Healthier Hair Skin and Nails with Vitafusion Plus

I’m still a-glow after spending a day with the top beauty editors in the country! Dozens of women from publications like Women’s Health, Fit Pregnancy, and Glamour gathered at Dream Dry for a break from the day to focus on self-care, sponsored by vitafusion, the #1 adult gummy vitamin brand.

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Beauty From Inside Out

All the beauty editors received a professional blow dry from the Dream Dry stylists and I got one too!PicMonkey Collage_Hair   As the nutrition expert, I was there to help them learn about all the ways we support our beauty from the inside out. It’s not just what you put on your body, but what you put in it that contributes to healthy hair skin and nails. We tasted recipes I created that provided nutrients important for hair, skin, and nails like yummy parfaits with blueberries, wheat berries, pecan and Greek yogurt. Check out this fun infographic I created that highlights key nutrients and food ideas for beauty.important-nutrients-infographic

Despite our best intentions, we don’t always get what we need every day. In fact, most individuals get less than half of the daily recommended fruits and vegetables.

The editors sampled two vitafusion gummies that support healthy hair skin and nails. They tried the new vitafusion MultiVites Plus Hair, Skin and Nails- a complete gummy multivitamin with biotin and leutin and vitafusion Extra Strength Biotin.

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I recommend both of these delicious and easy to take gummies. The most important health habits are ones you can stick to consistently and vitafusion gummies are more enjoyable than swallowing a pill. I love that they have no artificial colors or flavors and that they are made in the USA.

Your Self Care Checklist 

Inside out beauty also includes the ways you can work on your well-being each day. From getting enough sleep to scheduling a “me time happy hour” for yourself, daily choices add up to make a big impact on health. Check out the tips I provided for daily self care in this booklet, found here .

What About You?

What do you do to support inside out beauty? Do you take any vitamins for hair, skin, and nails?

Disclosure: I work with vitafusion, but was not compensated to blog about this event. 

Debunking Cleanse and Detox Diets

It is a million dollar question: Are detoxes and cleanses all they’re cracked up to be? The idea that drinking juice or taking a magic pill is going to do a better job than our own organs is very misleading to consumers.  I recently sat down with ABC7‘s Suzanne Kennedy to explain why detox diets and cleanses are a waste of money, and could actually be doing more harm than good to your health. Check out the video clip below and be sure to read on to learn the truth behind the hype.

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Diet Fraud: Sensa/HCG Fined $34 Million for Fraudulent Health Claims

Oh happy day! Finally the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hammering down on companies with misleading claims about their products body-slimming capabilities. Four companies, L’Occitane, Sensa, LeanSpa LLC and HCG Diet Direct, will all receive hefty fines for using deceptive language and fraudulent claims marketed towards diet-driven consumers. I was thrilled to appear on FOX News Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday to discuss this issue.

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Not only are these companies claiming unrealistic weight loss results but they are also making false claims about their product ingredients.  Products like Sensa which claim to reduce hunger and melt away the pounds when sprinkled on foods primarily contain maltodextrin, a starch-based food additive commonly used for the production of soda and candy. HCG (made from human placenta) is supposed to be taken with a very-low calorie diet of less than 800 calories per day. Maybe that should be front and center on the label, instead of just in the fine print.

Will a slap on the wrist make them change their tune?

While these companies have agreed to refund many of these mislead consumers, $34 million in fines is a drop in the bucket for the $60 billion plus diet industry. Sensa and L’Occitane will continue to stand by their products and bogus health claims, selling desperate consumers hopeless creams and powders that will result in nothing more than a slimmer pocket book.

Click below to see my appearance on FOX News defending consumers’ rights in the need for government involvement in this matter.

