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On average, how much do you spend on vitamins & protein a month?

Lori M.
on 2/23/10 5:36 am - O Fallon, MO
I added EVERYTHING up last night and it came to about $65 a month.  The 3 most expensive parts for me are I use BA chewable multi vitamins & calcium, and I also use vitron c (iron with vit c).  i take 2 vitron c's a day (low iron = 1 bottle a month/$15).  These 3 combined plus powder protein (walmart 2 lb. tub) is about $52 a month.  How much are you spending? 
on 2/23/10 5:57 am
probably over $100.00 a month, but I am also saving on all of the junk I used to buy.  Now, if you ask how much I am spending on clothes and new shoes.......I'll never tell.

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Lori M.
on 2/23/10 6:04 am - O Fallon, MO

oh, i know i spend more...protein bars, protein shakes, almonds, cheese sticks...etc.  I considered that all food expense.  i just wanted to see if what i was spending on vitamins etc. was overkill.  i probably spend about $100 a month too with everything. 

on 3/18/10 8:38 pm - Kannapolis, NC
 I have found a really neat supplement that is actually in liquid form. It is considered to be the most complete multi-vitamin supplement available. It runs about 75 bucks a month for a person and 145 for 2 people(in case you want your spouse on it too!). I like it because it is everything I need in 2 ounces of liquid a day...not to mention 98% of liquid supplements are absorbed opposed to 10-20% of pill supplements.

Interesting Fact: A gastroenterologist did a colonoscopy on a patient that showed a Centrum pill that was still undissolved and unabsorbed in the intestines several days after the patient had ingested the pill. This just reiterates the fact...only 10-20% of pills are actually absorbed!

on 2/23/10 6:05 am - OH
About $100 a month, but that's 'cause I use ENS for my multi because everything else made me nauseous and it's ridiculously expensive.  I spend $50 a month just on that.

Mary C.
on 2/23/10 6:12 am - Canada
Probably around 50$ a month. Protein not included. I don't use protein drinks - just the occasional protien bar - maybe 15 times a month - they are worth about $1.50 - $2.00 - so with protein - around $80 per month.

on 2/23/10 6:19 am
If I used all one brand - it would be about $60.00 a month -  something like Celebrate's Monthly Bundle Pack.
on 2/23/10 7:22 am - Nixa, MO
RNY on 12/26/06 with
I don't use bariatric vitamins, just regular multi vits from Sams, ditto on the B complex and calcium. I have had good labs from the beginning and have no trouble swallowing. I use sublingual b12 and I do chew one Flintstone a day because I like to donate blood and even though my iron levels are great as far as the MD is concerned the blood center wants them higher and the Flintstone has taken care of that. I am glad I don't have to buy special vits. I use about 1 tub of Click protein a month and it costs under $18 if you get it on auto ship/pay. I don't really spend anything else on dietary - maybe occasional jerky. I eat lots of egg whites, tuna, peanut butter, chicken (I hate it but eat it anyway), ground beef, cottage cheese, yogurt and occasional steak. I am over three years out.

Adamsamah, Lana
"WLS is about making better choices, a healthier lifestyle and seeing how little you can eat.  Portion control is the key to all weight loss surgeries.  Bottom line - it isn't how much you can eat - it is how little you can eat."


on 2/23/10 7:26 am - OH
I'm just curious about why you're using Flinstones for iron instead of an iron supplement?  Or does Flinstones make an iron supplement?  I'm assuming you mean you're using a Flintstones multi for iron but that's what seems weird to me.

on 2/23/10 7:33 am - Olive Branch, MS

I am so glad to hear what you take and being 3 yrs out you have been successful..last week I opened a can of worms on this site with a couple of people mentioning Flintsones but that is what my surgeron and nut said to take...I will be 6 months out next month had some labs done by my primary doc and he checked everything he could think of and they came back great..I am still doing protein shakes to make sure I get all my protein in (I still do catch myself not eating) but so far my hair is staying in place and everything else is great..I read a long time ago about excessive vitamins all you do is pee them out and that is "normal" people so I can only imagine what we would do with them. I will see my doc next month so will see what they say then. I have fallen in love with the "Believe" protein drinks they are a little pricey with shipping but well worth the investment in health matter of fact my hubby orderd 3 cases of them for my Valentine present that is what I wanted haha  Thanks for the info and continued good health to you..  I do take the sublingual B12 and Calcium...

on 2/23/10 11:59 am - Owings Mills, MD
why in the world would you eat something you hate?
Ticker is from Day of Surgery.. weight goal is personal preference as I've MET my doctor's goal



Guate Wife
on 2/23/10 7:34 am - Grand Rapids, MI
DS on 12/13/07 with

Interesting answers, considering that I often here that a reason given for getting RnY over a DS is the number of supplements we need to take (not necessary the cost, but the number).  My supplements are at $60/month right now, and I am a very proactive supplement junkie.  This includes my Probiotic of choice, which is $30 per month.  I don't do Iron or any of the Iron co-factors; instead opting for an infusion when needed.  Also, this doesn't include my protein supplements.  Although I consider these mandatory for my anatomy, I consider them food, as I am often substituting a protein shake for a meal (meal at this point actually being just a typical "fill up", since I consume food every two hours or so).

       ~ I am the proud wife of a Guatemalan, but most people call me Kimberley
Highest Known Weight  =  370#  /  59.7 bmi  @  5'6"

Current Weight  =  168#  /  26.4 bmi  :  fluctuates 5# either way  @  5'7"  /  more than 90% EWL
Normal BMI (24.9)  =  159#:  would have to compromise my muscle mass to get here without plastics, so this is not a goal.

I   my DS.    Don't go into WLS without knowing ALL of your options:

on 2/23/10 7:40 am - NY
RNY on 02/11/10 with
One thing I keep telling myself about the expense of protein and vitamins, is that its a fraction of what I was spending on food.  I believe I was spending anywhere from $350-$400 a month on food for just me.  I was eating out nearly 5-6 days a week for dinner and every day for lunch.

Thats gonna change now and save me big money and increase my health.
(deactivated member)
on 2/23/10 7:46 am
I am probably spending around $60.00 a month for vitamins and protein powder.

I take 24 supplements a day, supplementing what I need according to my labs.  My most expensive is Proferrin ES which is $55.00 for a 3 month supply.
on 2/23/10 10:23 am, edited 2/23/10 10:23 am
VSG on 08/03/09 with
Much less than I was spending on cheeseburgers, french fries, candy bars and potato chips! To God be the glory! lmbo
 " I will bless the Lord at ALL times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth!"

on 2/23/10 11:58 am - Owings Mills, MD
ugh I don't even keep track because well it turned our entire household upside down as both DH and I had surgery 5 weeks apart.

I spend about 60 on my vitamins and supplements each month 
less on DH's.  he takes centrum, extra d3 and b1.  (oh and he does b12 shots)
he does not take protein supplements but he drinks a LOT of milk.
I do protein powders but I get the body fortress at Walmart mostly....
Ticker is from Day of Surgery.. weight goal is personal preference as I've MET my doctor's goal



on 2/23/10 2:32 pm
$42.16 a month, not adding in protein supplements.  I rarely use them, would rather eat a can of tuna than drink a shake!   LOL      Mary C

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