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What I’m Taking These Days

by Courtney on September 19, 2012

Well heyyyy there! I’ve got quite a bit to get to this afternoon, so first things first…let’s talk lunch. I was really craving a PB&J, but then I started craving almond butter & bananas, so I got the best of both worlds and made each of them on toast.


Besides, melted peanut butter is always better anyways, right?


On the side, I had the rest of orange and brown sugar carrots from Monday (cold, hence the reason they look all shriveled and gross) and a small bowl of grapes.


Why do I always forget about grapes? They’re SO good!


So last week, I told you all about how I’m partnering up with GNC for their fall/winter campaign. I also told you that I was desperately looking for some ways to enjoy one of my new-to-me products, apple cider vinegar.

WELL, it turns out that Brittany was on to something…I’ve discovered “my” drink!


I’m not sure I’d say it tastes quiiiite like liquid apple pie like Brittany said, but it definitely does taste good. And coming from me, that’s tellin’ ya something.

Here’s the lowdown…

First things first, get your ingredients:


I start by filling up a glass about half full with ice cubes, then add in 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (I started off using 1 – work up to it if you have to).


Next, I add my apple juice. I don’t measure, but I usually fill up the glass until my ice cubes are covered.


Then I add my liquid stevia. For me, it’s about 3-4 drops.


After that, I add in a quick sprinkle of cinnamon,


then fill up the rest of my glass with water.


Give it a quick stir, add in a straw (to protect the enamel of your teeth from the acidity from the ACV), and voila!

ACV drink

I’ve been enjoying this in the mornings, shortly after breakfast, and it really is a delicious mid-morning drink. I’ve only been doing it for about 4-5 days now, so I haven’t really noticed too many differences/effects yet, but I’ll sure to keep you all updated!


So, of course, since I’m working with GNC, apple cider vinegar isn’t the only product of theirs I’ve been using…

To be honest, when I was first presented with the opportunity to work with them, I was a bit hesitant…as you guys know, the whole workout thing is sort of taking a back seat for me right now, and I’m totally okay with that; but I wondered how I might be able to still work with GNC.

Well, lucky for me, GNC is definitely NOT only about the hardcore workout supplements and protein powder, and they have plenty of great products to help support me in my current goals.


So first things first…

What sort of vitamins am I taking these days?

That would be prenatals, baby. Gotta be prepared! Winking smile

GNC sent me a few different products of theirs to try, including their Women’s Prenatal Program, Ultra Mega Green Prenatal, and Triple Strength Fish Oil.


Since I obviously can’t take them all at once, I decided to try out the Prenatal program this month. The pack includes three bottles: the prenatal formula with iron, DHA, and calcium.


Right now, I take my prenatal (2 pills) + DHA in the evening (sometimes the excess iron can upset the tummy – so far, so good for me) and the calcium in the morning (at the recommendation of my doctor). I’d been on a different set of prenatals before trying these out, but had no problem switching it up. Let me tell you…my hair and nails have been growing like weeds!

What other supplements am I taking?

Probiotics – great for the health of the ‘ol gut!


Right now, I take one GNC Ultra 50 Probiotic Complex pill a day, usually in the morning.


When I think of it (which isn’t every day – maybe once every other) I also take a GNC Ultra 5 Probiotic Complex soft chew.


They basically taste like candy. Winking smile


So there’s a rundown of what I’ve been supplementing my body with these days. Nothing crazy – just some simple good stuff to keep the body workin’ smoothly.

Question for the Afternoon:

Do you take any daily vitamins or supplements? (besides the bunches of you who are already on the ACV train!)

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1 RunEatRepeat September 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I’m taking a prenatal right now too, or should I say pre-prenatal…
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2 Annette@FitnessPerks September 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I take a multi, a fish oil, and a fantastic cell repair pill. These all rock & give me so much extra energy! Love it.
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3 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Well I may have to give this ACV a trial run…since you’re standing behind the taste. ;)

Otherwise I take a multivitamin & vitamin D everyday and iron every other day. I’m looking to start taking biotin and get back on the calcium train. And I need to bring a probiotic back into my daily (or every other day) regime again as well.
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4 Aubrie September 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I need my hair and nails to grow! Would you recommend me trying out the prenatal program?