Here are a few highlights from my segment :

  • People argue that consumers’ own common sense should be the judge versus the Federal Government in this dieting matter.
  • As a Registered Dietitian I believe that every consumer deserves to have accurate information about the products they purchase.
  • Consumers are desperate for quick weight loss fixes, but the truth is diets don’t work.  95% of all diets fail and most dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years.
  • FAT CHANCE: There is no magic powder, cream, or pill that is going to make you skinny, yet consumers continue to buy into the multi billion dollar diet industry each year.
  • It’s about lifestyle choices. Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

The Hard Facts About Dieting:

  • 35% of “occasional dieters” progress into disordered eating and as many as 25% advance to full-blown eating disorders.
  • Dieters typically make four to five attempts per year.
  • Only 5% of women naturally have the body type advertisements portray as real.
  • 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet
  • 75% of American women surveyed endorsed unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies.

Fall Comfort Foods You Can Feel Good About

Fall is in the air – it’s a time when many of us start craving our favorite comfort foods like casseroles, soups, and stews.   I love comfort foods like soups, chilis, and casseroles – they’re easy to prepare and can be full of nutrients if you choose the right ingredients.  Recently I appeared on Let’s Talk Live DC to discuss my favorite tips for a healthy fall.

Check out the video below or read on for some highlights:

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I love egg dishes for a warm comforting breakfast that’s full of nutrients.  Eggs had a bad rap for a while, but research now shows that egg consumption does not contribute to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  I created this savory egg strata recipe for Cabot using their seriously sharp cheddar; it’s perfect for weekend entertaining because I can prepare it ahead of time, so that all I have to do in the morning is pop it in the oven.  Any leftovers make a wonderful lunch or light dinner.

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During cold and flu season I take extra steps to keep my family healthy – not only do we get flu shots, but I also make sure that we take multivitamins to reduce our risks of getting sick.  Gummy vitamins are one my favorites because they’re delicious and convenient. I prefer Vitafusion MultiVites because they’re made in the USA, contain only natural colors and flavors, and just two gummies are a complete vitamin and mineral supplement.  MultiVites are made for adults, and there is also a kid version, L’il Critters Gummy Vites, for the younger set.

Fall for Chili

walmart-logoChili is always a crowd-pleaser, and I love that you can’t mess it up!  You can use any combination of beans and vegetables to create a nutritious, warming meal.  I used fresh celery, carrot, and onion and canned Great Value tomatoes, corn, and beans from Walmart in this Easy Chickpea, Turkey, and Bean Chili, which is full of lean protein and filling, heart-healthy fiber.  I love shopping at Walmart for fresh produce because they have incredible prices and offer 100% money back guarantee.

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Snacks are everywhere, but how do you know which ones to pick?  A lot of snack bars look healthy, but are actually loaded with sugar, fat, and suspicious artificial ingredients.

I always recommend that my clients read labels to choose real foods that are nutritionally balanced.  KIND is my favorite brand of on-the-go snack.  KIND bars are absolutely delicious, and they’re made with ingredients you can actually see and pronounce. You should not need a chemistry degree to understand what you are eating.

I’m currently crunching on their “nuts and spices” line of bars. They have only 5 grams of sugar or less per bar.  I go between the Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan and Madagascar Vanilla. Not only are they delicious on-the-go, but they make a great topping for yogurt and oatmeal.

 What are your favorite tips for staying healthy as the weather gets cooler? Leave a comment below and share your ideas!

 

Disclosure: I worked with Walmart, Vitafusion, and KIND for the TV segment, but did not receive compensation for writing this blog post.

 

Enter to Win 2 Free Bottles of Vitafusion and L’il Critters Gummy Vitamins

I’m thrilled to have a relationship with Vitafusion and L’il Critters. We’ve been working together this year on a number of outreach projects to help educate people on the benefits of vitamins, how I use them myself, and how I recommend to incorporate them. If you’d like to learn more, and perhaps even win some products to try, then read on.

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As a dietitian, I encourage people to eat balanced every day, with a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, lean proteins from both plants and animals, dairy and whole grain foods. I’m a big fan of quality foods as a foundation for longevity. I’m also a realist and I understand we all have foods that don’t earn an A+ in nutrition and there is a way to keep those foods in your life in a balanced way. Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

Why Take Multivitamins?

