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January 22, 2015

Do You Take a Multivitamin?

Disclosure: I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.

Staying fit, healthy, and losing weight are without a doubt the most popular New Year’s resolutions we verbalize year after year.

Some of my personal resolutions for this year include:

• specializations in behavior change, weight loss, and fitness nutrition

• drink and make more raw juices and smoothies

• run at least two half marathons

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While a goal to improve your overall health is easy to start in the first couple of months, the odds of holding true to your plans throughout the entire year aren’t as promising. It is what it is, unfortunately.

When it comes to eating right, even the healthiest of health conscious consumers and professionals may find that they aren’t getting all of the vitamins and nutrients they need from food alone.

There are always going to be events that come up, vacations to take, and last minute to-dos that can put a damper on eating plans for days and even weeks at a time! For this reason, I have been using multivitamins to fill in the questionable nutritional gap since my teen years.

benefits of taking multivitamins

There are six essential nutrients we as adults need on a daily basis: vitamins A, C, D, and E, and the minerals calcium and magnesium. If you aren’t sure you are getting the recommended daily intake of each (probably everyone reading this), you should definitely consider taking a multivitamin to help you stay on top of your health all year long!

I have tried several brands over the years and recently got the opportunity to revisit and take Centrum® multivitamins. I have been taking one pill a day with my breakfast, and I feel good knowing I am doing something so simple, yet so great for my body.

Centrum multivitamins

Along with my package of multivitamins, I was also sent the results of a national survey Centrum® conducted in partnership with Prevention, to assess how Americans perceive key vitamins and minerals. I found the research very interesting, and thought it would be good to pass on to you!

Nutrient Intake Perception vs. Reality

Over three quarters of Americans (78%) still believe it is fairly easy to get the recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet, nearly half of those polled (48%) are concerned they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients from their current diet.

Looking Beyond Calories and Fat 

Three in four Americans look at the nutritional content of the foods they eat and buy (76%). Among these, nearly twice as many look at calories (72%) and fat content (61%) compared to vitamin and mineral types (33%) or amounts (30%).

Unwilling to Change

Even if they are concerned their current eating habits are not delivering key vitamins and minerals, Americans do not appear to be changing their eating habits to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in their diet.

60% of Americans have not changed their diet in the past year to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals they get, and 74% agree it’s a lot easier to eat unhealthy.

Yikes!

Friends. I tell this to clients at the gym and I will continue to preach it until someone tells me to stop. (And then… I’ll probably still keep going.) Do yourself a favor and take a multivitamin every single day!

taking a multivitamin with fruit

If nothing else, a multivitamin helps ensure you are on top of your health game through the good days, the busy days, the lazy days, the cheat days, and throughout all of that adventurous eating during parties and on vacations! You’ve really got nothing to lose.

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How important is your health to you? Click to find the Centrum® that is right for you and to receive a $4 coupon off your next purchase!

Question of the Morning

• What vitamins do you take (if any) on a daily basis?

January 20, 2015

Urban Remedy Juice and Raw Foods Cleanse & Giveaway

Oh boy, do I have an exciting giveaway for you guys today!

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? How about a raw foods cleanse?

What about… a juice and raw foods cleanse? I know, mind = blown.

urban remedy juice cleanse review and giveaway

I have a feeling that your answer can be summed up as:

1) No thanks, I like my cheeseburgers and unstructured eating schedule.

2) Nope, but I’m interested to hear more about it (and win the giveaway!).

3) I tried one to lose weight, but couldn’t commit and/or didn’t see results.

4) YES! I love cleanses. They are a great way to kick off the start to a new year or important season in my life!

Throughout my years of dancing professionally, and having to pose in front of a camera in what I can only describe as a bikini, I tried a handful of cleanses. The most popular one I heard about back then (and successfully completed several times) was the Master Cleanse, also known as the Lemonade Diet. This was back in my crazy two-a-day workout days when I also had a shockingly high amount of will power. Basically, I put myself on a liquid diet of fresh lemon juice, organic maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water from three to a maximum of seven days once to twice a year.

