Monday, October 11, 2010

hmm... fishy...

(seriously... the last serious post for a while...
then we're back to sarcasm and mishaps...)

So this vegetarian married a meat eater and moved to California. Made mushroom lasagna. Hiked and festivaled and started a business.

And still found herself using the phrase "the mean reds" more times in the last few weeks than ideal.

So she took a look at FitDay to see what was missing from her diet: vitamins

She took a look at her phone log what was missing from her life: connections

And she took a look at herself what was missing from her attitude: grace

But a wake up call during a phone call from a very dear friend, a quick trip to Trader Joe's and a few minutes of outreach...and I think we're back in business.

Just what the doctor ordered:

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: I'm using Flax Oil capsules instead of Fish Oil capsules because (quite frankly) I won't take fish oil. It's nasty. Juvenile? Yes. Honest? yes. In conjunction with the Vitamin D I get from this glorious California sunshine, we're feeling better already.

2. B Vitamin Complex: Since I'm not eating meat and eating less and less fish, I'm finding that I'm a little low in B-6 and B-12, both of which are important for brain function and energy levels! (and lord knows I need all the help I can get in the brain function department...)

3. If you have ever moved somewhere new, needed a new hobby or just wanted a new friend or 72... this is your spot. I have already met a couple of amazing gals and can't wait to start building new friendships.

(Also, tonight's group was a macrobiotic vegetarian dinner. Split Pea Soup... Tofu/Mushroom Stroganoff... steamed veggies... zucchini cake...1.5 hours of conversation with vegetarian cyclists?! I'm never moving. )

4. Self Examination: A few excruciating rounds of this of this and I came up with..."Yes. This is hard" so "Get your butt to the gym, you'll feel better" and "be nice." It sounds so simple, right? If only...

Sometimes, even when life is awesome, the mean reds or the blues or straight up depression (yep. I used the "D" word) can sneak up behind you and kick you in the patootie. And that doesn't mean you're failing (ahem... listening, Self?) or that you're not going to pull out of it.

If you need help - ask for it! If you just need to pull yourself up by the bootstraps - pull away! Just be more adult than me about the fish oil thing...

*I am not a medical doctor nor a registered dietitian. Any supplementation I do is purely from research and recommendations I have been given or read. Seek medical advice before starting any supplementation regimen. If you think you may be depressed, seek out a licensed psychotherapist... I know a few. I've seen a few. They're pretty awesome.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, I love!!! I'm a memeber of a few vegan/veg groups but only ever been to hiking ones... I totally feel ya with all that is going on in this post.

    In my life (in my own head) I'm having doubts about some constants in my life- wish I knew what to do.

    Anyway, glad you're here! Can't wait to meet you!