POSTED: Sat, 05/15/2010 - 3:08pm

French Women & Supplements/Vitamins

Hello everyone, I was wondering what the inner French Girl does about supplements. Does she take vitamins? Eat Flax Oil? Extra Calcium? I have bought them all numerous times but never seem to take them more than a week. I have been living my inner French girl and released 22 lbs. I feel great and eat for Pleasure now instead of for Consumption. I'll be approaching 50 in 1 1/2 years Sooooooooooooo should I really start doing the Vitamin thing? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Vegetables and Fruits are so much Yummier than Vitamin Supplement (haha).
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POSTED: Sun, 11/27/2011 - 5:35pm

None at all now

I've abandoned all the supplements now though if feeling bloated I still get some pre/probio capsules.


POSTED: Sun, 11/27/2011 - 9:34am

Yes i do...

I take a muti vitamin for 50 plus every day,along with omega 3,and calcium , thyroid med....


POSTED: Sun, 11/27/2011 - 10:04am

I play with this

I'm really unsure for myself about supplements. I used to take a lot, then none, right now I'm taking Aswaganda and Don Quai (hormone balance). I eat really healthy though...lots of greens and some fruit.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Wed, 07/07/2010 - 10:34am

I do

take supplement, multi for 50+ women, vitamin D, and some natural thyroid, CoQ10, Red yeast rice, fish oil, and Coreg which is a heart medicine. I believe some supplementation is necessary; i.e., my doc did a blood test that showed my D level was really (I mean really) low, and I live in Florida! Shirl


POSTED: Mon, 11/28/2011 - 1:25pm

vitamin D deficiency

LOL - I live in Florida too and have been told my vitamin D levels are low also. The reason is because when you put on sunscreen, you block the vitamin D. Also, as we get older, we start to lose our vitamin D which also effects our ability to lose weight.


POSTED: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 2:41pm

Well I bit the bullet and

Well I bit the bullet and bought some Vitamins. Here's to a continued healthier body... Thanks again for the wonderful responses and advice everybody. I love this community:)


POSTED: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 12:49pm

By the sound of it, I may be

By the sound of it, I may be a bit younger than most of the respondents to this thread (40 later this year), but I take a natural source Vitamin E supplement, as well as halibut liver oil capsules. I find that the combination helps maintain my skin, and the Vitamin D in the Halibut also helps to ameliorate seasonal depression, which is one of my over-eating triggers. Since I live on the west coast of Canada, where it gets very grey for long stretches, even in summer, this is very important for me. Anna

Viva la Diva

POSTED: Sun, 11/27/2011 - 10:13am

Vitamin D for me as well

Anna, You and I are the same age! I will be 40 in January. I also take Vitamin D for the winter grey days. Idoes help to life one's spirits.


POSTED: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 7:46am

every little bit helps

Not sure what French women subscribe to, but I use organic fruit and vegetable supplements daily. Also, calcium, fish oil and vit D. I consider myself a very good eater, but in order to get the recommended six servings of each...that I find hard to do. I started taking Juice Plus(actual dehydrated food not vitamins) about six years ago, and my children swear by it too. I always believe in food first. I am a cancer survivor, but also osteopenic, so I feel I need to do what I can.


POSTED: Sat, 05/15/2010 - 4:07pm

I agree! Veggies and fruits

I agree! Veggies and fruits are more yummy... But when I turned 50 last May I decided to heed the research and began taking Vitamin D. Living where I do (Nova Scotia) and never having been a sun worshipper, I have probably been deficient in D all my life! Also a few years back, when night sweats were keeping me awake, I also took Flax Oil... and it helped a lot. Other than that I am afraid that I too have bought multi-vitamins, taken them for a week and then thrown them out when they were past the listed expiry date. :) Some studies state that our food supply is not as vitamin rich as it used to be but then I was also told by a doctor that adding vitamins can cause you to be hungrier and over eat... Can't wait to read what everyone else thinks/does! And Congrats Laurel on releasing 22 lbs!


POSTED: Sat, 05/15/2010 - 9:00pm


I have phases I go through with supplements. Sometimes I need more than others, sometimes my body doesn't want any. So I guess the core is listening to what my body wants. I'm very big on Green. I drink liquid chlorophyll every day with OJ, I also do green drinks (that are a mixture of greens) These I'm consistent on. It helps my skin and much more. I also just started using a product from Waiora that I'm liking. I take Vit D sometimes, Zinc sometimes, l-carnatine sometimes, V c sometimes, nutritional yeast. I take bioidentical progesterone (love this), I take melatonin sometimes at night.


POSTED: Sun, 05/16/2010 - 8:49am

Well done

Well done on the weight loss, brilliant.

At 63 I take a multi vitamin specially for the 50+ age group and an Oil of Evening Primrose capsule. Sometimes I take a pre/pro bio capsule when I feel bloated but very rarely now.


