Salad, Is It Enough?

So…I have a confession to make…

veggie salad

I LOVE salad and I always have. Chopped, composed, mixed, slaw, Caesar (my husband’s favorite), Caprese…I love them all. I also love the greens that make up the salads: Romaine, Arugula, Radicchio, Kale, Mizuna, Frisée, Cress, Endive, Bibb, Tatsoi, Spinach. And I eat salad EVERY.SINGLE.DAY - but I have to ask myself, “Is it enough?” Do I really get all the nutrients, anti-oxidants, omega-3 that I need? Lettuce typically is high in Vitamins K, A, C and some of the B vitamins. It also contains Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. These vary of course by variety - but the main gap seems to be Vitamin D, E, Zinc, some healthy fat and a complete B profile.

So first a quick definition - a nutrient is a substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life. I live a busy life (maybe less busy now that I am mostly working from home) and I have always preferred to get my nutrients through my food. However, learning more about health in general, I realized how difficult it is to consume the right foods while getting enough minerals and vitamins - even with all those greens.

With the holidays just around the corner I know that during November and December I tend to eat things that I would not usually consume throughout the year. It could be snacks or drinks or specialty once-a-year type foods. And while those fill me up (sometimes much more than I’d like!) many are not nutrient rich but they are calorie dense.

For me, that’s where supplements come in. My Mom is a life-long supplement taker and while that’s a universe of one (and totally subjective) in terms of physical health she is far ahead of many of her peers. Life is not a competition, but I truly believe that we have the ability to live healthier for longer by making sure we get the best nutrition we can throughout our life.

I take dōTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Pack (LLV), because of the multiple metabolic benefits, powerful antioxidants, and essential nutrients. This particular pack increases my energy and gives me stamina to meet my daily challenges. In addition, LLV has helped to improved my immune system and helps me maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

Since I’ve been taking supplements for years now, I notice a difference when I skip a day or too - hey, even I get lazy! Read on if you’re interested, or click here to find out more… Prepacked for convenience: OR in bottles:

The supplements in LLV are formulated with GRAS-listed (Generally Recognized as Safe) ingredients tested for purity in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) facilities to ensure safe products with consistent potency and performance per manufacturing lot. dōTERRA guarantees each product will meet or exceed customer satisfaction for quality and performance or they will refund the full purchase amount of the product.

Microplex VMz Food Nutrient Complex -

  • Includes a whole-food botanical blend of kale, dandelion, parsley, kelp, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, and spinach

  • Supports healthy metabolism and cellular energy

  • Supports healthy immune function

  • Includes the doTERRA tummy tamer digestive blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Caraway

xEO Mega Essential Oil Omega Complex – is a unique blend of essential oils and a proprietary blend of marine and land-sourced omega fatty acids.

Primary Benefits include -

  • Promotes heart and circulatory health

  • Supports healthy joint function and comfort

  • Provides immune-boosting nutrients

  • Protects against lipid oxidation and supports healthy function of the brain, eyes and nervous system

  • Promotes healthy skin

  • Does not contain milk or wheat products

Alpha CRS+ Cellular Vitality Complex – is a proprietary formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell function with important metabolic factors of cellular energy.

Primary Benefits include -

  • Supporting healthy response to oxidative stress in cells

  • Supporting healthy cellular immune function

  • Supporting mental clarity and brain function

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate-free vegetable capsules; does not contain milk, wheat, or animal products

  • Includes tummy-tamer botanical extract blend to prevent stomach upset

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