Tag Archive for emergen-c

Getting Healthier in 2011 – October Health Goals

Since starting my “Getting Healthier in 2011″ series, I have accomplished the following goals for my health:

  1. Getting allergies under control – I used to have allergy attacks on a very regular basis.  Now they only come rarely…very rarely!
  2. Lost 10 lbs of body fat, and people are noticing!  Heck yeah!
  3. Elimination of acid reflux symptoms for a year (these recently returned, but more on that below)
  4. Pain management improvement – While I still have some back, shoulder and neck pain, physical therapy and changes in my activity and posture are making a positive difference.

Obviously, coming up with monthly health goals, even when I don’t stick with them as much as I’d like, is helping me to make a positive change in my health and wellness.

What I’m doing for my health right now

Dietary supplements, such as the vitamin B sup...

Take your vitamins!

I take Vitamin C Supplements on a daily basis in the form of Emergen-C (which also contains B- Vitamins) 1-3 times per day.  That’s 1,000-3,000 mg of Vitamin C every day to boost my immune system, help with allergies and asthma, and assist me with my weight loss goals.

I take Flaxseed Oil on a daily basis containing 1,100 mg of omega 3 fatty acids per day to assist with weight loss and to help boost my mood.  I find it helps when I stick to it, but I don’t always do this.

I take Quercetin (500 mg) daily for allergies and energy in addition to Chaste Tree Berry (400-440 mg) to help with PMS symptoms.  The Chaste Tree Berry definitely makes a huge difference.  The Quercetin helps with my allergies, but I haven’t noticed any difference in my energy.

I have continued taking my prescribed medications including Zyrtec (Cetirizine) and Prozac (Fluoxetine).  I take Nasonex steroid nasal spray as needed for allergies.

I recently increased my dose of Prozac on the advice of my doctor.  However, this change made my symptoms worse, so I’ve reduced my dose back down, and I’m waiting to hear back from my doctor to decide what the next step will be.

Health Goals for October

Don’t gain weight. I’m not going to try to lose weight (maybe I am subconsciously, but it’s not going to be a goal), but I just don’t want to gain any weight back.  I will continue brewing my own coffee at home as much as possible and avoiding Starbucks (I’m there now, but whatever – haha) as much as possible.  A few when I crave it is fine, but mostly, I will make my own coffee and avoid sweets as much as I can.

Young Couple Sleeping

Image by epSos.de via Flickr

Get more sleep. I will go through spurts of getting plenty of rest, but then I stay up late one night and throw off my entire sleep cycle and end up exhausted.  I need to decide on a bed time and stick with it!

Discuss options with doctor to treat dysthymia.  Upping my antidepressant dose hasn’t helped. In fact, it made me worse.  So I need to have a discussion with my doctor on another option and consider seeing a psychiatrist and therapist for better care.

Continue Physical Therapy and do my exercises at home to reduce back, neck and shoulder pain.

Continue taking supplements. Try to take them more consistently and regularly.

Continue prescribed medications.

Go Gluten Free!!!

Chenopodium quinoa

Quinoa - my favorite gluten free grain

Yes. I went gluten free for a couple of week long or 2 week long spurts.  Each time I go gluten free, I feel pretty good.  Once I eat gluten again, my acid reflux returns with a vengeance.   It’s excruciating.

I’ve been gluten free before, and when I was, I didn’t have all the pain and mood issues that I have now. I also didn’t have as many issues with my sinuses.  I was better all around.  It’s time to go back to what worked for me in the past and stop eating gluten and crappy processed junk!

Learn About Mindfulness Techniques

I’m learning a little bit about being mindful. A good friend, who seems to be the most relaxed, peaceful and in tune person I’ve met in my whole life, is helping me a bit with this process. She introduced me to it, and she’s allowed me to borrow some books as well.  This will help me to connect with my thoughts, take control of those thoughts, help me to enjoy my life more fully and reduce my stress.

Don’t Eat the Halloween Candy!!

I think these are good goals for October.  I will add more posts later about going gluten free and mindfulness techniques as I go.

Question:  What are your health and wellness goals for October?  How did you do last month in September?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Getting Healthier in 2011 – August Health Goals

walking exercise

Take a Walk for Low-Impact Exercise and Fresh Air

As I posted yesterday, this blog is all about getting healthier to live a better life.

Last month, I didn’t achieve all of my health goals, but I did okay and actually achieved one that I decided against trying because I thought it was too much to put on my plate – I reduced my gluten / processed flour intake drastically.

I’m not sure if it was the lack of gluten or the lack of highly processed flours, but when I consumed pizza again (on a white, highly processed crust), I got acid reflux.  So the race is on to determine if it’s gluten or just processed garbage that doesn’t agree with me.

Health Goals for August 2011

  • Continue taking supplements daily – once daily Quercetin, Chaste Tree Berries and Multi-Vitamin, 1-3 packs of Emergen-C Vitamin C supplement.
  • Continue physical therapy twice/week.
  • Continue drinking plenty of water. Stay Hydrated!

