#BlogHer20 Health and Nature Made’s Product Launch

by livingfreelygf
This post is sponsored by Nature Made and SHE Media. All opinions are mine alone.

Recently, I got to attend #BlogHer20 Health which is something that has been on my radar for some time. I am classified as a “food blogger” but want my blog to also embody general lifestyle, so attending an event like this was important to me. Often, the blog gets wrapped up in recipes and food content, which is great, but there is so much more about overall well-being that I want to focus on as well. At #BlogHer20 Health I was happy to be in the audience for Nature Made’s talk titled “Food as Fuel.” I also got to try their latest products: Vitamin D and Elderberry Gummies.

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Stage at BlogHer20 Health

When we cut something out of our diet, it can make a huge difference in our lives. After cutting out gluten, I started to hear my body more and it was the first step to healing. Shortly after, I realized that dairy was hurting me as well. I am incredibly in-tune with my body now and I know what I can have and what I need to avoid. Food is fuel when you make the right choices!

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Jennifer Bigler at BlogHer20 Health in Los Angeles, CA

While cutting out certain foods can help you feel better, eliminating entire food groups can also deprive your body of some important vitamins. I still currently suffer from iron deficiency and I tend to be low in my B12 as well. I remember going to the doctor about 4 years ago and I was convinced that I had lupus or thyroid issues. After extensive bloodwork testing it turned out I was very vitamin deficient. At that point I got on a women’s multi and iron and it made a huge difference.

Eventually, I got busy and forgot to take my vitamins and started to feel horrible again. I was exhausted, depleted, my hair was falling out, and I was bruising very easily. It was then that I realized supplements officially had to be a part of my daily life.

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Jennifer Bigler standing with a bottle of Nature Made vitamins

Nature Made is a brand that I have been using for some time, even before going gluten free. It is a brand I trust because they label the products that are gluten free. Nature Made has been around for over 45 years; I remember my grandpa buying them and using them (he was the king of vitamins!). A women’s multivitamin is always a must and I love Nature Made® Multi For Her women’s multi because it is gluten free, with no artificial flavors or colors. The ingredients are simple.

As I mentioned earlier, Nature Made just launched some new products that I explored at #BlogHer20 Health. I am excited to share them with you! The first is Elderberry Gummies with Vitamin C and Zinc Which can help support the immune system. † As a busy mom and business owner staying healthy is top priority. Plus, having these available in gummy form is convenient. You can grab some Elderberry Gummies on Amazon.

Nature Made Multi For Her, Vitamin D & Elderberry

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Nature Made‘s Extra Strength Vitamin D Gummies are great for winter months, especially if you live in a climate where the sun is not out much. When it’s cold, rainy and not so pleasant outside, we all need that extra vitamin D. Nature Made Extra Strength Vitamin D Gummies contain 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per serving. Vitamin D also supports bone, teeth, muscle, immune health, and helps to absorb calcium. If you’re interested in purchasing them, you can do so on Amazon.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

I am so excited to have learned about all of these and look forward to incorporating them into my wellness routine!

Food As Fuel

food as fuel

Nature Made’s “Food as Fuel” discussion during #BlogHer20 Health was awesome. This topic was relevant to me and I think it could be beneficial to you too. The panel was moderated by Rachel Beller and there were 3 speakers: Agatha Achindu, Dr. Susan Mitmesser, & Chelsea Williams. What they said was on point! Here are my favorite takeaways:

“The little misconception out there is that there is one diet that fits everybody. We are all bio individuals, so it honestly doesn’t matter what’s trending. You have to look for what works for you, because one man’s food is another man’s poison.” – Agatha Achindu, founder & VP of Yummy Spoonfuls.

As a food allergy sufferer, I simply couldn’t relate to this more. It is something I am still in awe over when I watch people eat food that would literally make me vomit out my insides and suffer for 3 weeks.

“Wellness takes patience; it’s not a 12-day regime or a 20-day regime. It really takes commitment.” – Agatha Achindu, founder of Yummy Spoonfuls.

In this day and age, everyone wants instant gratification. However, anything in life that garners impactful results requires a true commitment. For example, a marriage isn’t going to last when you stop caring and putting in the work. If you don’t water your garden and make sure it’s getting sunlight, then it will die. The same goes for our health. I can’t even count how many “diets” or “programs” I tried that were a total and complete waste of time. What made me make a life changing shift was a firm commitment to myself and to my health.

“It’s not about one thing you’re doing in your diet. Think about your dietary patterns as an investment portfolio. You don’t focus on one thing, you diversify. Don’t put it all in one place.” – Rachel Beller, CEO & founder of Beller Nutrition Institute

What a great way to explain it! Just changing one thing isn’t going to fix everything. It will help, but you must make sure that you are loving every part of you and your health.

“Given the fact of how important nutrition is to the health of our children. Food for them is not just maintenance. It’s literally they are moving, breathing what we put into their body. So, we need to take it seriously. I would say let’s train them to eat. There was a study of the American pediatric institution, a lot of parents give up too easily when children turn down food…, so let’s really invest the time in training our kids how to eat. Because if we hear today that 7 out of 10 causes of death in the US are nutrition and lifestyle, this means changing the way we eat would really change how we live.” – Agatha Achindu, founder of Yummy Spoonfuls.

Another topic that came up during the panel is feeding our children. This is something that is near and dear to me because I know for a fact that a huge part of my adult health issues come from the way I ate as a child. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, we didn’t have the same information about the side effects of food as we do now. I mean, how many people do you know who are suffering from an autoimmune disease or a crazy food allergy that never existed before. It is truly an epidemic. However, now as educated adults we have the power to help break this cycle and raise a generation of healthy children, but we must be proactive and not ignore it.

Dr. Susan Mitmesser talked to us about how to choose supplements to help you on your health journey. She suggested talking to your healthcare professional about what you need to be supplementing and then choosing products with quality and brands you know and trust. The USP verified mark means they are tested for meet stringent quality criteria for purity and potency.

“We overthink the wellness piece; keep it as simple as possible. It goes back to being mindful and present. We live in a world today where they are trying to keep us in this slave to convenience mentality. I’m in a rush and I don’t have 15 minutes to make a smoothie, so I am just going to grab a bar. Then you get in a cycle. It is really important that our body has to get us through the rest of this life. If we never own a home, a car, start a business – this body has to carry you for the rest of this life. We need to start creating this legacy of healthy. Just like we glorify money we need to start prioritizing our health.” –Chelsea Williams, certified communicator in public health & media contributor.

I really loved what Chelsea said here. Honestly, once I became mindful it wasn’t as difficult. Hearing my body makes it easy to provide it with what it needs. It’s like when a baby just cries and cries and you don’t know how to fix it, then they start talking and can ask you for what they need. It’s so much easier when you are in-tune.

Nature Made Multi For Her, Vitamin D & Elderberry

Nature Made Multi, Vitamin D and Elderberry I hope the information I’ve provided helps inspire you to work towards a mindful 2020. I know I am feeling inspired after #BlogHer20 Health to make mindful choices and put my health first this year. What will be your first step towards having the best year yet?

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