Since I get asked what supplements I take all the time, here's a list of what I'm taking right now along with the reasons why.
My point of view on supplements
I do believe that taking high-quality supplements can noticeably improve my health. That being said, I only take supplements if one of the following is true:
1 - I know I'm deficient in something through blood work or stool testing
2 - I feel noticeably better when I take a supplement
Blood Work, Stool Analysis, and Food Sensitivity Testing
I do blood work, stool analysis, food sensitivity testing about once a year. If something negative shows up, like learning I'm very deficient in something or that I have dysbiosis, then I'll tweak my routine and then re-test in 3-6 months. I do this analysis alongside a functional medicine doctor. Right now I'm working with Parsley Health.
These are the supplements I take right now
Parsley Health probiotic because I learned in my recent stool test that I have dysbiosis and need to increase the population of my good gut bacteria.
Lunch 12 PM
3 tablets of Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega fish oil because it keeps me from getting inflamed cystic acne
10 drops of Parsley Health Vitamin D because in my bloodwork I learned I'm deficient in Vitamin D
2 packets of Isothrive prebiotic to feed my good gut bacteria
Eat something fermented to help increase the population of good gut bacteria
At lunch or Mid-day
2 cups of Osso grass-fed bone broth mixed with 1 scoop of Metagenics Glutagenics L-glutamine to help repair the lining of my gut because I believe I have some leaky gut due to the fact that I have food allergies and can get acne or eczema easily if I eat trigger foods.
Dinner 5 PM
3 tablets of Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega fish oil (see above)
Eat something fermented
Before bed 7 PM
Metagenics Mag Citrate magnesium to help me sleep well and give me regular bowel movements.
B12 shot from Got Vitamin B12 because I'm extremely deficient in B12 according to my most recent blood work and since I'm consuming lots of B12 in my food, it means it isn't being absorbed during digestion. So until I can figure out which foods are causing digestive problems and nutrient malabsorption through an upcoming food sensitivity test, I'm doing shots of B12 directly into my blood to make sure the B12 gets to where it needs to go.
We all know that quitting or significantly reducing sugar can have an amazing impact on how we feel and look. It can:
- Reduce belly fat
- Improve mood
- Increase energy
- Clear skin
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve gut health
- Reduce your risk of getting diseases like type-2 diabetes and heart disease
And it doesn’t take that long to start seeing results. You might experience many of the benefits listed above after going sugar-free for just 30 days.
That’s easier said than done, though. Quitting cold turkey can be a painful battle to fight alone, which is why we’ve created our Quit Sugar challenge.
This January, we’re challenging our entire community to cut out all added refined sugar. Our hope is that you connect with others doing the challenge via Instagram and help each other make it through the 30 days and beyond.
And throughout the month we’ll be offering tips on how to beat sugar cravings and keep going (without relying too heavily on alternatives like potato chips or non-refined sweeteners).
How to Participate
- Follow us on Instagram.
- Starting 1/1, avoid all foods that contain any type of refined sugar.
- Post pics of your sugar-free meals on Instagram from 1/1 to 1/31 and use the hashtag #methodfamquitssugar. For each photo, you’ll get an entry into the contest.
- We’ll pick an entry at random the first week of February to win $1000 of Methodology food.
What counts as refined sugar?
For this challenge, we’re asking you to cut out all sweeteners that are processed to the point where they contain zero nutritional value:
- Anything with the word “sugar” (granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, cane sugar, etc)
- High fructose corn syrup
- Juice concentrates
- Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine)
Is any kind of sugar or sweetener okay to eat during the challenge?
For the occasions where you might be celebrating or the food you’re eating needs a touch of sweetness to taste balanced, we’re allowing a few natural sweeteners during the challenge that have some nutritional value and are easier for the body to process:
- Maple syrup
- Coconut sugar
However, the goal of the challenge really is to reduce your overall sugar intake. Even these natural sweeteners can prevent you from feeling better if you eat too much. So just because these sweeteners are all right to consume during the challenge, we encourage you to limit how much you use them on a daily basis. We also encourage you to prioritize whole, raw fruit over any other sweet treat as it’s without a doubt the healthiest way for you to hit that sweet spot.
It can be tempting to replace cookies made with sugar for cookies made with honey, and if that temptation is too great or your cravings are extremely strong, our suggestion is to cut out all sweeteners for the month of January (except for whole, raw fruit) to really give your body a chance to overcome the cravings and heal.
Note: Agave is a more controversial sweetener. We do use it in some food items in small amounts, but if you’re not on board with using this sweetener and you are a subscriber, you can add it to your Foods to Avoid list and we won’t assign you food items that contain it.
Do I need to be a Methodology subscriber to win?
Not at all! There’s no purchase necessary in order to win. The only requirements are that you follow us on Instagram and post pictures of your sugar-free meals, whether they’re Methodology meals or your own.
If you win and you’re not a subscriber, we’ll help you get set up with an account once the contest is over so you can redeem your prize.
Are there any other restrictions or rules?
In order to win, you do have to live within our delivery zone (otherwise we won't be able to get our food to you!)
Fortunately, our delivery zone is wider than ever. We deliver to most of the Bay Area (SF, North Bay, South Bay, East Bay, Peninsula), LA county, Santa Barbara county, San Diego county, Ventura county, and Orange county.
If you're unsure whether we deliver to your zip code, you can either sign up for our waitlist where you'll receive an email within 24 hours confirming whether we deliver to you, or you can email us your zip code at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you asap!