Last Fall I stood in the ShesConnected conference expo hall, dubiously eyeing colourful bowls full of gummy vitamins. I politely nodded, smiled, took the offered bag of swag and left. I was glad no one had attempted to convince me to try one. Adult Essentials gummy vitamins were the talk of the conference, and many people were tooting how yummy they were, and how a few extra vitamins were just the pick me up conference goers needed to make it through the event. But I had reservations. For one I’m not big on candy (unless it’s chocolate, that’s an entirely different story!) I don’t like ju-jubes. I don’t like gummies. And then there’s the whole vitamin thing… I’ve always been a bit leery about health supplements, and I didn’t feel comfortable with vitamins being offered like candy.
The conference ended, I went home and sorted through my bags of loot. Full sized Jars of gummy vitamins? What was I going to do with these? I set them aside thinking I might donate them to the food drive or something. But then I started to have twinges of mommy guilt over the fact that I wasn’t giving my girls multivitamins. Various brands of kids chewable tablets were a well remembered part of my childhood. It’s one of those things I’m supposed to do, right? Hm… Wait, instead of going out and buying vitamins maybe I should check out these Iron Kids gummy vitamins that are collecting dust on my sideboard.
The thing is, I have this general rule that I won’t give my kids anything I wouldn’t consume myself. So I grabbed the bottle of Adult Essentials gummy multivitamins and gave it a good look. Well I had been taking a multi and had stopped…. and I know I really should be…. so, let’s give these a try? I wonder how much sugar they have in them? I carefully read through all the labels. I noted the certification ( PTPA Winner, Health Canada Approved), and the rapidly approaching expiry date. I opened the jar up and popped one in my mouth, fully expecting to be disgusted…. But it really wasn’t that bad. Actually it was sort of tasty. Surprise, surprise.
I started taking them on a regular basis. I gave the Iron Kids ones to my daughters. As I’ve mentioned in the past, my kids were crazy about them. Literally begging me for their “vites” each day. My husband noticed the girls and I were taking them, and hopped on board. There was a chain reaction, where the kids enthusiasm wore off on us and helped hubby and I to stay on track with taking our daily vitamins. And I had that warm fuzzy “I’m doing the right mom-thing” sort of feeling.
And as for the taste and texture… they’ve really grown on me. Chewable gummy vs. large horse pill you have to swallow? Gummy wins. To be honest though, I can’t stand them all in one go. Too much sweet fruit flavours for me, thanks. So now in the morning when I give the girls their coveted “vites”, I grab all the various grown up jars and toss my daily dose in a tiny bowl along side my doctor’s recommended ten almonds a day. Throughout the day, whenever I walk through the room I grab a handful and chew it up. (For all I know, I am screwing up the dosage by spreading it throughout the day… But it’s what works for me. And no, I am NOT recommending leaving vitamins laying about in the open. I put the bowl way the heck up high where the kids can’t get to it, not to mention it’s also in my kitchen on the other side of a locked baby gate. Oh and I may have mentioned to my daughters at least twelve dozen times how eating grown-up gummies would make them sick.)
I wrote before about how I fell off the vitamin wagon… Well, perhaps it also has something to do with the fact that I’ve been focusing on getting proper sleep, but since I restarted with taking my Adult Essentials gummies on a regular basis I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in my energy levels and my general sense of well being. This Fall when I return to ShesConnected I’ll not only be gladly helping myself to gummies at the Adult Essentials booth, I’ll be dragging others over to try them as well.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Adult Essentials Blogger Outreach program by ShesConnected.
I received a supply of vitamins and compensation in exchange for my
participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.