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Getting back to it and all that.

Hello blog, been a long time.

I have not been doing anything of substance for myself lately - from juicing to working out to dieting - all my energy has gone into working at the office and at home, helping The Hubs get The Money Pit into shape enough to have my mom move into the finished basement and sister move temporarily into the guest bedroom till she finds herself a bachelorette pad. So I have ate late, at pasta and junk, and have soothed my stress hormones with coffee and sugar and salt (not all together). This is all not the "me" I came to love during my fast.

Tomorrow I plan on going to the gym before work. I haven't been in a while and it is time to move. I was so sore and achy from moving and packing last Saturday that Sunday I woke up aged 100 years and joints poppin and lockin on their own accord.

On the health front, I went to the Doc to see about my freakish sudden hair shedding.  After the blood tests I can tell you that while my cholesterol and sugar levels are fantastic, my iron, vitamin D, and triglycerides are not. Ok, so I wasn't fasting and had some nice, fresh fried cod for lunch 3 hours prior to the test and a few drinks the week before, the triglycerides number was higher than it should have been in any case.  I already knew I am anemic and take iron supplements (when I remember), but the Vitamin D level really woke me up.

Vitamin D does lots of great things for your body. It helps your body absorb and use calcium and has been linked to cancer fighting and immune system support.  Some sites about hair-loss mention that it is important in maintaining healthy hair, as it is connected with maintaining healthy skin. The levels you should have are between 30-100 (of what, I am not sure) and I was at 25.  Now 5 doesn't seem like a lot, but in looking at the average being 50, I can see why I have had some issues. Mushrooms and sunlight are the only vegan sources of D, so even while I was juicing, my exposure was not great. I work in a cubical cave and don't get out in the sun much, especially without slathering 70 on every bit of skin because I value my tattoos and scorn skin cancer.  Now I am reconsidering and 20 minutes of nekkid sunbathing may be in order.

Tonight I am going home and spending a half hour stretching and perhaps a walk to get the blood flowing. It is fall and I am not liking this going to work and coming home in the dark thing one bit! Maybe waking up the juicer when I get home and making a green smoothie will brighten my night?

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