Gummy Vitamins: Less Yabba Dabba Doo, More Yabba Dabba Don’t

“I do not recommend gummy vitamins.”

The moment my children’s dentist said this my mind raced to the container of Flintstones gummy vitamins sitting in my kitchen cabinet, now feeling more like contraband than an amazing start to my children’s day. Although it occurred to me over the years that the gummy vitamins clearly resembled sugary fruit snacks, I gave them to my children diligently every morning because I believe in the power of vitamins and didn’t question the mighty moneymaking machine that is the gummy vitamin train. After all, it’s a train children happily board.

That was before my children’s dentist made his dislike for gummy vitamins known. His comment catapulted me toward realizations and epiphanies that changed my entire outlook and tune on multivitamins. As I started digging into why my dentist followed his discovery of my daughter’s cavity with his question about whether or not she took a daily multivitamin gummy, I discovered quite a few pieces of information that I wish I’d been told years ago:

  • Gummy vitamins can contain seven times as much sugar as a standard multivitamin and four times as many calories.
    • Epiphany: That’s why children pop gummy vitamins as if they were gummy bears.

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Happiness: It’s Not on the Takeout Menu

If my wife would make shorter honey-do lists, I’d be happier.
If my husband would plan more dates, I’d be happier.
If my boss promoted me, I’d be happier.
If I lost weight, I’d be happier.
If my savings account was greater, I’d be happier.
If my children visited more, I’d be happier.
If my kitchen were bigger, I’d be happier.
If I could turn back time and make different choices, I’d be happier.

How many times throughout the day is our hope for happiness placed on a flawed source?

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Fear & Food: The Cohabitation that Morphs from Well-Meaning to Destructive

Food is fuel.
You are what you eat.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

There are a number of sayings centered around food and although they are often created with the intention of motivating someone to live their best life, they can make people obsess about food in a destructive way.

Many people grow up with an understanding that the food consumed is directly related to the quality of life maintained. School preaches the importance of fruits,

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Are you ready for the knock at the door?

Like a scientist peering through a microscope’s ocular lens, she focuses her attention on finding alien cells that threaten to invade and destroy.

Like Wonder Woman deflecting bullets with her metal bracelets, she protects the body from viruses and bacteria.

Like the anticipation we felt as children on Christmas Eve, we only miss her when she’s gone.

Who is she, you ask?

She’s your immune system, and understanding her better and giving her what she needs may be all that stands between you and cold and flu season survival. 

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FEAST, FORGIVE, REFOCUS Strategize a Guilt-Free Holiday Season

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through my body, not a nutrient or vitamin sat, 
not even a natural sugar or nutritious healthy fat.
The sweats were pulled from the drawer with haste, 
with prayers that my newly ill-fitting buttoned pants represented a temporary mistake. 
The pies were foiled and put in the fridge, 
plotting their sugary attack with their perfectly formed pastry ridge.
And hubby in his recliner, and I on my chaise lounge, 
began to mentally wrestle with the amount of food consumed for which none we had to scrounge.

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The Truths We Can’t Seem To Rectify: Inactivity Leads to Physical, Emotional, Mental, & Financial Pain

2009CRCHealth.com reports that nearly 25% of U.S. adults know inactivity is a massive problem for children.2012DiabtetesInControl.com reminds readers that 2000 began with over 60% of American adults failing to be regularly physically active, and a quarter of them not exercising at all.2017USAToday.com releases an article entitled Kids’ inactivity rises, creating ‘health care time bomb.’2018ScienceDaily.com releases a report that compares lifestyles throughout 49 countries from 6 continents. They discover that, overall, children around the world are not physically active enough to maintain healthy growth and development. … Continued

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Stop Cooking and Start Baking: The Secret to Weight Loss & Healthy Living

Grill. Pan fry. Butter steak. Reverse sear. Slow-cooked. Sous vide. Afterburner. Steak Tartare. 

Gordon Ramsay and Wolfgang Puck can prepare the same cut of steak two completely different ways and yet, the end result is still two delicious steak dinners. Everything from how long the steak cooks to how it’s seasoned is subjective. Cooking doesn’t require a recipe. A pinch of that seasoning and a dash of this one gets the job done. One doesn’t even need to be a skilled chef to work with steak for the first time. 

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The Difference Between Mood & Food is One Letter

One year ago, September 2018, a mother said, “I know it’s hard, Maddie”, slid a Hershey’s chocolate under her daughter’s bedroom door, and finished with “… but I promise it’s going to get better.” Cue Maddie gently opening her door, holding her mother’s gaze, smiling, and joining her mother for presumably more chocolate.

The Hershey Company is clever. They recognize the intensity of the mood-food connection. Romantic comedies recognize it, too. The leading lady reaches for a spoon and tub of ice cream when her heart aches greatest,

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TEMPTATION NATION: The Reason We Ignore Our Logic

We know.

No matter what we say to make ourselves feel better about our dwindling health, we know.

Researchers and health campaigns preach and have for decades, the importance of balanced nutrition and a non-sedentary life. These two things are proven to combat depression, anxiety, suicide, tooth and gum decay, stress, and countless other things we know wreck our world. And yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975”. One of the most heartbreaking realities WHO shares is that children under the age of 5 who were overweight or obese in 2016 numbered 41 million,

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July 25 is Self Care Day

What is self care?

You might have heard the term “self-care” thrown around a lot lately. For some of you it’s a normal and everyday part of your vocabulary and daily routine. For others it might sound wishy washy, selfish, and a waste of time. 

At Truehope we believe self care is an essential part of a holistic approach to maintaining our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Self care is choosing to do the hard thing that’s good for you, rather than taking the easy option that isn’t.

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