Morning! Oh there you are Wednesday!!! Have you seen the movie Hook? I love that movie! The line in there that says, “Oh there you are Peter!” Ahhh, great scene. Great movie.
Breakfast: 1 waffle with nut butter and one egg/coffee
Snack: half of a banana
Lunch: Salad with: greens, walnuts, chicken, strawberries, and feta cheese
Dinner: Salmon/red potatoes/veggies
Snack: dark chocolate
Well, I got the results of my blood work that I had done last week. Guess what? I am fine. Well, sort of. My hormones are actually fine. The only thing that I thought was kind of low was my Thyroid (1.48). The nurse said it’s low on the “normal” side. Guess that is why I am a banker. Anyhoo, my vitamin D levels are low. Actually moderately low……….just one step up from severe. For a second, I was disappointed that it wasn’t something……oh I don’t know……..more. For months now I have felt off and really wanted some sort of explanation. Something big! “oh Ms. So and so you have this and we are going to give you this to take care of it.” I really did get that, but I didn’t expect it to me something simple. Craziness I know!!
So I got to digging around:
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms are: bone pain, joint pain, muscle fatigue, pain and weakness. You may also experience high blood pressure, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and psoriasis.
Vitamin D is a thyroid hormone that helps the body regulate calcium and phosphorous. It promotes absorption of calcium and phosphorous in the intestines and is required fo normal formation and mineralization of bone. The body cannot utilize calcium without Vitamin D.
I also wanted to share some of the other things that stuck out to me while I was looking things up.
- Vitamin D deficiency symptoms can be very misleading. Depression is one of the symptoms of long-term deficiency, but depression can be caused by many other factors. Treating depression with antidepressants when you have a vitamin D deficiency could be useless. Meaning that the cause of depression could be physical, rather than emotional.
- Obesity an also be related to a vitamin D deficiency. If you are trying to lose weight, but you are not getting anywhere with the diet, perhaps your vitamin D levels are low. Vitamin D can prevent you from losing weight, no matter how hard you exercise.
- Vitamin D can be found in dairy products, animal meat, eggs, and fish (sardines and salmon). Beef liver is another great source.
- 15-20 minutes a day in the sun is a great source
After reading some of this information, it would explain a lot. I really don’t want to be one of those people who reads a list of symptoms and goes, “that’s me!” With that said I do have a lot of them and the test proves it. I’ll be honest, the weight part sticks out the most to me. This part has really bothered me the most. No matter what I do, my weight doesn’t change. No matter how many workouts I do, my stamina decreases. Argh!
Finding out is a good thing though!! My doctor did prescribe some high dosage Vitamin D pills so I am hoping to see a difference……soon. One of the things that I have noticed is that I don’t eat a lot of red meat. Hardly ever. In fact, I can’t remember the last time that I ate red meat. This is not something that I have done on purpose, I just prefer chicken instead. Fish, turkey and fake meat instead. Maybe I should try to eat more of it????
This doesn’t mean that I am going to rush out and buy some beef liver mind you.
What’s something that makes you smile?
A good movie?
A smoldering actor?
A great cup of coffee?
A good book?
How about chocolate?
A good work out?
There is so much that can make me smile. I want to enjoy each moment that I am given and to smile about it. Each moment that we are given is special. Even stressful moments and the hard moments. They make us stronger and they build our character. I want to spend my time smiling, not worrying about things that just don’t matter.
I hope you have a great day!!