Easy Ways To Get Your Daily Nutrients

What can you do to make sure that you are getting your essential nutrients? Read on for some tips!More

Easy Ways To Get Your Daily Nutrients

Written By Lewis Robinson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts

It is easy to find something to eat for a quick snack or a fast dinner when you are crunched for time. However, just because it is easy and fast doesn’t mean it is good for you, and when you eat too many dinners that come from a vending machine it can end up affecting your energy and your health. So what can you do to make sure that you are getting your essential nutrients? Read on for some tips!

Try a Patch

What could be easier than putting on a patch to get some added nutrients? The Thrive patch is about the easiest way to provide your body with what it needs. There are few and very many benefits – one of which is that you are giving your body what it needs without too much effort on your part.

Add in Nutritious Food When You Can

You no doubt deserve that hot fudge sundae after a long work week. Is there some yummy fruit you could add to make it more nutritious? Maybe you really need a few cookies after dinner – you can add in some vitamins by having them with some milk? You don’t have to deprive yourself of all your favorite foods, but you can have your favorites with some added nutrition.

Take Along Some Nutritious Snacks

A good way to avoid the temptations that vending machines offer is to bring your own food so that you have another option when you are hungry. It is very easy to bring a bag of baby carrots or some snap peas to munch on.

Also, although fruits and veggies are the go-to snack when you want to make sure you are eating a nutritious diet, don’t forget about other things that can make a good snack but have lots of nutrition value, like nuts and cheese.

Don’t Skip Meals

Sometimes it can be tough to find the time to take a break and eat. However, in the end it is worth it. Skipping a meal can leave you with no energy and no brain power, and when you skip a meal and find yourself starving later it can lead to snacking on chips or other foods that contribute nothing to your nutrition.

Stopping for a lunch break in the middle of the day is also the perfect excuse to take a break from work; you’ll no doubt return to your task refreshed and ready to go.

Eat Healthy Even When You Eat Out

Nowadays, there is no excuse for not eating right. Even fast food places have realized that customers want healthier options. It may be tempting to get your favorite burger, but now you can opt for a salad instead, or get a smaller burger with a side salad. Eat the salad first, so that you can be sure you are getting some vitamins and minerals.

Try a Smoothie

Smoothies are easy to take along when you are running late, and you can pack them full of good things. It is easy to make an apple, peanut butter, and milk smoothie to get all of that nutrition packed into an easy to take and drink breakfast.

If you make a smoothie at home - which is easier and quicker than ever, thanks to the personal blenders that are so widely available nowadays - you have the advantage of being able to put whatever you want into it. You can add in your favorite foods along with some nutritious bits – the possibilities are endless.

Temptation is everywhere when it comes to food with empty calories. However, in the long run it is worth it to pay attention to what you eat, so that you can get the nutrients you need to . You don’t have to give up on all of your favorite foods – just find some ways to incorporate some more nutritious foods into your day, or try a patch to give you that extra bit of what your body craves.

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Lewis Robinson is a freelance writer and expert in health and fitness. When he isn’t writing he can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.

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Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed , a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at .

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A lifesaving transition

Adrien Gleason embraces his identity as a transgender man, with support from family and help from his medical care team.

A lifesaving transition

Adrien Gleason looked in the mirror and saw no surprises.

Dressed casually in khaki shorts and rugby shirt, with a denim cap on his short blond hair—Adrien’s reflection fit his inner image of himself.

As a man.

And now, to his relief, that is how others see him, too.

No one expects him to wear dresses or makeup. Strangers don’t call him ma’am or young lady.

Adrien has made a transition he considers life-affirming—and lifesaving.

“I am proud of the person I have become,” he said. “I’m proud of the journey that I took to get here.”

The journey included transgender top surgery in July 2020. In the operation, Spectrum Health breast surgeon Amie Hop, MD, transformed his feminine chest into a masculine one.

But that was just the latest step in a journey that began as far back as Adrien can remember.

Trying to blend in

Although the world viewed him as a girl, that identity never fit for Adrien.

“My earliest memories go all the way back to my second birthday,” he said. “Even then, I felt like something was off.”

Throughout his childhood, he felt a disconnect between his identity and the trappings expected of girls.

He rejected all feminine clothes—and insisted on wearing T-shirts and jeans from the boy’s department.

In his teen years, he felt uncomfortable when people asked why he didn’t wear makeup or skirts. He avoided discussions about boyfriends or prom.

“I tried to blend in just a little bit,” he said. “But I always stuck out.”

At home, Adrien felt accepted and understood.

“I am extremely grateful to my entire family for embracing me for the way I was,” he said.

And he loved books and learning. School was a comfortable place, and he excelled academically. After graduating from high school, he went to Western Michigan University, where he is studying history and French.

But still, Adrien often felt alone, growing up as a gender-nonconforming person.

