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Caltrate Gummy Bites

Hello friends,

If you recall, last year my GYN diagnosed me with being Vitamin D Deficient, so I started taking Vitamin D pills.  If you are anything like me, you don’t like taking hard-to-swallow pills and may take softgels instead.

I had seen Gummy Vitamins on the shelves at our local drug stores but always felt they were a bit juvenile for a woman of my age!

Thanks to @Smiley360, I was able to receive ten sample packs to review.  Included with the samples was a $2.00 off coupon and a Pedometer, which I wear at the office as a reminder to get up and walk, I definitely don’t want a “blogger’s butt”.

Caltrate Gummy Bites

These Caltrate Gummy Bites are Calcium & Vitamin D3 Supplements which supports strong bones, another health concern for aging women.  The Gummy Bites are not those stick-to-your-teeth bites which I though they would be, you know something similar to candy gummy worms.  

They come in three flavors, Black Cherry, Orange and Strawberry and have now become part of my daily vitamin regiment. 

Anyone over the age of 13 can take these supplements 2x per day with or without food but make sure to first check with your physician before taking any new medication or supplement.

Caltrate Gummy Bites

Caltrate Gummy Bites can be purchased online or at your local Walgreens, Walmart, Target or CVS.  Click here to receive your $2.00 off coupon.

I received this product for free for the purpose of my review.  Opinions are 100% my own.  I am not a health care professional so please check with your physician before taking any over-the-counter products.

Super Foods for Seniors | Bone Builders

Hello Friends and Happy Monday


Did you know that bad bones bother more than 64 million Americans, are you one of them?  Bone is a living growing tissue and all during our lives new bone replaces old bone but when you are young, it builds faster.  At around the age of 30, bone loss slowly begins to outpace bone formation and growth.  Women like me, in our first few years after menopause are hit hardest by this condition, but it also affects men.

I know calcium does a body good, but there are other foods that contain the nutrients that will keep the bones strong throughout our lives.

Super Foods Bone Builders

It’s takes more than just calcium in milk to keep our bones strong, adding a few of these foods to our diets can also help the cells form new bones.

  • Tomatoes – contains lycopene that helps fight osteoporosis

  • Powdered Milk – add nonfat dry milk to your diet by adding to casseroles and desserts

  • Broccoli – this non-dairy food is full of calcium

  • Cauliflower – this cousin to broccoli is a collagen-building Super Food

broccoli and cauliflower

  • Vitamin D Fortified Milk – contains both the vitamins and nutrients needed to keep your bones strong

  • Apricots – bones need potassium and magnesium to work with the calcium and this fruit contains both

  • Bananas – contains a healthy dose of magnesium which adds in the absorption of calcium

  • pineapple Pineapple – contains Vitamin C which makes collagen which is the fiber that holds bones, teeth and cartilage together

  • Baked Beans – the zinc aids postmenopausal women loss less bone mass

  • Barley – contains traces of minerals like copper which helps form collagen

  • Grits – after menopause, the daily allowance of iron drops from 18 mg per day to 8 mg, but iron levels should remain high and grits is an iron-rich food, 1 pack contains the RDA 8 mg. grits



  • Peanut Butter – contains Boron which helps estrogen stop osteoclasts from breaking down your bones

  • Tea – the fluoride in tea is just as good for your bones as it is for your teeth

  • Onions – helps to ward off osteoporosis and other bone-thinning diseases

  • Tofu – estrogen helps the body absorb calcium, menopause stops the estrogen supply, tofu and other soy products can make up for that, just don’t overdo it.

  • Cottage Cheese  – great source of Vitamin B12, a cup of cottage cheese contains half your daily requirement of Vitamin B12

  • Carrots – chock full of Vitamin A which keeps the bones, eyes, and skin in good shape. carrots with tofu

  • Herring – this tiny cold water fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is associated with higher bone density.

  • Prunes – these dried plums are an antioxidant that may slow down osteoporosis after menopause

Dairy foods contain calcium which is good for the bones but for some it may not be so good for their stomachs.   If you are lactose intolerant try a few of these non-dairy foods which are also high in calcium


Non-dairy foods with calcium
Food Amount Calcium (Mg)
Total Raisin Bran 1 cup 1000
Collard Greens 1 cup 357
Sardines/can with bone 3 oz 325
Blackeye peas, fresh 1 cup 211
Pork n Beans, canned 1 cup 149
Okra, fresh 1 cup 123
Almonds, raw 1 oz 70
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup 62
Oranges, raw 1 orange 52


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Who Me? ~ I’m Vitamin D Deficient

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

Remember last month when I started my birthday at the Glasgow Medical Center taking tests, well the results are in and although not all of them were abnormal, one was a bit disconcerting.  I am Vitamin D deficient.

Me…the dunking of Oreos into a big glass of milk…me….the Kahlua mixed with milk drinking…me….the daily eating of cottage cheese in salads…me…the tomato and cheese sandwich eater…me…the yogurt spooning, sun worshiping me is Vitamin D deficient – REALLY, how does that happen?


Vitamin D deficiency is more common in women, people of color, obese people, senior citizens and breast-fed infants.  For 52 years I have been in good health, other than the normal bumps and bruises and a few minor cuts as a child I have been the picture of health.  Only two hospitalizations, the first was 21 years ago when I had to have a Cesarean Section giving birth to #1 son, and the second was four years ago for Urethral Diverticula,

So how does one go from that to this…simple


vitamin d supplements

Now don’t get me wrong, I know there are millions of people with ailments, diseases and disabilities far worse than being Vitamin D deficient, so I’m not crying, “woe is me”.  I’m just passing along a little information that I’ve learned since my diagnosis, because more than half of the US population could also be Vitamin D deficient.

 Vitamin D is really a hormone rather than an actual vitamin and it is needed for calcium absorption required for bone growth and density.  90% of our Vitamin D comes from directly from the sun, but darker complexions do not absorb as much due to the melanin in our skin.

Body fat interferes with how Vitamin D is formed as well as age, after 50 we are less able to produce Vitamin D.  Vitamin D stimulates muscle growth which is important especially for older women who are more susceptible to bone softening osteoporosis.  Low Vitamin D levels have also been associated with the increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and cancer.

vitamin d foods

Symptoms may be subtle but they include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • leg cramps
  • muscle pain or weakness/cramping
  • sleep interruption or insomnia
  • poor concentration or memory
  • headaches
  • bladder or bowel issues (urgency/frequency or constipation/diarrhea)

The best way to determine if you have a Vitamin D deficiency or to determine the best dosage you need for your body, your blood levels must be tested.  Levels may be lower in the winter and higher in the summer, but this chart shows the categories of those levels.

vitamin d levels

There are several online sites including where you can get additional information but for me, the bottom line is that I need to increase my Vitamin D intake, including taking a supplement of at least 2000 mg; eat more foods fortified with Vitamin D such as milk, butter, yogurt, orange juice, and oily fish and of course hang out in the sun more and you know me…I love hanging poolside…so a trip to The Bahamas may be just what the doctor orders!

sunshine vitamin d

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!