1. Set alarms on your phone
I’m usually fine when I have to take supplements in the am. But I recently started a supplement that you are supposed to take 3x per day. Setting an alarm for 8am, 1pm, and 6:30pm on my phone was the best thing I ever did to train myself to take it. Now I don’t need my am and pm alarms anymore, but I’ve kept the afternoon one – it’s stopped me from forgetting many a time!
This is such a simple and effective solution – I can’t recommend it highly enough.
You can also use this trick for taking supplements/meds that need a certain time gap between them and a meal or them and another supplement. For me, with the Candida Cleanse, I now have these alarms:
8am: NAC supplement (should be taken 3o minutes before eating) + herbal coffee
8:30am: morning supplements + Candida probiotic + breakfast
12pm: Candida anti-fungals + lunch #1 (brunch)
3pm: afternoon supplements + Candida probiotic + lunch #2 (linner)
6:30pm: evening supplements + Candida anti-fungals + dinner
9pm: evening NAC supplement
I realize this is a little intense. BUT – this is only for the duration of the Cleanse/till you “learn” this routine and do it automatically.
This ensures I am leaving a consistent gap between my probiotics and anti-fungals AND timing it so I have my probiotic with a meal (this ensures the best absorption).
If there’s a supplement you need to take 20 minutes before a meal, same thing applies – use your phone! Either two alarms spaced 20 minutes apart, or take your supplement and start a 20 minute timer.
Who cares if you have like 17 alarms? After a month or so, you’ll have the routine down, but the alarms are SO HELPFUL in the beginning.
2. Routine, routine, routine
Routine is so key. It will help you out sooooo much because when you do actions consistently, it is:
a) stress relieving and soothing to our nervous system
b) habit forming – which is what we’re trying to do!
c) consistency makes it SO MUCH EASIER not to forget
If your schedule is constantly changing, it will be hard to remember, but the best thing you can do is set alarms on your phone, take your supplements with you plus a snack that contains some healthy fat (nuts are amazing) and a bottle of water. In the morning, adjust your supplement alarms slightly so they don’t interfere with meetings. During the day, use your alarm to take supplements. If they need to be taken with food- well, thank goodness you packed nuts. 🙂
3. Take a small supply of supplements with you on-the-go JUST in case
Despite the fact that I take my supplements from home usually, I have a pill box that I carry with me that has backup supplements (all labeled so I know which is which). If I forget for some reason and then remember when I’m out, I can just use my back-up!
Katie Dalebout over at the Wellness Wonderland has some tips to make taking supplements a little more bearable – when you’re taking this many it can kind of begin to feel like a chore.
You can watch her video but I’ve also distilled it down here for you:
4. Have a supplement area + ritual
I kind of unconsciously did this and then when Katie mentioned it, I was like – oh my god, this is totally true. For the longest time, I wanted my kitchen to look neat and clean, so I had a cupboard for the supplements. I would take them out, do my thing, then put them away. Well, out of sight, out of mind…and I would forget to take them.
Now I have a pretty basket that they all fit in that sits on the counter, in plain sight. To make taking them even easier, I have a supplement glass and a bottle of water right in the basket with them, so I don’t even need to walk over to the sink or look for a clean glass. It’s all already set up. That seems like such a little thing, but trust me – it makes a HUGE difference. When you already don’t want to do something, the smallest task (like getting a glass) can be enough to cancel the whole deal and derail your habit building efforts. Cause once you skip one day, then at least for me, that ruins everything.
5. Don’t take them with you on the go!
You’re all – but you just told me TO take them on the go! Kind of – what I said, is always have BACK-UPS with you on the go, in case you forget. Katie’s saying she would always put her supplements in her pocket, intending to take them on the go, but she would ALWAYS forget. So yeah, take your supplements at home, but ALSO take some with you as a back-up.
Do NOT make it a habit to take your supplements on the go – unless you use my alarm tip. 🙂
6. Make it a meditation (or at least be mindful and optimistic as you take them)
Bringing the right mindset makes all the difference. As you take your supplements, try to remember that you are taking them to care for yourself and heal yourself and take them with that same energy – energy of self-love and compassion.
7. Know what your supplements are for
Write it right next to your supplements so you can be reminded of the benefits. This is similar to the above. When you know what your supplements are for, the action of receiving them becomes more mindful, more accepting and more grateful.
I have a current Candida supplement with a weird name – it’s the one I chose for my detox supplement called NAC with Molybenum or something super weird. And I never remember what it does besides the incredibly vague idea of “detox.”
But every time I look it up, I’m so thrilled and reassured, and my desire to take it is renewed. (For those of you who are curious, NAC is known to boost glutathione, one of the most powerful antioxidant produced naturally by the body. Helps center mood, helps heal liver, helps with joint mobility. Very effective for allergies and stuffiness, helps with mercury detox. Increases energy.)
Hope these helped – do you have a tip to share? If so, leave it in the comments or in the FB group!