“It was hard to connect with other people because I felt I was telling a half-truth about who I was,” he said. “As a teen, my self-hatred was so strong.”

He struggled with anxiety and depression. He neglected his physical health.

Around age 22, he contemplated suicide.

“I didn’t see a future for myself that involved things other girls wanted, like children or getting married,” he said. “My mental health was so bad, I couldn’t see myself five years in the future.”

Researching online, he learned about others who had similar experiences. He recognized his feeling of disconnect as gender dysphoria.

He began to realize: “I know I am a man. That is how I see myself. I need to change my outside so people see that.”

Early one morning at college, he shared this revelation with his mom, in a text from his dorm room. He said he wanted to see a gender therapist and planned to transition from female to male.

“I just want to let you know who I am,” he said. “I am not a woman.”

His mom responded with love and support.

And that marked an emotional and uplifting turning point for Adrien.

“I got up to go to school, and I was a whole new person,” he said.

Starting the transition

Adrien’s mom, Emily Gleason, is a nurse at Spectrum Health. She helped connect Adrien with a Spectrum Health Family Medicine provider who is supportive of transgender patients.

She also sent him an article about Beau VanSolkema, a transgender man who shared his story of his surgery in 2018. Adrien identified with Beau’s emotional and physical journey.

“It was like a weight lifted off of my shoulders when I read Beau’s story,” he said.

In August 2019, Adrien received his first prescription for hormone therapy. His mom taught him how to give himself the testosterone injection.

As his features became more masculine, Adrien gained the confidence and self-esteem to focus on his mental and physical health.

He lost 50 pounds. He began treatment with a psychiatrist and therapist.

Although he feared rejection from his extended family when he began his transition, Adrien felt relieved to find support and understanding.

“I love that we have become more open as a society for people to be allies,” he said.

“Both sets of grandparents are accepting of me. That is such a privilege. So many people don’t have that kind of support network.”

In the summer of 2020, Adrien felt ready for the next step. He had never felt comfortable with his chest. And since he was 14, he had worn binders to minimize the appearance of his breasts.

He met with Dr. Hop to discuss his surgery.

‘Their confidence is amazing’

Dr. Hop, a surgeon with Spectrum Health’s Comprehensive Breast Center, began performing transgender top surgeries in 2019. She trained with G. Paul Wright, MD, the first surgeon at Spectrum Health to perform the surgeries.

Since then, Dr. Hop has performed more than 75 top surgeries. The program overall recently celebrated its 150th top surgery. The patients range in age from 18 to 65, with most in their late 20s or early 30s.

She has found it immensely rewarding to help transgender people through their transition.

“The patients are always so upbeat and so excited to be here,” she said. “And sometimes it is like you are seeing a different person afterward. Their confidence is amazing.”

Before undergoing surgery, patients receive counseling. Insurers that cover the operation require a letter of support from a mental health professional.

During a consultation with Adrien, Dr. Hop discussed the surgical techniques available and the approach that would work best for him.

“She showed me pictures of people who had surgery and helped me see realistic expectations for my body type,” Adrien said. “It was really nice to see so many people have gone through the experience.”

In late July 2020, Adrien underwent the four-hour surgery at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. He went home the same day to recover at his mother’s house in Wyoming.

‘My puzzle is complete’

A couple weeks after the surgery, Adrien met with Kimberly Texley-Quigg, NP, a nurse practitioner who assists with the surgeries and provides post-operative care .

After Texley-Quigg removed the dressing on his chest, she invited Adrien to look in the mirror.

She typically does that with patients as they discuss their reactions to the results. Many are moved to tears.

The message she often hears is, “My puzzle is complete now. I feel I am who I am.”

And accompanying them through part of that journey, “is very gratifying. I am just blessed to be able to help Dr. Hop with these surgeries,” she said.

Sometimes patients come with a parent, partner or close friend who takes pictures and video.

Others tell her about rejection from their loved ones.

“We don’t realize a lot of transgender people have been through a lot of trauma in their journey,” Texley-Quigg said. “It’s a field where we have to express as much compassion and care as we can.”

That includes respecting a person’s gender identity, calling them by the name and pronouns they prefer.

As Adrien first glimpsed his transformation, he was pleased but quiet.

“It just felt really natural,” he said.

An advocate for others

In the months since his surgery, Adrien has embraced his identity as a transgender man.

“I feel very comfortable with my body now,” he said. “I’m able to wear what I want, and I don’t have to think about my chest now. I can do whatever any guy does.”

He has thrown himself into his studies—pursuing his passion for Medieval history and French language. He plans a career as an archivist.

And he hopes to advocate for transgender people and gender-affirming health care.

“The services through Spectrum Health that allowed me to start hormone therapy and to have surgery saved my life,” he said. “I genuinely would not be the person I am without my care team.

“The world needs to see more of the joy, freedom, and hope that transitioning gives people like me.”

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