I have had a hard time finding a way to explain why I am even on a search for better health. I needed to be able to explain it to myself. I was not as concerned about what others thought. It never really occurred to me to try to explain it outside my own ego.
When fighting Lyme and company, there has always seemed to be something just not right. We are missing a puzzle piece somewhere. Various infections, hormones, nutrition….it always seems much more difficult and complicated than it should be.
I believe that I have found a way to explain it to myself. The theory will not fix anything but thought I should share it in case anyone else could use it.
The Rose Theory
I first moved into my house over 10 years ago. As a new home owner I was excited to fix up things and put to use all of those hours spent watching home improvement shows. One thing that I really wanted was a beautiful rose bush. It was a peace rose. I tended to it as Google said I should. I watered it often but careful not to over water it. I sought advice on what fertilizer to use and when to apply it. I made sure it received all the nutrients it needed. I trimmed it as directed. I was very attentive to its every need. If I was doing everything just right, there were a few beautiful blooms as a reward.
I have a new toy! It took me a month to get it out of the box and play with it but I think its a winner for occasional use.
Whenever I had spotted bananas that I would not get to in time, I peeled and threw them in the freezer. I also cleaned, prepped, and stored some strawberries when there was a BOGO free deal at the store.
I let them defrost for 15 minutes…well closer to 30 after talking with a neighbor.
You put the fruit in the chute and out comes some soft serve ice-cream type food.
Where’s the hot fudge??
I decided to start taking iron a few days a week. I have tested low enough to be turned away from donating blood a few times. Since I have been tracking my food intake with the My Fitness Pal app on the phone, I have discovered that my iron intake is low. In my search for energy and balance, I felt that taking some iron may be helpful.
Like vitamin D, from the previous post, you can take too much iron. Please use with caution and discuss iron supplementation with your doctor.
The body uses iron to help build red blood cells. These cells are what carry oxygen through the body.
I have mixed feeling about dietary supplements. Most vitamins and minerals that we need can be taken in natural food form. That seems so much better than popping pills to make up for holes in our diet. Pills do not always absorb into the body and without the enzymes and other nutrients that accompany the target vitamin in whole foods, they may not be as effective. There are a few areas that I just seem unable to ingest the desired amount no matter how many juices and smoothies I mix up.
I thought I would share my list and my justification for needing each. Today is D3 day. Everyone should thoughtfully consider and research any supplement that is added to their regimen.
Do you take supplements?
I take this supplement because I have tested low. Sunshine without sunblock is not a good option for me because I have a skin condition (vitiligo) that takes pigment out of my skin and may increase my risk for sun damage. Another reason is that I have eliminated most fortified foods in my quest to eat more whole foods and avoid dairy.
I have had two tests with results of 15 and 23 ng/mL. The table below is from the National Institutes of Health.
Table 1: Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] Concentrations and Health* 
||Associated with vitamin D deficiency, leading to rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults
||Generally considered inadequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
||Generally considered adequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
||Emerging evidence links potential adverse effects to such high levels, particularly >150 nmol/L (>60 ng/mL)
* Serum concentrations of 25(OH)D are reported in both nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) and nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL).
** 1 nmol/L = 0.4 ng/mL
After a long paddleboard workout, I used the chocolate veg protein mix in a smoothie with lunch in hopes for a fast recovery. It did seem to help.
The next morning, I added a tbsp of peanut powder and had a smoothie breakfast.
1 cup Flax milk
1 scoop raw chocolate protein
4 ice cubes
363 calories (200 from banana)
I’m using Flax milk this week because it is good and the shop I went to had it and not almond milk.
Juice for a new decanter:
I addition to all of the wonderful and tasty treats I had through the holiday season, a new blender made its way home with me. With new toy in hand, I have been re-inspired about my juicing and smoothie operation. So I thought I would share a few of my concoctions from my juice site just to update and maybe even inspire.
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Fatigue is not a new experience, but this is driving me loco. After the adventurous workouts, it took a few days of riding the couch to get my energy back. Since I broke the fast, I have been so very tired. My energy was fine during the workouts and juicing. A health hangover? Today I made it to after lunch before I crashed. A definite improvement over the weekend, when doing laundry was a reason to lay down. I did have a juice this morning and will have one tonight, if I can find the energy to make it.
Just tired of being tired. I am sure I will get over it soon enough. My body is slowly finding homeostasis. A happy flower, after the rain….
I started the fast on a bit of a whim. It ended most purposefully with an apple and a big spoon of peanut butter. It was not as good as I had been imagining all week, but I looked down at my stomach and asked it, “Are you happy now?” It gurgled, thank you, back at me.
Lessons and observations from my adventure:
- Just because I want to eat, does not mean I have to. I give into cravings so often with the excuse that I should go ahead, otherwise I will never be able to stop thinking about it. Another favorite excuse: my body must need something, so go ahead and eat that chocolate milkshake and fries. 8)
- Media has way too many pictures of food. There are the obvious commercials for the -gotta have it now- fast food and sugary treats. Pinterest can be evil. My DVR has a list of cooking competition shows waiting for me. I had never noticed how much regular TV shows flash food across the screen. I envied Homer Simpson’s plate. Really, craving cartoon food! Continue reading