5 Courtney September 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

It wouldn’t hurt! I actually used to take prenatals a while back in an attempt to grow my hair and nails


6 Katie September 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

One of my coworkers used to routinely grow her hair for Locks of Love and told me once that she took a prenatal vitamin for that reason (to grow fast). Her hair was always so shiny and gorgeous, even when really long. :)


7 Kristin September 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

How early should you start taking a prenatal?
I tried to start taking one a few weeks ago (to get more iron and vitamins per my doctor) and got really bad chest/neck pains from it. It was just too strong for me. Now I’m on a regular NatureMade multi for her and I’ve been tolerating that well. I’m just scared for when I’m really going to need to be on a prenatal during preganancy. That’s probably 2 years or so from now if all goes as planned. :-)


8 Courtney September 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

My doctor had told me about 6 months out, but I’m sure it varies from person to person


9 Khushboo September 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Other than ACV, I take vitamin D supplements…here’s hoping the 2 together work as they are supposed to!
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10 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance September 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I’ve just started taking a Fish Oil supplement, and I’m liking the results. I think I’ll stick with it for a while . . .

On the other hand, I’ve been taking Calcium and a multi-vitamin for years . . . and I’m not sure that it’s really effective. I’m considering stopping one or both, but I’m just not sure . . .


11 Beks September 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m still trying to get into a habit of taking supplements. I’ve never been good with taking my multivitamin, but when I started Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer, I also bought her supplements (Multivitamin, EFAs, BCAA’s and Whey Protein). I love the Multivitamin. It’s got a bunch of B-Vitamins, which helps my energy levels. And when I started taking the BCAA’s, I did notice I wasn’t as sore the next day, after weight training. The protein powder’s pretty tasty, too.
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12 Michelle (Better with Berries) September 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I’ve heard about apple cider vinegar benefits and love using it to make salsa (although there’s probably not enough in there to really do much). I’m still a little scared of taking it by itself, but I might have to try your combo sometime!
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13 Donna September 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Right now I’m taking calcium and Vit. D mostly because I have a broken arm, boo! I’m willing to try anything to get this to heal quickly.


14 Courtney September 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Oh no! Hope it heals SUPER quick! :)


15 Donna September 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Thanks! It will be 5 weeks tomorrow. I guess I’m getting there but it’s certainly not fast enough. By the way, I made your Cheesy Italian Bread and Chicken Taco Chili tonight. I’m hoping it’s a hit with the family!


16 Courtney September 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Ooooo, let me know! :)


17 Donna September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm


18 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I used to drink ACV like it was my job, but I gave up on it because I didn’t notice any significant changes… maybe it’s time to give it a shot again.

For supplements, I take vitamin D, calcium/magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B complex, digestive enzymes, and a fish oil pill. I always feel goofy taking so many pills, and I’m still not convinced on whether or not supplements have any real benefit, but I guess they can’t hurt, right? :)
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19 Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily September 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I typically drink ACV with water and lemon in the morning and evening, I’m totally going to try it with apple juice and cinnamon next, sounds awesome!
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20 Erica { } September 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Just started the ACV and take some various vitamins/supplements. Going to look into probiotics soon and maybe some prenatals :)
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21 Kelsey@ kelseyruns September 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Courtney, Where do you buy your liquid stevia?! Is it from GNC?
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22 Courtney September 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Nope – I actually get it from!