To be completely honest, it was horrible every time. I hated it. I didn’t mind the taste the first day, but any length of time after that was pretty much force fed, or in this case, force swallowed. For that reason alone, my last experience with a detox or cleanse was back in 2011.

Over the past few years, juicing has become a popular way to cleanse. I have been interested in detoxing with a juice cleanse over the last couple of months, so I enthusiastically hopped on the opportunity to review a 3-Day juice and raw foods cleanse from Urban Remedy.

urban remedy cleanse kit

Urban Remedy offers a variety of cleanse options, as well as four different kits that are pre-packed with a 3-day supply of nutritionally-balanced juices, snacks and meals.

Since I am not looking to lose weight, but rather kick start a new year of (mostly) healthy, clean eating, I picked the Beauty Kit for the focus on antioxidants, fiber and essential fatty acids to support glowing skin and hair.

I received a big brown box on my front door that contained the following goodies packed into a cooler:

urban remedy beauty kit cleanse

Drinks

• 6 packets of beauty tea

• 3 Green Berry shakes

• 3 Time Machine juices

• 3 Glow juices

• 6 Youth Spikes

Kale Chips

• 1 Sour Cream & Chive

• 1 BBQ

• 1 Cheesy Italian

Salads

• 1 Zen Salad

• 1 Shredded Kale Salad

• 1 Tabbouleh Salad

Dinners

•  2 Zucchini Fettucini Marinara

• 1  Zucchini Fettucini Pesto

Desserts

• 2  Raw Chocolate Mousse

• 1  Raw Tiramisu

You would have thought it was Christmas morning, y’all. I was so pumped to read about the entire process and get started!

Since I had never previously tried and enjoyed the experience of a plant-based foods cleanse, I wanted to commit myself to it one hundred percent. For three full days, I completely stuck to the Beauty Kit plan and cut out all other clogging foods and drinks from my diet.

There were times (especially in the second and third day) where I felt like I needed more calories. If you are staying really active or need more to eat, they suggest choosing items from the cleansing foods list (like organic fruits, organic vegetables, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, etc.) included in the brochure that comes with the instructions.

Each day followed the same pattern of food and juice intake and offered a variety in menu items.

I started every morning with water. They suggested to drink a glass of warm water with lemon, but I opted to skip over it and went right for the beauty tea. That was the only way I was going to get through my normal habit of grabbing coffee right after I roll out of bed!

urban remedy herbal beauty tea

The herbal tea is made with Chinese herbs that strengthen digestion, reduce bloating, and curb the appetite, so I drank my cup of tea 10 to 15 minutes before anything else.

I started all three mornings with a Green Berry shake with 1 Youth Spike.

urban remedy green berry shake

urban remedy youth spikes

(The Youth Spikes are tiny vials of probiotics that promote healthy detoxification, aids fat digestion, and rejuvenates the liver.)

I loved the shake, and you couldn’t taste the spike at all. I was surprised that it filled me up until my mid-morning snack: kale chips with a Time Machine.

urban remedy kale chips and juice

I could taste the cayenne pepper in the juice right away. I squinted a bit at that, but thoroughly enjoyed all three flavors of the seasoned kale chips. I was instructed to eat when I felt hungry, so I usually ended up nibbling a small portion of the chips here and saved the majority of the bowl for later.

Kale chips really are a hit or miss with me. I was ecstatic that all three flavors tasted great!

organic raw kale chips

I kept my workouts on the low side during my cleanse, so I wasn’t too hungry for lunch until well after Noon. Each day called for a different salad and they were all colorful, extremely fresh, and delicious.

tabbouleh salad

urban remedy shredded kale salad

shredded kale salad raw

zen salad raw urban remedy

I worked my way through all three of the afternoons and almost forgot about my mid-afternoon snack: Glow juice with another Youth Spike.

glow juice urban remedy

This was also the part of the day where I wanted to inhale kale chips, so I polished those containers off pretty easily.

