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Which Vitamins and Supplements Do You Take?

Here we are on Day 3 of the September Healthy Living and Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge already! Time is flying by (oh wait, I said that in Motivation Monday post too). Yesterday we talked about Lance Armstrong, and his doping/supplementation scandal, so today we’re talking about:

Which vitamins and supplements do you take?

I WAS taking several, but have since run out and have been a major bum and not purchased more.  That said, I can totally see a difference in my recovery, energy etc from not taking them.  What was I taking you ask?  Before I answer that I have to put in a little disclaimer: I’m a Swiss Natural  Brand Ambassador – everything I was taking was provided to me free of charge by Swiss Natural.  That said, they all actually greatly helped me:

Basically a multivitamin, a calcium chew with vitamin D and a probiotic.  I’ve also been known to take an Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement, but have been adding chia seeds to my cereal and yogurt instead lately just because I totally hate swallowing pills:

Chia Life Chia Seeds

Chia seeds in yogurt

I honestly believe my supplements were really helping me as I set new PR’s in EVERY race distance that I’ve done this year: the half marathon, 10k, 5k and even most recently the duathlon!  Having the right protein as well as vitamins and minerals are a very important part of my training (which means it’s time for me to stock back up).

Question/Sharing:
Which vitamins and supplements do you take?

PS – Need more vitamins, protein powder etc?
Then come back tomorrow because I’ve got a GNC gift card up for grabs in a giveaway!

Disclaimer: I’m a Swiss Natural Ambassador but have NOT been compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • flowersofmoss
    September 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I didn’t even think about it when I wrote my post, but I do use protein powder and chia seeds, but I mainly think of them as food, not supplements. I use Trader Joe’s protein powder, mostly because it’s cheap =)

    http://runliveconquer.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/muffin-mania/

  • Cindy
    September 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I have got to try these chia seeds!

    http://www.neophytegirl.net/2012/09/03/what-vitamins-and-supplements-do-you-take/

  • iam300poundsandrunning
    September 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Yeah chia seed is definitely a food. http://www.300poundsandrunning.com/on-the-train-again-blog-challenge-day-3/

  • Jennifer P
    September 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for the challenge Janice!
    My story is similar to yours – never use to take any, but now attribute race recovery because of them.
    Chia is in my diet too!
    http://decafplease.blogspot.ca/2012/09/nutritional-supplements-what-do-you.html

  • Holly (
    September 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I love this challenge, thanks for hosting it! http://runningandbakingohmy.blogspot.com/2012/09/vitamins-and-supplementsday-3.html#comment-form

  • cathyo
    September 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I didn’t realize chia was a supplement! Interesting, I thought it was justa super healthy food.
    http://mypursuitofhappinessandskinnyjeans.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/september-writing-challenge-3-supplements-vitamins/

  • beautystillremains
    September 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’m in the same boat. I wrote my post and then thought about protein powder which I sometimes use.

    http://beautystillremains.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/pill-popper/

  • Amanda
    September 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t have chia seeds (too expensive for my sad bank account), but I never thought of them as a supplement either. I thought it was just a seed… or whatever. I want to try them, especially after reading Born to Run!

    http://pbadrenaline.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/being-dairy-free/

  • Clarinda
    September 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I don’t regularly take any vitamins/supplements. I see this as mostly a good thing, though. http://clarindas.blogspot.com/2012/09/what-do-you-see.html

  • BGRuns
    September 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Never tried the Chia seeds. Wrote about how we have moved to following Skinny Rules from Bob Harper.

    http://bgruns.com/2012/09/03/supplementswhy-not/

  • Phyllis
    September 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Here is my answer and i am loving this challenge. I just figured out that I am supposed to put my answer here. I am such a newbie blogger! http://www.galfriday4hire.com/

  • Sana
    September 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for reminding me to take my vitamins! http://www.supersana.com/2012/09/04/day-3-do-you-take-any-vitamins-or-supplements-if-so-which-ones-and-why/

  • sheslosingit101
    September 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I’m catching up on all the blog posts 🙂 My list from my first bodybuilding competition was pretty long because I had to 1) lose 50 lbs., 2) gain lean muscle mass. But don’t worry – my list is shorter this time around (just building muscle!)

    http://sheslosingit.net/2012/09/07/my-supplements-list/

    Lisa