After two full years of working from home and being sedentary, things are starting to change for a lot of people. Myself included. Some of these things are good—a more vibrant social life for one. However, there are aspects of pre-2020 life creeping back that may not be good. Such as the glorification of busyness.
I used to love my fast paced go-go-go lifestyle—I had a good job, a solid group of friends, and I loved calling New York City home. But behind that lifestyle was a lot of misery. I worked long hours at an office that required a 1-hour commute each way and my hobbies took up a lot of my free time. Since I was always in a perpetual rush, I rarely prioritized self-care. While I can’t speak for everyone, I’m sure my story is similar to many out there. A busy life with work at its core. I didn’t eat right and I rarely got sufficient sleep at night. Despite being active, I didn’t feel healthy and my energy levels were always low—so low that I decided to go see a doctor. The diagnosis? Vitamin deficiency. At the time, I found that odd since a multivitamin was a part of my morning routine. To start replenishing my body with the nutrients it needed, my doctor advised me to get a magnesium shot and to take B12 and Vitamin D in addition to my multivitamin.
Learning I had a vitamin deficiency was a big wake-up call for me. While more time did have to pass before a drastic change was made, it was the start of me acknowledging my burnout. I finally quit my job in 2019, sold most of my things, and moved to LA—the land of free Vitamin D (that weather, tho). Best. Decision. Ever.
To be honest, these past two years have been very quiet and laid back. Working remotely has been a game changer for my mental health and well-being. No more long commute, no more overworking myself, and no more unnecessary worry if I am being productive enough. Now that pre-2020 energy is starting to show its face, I have been making an effort to not make the same mistake in LA that I did in NYC. That’s why I’m happy I was introduced to Naked Nutrition.
What is Naked Nutrition?
Remember when I said I had a vitamin deficiency despite taking a daily multivitamin? Well, it was likely the quality of the vitamin I was taking. I always went for the cheapest women’s multivitamin I could find at Target or at the grocery store. I had to become fatigued and sickly to learn that was not the best idea. Don’t make my mistake and invest in some Naked Nutrition supplements. Naked Nutrition is a wellness brand that offers an array of products such as multivitamins, protein powders (vegan and gluten-free included), and protein bars. What makes them stand apart from others on the market are the ingredients. According to Naked Nutrition”
“At Naked Nutrition our vision is to help support your health and fitness goals by sourcing premium ingredients, using as few of them as possible and being transparent so you know exactly what’s going into your body.”
That’s a mission I can stand behind. When it comes to vitamins, the quality of the ingredients make a huge difference and Naked Nutrition makes it their job to only sell products that actually have the capacity to absorb into your system instead of a bunch of fillers.
Review of Naked Nutrition’s Multivitamin and Peanut Butter Crunch Protein Bar
Multivitamin for Women
I’ve been taking Naked Nutrition’s multivitamin for women for about 4-weeks now and I can confidently say I like them. These vitamins don’t unsettle my stomach and even though my life has been getting busier, I have not been feeling fatigued or exhausted. This may be TMI, but these vitamins also don’t turn my pee into that scary green color. While I don’t think that side-effect is of any danger, seeing it can be startling.
I also like that these vitamins contain antioxidants, folic acid, and a fruit and veggie blend for a healthier gut.
*Naked Nutrition also sells a multivitamin for men. Both options are $29.99 each
Peanut Butter Crunch Protein Bar
As a person who is often on the go, always having a protein bar with me has proven helpful. I always have one in my purse and usually a small box in my car for emergencies. This prevents hanger and they are also good pre-workout snacks. I like eating half before a workout and finishing the remainder right after. Since I used to work in a gym environment (I used to teach spin), I’ve tried many different protein bar brands over the years. I find many of the popular protein bars available at many establishments are super sweet—despite being low-cal or low-sugar, they can sometimes have this artificial flavor that is sickenly sweet. Some like that super sweet flavor, but Naked Nutrition’s Peanut Butter Crunch Protein Bar has a very subtle sweetness that isn’t overpowering. That can be a pro or a con for some, so it all comes back to personal preference. If you’re not big on sweets and usually avoid putting sugar or Splenda in your coffee, you’ll likely love the flavor of Naked Nutrition’s protein bars. If you like that sweet flavor, you likely won’t.
I personally don’t love that strong artificial sweetener taste, so this protein bar is ideal for my needs.
Overall, I like both products. The multivitamin being my favorite as I have noticed a difference in my energy levels throughout the day.
How to Stay Healthy and Energized on the Go
The busy life many of us know so well is coming back and there is no way to stop it. What can be stopped is how we react to it. It’s okay to be busy, what isn’t okay is not prioritizing our health. There is no way we can be our best at home, at work, or at school if we aren’t doing everything in our power to treat our bodies right. If you struggle with prioritizing self-care, below are some tips and tricks to stay healthy and energized on the go:
- Always have a bottle of water on you. Invest in a good quality water bottle and make an effort to keep it with you at all times. Water is the elixir of life and the only way the body can function properly is if it’s properly hydrated first.
- Don’t forget to eat. Everyone needs to eat, and our bodies deserve to be fed before the shaky hungry feeling starts kicking in. Sometimes our busy schedules make it unrealistic to sit down and eat a nutritious meal, but instead of not eating at all or opting for something quick like nutrient void french fries, consider carrying around a protein bar, or a protein cookie with you for emergencies. That way you can ensure your body is at least getting its basic vitamin, mineral, and protein needs until you can sit down and eat a nutritious meal. If you’re in a rush before your morning commute, opt for a protein shake with almond milk—just invest in a shaker and you’ll be able to make yourself a nutritious meal on the go. If you have time, throw those two ingredients in a blender and add a handful of spinach or frozen fruit for a delicious smoothie.
- Prioritize quality. When it comes to supplements such as vitamins and protein powders, always do your research to ensure you’re giving your body the best. Many wellness brands out there contain a lot of fillers to keep their profit margin as high as possible. While that may be good for their wallets, it is not good for those consuming their product. Research their website, read reviews, and read the ingredients list.
- Stretch. Stretching is especially important if you have a career that requires you to sit most of the day. Sitting for long periods of time can tighten the hip flexor muscles and weaken your core muscles. If you can, get up to walk around for a few minutes each hour and find a quiet place to do a quick stretch. There are also ways to stretch while sitting if your office doesn’t have a place for stretching. If your body isn’t stiff and sore, you’re likely to be more productive throughout the day.
- Meditate. Just like stretching, meditation and the practice of mindfulness will ease the stress in your body. The less stress you have, the more likely you are to succeed in all of your endeavors.
If your life is starting to feel like it did pre-2020, be sure to take care of yourself. Burnout is no fun and you and your body deserve the best. Be sure to follow the above tips and consider adding a quality supplement to your life to ensure your body is getting everything it needs while you hustle and follow your dreams.
*All photos and video by Christian Siguenza.
*Naked Nutrition provided their products for review, but as always, opinions are my own.