Dinner came around the normal hour, and I was definitely ready for it. The first and third nights had Zucchini Fettucini Marinara on the menu.

zucchini fettucini marinara

It was actually my first time trying zucchini noodles! They were good… but it was just… too raw for my liking. Scott gave me the idea of heating my “pasta” up the second night in the microwave. I’m not even sure you’re supposed to do that since this kit provides raw food, but it made the biggest difference.

zucchini noodles pasta

It was so much better and tasted great! I also really liked the Zucchini Fettuchini Pesto the second night.

zucchini fettucini pesto

(Photographed cold, but consumed heated up!)

Dessert couldn’t come soon enough and easily became my favorite part of each day. The first and third nights topped my night off with a light but rich Raw Chocolate Mousse.

raw chocolate mousse urban remedy

The middle night did not disappoint with the Raw Tiramisu, paired with another Beauty Tea to wind down each night.

raw tiramisu urban remedy

You better believe I licked every one of those containers clean.

They were incredible!

Overall Thoughts

Like I mentioned above, this was my first time doing a juice and raw foods cleanse. I’m not going to sugar coat anything… it was a challenge for me.

I am a huge snacker, and while this kit provided me with plenty to keep me satisfied, I simply missed the foods I usually snack on. Oh, and COFFEE! Wow. It’s a good thing that I was at home alone for the majority of the first day because I was super irritable. I craved my usual morning cup of coffee for a solid two days. It was awful.

I almost gave in a couple of times, but Scott reminded me that I owe an honest review. And, (dangit) he was right. So, just for you guys, I pulled through and awarded myself thirty gold stars.

Guess what? I didn’t even miss my coffee on the third day. Seriously. I went the entire day feeling on top of my game and more focused than ever. It was an awesome feeling.

urban remedy raw foods cleanse

I knew I was going to go right back to drinking coffee the next morning, since it’s something I truly look forward to every day. That’s my one thing I don’t think I will ever want to give up, and I am okay with that. But, it is nice to know that I can take caffeine out of my diet and still function properly!

The shakes were delicious. I actually started craving those and missed them when they were gone. I could have done without the Time Machines, but the Glow juices were right up my alley. I really liked the salads and could tolerate the zucchini pastas once I (cheated? and) heated them up. The beauty tea was light and refreshing too.

I didn’t feel too hungry throughout the cleanse until the final day. I think my body just wanted warm food again. I ate extra fruit and made some plain quinoa to hold me over!

Can you guess what my favorite part was? If you know me at all, then you immediately thought of the desserts. They were ON POINT you guys.

urban remedy cleanse dessert

I had Scott try each one and he was incredibly shocked at how good they tasted. 100% raw. Who knew?

So… would I do another cleanse? Absolutely!

Yes, I missed eating my normal foods and snacks for a few days, but I came out of it feeling wonderful. Cleanses are a great way to detox the body from the inflammatory, maybe not-so-healthy foods common in our diets. I loved starting the new year off with a goal or focus, and am so glad I completed the three days without wavering!

Urban Remedy Kit Giveaway

I was elated when I found out Urban Remedy was on board to help me host a giveaway. You guys know how much I like to try and share the goods!

I am obviously a fan of the Beauty Kit, but one lucky Housewife Glamour reader has the chance to win a Kit of their choice (a $195-$250 value)!

urban remedy juice cleanse review and giveaway

To Enter

Leave a comment on this post sharing which kit you would pick!

You must also enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter for it to count.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Midnight Thursday, January 22nd E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced first thing on Friday morning.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: I was gifted the Beauty Kit cleanse by Urban Remedy for review and compensated for this post. As always, all opinions remain my own!

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