It can be difficult meeting vitamin and mineral recommendations every day. There’s food preferences, seasonal eating, work travel and other normal life events that pop up.  Daily vitamin supplements can be an “insurance policy” to make sure you’re getting what you need.

Many people, myself included, may have a medical need for supplements. I have had vitamin D deficiency for years, before I corrected it with a vitamin D supplement. I need to take vitamin D to help it stay out of deficiency range. I found out my mom, sis, and brother all have vitamin D deficiency. I’m still taking my prenatal vitamins from when I was pregnant because I’m nursing.

If you fall into one of these areas I mentioned, you might want to take a look at Vitafusion.

Vitafusion makes a whole line of gummy vitamins that can meet the needs of your entire family — kids, adults, and prenatals to name a few. 10 lucky readers will get to take home two bottles of gummy vitamins to try them out for themselves. To find out how to enter keep reading!

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What do I love Vitafusion?

Well of course I love that they taste great —  who doesn’t love gummies? Even my husband has been taking his vitamins and I’ve never been able to get him to take them before! They’re a great-tasting alternative to large, hard-to-swallow tablets.

Of most importance to me when looking at brands (and even deciding to try the product and work with them) was the quality of the products. They have natural fruit flavors, use only plant-based colors, and they’re made in the USA.

Multivites:

Vitafusion Multivites are specially formulated for adults and offer a balance of nutrients, including 200% of the daily value of vitamin D3 (as much as a 3 oz. piece of salmon!).

Why do we need vitamin D?

Vitamin D is especially important because it’s needed for calcium absorption to help ps-gummy-vitesprevent osteoporosis. Almost 2/3 of Americans, don’t get the recommended amount of vitamin D. If you are deficient, supplementation is recommended to help bring up vitamin D levels, as food sources of vitamin D are difficult to reach.

L’il Critters:

L’il Critters are a great-tasting children’s gummy vitamin that helps support and maintain healthy growth and development. They come in a variety of natural flavors and use only plant-based colors. Antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E support immunity and vitamin D helps kids build strong bones.

I asked my “mommy friends” who already use L’il Critters why they give their kids a mulivitamin and they said various versions of this bottom line.

I do my best every day to make sure my kid is provided with a variety of healthy foods. But I’m not with them all the time and their appetite can seem so “off” like some days they aren’t eating much. They love the taste of L’il Critters and I feel better like they are getting what they need. There’s not a fight over food and I can be more flexible as a mom.

With my food and nutrition hat on, I can validate that this line of thinking makes sense. Trying to force your kids to eat a specific type and amount of foods each day is a losing “battle”.  The strategy I recommend follows Ellyn Satter’s “Division of Responsibility” which says parents decide what comes into the house and when and where food is served. Kids decide how much they eat and whether they eat. As moms roll with the normal variations in kids eating, while continuing to offer a variety of nutritious foods, a kids multivitamin that is high quality and great tasting, like L’il Critters can give parents peace of mind.

Prental:

For all you moms (and wannabe moms!) out there Vitafusion offers a Prenatal vitamin. They’re easy on the stomach, which can help with nausea / morning sickness. I had “morning” sickness usually from 12-8 p.m. the first 15 weeks. It’s no picnic. The prenatal gummy may be better tolerated than a pill or tablet that you need to swallow. In addition, there is no iron, which means a reduced chance of being constipated. The prenatals are an excellent source of folic acid and DHA, which are important for proper fetus development.

10 winners chosen on August 1st, so enter today!

To enter to win 2 bottles of Vitafusion Multivites or Prenatals or L’il Critters Gummy Vites just leave a comment below telling me how these vitamins will improve your wellness — it’s that easy! Winners will be chosen at random and notified by me August 1-7th.

Disclosure: I was compensated by Vitafusion for my time to administer this giveaway.