This post is sponsored by VitaCholine and The Motherhood, however, all opinions are my own.
The older I get, the more I realize that in some ways it gets harder and harder to keep up with not only my kids, but everything that they are committed to, as well as myself.
I have always considered myself an active parent. I’ve been the homeroom mom, the team coach, and assistant coach, and for several years the girl scout troop leader. In addition to working and taking care of my own home, it’s been easy for my own self-care to easily get out of whack.
When I say self-care, I don’t mean just taking time out for myself. I am also referring to ensuring that I am taking care of my own basic needs such as getting adequate sleep, and most importantly, eating nutritious meals and snacks.
Even at nearly nine months pregnant, I found myself so busy some days that I didn’t have the opportunity to get a meal in until the evening when we finally had a chance to sit down for dinner.
The times that I would grab something while out and about, it wouldn’t always be the healthiest. Let’s face it, when you are running around nonstop, it’s not always easy to get somewhere for a proper, healthy sit-down meal. It’s usually the drive-thru I’d resort to, as it kept me going and on my way back to errands.
Given the lack of consistency in my schedule, in order to aid my own personal health and keep me on the right track, I take a variety of supplements each day. This ensures I am meeting my nutritional needs and prioritizing my health.
One of the supplements I consistently take is VitaCholine.
Choline is an essential nutrient, related to the B vitamin family. Although it is found in many foods, those foods only contain small amounts. And, the best sources of choline are in foods that tend to be unpopular, such as liver, lima beans and egg yolks.
Choline is important for a variety of reasons. For example, adequate choline intake is critical to prenatal development, cognitive function, liver health, muscle maintenance and energy.
Additionally, for women who are trying to conceive, pregnant or lactating, not getting enough choline can be especially problematic. Women who intend to become pregnant, or those currently pregnant, need at least 450 mg of choline a day, to improve their own health – as well as the health of developing baby. Be sure to check out this great resource about choline’s role in supporting a healthy pregnancy. I’ve referred to it many times.
Despite these well-established benefits, did you know that 90% of Americans do not meet their choline needs? Given this staggering gap, we need to raise awareness so that everyone can reap the benefits choline offers throughout all ages and stages of life. Aim for at least 550 mg or more of choline daily, through a combination of foods and supplements, like VitaCholine.
Why do I take supplements?
It’s important to me that I do what I can to ensure that I am staying on top of my health as much as possible. I choose to take a supplement (alongside my typical meals and snacks) because I know it can play a vital role in helping me to maintain good health.
There’s more that you can do!
While supplements are a great addition to your routine and can help to support optimal health, it’s important to remember that there are other actions you can do to ensure you are leading a healthy lifestyle. Staying in shape – physically and mentally – throughout the year requires prioritizing habits to ensure wellness remains a priority, such as exercising regularly and maintaining a balanced diet.
It’s not always easy, we get busy with life in general. But it’s imperative that we remember there is nothing more important than taking care of yourself. Incorporating a supplement into my daily routine, along with eating a balanced diet, allows me to take a proactive role in maintaining overall wellness so I’m healthy and present for my kids all year long.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.