POSTED: Sun, 05/16/2010 - 1:33pm

Thank you all for the

Thank you all for the wonderful wishes. The releasing of the 22 was only the beginning. I still would like to give another 30 away. Doing it the French way is so much more enjoyable than Nasty diet shakes or the like. The Supplement question came because I had gone to a "Health Fair" at the local produce market; and of course they push all those supplements. I will be 49 this year (people are shocked that I have 4 kids 19,21,23,27) So I must be looking ok still. I am terrible with my skin aka never wash off my make-up at night(it's usually worn off long before the evening)I know I know Bad Me. I have started using a night moisturizer since leaving Sunny California and moving to Utah's cold dry weather. Other than that I don't take anything. Sooooooooooooooo the real question is ? Is it worth taking all the supplements? My mom never looked her age either but the crows have been circling my eyes in recent years, especially if I don't get enough sleep lol. Started the flax oil Only because of the Magic Breakfast in Mireille's new cookbook. Seems to go right thru so I guess it must have some diuretic properties.


POSTED: Sun, 05/16/2010 - 1:49pm

I do use suppliments

because I know that even when eating a super healthy diet full of fruits,veggies, cold water fish, grains and yogurt...all the good for you foods I know that I am not getting all that I need. That is why suppliments are so named. They suppliment what you cannot get fully from the food you eat. Since most foods don't give you 100%, because of the sheer volume required, it doesn't hurt to give yourself an extra to help out. There are too many people that think that eating unhealthy and taking vitamins balance each other out. It doesn't work that way. I have a good multi that I take twice a day AM/PM and it is really all you need with healthy balanced eating.

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Sun, 05/16/2010 - 3:34pm

Supplements for me too

I use supplements as well. Whether or not it's a myth, since I started taking 1000 mg of vitamin C each day, I haven't had one single cold, so I'm a believer in my own case. I take a calcium supplement, as my mother had osteoporosis and every little bit helps; and vitamin D as I live in a northern, often cloudy climate where the weather prohibits outdoor activity for 5 or 6 months per year. I also take a multivitamin. This sure sounds like a lot!!!

I've heard that India has almost NO elderly population suffering from Alzheimers and it's due to the turmeric in their diet. I checked it out with my doctor, who is from India, and she confirmed that it's based on sound medicine, so I take a turmeric supplement as well. Both my mother and grandmother died from Alzheimers and again, I fervently hope that every little bit helps.


POSTED: Mon, 05/17/2010 - 12:01am

Elizabeth- I love Tumeric! I

Elizabeth- I love Tumeric! I found it very interesting to learn about tumeric and a possible link to prevent Alzheimers. Sadly my father to passed from Alzheimers, so I will be pumping up the tumeric intake. I love sprinkling it on Turkey burgers Yummy. Now that I live in Utah I suppose I should be taking vitamin D too. Frenchy- Thank you too for your wisdom on the Multi-Vitamins. Looks like I will give them a whirl one more time. Lets hope this lasts more than a week or two. I understand what your saying about not enough vitamins in the food you eat. Personally I have only been eating properly for the last few months. The new French way for me is sticking. I actually Love it sooooo I think I will have the Vitamins as well :) P.S. I tried a liquid calicium supplement at the Health Fair yesterday and it was Delicious (like a strawberry yogurt).

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Mon, 05/17/2010 - 11:09pm

Condolences, Laurel

I'm sorry to hear about your father, Laurel. We're like veterans of a tragic war, losing our parents to such a terrible disease.


POSTED: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 2:31am

Thank you Elizabeth. It's

Thank you Elizabeth. It's been over 12 years now and fortunately he only suffered with it for a short time. He was quite young though only 58 :(

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 11:46am

Oh goodness!

58 is far, far too young. That is a terrible tragedy. It's been three years since my mom died. I'm reaching the point that when I think of her, I remember her as healthy and really herself, and not the end days. I'm very grateful for that.


POSTED: Tue, 05/18/2010 - 2:50pm

Yes he was definately too

Yes he was definately too young. He had only recently been diagnosed, but there were sadly some other circumstances involved with his passing. Fortunately he suffered with it for a very short time about 1 1/2 years. It was scary though to see him call me by my sister's name or not know where he was. Very sad and troubling. I'm sorry to here about your mother as well. It is a slow tragic disease.


POSTED: Wed, 05/19/2010 - 5:35pm

Hi Laurel and Elizabeth

A loss like that,and an especially painful one,is something we get through not over.It does take a very long time.I still shiver when I recall how very ill my Mother was.Tomorrow I am attending the funeral of a dear friend's father and the memories are flooding back.I am sad for all our losses. Jean


POSTED: Wed, 05/19/2010 - 6:35pm

How appropriately put. We do

How appropriately put. We do get through it and not over it, just as you said. Thank you for your wishes and try to let the good memories flood you in the days to come. It's always nice to be reminded of the wonderful memories we share.


POSTED: Wed, 05/19/2010 - 6:51pm

Thank You

It is a bittersweet experience.

“Beauté Charme”


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