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.
This is a principle that I learned in school.
It means that when the body is placed under some form of stress, it starts to make adaptations that will allow the body to get better at withstanding that specific form of stress in the future.
The SAID principle is generally applied to athletes that need to train for a specific sport. Do they need to focus on speed, on power, on endurance? Athletes train on the field and in the weight room for not only their sport, but their specific position.
I have begun to consider how many other areas of life that the SAID principle can be applied.
- If I sit on the couch and eat junk all day, my body adapts and becomes really good at coping with that specific habit.
- As I meditate more often, my body is becoming more adept at relaxing quickly. I am not carrying stress in my shoulders nearly as much.
- Though paddleboarding involves a great core workout, my abs were really sore after returning to the gym’s sit-up chair.
- I have heard that many writers write something everyday. Even if it is not directly related to a current project, it can improve writing.
- If faking a smile can make you happy, can whining make you more miserable?
What are you adapting to?
I have two new favorite toys on my smart phone. They are fun and informative so I want to share.
1) My Fitness Pal
This app is a great tool to journal and track your diet and exercise. It can help you set your calorie goals and will take into account calories burned through the activities you enter. There are countless exercises and food pre-loaded into the app. You can also add your own or just enter a calorie amount. A great bonus is that it tracks several nutrients and will display daily and weekly summaries. It helped me to realize that my iron intake is about half of what it should be. I thought all of those green, leafy vegetables were enough, but now I know that I need to make more of an effort.
I am having the most fun with the bar code scanner that will automatically load all of the information of the foods you scan. You just adjust the number of servings and you are done! The only thing close to frustrating is that when I am making juice, it does not have the juice of a leaf, just the whole plant. There are specific juice recipes pre-loaded, so I did use one that seemed close to what I made for one meal’s “add”.
Keeping a journal can help you be more aware of what you are doing. this app makes it closer to fun to track exercise and diet.
So, full results disclosure of my recent experiments…
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….
Have you ever gotten up in the morning and thought, “today would be a great day to start a juice fast?” Me either, until Wednesday. I have been feeling bloated and just blah. With vacation eating and lunch meetings, I had strayed from my low gluten and lactose diet for the past few weeks.
I love tennis balls and I do not play tennis. My favorite use for them is to use them for massage. I can rub my foot over them to help with plantar fasciitis or just for fun. I also place one on the muscles between the spine and shoulder blade and lean against a wall.Then, doing mini-squats rolls out the muscle. For more intense pressure on the back, I place 2 in a sock and lay down on them. The gap in the middle keeps pressure off the spine while the muscles on either side relax into the pressure. Racquetballs can also work. Golf balls are okay for the foot massage.
Other uses for tennis balls: