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Why I’m Upping My Vitamin Game and How You Can Too + $100 Giveaway!

Want to up your supplement game, but wondering which vitamins you should take? Here’s how to end the guessing game and know that you’re getting the right combination.  Plus, keep reading for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Hi guys!

Between breaking my elbow and my recent birthday, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I can keep healthier as I get older.  While my elbow break had nothing to do with weak bones (I simply just fell and hit it the wrong way), it has made me realize that I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to keep my bones strong as I age.  Am I really getting enough calcium? My mom struggled with weak bones and always ran the risk of fractures, so I know it runs in my family.

The only thing I decided for sure after having an elbow fracture: I can promise you that I never want to do this again!

This experience has made me realize I am far from an actual Wunder Wonder Woman – lol.  Yes… I stay healthy by eating well-balanced plant-based meals and exercising but let’s be honest: I’m far from perfect… just like y’all.  Taking calcium seems like an obvious place to start, but how do I know which vitamins I should take and how much?  I’ve looked at supplements and vitamins online and in the store, and choices are endless.   How do I break through the sea of information to know what will actually work for my body and my specific needs?

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But Which Vitamins Should I Take?

I recently learned about a company called Vitamin Packs. Vitamin Packs is a subscription vitamin service that makes it convenient to receive your daily dietary supplements by mail.  They create one-of-a-kind, individualized vitamin and nutrition recommendations based on your personal lifestyle habits, dietary preferences and health conditions.

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It was exactly the kind of break through the garbage, answer to my problem I was looking for. So I went online and filled out Vitamin Packs‘ free nutritional assessment in the form of a questionnaire.   It was simple and easy to follow.  It did get a little personal, but that helps them understand my true vitamin and supplement needs.  It asked questions about my diet, my exercise regime, family health problems, health problems I’ve had and even checked with the prescription medications I’m on to make sure they were no interactions.  They took the guesswork out of knowing which vitamins should I take.

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Vitamin Packs‘ proprietary technology, Sage Technology, is like hiring your own nutritional mastermind. The program uses input from expert physicians and nutritionists to design your perfect vitamin combination.  There are more than one trillion possible combinations of vitamins and nutrients that can be customized for what your body needs.

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I ordered mine and a few days later I had these highly convenient, totally unique to me vitamin packages.  Every month after that for as long as I want (I can cancel anytime,) a 28-day supply of vitamins and nutrients individually packaged in tear-off pouches will arrive at my doorstep.

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The boxes roll out single serving packages holding all the supplements that I should take at that time of day.   They are well-labeled and easy to follow.

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And big surprise: you’ll see they gave me some extra calcium.

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The package even came with my own literature which explained my new vitamin and supplement plan.

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I really enjoyed reading the individual sheets on each different vitamin I was going to take, like the Vegan Multi, which fills in the nutritional gaps of my mainly vegetarian diet.

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I also really enjoyed learning about Evening Primrose Oil, which helps balance hormones, clear skin and help thicken your hair. Score!

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Plus I feel great knowing that all Vitamin Packs vitamins and supplements have been tested, are from the best sources and meet FDA guidelines for current Good Manufacturing Practices.

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The other wonderful thing about Vitamin Packs is now I have a really easy way to take my vitamins even on vacation.  As much as I travel it’s hard to bring big bulky bottles with me. These little packages are as easy as tearing off one for each day I’ll be gone. My first order even came with this adorable travel package.

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So now I feel confident knowing I am taking the vitamins that I need, at the time I need to take them and in the right amounts.

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Vitamin Packs is a cool company and I encourage you to give it a shot. There is no fee to join the subscription service and you may cancel at any time.  It costs as low as $1 per day for Vitamin Packs, depending on the number of supplements you choose to add to your daily regimen.

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Subscriptions include unlimited access to your personalized Knowledge Center where you will receive nutrition and wellness news, tips and insights curated by Vitamin Packs experts.

