Challenge 1: Take the right vitamins every day for 30 days.
Vitamins—you are taking them every day, right? If you have any questions about what you need, give your nutritionist a call. In order to meet this challenge, you’ll need to have your vitamin supplements on hand and be sure to take them. That may mean putting them in your pill divider, keeping extras in your purse or on your desk, putting them out in plain sight, or setting reminder alarms on your phone.
Let’s do a quick check-up. In general, this is what you need:
- Multivitamin and mineral supplements: Flintstones Complete (2), Centrum Chewable (2), Centrum (2), Bariatric Advantage (per package), Celebrate (per package), or Bariatric Fusion (per package). Pills are fine, chewables are great, but gummies are not-they are missing 2 important B vitamins, thiamin and riboflavin. Patch vitamins are not recommended – they do not appear to be fully absorbed.
- Calcium Citrate 1500 mg.
- Vitamin D3 1000-2000 International Units. Add up the amount of vitamin D3 in your multivitamin and calcium supplement. If it’s not at least 1000 International Units or if your vitamin D3 labs are low, you may need more.
- Sublingual Vitamin B12 – need is based on lab values.
- Iron supplement – only if lab values indicate need.