Vitamin D – It Does a Body Good

by Emmy on October 13, 2014

In my last update I told you that I was really struggling with fatigue, and that I’d had a visit with a new doctor. Well, I’ve since had my second visit, and I can say that I still like him just as much as I did after the first visit. After the first visit I was tested for Celiac disease, vitamin B12 deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency, and he ran a few more thyroid function tests to double check those levels.

The results? Well, as you can guess from the title of this post, my Vitamin D appears to be the main culprit. Normal levels should be over 35, and mine was at 22. He said I was just above the range for being put on a prescription, but advised me to take an over the counter supplement. Vitamin D is difficult to get from food, and since I work in an office all day, I do not get adequate sunlight, so the replacement is the only want to get me up to where I need to be. I can honestly say that I was already starting to see improvement within a week of starting, and it is getting better all the time. I’m still tired, but I now have the energy to get through my day, and to get back to exercising again, which is also improving my energy levels.

I did not test positive for Celiac and he did not advise a gluten free diet. However, he did say that making sure I stay away from processed foods would lower my gluten intake, and that may make me feel better in general. Based on my reaction to lowering my dairy intake, he also suggested I go ahead and avoid dairy all together since I saw a vast improvement when I didn’t consume those products. Oddly enough, he suggested cutting my B12 supplement down to one sub-lingual tablet a week. B12 is the one vitamin that vegetarians and vegans really need to be mindful of, but he said mine was very high, and I could lower my dosage. He confirmed from my previous blood test at my other doctor that my iron levels are also fantastic.

So, overall he told me that I know what I’m supposed to do, and he supports my plant-based lifestyle completely. He gave me some suggestions for plant-based omega’s since I don’t want to take a fish oil supplement, and told me that unless I was doing all the things we talked about and seeing no weight loss, that he would leave my thyroid medication alone for now. He’s still not ruling out taking me off of it at some point, but didn’t think that was the right course of action at this time.

It’s frustrating that after all of my complaints, my other doctor didn’t think to check something so basic as a vitamin deficiency. But, doctors are human too, and this is why it is important to be an advocate for your own health. Don’t stop looking for an answer just because they tell you that nothing is wrong. If you don’t feel well, don’t ignore that feeling.

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The Fitness Games

by Emmy on October 1, 2014

Do you ever feel bored with your workouts, or think that working out would be so much more fun if it were more of a game? Well, I have an app for you! It’s called The Fitness Games, and I was recently offered the opportunity to give the platinum version of the app a try. Let me just say that it is super fun! With The Fitness Games you have the ability to challenge anyone, anywhere to a workout. The app has GPS so the challenges can even be completed in real time. If that’s not your style, you can challenge yourself and work at beating your own best.

The app has a ton of workouts that you can choose from in strength, cardiovascular, full body, and cross training categories. You can earn points in challenges that will help you unlock new workouts, and you can purchase additional workouts in the store. If you are someone who likes creating your own workout…you can do that too! I liked this option because I already have some workouts I do on a regular basis and I liked having the ability to enter them into the app, and then challenge myself to improve.

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There are tons of other features of this app that I haven’t even begun to play with just yet. You can post pictures and videos from your workouts. You can look through other users photos and challenges to gain inspirations. You can see rankings in other contests and check out what your friends are up to in your news feed.

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I’m still playing with, and learning all of the features of this great app, but I can tell you that it makes working out a lot more fun. I know so many people who say they would workout more if it didn’t feel like such a chore, and The Fitness Games app really makes it feel like a game you can’t wait to play. I encourage you all to check it out!

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This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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But You Don’t Look Sad

August 12, 2014

  I’m copying this from my other blog emmycaitlin.com because I think it’s important for everyone. Depression can be managed well with exercise and a proper diet, but it doesn’t cure it. So I think it’s something that everyone needs to be aware of. Now the post… Right now my Facebook feed is full of […]

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Time for an Update

August 8, 2014

Well this blog is supposed to be about my health and fitness, and my journey back to a healthy weight on a plant based diet. I haven’t talked about that too much lately, because I’m doing so poorly with it. My food addiction post is the closest I’ve come, but that’s not the whole picture. […]

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Can’t Eat Just One

July 18, 2014

Pretty early in life I recognized that I have a personality, or chemical predisposition, or something that lends itself to addiction. Thankfully, I recognized it before I gave any drugs or alcohol a try. I have had a few drinks in my life, but I could probably count them all up for you. Alcohol doesn’t […]

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Weight Watchers

July 13, 2014

  I have a love hate relationship with Weight Watchers. Well, more like a love dislike relationship. If you’re a reader from the beginning of this blog, you know that I lost sixty pounds on Weight Watchers, and have since gained back most of that weight. At the peak of my weight loss, I also […]

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Vega Fuel Your Better

June 8, 2014

  The good people over at Vega recently let me try out some of their Vega Sport protein bars, as part of their Fuel Your Better campaign. I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of protein bars, but since I love Vega products so much, I thought I’d give these a try. They […]

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Spartan Up!

April 4, 2014

I’ve talked about the Spartan Race series several times on this blog. I haven’t participated in one of these races yet, but I took my kids to one last year and let them run the kids race. I can tell you, that you can feel the strength and determination in everyone who shows up to […]

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Clean Out My Pantry

January 27, 2014

I don’t watch very much TV, but I’m told that there’s a show called Iron Chef, where contestants are given a bunch of ingredients and have to make something out of them. I’d be terrible on that show. I’m someone that really needs a recipe when cooking. Only after I’ve made something several times will […]

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Vega One Change

January 15, 2014

Are you a a breakfast skipper? Is your desk full of snacks that you graze through all day? Do you track the calories of everything you eat? Do you eat right all week, then splurge on the weekend? Vega One Change might just be the solution for you! Personally I’m the Serial Snacker. My desk […]

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