Self Care, Slowing Down, & Defining YOUR Health

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

I am very excited about today’s post, and I think you will be too. I’m teaming up with Care/of to talk about their monthly customized vitamin packs that fit your individual needs! This past year has been a life-changing one for me. I’ve let go of a lot of things holding me down and have focussed more on self-care, positivity, and having an awareness of what my body needs, and what my body doesn’t. I used to go to the gym every day because I thought it was what I was supposed to be doing. Even though my body was telling me to stop, I wasn’t listening to it. After a year of feeling defeated with my goals, I decided to shift all of the focus on staying positive and embracing something different. I slowed down a bit and hit the reset button hard. Now, I spend more time connecting with nature on daily walks, finding my balance in yoga, listening to inspiring podcasts, and embracing the moment for what it is. Being confident in my routine, listening to my body’s needs, and knowing when to slow down is my definition of healthy. Everyone should find their own version of healthy. Your routine won’t always align with others, and that’s perfectly fine because we are all different. And remember, it’s about how you feel, never about how you look!

Sometimes exercise, and a healthy diet isn’t enough to help us sleep at night, reach health goals, or feel our best, and that’s why it’s important to be aware of what might be missing in our bodies. We live in a world where all types of diets exist. We see gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, vegan, and the list goes on. While those diets might be helping you with one goal, you may be lacking a certain vitamin, or nutrient that could be important to your health. For example, my doctor told me to cut out dairy because it could help with my endometriosis. Since I’ve cut it out, I’ve been low on calcium, and calcium is so important. You may have no clue on what your body could be missing, or what could help your current symptoms you’re already dealing with. Care/of is a great start! 
I was so excited when I first opened up the Care/of website. First off, I’m a sucker for quizzes, and I love learning how I can improve my health. Your friends and family may swear by their go-to vitamins, but again, we are all different, and your body may not benefit from them.
To start, you’ll take a five-minute quiz. You’ll get asked about your alcohol consumption, your diet, your exercise routine, and all about your goals. One of my goals for my customized vitamins was to focus on my skin and aging prevention. It’s pretty cool to be able to customize your box based on your goals. Taking the quiz is free, and you’ll get your results with recommendations that are backed by a scientific advisory board. You can find all of the research about each supplement right on the website. It was really cool because three of the vitamins that showed up in my results were ones that my very own doctor had already recommended.

Care/of is offering my readers 25% off their first month with the code TARALYNN 🙂
Once you have your package customized, it’s sent to you in adorable packaging that you can set on your kitchen countertop. I know forgetting my vitamins is a big one for me! I try to take them in the afternoon, so my coffee doesn’t interfere with them. I also love that the daily vitamins come in little packages because this makes traveling so much easier. You can bring a week’s worth of packets instead of bringing your entire vitamin bottles with you. Last weekend, I had to stop at the grocery store and buy a new bottle of vitamins because I forgot to pack them. It was a pain. 
Eating healthy and fueling my body with more plant-based food keeps me feeling good and more energetic, but it also leaves me lower on iron and calcium. Luckily, vitamins let you get away with your diet choices. Not only do I pay attention to the ingredients I use, or where my food is sourced, it’s important to pay attention to where your supplements and vitamins are sourced. Care/of makes its own line of vitamins and supplements with the best quality ingredients, which makes me feel even better about my monthly package. Their herbal supplements are all sustainably sourced, and their fish oil is from Wild Alaskan salmon. I never thought to pay attention to where the ingredients in my vitamins come from until Care/of brought it to my attention.

I usually find myself going all over the place for my vitamins, and they are not cheap either! I look forward to saving money and taking out the stress of remembering to purchase them each month. Don’t we already have enough on our plate to remember? I also love and want to point out that every sale goes toward the Good+ Foundation, which helps mothers in need receive prenatal supplements to ensure that their child can get the nutrients he or she needs throughout her pregnancy journey and during the first months of their child’s life. 
How amazing is that? ♥

Here is what was inside of my customized pack…

Astaxanthin – Supports Healthy Skin
B-Complex – Dietary Sources and Concerns (your overall health)
Calcium Plus – I drink caffeine which can deplete calcium, and I don’t consume dairy.
Iron – I am anemic, and my doctor recommended a supplement (which you can mention in your quiz.) 
A good time for me to take my vitamins is late afternoon because I’ve already worked out and had my coffee. Once you order your vitamins online, you can download the Care/of App to unblock savings, set reminders, and learn more about your vitamins. I wish I would have known about this a long time ago! I look forward to seeing how I feel after a couple of months, and I’ll definitely keep you all posted. 

