I'm a procrastinator - not by choice, but because my brain is just wired that way. When I was younger, my granny frequently shook her head at me when she thought I was "avoiding" chores, but in reality I have A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder). I can remember taking different medications for it when I was a kid, and eventually I decided I would rather just combat it on my own.
However empowering my decision may appear though, it doesn't mean I'm necessarily "better" this way. My decision mainly stems from the fact that I want to breastfeed, and I wouldn't be able to do that if I was taking medications. My biggest problem comes with remembering things. It's not that I'm a forgetful person necessarily, it's that my brain chooses to go off on an "ooh shiny" moment whenever I'm in the middle of doing something. Laundry is forgotten in the wash and is re-washed three or four times before I (finally) remember to go back and stuff it in the dryer. Dishes are left half-washed because I wandered away to grab something and forgot to go back and finish. And pills are not taken because when I go to the kitchen to get a glass of water, I literally forget what I'm doing in there and end up getting a snack, starting dinner or doing dishes. (Who left these half-washed dishes in here anyhow?!? Oh... right.)
As you might imagine, I have never been a good vitamin taker because of this (or any kind of pill-taker for that matter). On visits to the obstetrician while I was pregnant I always evaded their "Are-you-taking-your-prenatal-vitamins?" question with a sly, "I have some at home." I wasn't remembering to take them of course, but I did have them.
So when I got the chance to take the new Centrum Flavor Burst vitamins - which are chewables for adults - I hopped on board. I was given a free sample to try from Smiley360, just for being a member and responding with my review of the product on their website! I loved these so much though, I decided to take it a step further with a blog post. For my full disclosure policy, please click here.
First of all, the vitamins were delicious. They reminded me of Laffy Taffy, except in a candy-coated shell. I'm actually not one to sit around and eat candy - I just don't have that much of a sweet tooth. But these were just the right amount of sweet for me. I have to admit, as sweet as they were, I was doubting that I would notice any difference in how my body felt, but I was wrong.
I didn't have my daily coffee on the day that I tried these out, and I was feeling terribly sluggish. I wasn't feeling very in the mood to work on my blog or do much of anything. I wanted to go back to sleep. I had hundreds of emails to go through, about twenty new products to review, and several updates to make on my site. Believe me, this was not my best of days. I took the vitamins and didn't think much else of it besides noting their taste at the time. It wasn't until later that evening I realized that I had gotten some energy from somewhere and gone through about 150 emails, checked out two more of the products, written up three blog posts and even made time to go on a walk outside with my toddler. Whoa! That is more than I get done in a day on average! I still wasn't 100% that it was all the vitamins, so you know what? I went out and bought some.
Now I'll be the first to admit that I'm probably not getting appropriate doses of anything. My average diet consists of coffee, coffee, whatever was left on my kid's plate, coffee, bacon-containing snack-food, healthy(ish) dinner, and maybe more coffee. I am a coffee-aholic. The only times I don't drink coffee are when I can't jump-start myself into having that first cup (I "forget" about it in the microwave) and I just sort of sluff around all day. So when I say that a vitamin makes a difference in my day, I'm not even remotely kidding. I need those extra nutrients. After I bought and began to use the vitamins, I became perfectly aware of
three four things.
1) The vitamins definitely, definitely work, and I could have done a lot more in my day with a lot less coffee if I could have just remembered to take some all these years before.
2) Taking vitamins that are chewable are easier on me not just because of my A.D.D., but because I can take them anywhere without worrying about grabbing a drink first. As long as I can remember at some point to take them and keep them on me, I can make a beeline for the bottle and just take a couple before I forget again.
3) Vitamins are expensive! I apparently haven't been around to the vitamin-corner of the store in a while, but wow! I hadn't realized that they could get so pricey. These ones were $7.99 a bottle at my local Publix in Florida. I had a $2 coupon for the first bottle, but I'm going to have to scour the internet for more if I want to keep buying them. Each bottle comes with 60 vitamins, but the recommended serving is four of them each day. That means that they will cost me $16 each month. A bit more expensive than my coffee habit, but not by much and a lot more healthy, so I'm going to keep buying them. (Here is a current coupon for $2 off a bottle of Centrum Flavor Burst Adult Chews)
4) And perhaps the most important thing I learned... If you take these in front of kids, they will immediately say "I want one too!" Older kids will understand if you say "Sorry, it's a vitamin only for adults." Toddlers will not understand and may immediately begin to throw a fit, regardless of where you are or how many nearby strangers are witnessing this total-meltdown. So parents, if you take these, make sure the kids are looking the other way!
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