23 michelle kim September 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I take vitamin D, lots of fish oil, and just a regular women’s multivitamin.
Hooray on the prenatals (my friends took them about a year before they planned on getting pregnant… and the very month they each wanted to get pregnant, they got pregnant! Both babies are super healthy and moms are great)!
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24 Michelle@Peachy Palate September 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I don’t take any supplements anymore, I used to use GNC Aminos but I’ve started eating bee pollen and it’s amazing! You should check it out. Most complete food nutritionally with 22 aminos! I also stopped taking calcium supplements due to the strong correlation with heart disease and heart attacks and the issue with negative calcium balance. I’m a strong believer that a healthy balanced whole food diet can provide you with all the nutrients you need :)
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25 Rachel September 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I take ACV every morning :) but with that I also take probiotics (which helps my stomach aches so much!), a multivitamin (I use Alive lol), Biotin 5000 haha, and occasionally Spirulina for B-12
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26 Tara September 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I’m definitely curious about the ACV and the probiotics…I have been researching those myself a lot lately because I deal with a lot of “irregularity” and I am wondering if they may help. I can’t wait to hear what you think after a longer stint of using them!! :)


27 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I’m thinking I’m going to look for some ACV this weekend!

I take a fish oil supplement, a calcium chew (chocolate, of course) and gummy multivitamins. That way, I get to have chocolate and gummy bears after breakfast everyday. :-)
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28 Lisa September 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Your ACV drink sounds tasty!
I always take vitamin D, calcium, omega, digestive enzymes, and ACV. Although, I don’t really notice any changes at all with the ACV I just think it tastes good, oddly.
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29 Renee September 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Ah the good old pre-natals. I don’t miss those days. I’m happy I had my babies young. Good Luck ;)
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30 Courtney September 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Hahaha…thanks, Renee!


31 Connie September 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

YES..I cannot wait for you to have a baby (totally not creepy, right?? ;) ) She/he would be so cute with you and Jay’s looks!!

My daily supplements include multivitamins, green tea extract, calcium with vitamin D, omega 3-6-9, and probiotics. And…I just realized I sound like a pill popper.
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32 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I have calcium chews, a B-12 vitamin, folic acid, and a probiotic pill. Although, I have to admit that I forget to take them quite often!
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33 Natalie @ Free Range Human September 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I’m really interested to hear your thoughts on the apple cider vinegar. I’ve heard so many people say the health benefits are substantial.
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34 Megan@funsizedfitness September 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I just ran out of my multi-vitamins, so I decided it’s time to start the prenatals :) (I got a pack from CVS that has two different bottles – multi & DHA)
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35 Stef September 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I take a prenatal – although I guess it would be a post-prenatal now!
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36 Danica @ It's Progression September 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I love that drink idea–I recently got a bottle of ACV and haven’t really figured out how to use it yet…it’s good in smoothies because I can’t taste it but I don’t eat a smoothie every single day.
I take a calcium supplement and a women’s multivitamin most days, plus a fiber supplement sometimes to make “the gut happy,” as you said :) What are the benefits of a probiotic? I hear about them all the time but don’t understand why they’re beneficial.
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37 Sarah September 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

It’s best to not dilute it too much, that’s what I read in a book about it- the less extra liquid and additions, the better :) An awesome thing I do sometimes is when you get that little pimple or whatever- take about 3 tbsp of ACV in 2-4 cups of water and bring to aboil. Take off heat and drape a towel over your head and steam your face(that sounds awkward). not only will your pimple or whatever be gone, but your face will look really young and healthy! If you want more ideas this is a book I found helpful- Hope that gives you some ideas!


38 Katie September 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I just take a women’s multi-vitamin, but I’ve considered taking other supplements since I’ve become a big runner. Just not sure which ones are best! There’s so much contradicting advice out there I guess I just haven’t decided yet.
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39 Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat September 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I take Women’s 1 A Day Active Metabolism, 2 Fish Oils, Glucosamine, and BCAA caps that I open up and put in my post-workout shake every day.
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40 Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife September 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

yay for baby making! this is so exciting! (:


41 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy September 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I take a probiotic and Calcium right now..I need to remember to take my multivitamin more often!
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42 Blog is the New Black September 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I have to assume you guys are going to start “trying” for a baby, then? ;) If so, good luck and… YAY! haha!