My mom stopped over last night, and I was showing her the website and my cute packages, and now she has her first box coming next week. She’s so excited. If you have a parent that neglects vitamins, you may want to pass this along to them. Now if I could only get my dad on board…
I love the convenience, and the idea of Care/of and I look forward to using it! I hope you guys are just as excited 🙂 If you’d like to try it, use the code TARALYNN for 25% off your first month!

Questions for you! 
1. Take the quiz for free and share which vitamins/supplements you got!
2. Do you forget to take your vitamins?
3. What is one thing you do to improve your health daily?

I hope you enjoyed this post! It was sponsored by Care/of, but all the opinions are my own! Thanks for keeping Simply Taralynn possible! 

 

Comments

  • roxanna

    Hi, I’m way behind on my blog reading (because I never log on the computer anymore!), but just wanted to note that the recommendation is that you shouldn’t take iron and calcium at the same time. They should be taken at least 4 hours apart because calcium can block iron’s absorption. Now besides that, if you’ve been doing it all this time and your iron levels are good – maybe that doesn’t occur for you!

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  • Jen

    This is definitely on my to try list!

    I had no idea you had Endo. I was diagnosed two years ago and had a lap. Changing up my diet and lifestyle helped a lot. I stopped trying to lift so often and incorporated more self-care centered physical activities like yoga, barre and walks. I hope you have found a way to work with it. Getting diagnosed is what actually made me start my blog and I’m actually getting the opportunity to write for women’s magazine about it. 🙂

    My concentration is on physical fitness and I’m definitely no chef so I really enjoy all your different kitchen concoctions. They’re delish and super nice for those who have food restrictions.

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  • Nika

    I started Care/Of a few months ago, and I LOVE it! The daily reminders are exactly what I need, and the prizes you get help motivate me to take them every day:) Happy to see you promoting them!

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  • Emilee

    This was an interesting quiz! I was recommended astaxanthin, calcium plus, fish oil, and a probiotic blend. Definitely going to look into this more. I wish there were apps that you can use to track nutrients but not calories. Calorie counting stresses me out but I like to monitor my nutrient consumption from food because it’s a good way to see what I’m missing in my diet. Maybe someday they’ll invent one! Thanks for sharing this source! 🙂

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  • Dorothy

    Hey! I know this is random, but I’ve been using a blog post you made a while back where you talked about cleaning and what all you do/what order you do it in as my guide for cleaning for about 6 months now. I had it written down but I’ve lost that list, and now I can’t find it on your blog. I think it was posted sometime in the second half of 2017? You said it’s your Friday cleaning list if I remember correctly…. can you point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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  • erica

    Thanks Taralynn! I just ordered 🙂

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  • TJ

    I just ordered my first pack! I never heard of the company before, but I really like how they go into detail about everything it recommends you. I really hope it helps me with my digestion/energy issues!

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  • Hannah

    I have to order this after my paycheck next week! I took the quiz and was recommended five vitamins. I appreciate the advice and reasoning they provide with their vitamins.

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  • Charlie

    I’m actually shocked at the price. I pay 3x the amount for what was quoted in my results. I will definitely be trying this out when my bottles are empty! I’m surprised doctors don’t recommend this to their patients.

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  • Anonymous

    where is this smoothie recipe
    .

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  • Chasidy

    Is it monthly?

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  • Mel

    I just signed up! I’ve also been trying really hard to care more for my body with vitamins and healthy eating and of course exercise! I really hope these vitamins help. Thank you for the discount too! Their prices are already very reasonable. Especially considering how much care they seem to put into each product. I cant wait to get my vitamins! Keep up the great recommendations 🙂

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  • Jess

    Is it more than $70 a month?

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  • Olivia

    I got some pretty awesome recommendations! I have never taken vitamins because I have a pretty balanced diet with no restrictions, but lately I have been feeling low on energy and had digestion issues. Here’s what I got!

    Rhodiola: supports recovery after exercise, promotes mental energy and focus, relieve stress and promote feelings of well-being
    Calcium Plus: for obvious reasons lol. I’m not restricted by dairy, I just don’t eat it very often
    Ashwagandha: supports cognitive function, strength and endurance, and reduces food cravings
    Probiotic blend: supports healthy digestion and the immune system
    Astaxanthin: I have very dry skin! No matter how much water I drink or how much lotion I use, always dry.

    After reading about the benefits of everything, I may start looking into taking vitamins more closely. I have tried elimination diets and different types of exercise, but nothing can cure the mental fatigue and low energy of sitting and staring at a computer all day (desk job) or the digestion trouble. Hopefully these will work out for me!