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Plus for each purchase you make, Vitamin Packs provides two children who are malnourished a full year of vitamins through its Vitamin Angels program. Last year Vitamin Packs supported the nutrition of 40,000 children through this program!  Such a great bonus.

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  1. Shelley September 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    I take a multivitamin.

  2. Lisa Brown September 19, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

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  3. Lisa Brown September 19, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I do not take vitamins at the present time
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  4. Holly Harper September 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    I take a multi vitamin with extra B…I couldn’t make it through my busy days without it.

  5. Vincent September 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I don’t currently take any vitamins.

  6. Mita September 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I take a multivitamin.

  7. Julie Wood September 18, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply


  8. Julie Wood September 18, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I take Vitamin D and a women’s multivitamin.

  9. mami2jcn September 18, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply


  10. mami2jcn September 18, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

    I take a multivitamin.

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  12. Madonna September 17, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply
  13. Madonna September 17, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I take vitamin d, magnesium, and iron

  14. Elena September 16, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I take multivitamins daily

  15. Joan Kubes September 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply
  16. judith September 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    awesome! i take probiotics and vitamin b

  17. Angelica September 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply
  18. Angelica September 11, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I take Vitamin D and Calcium daily – prescribed for rest of my life. I also take a multivitamin

  19. Rosie September 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I take B vitamins, a B-12 vitamin, iron, vitamin E, vitamin C.

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  21. Heather September 9, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I actually don’t take anything at the moment, but would like to resume at least a multivitamin of some sort for “insurance.”
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  22. Debbie September 8, 2017 at 4:13 am - Reply

    I currently only take Omega-3, and a daily multi. The nutritional assessment recommended much more, I love how they break it down at the end to show what is recommended and why. Thanks 🙂

  23. Joyce September 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    I have congestive heart failure on the right side….I take D, a multivitamin, garlic….I wish. Outdoor find something to help me lose weight….

  24. Chrissy September 5, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply
  25. Chrissy September 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I still take a prenatal vitamin and I also love Juice Plus!

  26. Elle September 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    I take a daily multivitamin and sometimes I take a vitamin C gummy or B12 pill if I am feeling run down or need a boost.

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  28. Savannah Ledbetter September 2, 2017 at 12:41 am - Reply

    When I remember, I take a calcium and biotin. I will have to give this company a shot.

  29. jberry September 1, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    When I’m on my best behavior I take a blood builder,B-12 complex & a womens+.

  30. Keisha Lipe September 1, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I take a multivitamin, calcuim and vitamin D3.

  31. Farrah September 1, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I don’t take any vitamins right now, but I have a giant container of vitamin D supplements that I proooobably should be taking? ._. (Especially once it’s winter again..)

  32. nicole burca August 30, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Very neat! It recommended that I take calcium with magnesium, folate, and cranberry pills.

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  34. Leah Sorensen August 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    This is fascinating! I’m definitely considering it after reading your post. I currently take a multi-vitamin and calcium.

  35. Sherri Bradley August 25, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I will check out this website. I currently take an occasional multi-vitamin and extra calcium.

  36. Jill K. August 25, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    I currently take a multivitamin, niacin and tumeric. The assessment suggested I take vitamins for stress, sleep and green vegetables (that’s the truth) as well as menopause. I think this is a great website because so many just have no idea what is best for them to take or how they might interact with medicines. I will probably try this out but I have quite a few vitamins I want to use up at this time. The total amount I would pay for a month supply would be $80. I thought that was kind of steep but I don’t like to put a price tag on my health either. Thanks for letting me know about this service. 🙂

  37. Martha August 25, 2017 at 7:43 am - Reply

    I was not aware there was a vitamin service like this, I do wonder what vitamins I need,. I take them but often don’t and when traveling just don’t but thought your packets and the travel bag was great. I am going to check this out, learn more about my needs. Thank you.

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  39. jacquie August 24, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    i take vitamins D, B12, magnesium and iodine.

  40. Courtney August 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    OOoo now this sounds like one awesome and very convenient service!!! I’m going to need to look more into it for myself!