43 Courtney September 20, 2012 at 8:47 am
44 Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Definitely keep us updated on the ACV … I actually really like the taste of vinegar, but I’m just hesitant because I just don’t know if I’d have good or bad results! So I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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45 Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness September 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I have to try that ACV combo! I keep hearing about the great benefits of ACV but hate the taste! I’ll have to try your mix!
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46 Angel September 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I had a baby earlier this year, I still take prenatals :)

I love grapes too. Have you tried them frozen? YUUUM!!


47 Courtney September 20, 2012 at 8:45 am

Surprisingly enough, I have not! For some reason, it just doesn’t sound appealing to me…is that weird? Haha :)


48 Angel September 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

Hahaha…I guess not! Is it weird that I like to eat frozen fruit? ;)


49 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I’ve been taking prenatals for a few months as well as vitamin d and some omegas!
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50 Carissa September 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I was totally like “what is wrong with those carrots?” Thanks for clearing that up.

I take a pre-natal for the folic acid in case a baby pops up. NOT trying. I also take a probiotic and fish oils if my consumption has been low. I take magnesium for my neck injury and Taurine and gaba for stress. I sometimes do ACV but don’t see a long term benefit. I’d like to know if you do.
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51 Courtney September 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hahaha, I had a feeling somebody would be like, “umm, what the heck is this girl eating?!?” ;)


52 Jennifer September 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I take folic acid, and Vitamin C & D.


53 Chelsea Lords September 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I take a multivitamin, calcium, fish oil, and a pre-natal (just in case!) Thanks for the apple cider vinegar tutorial! I am excited to try it!


54 Sarah September 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

I take my ACV straight… I mean like the Bragg way. I recommend Bragg because its the highest quality out there! I take Dr. Ohira’s Probiotics, caprylic acid, BioAnnue’s DailyZyme, oil of oregano, olive leaf extract, and some more i can’t remember. Not all at once though! So I never had problem skin or anything, but ACV gives me a glow that people comment on alot (dont wanna sound like jerk or anything!) And I never have been a huge makeup wearer, but now I can go out with chap stick on and nothing else!
My friends think I’m crazy- like what 16 year old does that? and here in the South, if you’re under 45 and you’re hitting up the salad bar (at least in my place), well… you’re WAY too young to be there. C’mon people- then why the heck have salad bars? And it doesn’t help when you’re neighbor is like the next Paula Deen…. oh man. that’s why I take so many supplements!


55 Cat May 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Hi Sarah,
How long have you been taking the Dailyzyme and how many pills per day?

I just started taking Dailyzyme for chronic pain. Why are you taking it and have you taken other systemic enzyemes in the past? I have taken Wobenzyme, Vitalzyme and Zymessence most recently.


56 Kelly @ Femme Fitale September 20, 2012 at 8:02 am

Does folic acid come into play in the GNC prenatals?


57 Courtney September 20, 2012 at 8:40 am

Yes! There’s 1000mcg in the two pills I take daily :)


58 Meghan @ After the Ivy League September 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

I love the looks of your lunch! I do that all the time too, can’t quite place what I’m craving, so I’ll just make half of both! I’ve really been slacking with the vitamins these days, I need to get back to at least one multivitamin a day!
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59 Karleen curran September 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Thank you for posting you acv recipe! I have been having some stomach troubles and have been looking for a More natural solution other than my probiotic supplement I take from Costco. Looking forward to drinking every morning too:)


60 Bek @ Crave September 21, 2012 at 3:08 am

What is so good about ACV? I take St Johns Wort three times a day with food and a women’s multivitamin in the morning. Prenatal vitamins aye? Got some exciting plans coming your way? ;)
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61 Lindsay @ LindsayInNYC September 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I take a basic multi-vitamin and one of those GNC triple strength fish oils every night before bed! I asked my doctor about pre-natals just last month and she said to keep taking the above but add a vitamin D + calcium and folic acid. I might just go with a pre-natal though… 4 pills a day is a bit much! LOL.
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