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    • Lisa

      You should look into shakeology. I use vegan chocolate and it has ashwaganda, probiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes along with 70 other superfoods like corleena so so good for you. My energy went though the roof with it

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Olivia!

      Nice job on eating a great balanced diet! 😀

      Those are all great recommendations, especially the probiotic blend for your digestion issues!

      Keep me posted on your progress! I started taking vitamins in December and feel great!

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  • Veronica

    I began focusing on my health last July after a battery of abnormal lab tests. My lifestyle and bad habits had caught up to me, so my first attempt at making a change was becoming a vegetarian. I am mindful of the nutrients I may be low in, so will definitely look into this program. I also do yoga, walk/jog and I set a timer for every hour while I’m at work to get up and walk- I have an occupation that involves lots of sitting, but my sit/ stand desk helps with that too! I recently heard that sitting is the new smoking, so i’m mindful now of not being in one place too long. Btw, have you ever heard of Sara Beth Yoga? She is absolutely fantastic, free, online yoga routines that are built for all practice levels. I love her! I think you’ll love her too- and I can take her along with me while I travel for work on my tablet, computer and phone via YouTube.

    One random question that I have for you based on the pics above- do you eat the outside of the kiwi? I noticed they aren’t peeled, so it made me want to ask!! 🙂 Thanks for the vitamin insight!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Veronica!

      So proud of you for taking control of your health! It was the best decision I ever made for myself.

      I’ll make sure to look her up! I need more to do at home 🙂 Thanks for the rec.

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE the outside of the kiwi and some people think it’s totally weird. It’s sour like candy 🙂 + the vitamins in the skin +++

      Thank you for sharing your story!

      Taralynn

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  • Kasey

    Where did you get those smoothie bowls? I love the shape and blue matches my kitchen.

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  • Ethan

    This is awesome! I need to get my parent’s on board too!

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  • May

    I got Iron, B-complex and Calcium!

    I think we’re the same person haha!

    Where are your leggings from?

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  • Quinn

    Do they have this for kids? They should make a gummy version!

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  • Jessie

    Gorgeous photos!

    I can tell how much happier and brighter you are now that you’ve changed up your lifestyle this year. It inspires me to do the same as I have been struggling in the gym and it’s only making me feel tired and run down.

    I have never heard of Care/of but will certainly check it out!

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  • Natalia

    You have got to show us how you create these smoothie bowls!! PLEASE 🙂 So pretty and yummy looking.

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  • Britt

    I love Care/of!

    I have been with them for a year now and I’m so happy to see you mentioning them.

    We have pretty much the same vitamins!

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  • Asia

    This is exactly what I need! I just quit HIIT workouts after reading your post in October. It really resonated with me!

    I can’t wait to try this out.

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    This is such a great idea! Some people poo poo on the notion of taking vitamins, but I’m a BIG believer in the benefits if you’re choosing the right ones.
    I take B12, iron, ashwagandha, a probiotic, and zinc. And I SWEAR it plays a part in the fact that I don’t get sick, even though I’m a 1st grade teacher (aka I basically work in a petri dish!).

    I love how this makes it super easy to remember to take, especially since you could throw some in your purse for those ‘oops’ days!

    One thing I do daily for my health is prioritize sleep. I used to think it was fine to run on 3-4 hours of sleep. NO WAY. Now I make sure I get at least 8 hours and it’s definitely a game changer!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Susie!

      I think it’s ridiculous to take vitamins that you don’t need or that your body isn’t lacking! But NOTHING wrong (doctor recommended) with taking vitamins that you’re lacking. It can really throw off your body if you are missing key components.

      Lol yes, that is scary! I used to take b-12 but it gives me serious ance!! lol Now I do it once a week.

      OMG SLEEP IS EVERYTHING!!!

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  • Helen

    So sad they don’t ship internationally! You got me all excited haha – btw I’m vegetarian too and try to buy calcium fortified plant-based milks to reach my daily intake. Might be something you can check! 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    I am horrible at taking vitamins, I buy them and than NEVER take them. I am intrigued with this concept and already took the quiz. I wish I was as good at healthy eating and working out as you, I just struggle getting there. Hoping one if these days I figure it out.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It wasn’t always easy for me! Now, I love it! I used to only take vitamins if they were chewable lol because who forgets to take gummies? lol

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  • Natalija

    These personalized vitamins look awesome, it’s a pity they’re not in the UK yet (as far as I know) I do often forget taking my vitamins-being a mum of 3 makes brain-work a fog 😀 I mostly buy my vitamins on raw/vegan websites as they contain less chemicals and preservatives. One thing I do for health daily is walking. I love walking and the way it just calms me down and gets my thoughts away from worrying things.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Oh…hopefully one day! 😀

      Walking is the best!!! I do it multiple times a day, and that’s actually how I lost all the weight in college! It’s fun to get a playlist or podcast and just walk!

