My Personal Resolution Journey Day #4

I am going to keep this one real short. First it is Christmas (Merry Christmas to you all!), and Second the Meningitis is killing me today. 

As far as the Juice Plus goes it brings up the topic of supplements. I touched on this last post but I have never been much of a fan of supplements. The main reason for this is the fact that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does very little to regulate these products so many of them prove to be a complete waste of money. Take the basic multi vitamin for example. You can research this on Google and finds thousands of positive an negative comments on them. The same can be said for each and every other product out there.

Let me give you the criteria I use to determine the value of a supplement and feel free to laugh at me or use it to help you out.

1. How long has the product been around? If it is less than 2 years I am less likely to try it. If it has been around for ten or more than it has shown some staying power which means it has to be doing some good.

2. What does it claim to do? Does it make a totally outlandish guarantee and offer your money back if you don’t like it? This is always a red flag to me for some reason on supplements. Let me give you an example. As a trainer I have tried hundreds of products over the years so when my clients would ask, I could give them an honest answer. On Several of these “free trial” offers I ended up losing well over a hundred dollars on a bunch of random things. The issue is that they put in so much fine print and use language designed to trick you that you end p purchasing products you never even meant to because you were using the “free trial” .One of the great get rich quick schemes going are these types of products. STAY AWAY FROM INFOMERCIALS! The more marketing behind health products the less I like them.

3. Price. Now you might think the more expensive ones I am telling you to stay away from. To be honest it is just the opposite. You get what you pay for. If your miracle vitamin supplement cost $3.95 a month. Good luck. I am not saying to go spend a thousand dollars a month but just understand that to get a quality product you will need to pay a little more.

One last thing on this. When I was a Lead trainer for Gold’s Gym in the late 1990’s I had a guest speaker come in and talk to the trainers i was working with. She had a great point about vitamins. Purchase some from outside the United States. many countries, Australia for example have very stringent regulations on their vitamin markets. Places like Whole foods and Trader Joe’s typically carry vitamins from outside the United States. Do your research then make a decision based on what matters to you.

So why take a supplement in the first place? Well they are simply a back up. Unless you are able to eat a perfectly balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables and all the other food sources necessary to complete the needs of your body, a supplement might be a good choice.

I have now accomplished 3 days of the 100oz of water and thankfully my bladder is starting to adapt to the amount of water. Today I am gong to give up Item number 3 of my first 5 off my diet. Along the same lines as the first two it involves empty calories. I am going with candy. Now not all candy, I mean lets not get carried away. But all the Skittles, Starbursts, Jolly Rancher type candies. All chalked full of calories, all with no nutritional benefit at all.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

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