I’ve now been eating a vegetarian diet for about two months, but I admit I have not been that great at making sure some things I consume are not animal sourced. Some examples:
- are those beans/rice/tortillas made with lard? animal broth?
- is there gelatin in this dessert?
- does that calcium pill have gelatin?
- does this dish have fish sauce in it?
Recently I’ve been studying my nutrition to determine if I should take multi-vitamin, calcium, and/or other supplements. I’ve also been checking out supplements as I visit the store or browse online, and I am shocked by how many supplements contain gelatin and fish/shellfish sourced ingredients, even some that claim to be vegetarian or for vegetarians.
From what I’ve calculated in my daily nutrition, I think I’m lacking in many things across the board 😦 I’ve never been a believer in vitamins and most supplements, and if I get on a kick of taking something I don’t usually stick with it that long. I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on supplements, esp. since my increased produce intake has already upped the food bill, so I’ve set out to find a good vitamin that seems like a good value.
Today I found these: Deva Vegan Tiny Tablets, and I’m thinking of giving them a whir. I’m also considering calcium and B vitamin supplements, especially since I have “cracky teeth” and sometimes think my energy has waned during the last few months.
But, I also wonder about taking a liquid vitamin, like Nature’s Way, and a chewable calcium tab in an effort to ingest more of the nutrition. (Hard pills may not break down in the gut and can just be shat out nearly whole! Our bodies don’t absorb most of the pills we take, including pharmaceuticals, which is factored into dosing of pharmaceuticals but not supplements/vitamins.) Again, I’m rather blown away by some of the ingredients in the chewables…except for these, but dayum, they’re expensive!!
Any thoughts for me on vegetarian/vegan supplements? vitamins?
How ’bout some pics now? A gallery of my top 8 pics, including:
- vanilla soft serve ice cream dipped in chocolate from Dairy Queen! it sounded good and was oh.so.perfect. I was very satisfied with this treat 🙂
- wildflowers in bloom!
- blueberry tea
- my first library book in like 20 years
This bitch is outta here! I didn’t work out yesterday or today 😦 Boo. I may get up early to get in a nice workout…but it’s already 11 so we’ll see how that goes.