I don’t even know how many times I’ve told you I’m a loon. And to purposely sound like a broken record, I am a LOON.
Also, let me preface this: all of the crap listed below is self-diagnosed. This is what works my body. I know what works for my body because I’ve been in this body for 26 years. Aight? aight.
I love taking vitamins. I think it’s totally the placebo effect in my brain going on… but the moment I take one I am convinced that whatever “problems” my body is experiencing will disappear when a vitamin is introduced to it.
This picture omits two different vitamins I take. One is iron… I’m trying to become Tony Stark, obvs. And it’s omitted because I only take it on Monday/Wednesday/Friday’s and the day I snapped this photo was a Tuesday. Case closed. However, the photo does include a tiny spec of quinoa on the table. Whoops. I was starving last night and apparently ate my salad like a the Beast eats his cream of wheat in Beauty and the Beast:
Also, on this Iron tablet front… I have always had an iron deficiency. I get tested for it about once a year. I take one three times a week to get keep my levels elevated. A few years ago, I started taking them every day and actually gave myself iron poisoning. I was sick and couldn’t sit up straight. It was TERRIBLE. I literally just chugged water and had to wait for it to pass through my system. My poor boyfriend at the time. We went to a movie at the luxury cinema and I sprawled out all over the two seats/him because I was in so much pain. Sorry dude.
so! if you think you have an iron deficiency, get tested and take the amount they recommend. NO MORE.
I take one of each of these on the reg. I pop one per day.
Fish oil I take because of running. According to competitor.com “absorbing the omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil will help a runner ward off the damaging effects of inflammation.”
Calcium I take regularly because I am lactose intolerant and don’t drink milk really. I eat a little bit of cheese but definitely not enough to satisfy the daily calcium requirement.
Vitamin C… well… really? You need me to explain that? I don’t like getting sick.
Alright so the two little red ones are cranberry vit’s a I take because I’m a girl. Duh. I try to take 2, two times a week, just to keep everything in good, working condition. nuff said there.
Alright, what else is in that picture? To the right of the cranberry guys are 2 big vitamins. The white one is the previously described calcium vitamin. The other is a multi:
Costco what upppp. I love Kirkland Brand. Simply because I love Costco. As much as I try to eat a variety of foods everyday to get my recommended amount of nutrients, I know that I do not get everything. A multi just covers my bases. Right? right.
Ah next to the calcium/multi and 2 weird yellowish colored vitamins.. Those bad boys are:
Kirkland brand AGAIN. YUP! gotta love it. This is CRUCIAL to my regiment. It supports joint health/strength. I need this like I need a glass of wine
four… three…two times per week. It really helps my knee issues. Check out this article on RunnersWorld. I swear it helps! and if you’re doing any type of serious running, it should definitely be a staple in your routine.
Next up is another girly vitamin supplement. I take Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins because… I’d like healthy hair, skin and nails. In actuality, it’s a B7 vitamin called Biotin.
Alright so I take this for a couple of reasons. Obviously, I want my hair/skin/nails to be as strong and healthy as possible. But why do I think I need MORE biotin than my body normally produces? I’ll tell you.
Because I run/spin/workout a lot- I shower a lot. And… let me tell you… I’m a sweater. When I come back from a long run or a spin class, I am DRENCHED. Yeah, super attractive. I KNOW. It’s embarrassing just how glossy (read: WET) I am after a hard cardio workout. But I digress. I feel the need to shampoo my hair pretty often. Which DAMAGES the crap out of it. Biotin helps a lot with that. Makes my hair not look like it’s been attacked and all the moisture/oils sucked out of it.
I also have a secondary motivation which also ties into my next vitamin [not pictured.] Biotin also helps maintain a steady blood sugar level. As I’ve told you many times, I worked for a Bakery for about a year and a half. Working there… destroyed me. Not really. It was awesome, but I developed a HUGE sugar habit. I crave sugar/fatty foods because I was eating them so consistently for a year. So Biotin and Chromium.
So let’s talk about this vitamin. “Chromium is a mineral our bodies use in small amounts for normal body functions, such as digesting food. Chromium exists in many natural foods including brewer’s yeast, meats, potatoes (especially the skins), cheeses, molasses, spices, whole-grain breads and cereals, and fresh fruits and vegetables.” Ok, eat a fair amount of veggies and fruits but the rest… not so much… Again, this mineral helps move blood sugar from the blood stream and to be used as energy. I need help with the blood sugar! So when I’m craving sugar/candy my body is really telling me: YOU’RE LACKING Chromium.
So I take two of these tablet’s per day (sometimes only one. The afternoon dose is all about how I feel)
Let me tell you, they really help!
Anyways, so that’s that. TIME TO START TRAINING AND RUN THROUGH THE CITY LOOKING LIKE A FOOL. Oh, and tomorrow night I’m going on that grouper date I told you guys about. PLEASE STAY TUNED for that. Apparently we are supposed to play 2 truths and a lie. I’m thinking 3 lies? thoughts? comments? concerns?