  41. Lisa @ Lisa 3D August 24, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    This sounds like such a convenient service! Right now I’m taking calcium, vitamin D and a multivitamin and sometimes I’ll add B12 to the mix.
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  42. Jennifer @ Fit Nana August 24, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I probably really need to give this a try. I spend so much money on vitamins! Every day, I take biotin, vitamin E, calcium, fish oil, magnesium, glucosamin, and a couple others I know I’m forgetting. It’s the balancing the amounts that gets tricky!
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  43. Annmarie August 24, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    I love the idea of Vitamin Packs – simplifies something that is necessary for many of us! I forget to take mine all the time but this would make it so much easier.

  44. Patricia @Sweet and Strong August 24, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    I currently only take a joint supplement but really want to find which other vitamins and nutrients my body needs. These Vitamin Packs sound awesome, I’m definitely taking the survey!

  45. Heather @Lunging Through Life August 24, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh this is so cool! I don’t take any vitamins (I KNOW!) but I need to start. I’m probably lacking ina bunch of areas.

  46. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free August 23, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    This is such a cool idea! I could definitely use help with picking out the vitamins I need.
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  47. Taya Elery August 23, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Ohh I like the idea of this vitamin pack. I’ve been to stores such as GNC and gotten one big box. They typically have about 10 pills in a pack to take at once. I’d like to try this company out. I think it’s even better since they seem to tailor their plan just for you!

  48. Annemarie LeBlanc August 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    This reminded me of the way prescriptions are filled in Taipei. (I was there one time and I got sick). Medications are properly labeled and put together in sealed sachets marked with the time they should be taken. I am glad that there is a company like Vitamin Packs that I can take advantage of to ensure I take my supplements at the right time of day.

  49. Nicole @ Fitful Focus August 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    What a neat service! I’d be interested to see what they recommend for me.
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  50. latanya August 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I take a multivitamin every day

  51. Deryn | Running on Real Food August 23, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    That’s awesome. I love how they take the guess work out. I take a probiotic, omega-3, vitamin D and a good multi. Would be awesome to have it all in a little pack though!

  52. Ashley @ Whiskers and Weights August 23, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I usually just gravitate towards an all in one vitamin but it would be nice to have a company base my needs off of my actual lifestyle!

  53. Erica Schwarz August 23, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I really like the sound of this service. The fact that it is customization and I am especially loving the way it is packaged for individual days so you’re not having to go through half a dozen bottles. Nice.

  54. Alicia August 23, 2017 at 12:34 am - Reply

    This is a great post knowing the best options as far as vitamins go. I hope your elbow heals soon!
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  55. Kristina @ Love & Zest August 22, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    This is such a great post! So many people will benefit from reading this! I also love how they vitamins get distributed!
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  56. paige o August 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    i take iron, probiotics and a multi

  57. C August 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    I haven’t taken vitamins since I had my last baby. I know! It’s time. But it’s awesome you can have all the guesswork taken out and have the right vitamins sent right to you.

  58. steph August 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I am moving out of the immediate postpartum stage and could use a new vitamin regimen.

  59. Laura August 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I always need more calcium! We have some vitamins that my family loves! 🙂

  60. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. August 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a great service! I love how they write your name on all the packs 🙂

  61. Kimmy Ripley August 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I need to put a little pep in my step so I could use some B vitamins.

  62. Janella Panchamsingh August 22, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    This is perfect for someone like me who hates taking vitamins. I think I may check out this option

  63. Liz Mays August 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    That’s such a convenient way to stay on track with your vitamins. I do miss days and even weeks of supplements sometimes!

  64. Heather Johnson August 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I have been taking a handful of vitamins for almost 7 years now because of breastfeeding and pregnancy. I need something like a vitamin pack to make the process easier!

  65. Christine - Jar Of Lemons August 22, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

    OMG, I LOVE how personalized these packs are! And love that they’re in packs. They seem so simple!

  66. Mikki August 22, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Wow. This looks great. This would be an awesome product for just about anyone, especially for someone who just doesn’t even know where to start with their health journey!

  67. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers August 22, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

    This is super interesting – I’ve never seen a supplement company that used a personalized questionnaire to determine what to provide!
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  68. dixya @food, pleasure, and health August 22, 2017 at 12:55 am - Reply

    love how it is personalized!
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  69. Emily August 21, 2017 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    I take a multi, fish oil, b-12, magnesium, bcaa, and collagen. vitamin d in the winter. I should definitely add calcium though I drink lots of almond milk fortified with calcium, almonds, and leafy greens too!

  70. Taylor Kiser August 21, 2017 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Ouch! Hope your elbow heals soon and that you had a Happy Birthday! This vitamin subscription service sounds like a great idea! Going to check it out!
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  71. I take a multi vitamin but I really like how these are customized to your lifestyle. Looks great!
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  72. Mary Beth Jackson August 21, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    great giveaway! I take some probiotics and my women’s vitamin but I think I need more. Oh how the body changes and it isn’t all good! I will take the quiz!

  73. Mollie Mason August 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Love this! I’m a huge believer in Vitamin D and probiotics., They’ve changed my life since taking them consistently.

  74. Rachel August 21, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a really cool idea! I have a cabinet full of vitamins right now but once they’re dwindling, I’ll have to look into this!
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  75. Jessica @Small Bites by Jessica August 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a great giveaway Julie! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  76. Kelly August 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    What a cookbook idea to help with vitamin intake. I take B, C and D and feel great on them.

  77. Natalie August 21, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply
  78. Natalie August 21, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I take Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and slow release iron. The most important for me to take is the calcium and vitamin D because I am deficient.

  79. Abbey Sharp August 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Awesome post and thanks for sharing your perspective! And even more awesome giveaway!

  80. heather August 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm - Reply


    I just posted my tweet but it did not post correctly on your site please delete that one and keep this one.

  81. heather August 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I take vitamin c but I need to be taking a whole lot more

  82. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups August 21, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I had never heard of this before, how cool! I am pretty bad about taking my vitamins, but try to take a calcium and a probiotic everyday, I also add collagen to my coffee most days. Hope you have a good one!

  83. Jessica To August 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I take a Super B vitamin.

  84. Linda August 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I take Calcium and D3, Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid. These are what my doctor recommended for me.

  85. Kayley August 21, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I take a variety of vitamins including Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Iron.

  86. Shelly Higgins August 21, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

    I take calcium and vitamin D.

  87. Julie Wood August 21, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    My previous tweet is wrong. Here is my correct tweet. Sorry.

  88. Julie Wood August 21, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply


  89. Julie Wood August 21, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I only take Vitamin D right now. I need to take personalize vitamins. I think that is awesome to try out!

  90. Kelly D August 21, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply
  91. Kelly D August 21, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I take a daily multivitamin right now. I usually like to take extra D and iron when I am trying to do better.

  92. Maureen Feeney August 21, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

    I just take a woman’s multi vitamin right now. I have never heard of personalize vitamins but that’s an awesome idea! Plus it’s great they do all the research for you so you don’t need to spend the time doing it.

    Have a great day 🙂

  93. Christie August 21, 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

    What a great service!

  94. Rhonda Mcmahan August 21, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Hi Julie, I have been taking supplements for several years now. I take evening primrose, Coq 10, Vitamin A, B12, D, E also calcium.

  95. Sonya Loveday August 21, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I don’t currently take vitamins but I thinj I’ll look into this subscription service. Sounds interesting. I’d love to win $100 Visa gift card 😊🤞🏼🤞🏼

  96. Mary Jean Henson August 21, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I did not take any until my last physical. My doctor suggested Vitamin D and calcium. Taking them now.

  97. [email protected] August 21, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I don’t take any vitamin supplements. I know I probably should as well. Have you seen any difference since you’ve been taking them?

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