Happy Sunday all – hope all you fellow Canadians are enjoying your labour day long weekend before heading back to work or school!
On Friday, I hustled out of the condo before I could make any sort of mess before anyone came in for viewings over the weekend, and then headed to my parents in Oakville. It was Bart’s dad’s birthday yesterday, so I had dinner with the family on Friday and Saturday. Yes, there are four flatcoat retrievers in these photos: Roxee and Baxter are Bart’s parents’ dogs, Rory is Katie’s, and Sully is ours.
Today, Katie, Bart and I met my family in Toronto at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) to watch both the airshow, and walk around. It was a great time, and Grayson REALLY loved the planes, which we were not surprised about whatsoever!
I have been quite the introvert over the last few days – while Bart’s family watches movies, I have been embedded in one of my textbooks (yes, I have already purchased, and am reading my textbooks before school even begins) for my Fundamentals of Nutrition class on day one.
This book is called “The Optimum Nutrition Bible” by Patrick Holford and it goes over what type of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc are needed for OPTIMAL nutrition, meaning, FEELING healthy and energized, full of life, able to sleep well, can concentrate, and the list goes on – all of which I do not currently experience, ever! Little do most of us know, but the RDA, or Recommended Daily Allowances of vitamins and minerals on our “food” boxes, are actually the percentages needed to avoid getting scurvy, not to feel and be healthy!
SO, along with my paleo / Myers diet, and yoga, I am also going to be re-introducing supplements into my daily regimen (I did this years ago, and could never stick to it because no natural path ever explained to me WHY I needed all of these, and how long I needed to take each before feeling better, so I would just fall off the bandwagon). Once I do become a certified nutritionist, I will be explaining to all of my clients the WHY’S and HOW’S about their diet and supplements.
SO, after completing a questionnaire, and doing some heavy reading of this 600+ page book, I have come to the conclusion that because of my fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression, I need a certain “mix” of supplements. After making sure all of the information seemed correct, I went ahead and ordered every single item needed, which I will list below in case you’re curious 🙂
Vitamins and minerals needed:
These should be delivered in the next few days, so hopefully I can get started on these ASAP. I normally order my supplements from vitacost.com because they tend to be much cheaper, despite the shipping cost and exchange rate, compared to walking into a store in Toronto. Unfortunately, none of the online vitamin shops in Canada have every single item I need, and I’d rather just order them all from one spot to make it easier on me.
This order wasn’t cheap, about $300 Canadian, and I’ll figure out how much that will cost a month later, as this order covers more than a month’s worth for many of these supplements. To think that my antidepressants cost me over $3 a day, and my muscle relaxants $1 a day without medical coverage, this actually doesn’t seem like much once I am off these meds!
Upon reading about supplement regimes in great detail this weekend, I have also come to the conclusion that I want to attempt to wean off of my antidepressant medications, once I have ramped up my supplements and have started to feel better. If that goes well, I’d also like to try and get off of my muscle relaxant, which I take nightly in order to sleep, however, it causes me to feel EXTREMELY fatigued and “hungover” the next morning, which doesn’t help someone who already wakes up fatigued and in pain! I already knew pharmaceutical medications for these types of disorders and diseases are just a bandaid solution before reading this book, however, I didn’t realize they were also causing my body to deplete the nutrients I had left (which were already few and far between!)
Feel free to follow me on this journey of adding the never-ending list of supplements, and weaning off of the remainder of my medications. I want to get my body to a point where it is functioning as well as it can, without ingesting pharmaceuticals every day. I have a feeling I will be learning a great deal of much needed information in my nutrition courses, and this will also help in my move towards the path I’m on.
If you’re interested in details about this book, and how I got to these supplement numbers, please feel free to send me a message! What I also learned is that EVERYONE needs to be taking a multivitamin (and a couple other supplements) regardless of their health status, so this is not just for “unhealthy” bodies, like mine!
Has anyone else with a chronic illness, whether it be fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, or something else, treated their symptoms the natural way (diet, supplements, exercise, etc) and completely eliminated pharmaceutical medication from their system? Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much for stopping in everyone!