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  • Meghan

    I got probiotic blend, calcium plus, magnesium, astaxanthin, fish oil, and rhodiola-whew that’s a lot haha . I used to always forget my vitamins, but now I’m seriously like an old person and use one of those ‘daily reminder’ pill containers and leave it out on my kitchen so I don’t forget, and I just fill it weekly. The care/of packages seem a lot cuter than that thing hahaha. One thing I do to improve my health is to try to get outside and walk daily on my lunch breaks. It’s such a great stress reliever and gives my eyes a break from the screen.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Meghan!

      lol that is a lot! hahaha These are like those “daily reminder” things but they come put together already 😀

      YES! walking is the best! Love that you’re trying to incorporate that more. It clears my head every day.

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  • Teresa @sweettandahoneyb

    Hi there!

    I always wonder ‘why didn’t I think of this?’ – and the same goes for Care/of. I appreciate how easy to use the site is and how they thoroughly explain the benefits of what they’re recommending!

    I took the quiz! Digestive Enzymes, Vitamin C, Calcium Plus, and Fish Oil were in mine (side note… I had NO idea that caffeine depletes calcium!? urgh – I am always drinking coffee and I don’t drink dairy milk..)

    Always. I always forget to take them (when I remember to buy a new bottle..not very good at keeping them in my routine.)

    I am a hugeee proponent of keeping yourself hydrated. I drink a lot of water!

    Thank you for sharing this!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Teresa!

      Right? It’s a brilliant concept.

      Lol me too!! & it makes sense now!

      I feel ya, but the packets make it easier for some reason!

      I need to do this more! I drink a lot of sparkling water but it’s not the same. My boyfriend is always like “chug this” to get me to drink more water lol

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  • Krista

    Love your photos!! I can’t swallow pills easily, so I usually take a powdered multivitamin + greens powder that tastes like pineapple!

    One thing I do to improve my health daily is to make sure I’m eating a wide variety of different fruits and vegetables. I used to get so caught up in junk food– early on in dating my fiance, I ate a whole carton of Goldfish (you know, those big cardboard containers of them) in a week. Needless to say, I felt awful! These days, I make sure to eat in a much more balanced way. 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Krista!

      I used to be like that, but it was more of a mental thing of thinking I was going to chock and die lol But it’s now easy! But glad you’re getting your multivitamin somehow 🙂

      I do the same! 🙂 Fruits & veggies can do wonders!

      lol Goldfish are so good! I used to use them as croutons! 🙂

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  • christelle

    Hey Taralynn! Thank you for this quick recap about vitamins, it’s important to fuel our organism and it seems like a fun way to keep track….Buuuuut now I’m craving for one of your smoothie bowls! They look delicious! So colorful yum yum. Will you put together a quick recipe for these? (please please please please :p)

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    oh gosh, I love quizzes! My guilty pleasure is to flip to the back of those magazines and do those personality test, or love test! They usually not accurate, but they intrigue me. I could definitely see myself using the B complex vitamins!

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  • Melissa Sutton

    I get my blood work done every month to see what my body is lacking. I do this per my doctor’s request due to my family history of thyroid problems on my mother’s side. I take a daily women’s vitamin and then a b12 vitamin. I tend to be anemic around that time of month but my numbers must have been better this go around because I was able to donate blood last month! I go quarterly to try to donate blood and the past two times I was rejected because my levels were low. Vitamins are important!

    I would like to just improve my overall health. I started working out at least 6 days a week, drinking at least 80 ounces of water a day and keeping a food journal just to keep myself in check on my junk eating. It feel better just don’t want to give up. My goal is to figure out how to maintain my weight once I reach my goal weight.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Every month? I don’t think I could do that. I go into panic mode when I have to get it done lol I agree with you that vitamins are important and my iron levels are so bad during that time of month! Glad you’re staying on top of your health!

      Maintaining weight can be hard, but if you find a balance WHILE losing weight, you’ll be successful. Intuitive eating will be your best friend.

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  • Jenna

    Okay, so I messed up on the quiz and I can’t figure out how to start from scratch. I’ll try from my phone and see if that works.
    I don’t even take vitamins….. and one thing I do to improve my health daily is either go to the gym or take the puppy dog for a walk.

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Thank you for sharing the pack with us, Taralynn! 🙂 I don’t really take supplements because I prefer to get all my nutrients from food, and I’ve discovered over the long run that personally, I don’t need supplements. I totally understand that some people do, though. Hope this helps them! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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