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Old 04-26-2013, 05:44 PM   #31
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Is everyone getting their vitamin levels tested regularly? My Dr is very vigilant about that. I was taking Bariatric Advantage vitamins for everything after surgery which was very costly but my Dr was convinced it was best for me. Slowly over time I started to transition back to OTC pills. That Bariatric chewable calcium was torture, GACK!! I just couldn't do it anymore. So I started back on Citrical Petites and my calcium levels are still good, so clearly I'm absorbing them, but goodness! You have to take SOOO MANY of them all the time, I honestly can't keep up. I moved to a food based iron supplement called Blood Builder and my iron levels have never been better. I'm still taking my Rx Vitamin D pills simply because I had so many of them I still haven't run out. All my B level vitamins were normal except B1. I tried taking other brands of B complex but my levels were still extremely low, so I'm staying on Bariatric Advantage for B1 and my levels are getting better. I'm going to try a new whole food based prenatal vitamin because they have so much of everything I need. I'll have to see how I absorb them and how my blood tests turn out. But those chewable calcium Hot Tamale mentioned sounds like something I could get behind!! Anything to make taking calcium easier!!
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:23 PM   #32
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I'll post the brand tomorrow, cmcd...can't get to it right now. They are yummy!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:29 PM   #33
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The calcium I take is Webber Naturals Calcium Citrate capsules. They're 200mg each so I take them 2 at a time, and space the doses apart 2 hours. They work well for me but I guess that would be about the same as the citrical petites if they're also 200mg
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:40 AM   #34
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Thanks Hot Tamale. I googled them based on your post and I think I found them, they say orange flavor, the dosage is qty 4 and have 4carbs. Does that sound right?

I was also looking for a better protein powder and wondered if anyone had suggestions? The Bariatric Advantage shakes are not the worst but I'm certain there must be something better out there?
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #35
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I love the Premier Protein ready to drink shakes. They're 160 calories, 30 grams of protein (about 6 grams of BCAA), 1g sugar (5g carbs - 3g fiber) and 3g fat. I've not yet found a powdered protein that I like.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:40 AM   #36
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I love the Premier Protein ready to drink shakes. They're 160 calories, 30 grams of protein (about 6 grams of BCAA), 1g sugar (5g carbs - 3g fiber) and 3g fat. I've not yet found a powdered protein that I like.
Thanks Hazelsmrf, I will look that one up. I usually buy the RTD too but was thinking it might be more cost effective in the long run to go with the powder? I was also hoping to find something I can get locally and not have to order online but that's a tall order!
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:23 PM   #37
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I take the walmart generic version calcium citrate. No problems with lab values. 6 a day separated into three doses. That gives me the 1500-1800 I need a day without going over the 500-600 per dose limit.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:43 PM   #38
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:54 PM   #39
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Heather, I can make it a "sticky" if you all think it makes sense.

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Old 08-12-2013, 08:25 AM   #40
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Can you take all your calcium pills at one time. I take my calcium at night and the multi in the morning.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:16 AM   #41
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Your body won't absorb any more than 400-500 mg calcium at a time so taking it all at once isn't beneficial. You should take 400-500 mg a time spaced at least 2 hours apart.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:07 PM   #42
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ok is it 400-500mg of calcium or 500-600mg? Because my pills are 200mg, so am I better to take 2 pills 4 times a day, or can I do 3 pills 3 times a day.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:04 PM   #43
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3 three times a day. But look for something with less pills for later!

Sounds like citrical petites. I took those for a bit.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:29 PM   #44
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No they're webber naturals and they're capsules with powder in them. They don't make me choke so that's good. I'm just now switching back to GNC's Ultra Mega multi so if I can choke those down I can choke big calcium pills down, you're right.

I know that the iron in a multi makes it so you don't absorb the calcium, but does it work the other way around? Can I take the Ultra Mega with iron and just ignore the calcium, or do I need to get the Ultra Mega with no iron, and supplement both iron and calcium separately?
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:38 PM   #45
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Are vitamin b12 shots that are needed for RNY different from the ones offered at weightloss clinics? Like is there a certain level or amount needed for the injection? There is a groupon for vitamin b12 shots and wondering if they would be effective.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:44 PM   #46
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I can't swallow those big vitamins anymore ... I didn't used to gag now I do. I got spoiled by chewable.
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Heather - multi vitamin?

I saw where you said with some you only need one. What do you think about this one.

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