So, the day after I stopped taking vitamins, I got a sore throat. This morphed into a gravelly voice, followed by a full-on upper-respiratory infection. Basically, I’ve been sick for 3 weeks. Yesterday, I headed to the doctor to see if I needed an antibiotic to prop up my sorry immune system. She said I have a sinus infection... and prescribed a Z Pak to help kick it.
And as of yesterday, I’m back on my vitamins. And my smoothie lunches... but I’ll talk about that later.
Life has been pretty hectic around here, which probably hasn’t helped my immune system much. In February, we had a leak in our family room addition, caused by an ice dam just below a skylight. This has never happened in the 10 years since we added on, but then again, we had record snowfall this winter. It never even occurred to us that we should have been clearing the roof surrounding the skylights of snow and ice. And we are just one family among hundreds in our area that had leaky roofs this winter. The water remediation guys are making out like bandits.
Anyway, in February, they cut a big hole in the wall and ceiling so they could dry out the insulation, then I hired a contractor to repair and paint the wall... we could have done it ourselves except it’s a cathedral ceiling that’s a little loftier than our skill level. The wall and paint should be done today. Also the roof is getting a little facelift... they’re installing super-duper-water-proof underlayment, new and better shingle, and shoring-up the flashing around the skylight so hopefully, it’ll never leak again.
In two weeks they’re going to lay new laminate flooring... yes, water ran down behind the baseboard and under the floor, warping it just enough that our insurance will cover a new floor too.
But back to my smoothie situation. I decided, after 3 weeks of eating “normal” food for lunch, sandwiches and such, that I’m going back to my smoothie lunches. My smoothie lunches consist of, well, a smoothie, plus a small handful of almonds, a cup of decaf with milk and a couple Dove dark chocolates. It counts up to about 700 calories, which gives me latitude to eat pretty much whatever I want at dinner.
There are a couple great perks to the smoothie lunch. It allows me caloric “control,” delivering the same amount of calories and nutrients every noon... a meal packed with protein, fruits, veggies, and omega 3’s. Lately I've been having trouble controlling how much I’ve been eating at lunch... like second helpings of Fritos... and was feeling like, if I keep this up, I’ll gain back some of the poundage I lost.
As far as the whole vitamin “to take or not to take” controversy goes, I did a little more research and basically you can find good sounding arguments on both sides. I guess for me, intuitively, and in light of this non-ending sickness, I figure that suddenly stopping my vitamins gave my immune system a shock. One article I read said that stopping Vitamin D can be particularly problematic. So they’re back... my old pals... vitamins C, D, and Multi.
I also figured out that I can get my supplements down just fine if I take each capsule with a swallow of water, then chase it with a sip of smoothie. No more de-capsulizing all my supplements in order to stir them into my smoothie, which is a royal pain, and makes the smoothie taste less-than-great. So now I have my Vitamin Insurance back. The other part, where I was complaining in this post about the inconvenience of preparing smoothies when I travel and the anti-social aspect of drinking my lunch while everyone else is chewing theirs... well maybe I can make a solid-special-occasional-exception.
Note: my overall eating pattern is two-meals-a day. All my eating happens between noon and 8 p.m. It’s called Intermittent Fasting and it’s how I lost 18 pounds last year.
This post is not intended in any way, shape, or form to be medical or dietary advice. Please consult a reliable health care practitioner before starting any diet/fitness program.