lot of people, however, we all have different pasts, concerns, and goals and Whole30 doesn’t work for me because restrictions and yes/no list are a thing of my unhealthy past. Beer — some people consider beer VERY unhealthy because it’s high in calories, and carbs, and ra ra ra…however, I feel very different about beer in that I love the social aspect and flavors of it. For so long I told myself that alcohol is bad for you and there is absolutely no caloric value so why would I drink it? While it’s totally fine if you don’t drink, I created this horrible relationship with not only alcohol but social situations in general, which in my opinion is worse than alcohol itself. My list goes on and on and on.
This is exactly why my healthy isn’t your healthy. All humans are made up of their own unique DNA. What works for me, doesn’t always work for you. I am the type of person who needs a solid 9 hours of sleep, but you may only need 7 to feel refreshed. In the morning, I crave carbs and coffee and others crave protein and matcha. I love lifting strong and you may love running. It’s taken me years to understand that being me is a beautiful thing. I have finally realized why comparison doesn’t ever work. And, it’s because none of us are the same.
So? What I love about the word healthy is that we all have a choice. We have the choice to do the things that make us feel the best and in my opinion, being you is the best choice you can make when it comes to healthy.
I recently got a bracelet that says “I can and I will” made by a designer here in Minneapolis called Momentum and it’s a great reminder that you have the power to be whoever you want to be.
This post is sponsored by Nature Made ( Healthy Together ). I was compensated and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Fit Foodie Finds and for making this website possible!
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease
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I really appreciated your input! I especially resonated with the part on “my healthy isn’t your healthy”. Comparison can be extremely toxic in many areas of life, most definitely the health and wellness area! I find for me the struggle also includes seeing family members with homes filled with toxic chemicals within the products they use, and the food they choose to eat. These are people I love dearly and want to live a long healthy life! I want everyone (especially my family) to care about these things. I have realized that I can talk about what I’ve learned if they want to discuss it but trying to scare them into the harsh realities isn’t always the best way. Thank you for getting my brain thinking! I appreciate your wisdom in this area!
You’re definitely right – we are all different. I am still learning about what is right for me and my family. For me, the important thing is to keep on learning & strive to make informed choices. Be open to possibilities and accept our limitations. We are all unique. after all.
This is something that i have been struggling with since coming to college because some people think health is not ordering a pizza and getting chinese instead and others are on such a strict diet, and I fall in between! It is nice to be able to see different perspectives of what health really is, this was great!!
I was wondering if the vitamins and supplements are in pure Encapsulation. I have Lyme disease and need to take many supplements, but need to take quality products, that actually get well absorbed. Thank you in advance!
Wow, this message hit home for me SO much! I am vegan and I live with a family who eats entirely differently from me–in fact, my younger sister is Paleo! We’ve never had any major disagreements and we both respect each other’s decisions and understand that what works for each other is solely our business.
What I’ve noticed is that diet is such a very sensitive topic, so it’s easy for people to question each other. Why aren’t you vegan? Why ARE you vegan? What made you quit sugar? Don’t you know the consequences of eating too much sugar? But anyways, I think that it’s important to understand that everybody has to go through a trial-and-error period before finding balance, and everyone’s form of balance is different because everyone has a different lifestyle, personality, and body type.
Yessss, I feel like this took me so long to learn! I’d always be on the hunt for the RIGHT diet or the RIGHT exercise routine, trying a bunch of different things that work so well for others but that absolutely did not for me. Now I just do what feels right and good for my body, and I’ve never been less stressed about health.
Love this! So glad you are where you are 🙂
I love this article! I have had discussion with a few people because they just can’t understand why what they do wont work for me on my healthy life style journey . It’s even different for my sister and I. Everyone’s path is a little different.
YES! I’ve had this conversation so many times, too!
I really like your writing! I think we must monitor our health without fail
Yes to all of this! Just recently I realized how much I compare myself to the “perfect” bodies on social media. Truth is I’m 35 and in the best shape of my life, it stinks that I don’t see how that’s not something to feel good about. Thanks for keeping it real ?
Love this! I love all your recipes and content but as a mid-30s working mom of 3, I sometimes feel down because I’m just not able to stick to the calorie counts when I’m nursing or squeeze in as many workouts as I see everyone else doing.
Thanks for the reminder to not beat myself up, and be proud of the progress I make towards my own personal goals. 🙂
YES to all of this Lee! I was the same way, especially about booze, but alcohol can be a very delicious thing! You’re my HERO. Can’t wait to read your full supplement post soon! 🙂 Xoxo
<3 So glad this resonated with you!!!
Have you ever taken a probiotic? I am looking for one to take and needing recommendations.
YES. I take the probiotic gummies from Nature Made every day! This is the one I take: http://www.naturemade.com/specialty/adult-gummies/dual-action-probiotics-energy-b12-adult-gummies#5QBR4AYFrjw9h0dz.97
The same health blueprint for all does not make sense as we all different. Excellent article.
That is so true hen it comes to health. Everyone is different internally and externally. Once you realize this you can begin defining your healthy.