  • Keep sugar intake down. Try to reduce it some more (those damn Starbucks mocha frappuccinos are hard to resist!)
  • Take Flax Seed Oil 1-3 times daily for mood.

  • Remove processed flour from diet. Continue eating only whole grain / whole wheat / gluten free food items.
  • Prepare our food allergic son for school – food allergy emergency plan, doctor’s appointment, emergency prescriptions, discussions with new teacher and school nurse, lunch room safety, discussions about food sharing with our child, vaccinations.
  • Exercise – Try to take walks, focus on physical therapy for my back (my back has gotten worse again), and strengthen my core with simple home exercises.  I can’t overdo it, or I might hurt my back and end up laid out again.  That would suck.
  • Get More Sleep!!! – Seriously! 7-9 hours per night, without fail.  Don’t screw this up. You know better!! *face palm*

Question:  What are your health goals for August?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Getting Healthier in 2011 – June Health Goal Wrap-up & July Health Goals

drink 3000 mg of emergen-c for vitamin c, energy and improved mood

I love my Emergen-C, and I need to drink it again. It really helps me feel energized and well.

I usually do my wrap-up at the beginning of every month, but here it is, the 12th, and I have yet to do my wrap-up or create new health goals for July.

If my goal is “getting healthier”, then I’m seriously behind this month.  I also seriously lapsed on my June health goals shortly after my grandfather’s death and my sudden trip to Florida for his funeral.  So I haven’t been doing what I should be for my overall health and wellness at all, and I’ve fallen back into bad health habits such as not getting enough sleep and eating poorly.

I also gained weight during the week I was gone for the funeral and helping to take care of my grandmother.  She had a whole tub of ice cream!  She tempted me! It was awful. “It was your granddaddy’s ice cream.  I can’t eat it because I’m a diabetic.”  Oh man…  Oh, and she had these horribly unhealthy but delicious peach beverages that were loaded with corn syrup.  They were so bad for me, but they tasted so good!

I was weak, I know.  I’m sorry.

So, my health goals aren’t really changing for July.  July is basically June…part 2, with the exception of one addition (and a few removals that I know I can’t accomplish right now because it’s just too much).

My addition for July is to learn how to bake a batch of cupcakes using stevia.  I tried it a couple of days ago for my husband’s birthday. Let’s just call it an extreme baking fail for now.  I will post a full article, complete with photos, about the tasteless vegan, sugar free cupcakes I attempted.

I’m not going to try to go gluten free as I had planned, at least not right now.  So that item will be removed from the list.  I’m also going to map out a work-out schedule and attempt to accomplish the fitness goals I have listed below, though I’m not sure they are realistic.  We shall see.

Health Goals for July

  1. Floss daily – I never floss unless something is stuck in my teeth. That has to change.
  2. Take 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily.  I felt healthier a few years ago when I did this very strictly, as per my Naturopathic doctor’s suggestion, so I’m going back to it to strengthen my immune system, help alleviate allergy issues, and also boost mood and energy.
  3. Take 3,000 mg or more of Omega 3s daily in the form of Flax Oil and Flax Milk to improve mood.  Consider switching from Flax Oil to Krill Oil (the pills are smaller and easier to swallow and each one contains a lot more Omega 3).
  4. Find a good probiotic supplement. I took a powdered probiotic that I got from my Naturopathic doctor a few years ago when I lived in New England. I have never found this probiotic on store shelves.  I either need to buy some from her and have her ship it to me or find one that is just as good or better than the one I used to take.  The probiotic she gave me was exceptional!
  5. Reduce gluten intake. I used to be on a strict gluten free diet.  After moving a couple years ago, though, it was hard to stick with and I haven’t gone back to it.  I think it’s time to do so…in fact, it’s passed time to do it.  I need to dramatically reduce my gluten intake this month, and I’d like to eliminate it by the start of July if possible.
  6. Take at least 400 mg of Quercetin per day (1 pill) for allergies and energy.
  7. Take 440 mg of Chaste Tree Berries per day (1 pill) for PMS symptoms.
  8. Continue taking medications for allergies, back pain and depression (zyrtec, nasonex, muscle relaxer, and prozac).
  9. Drink plenty of water – at least 9-8oz. glass per day minimum.
  10. Go to physical therapy appointments for back pain. Follow the therapist’s instructions at home!
  11. Do light-moderate morning exercises for energy such as a 10-15 minute walk, a 30 minute bike ride, pilates, etc…
  12. Do the heavier work-outs in the evening – 40 minutes a day / 3 days per week on the elliptical machine, treadmill, work-out bike, or Zumba class for weight loss, muscle building, and toning.  Consider running (I hate running, but I want to love it!).
  13. Get plenty of sleep per night.  At least 7 hours of sleep nightly.
  14. Take a multi-vitamin daily and find a new multi-vitamin that is easier to swallow.

I did find a multi-vitamin, though it doesn’t contain iron, which concerns me.

I was drinking plenty of water, but then I got home from my trip and moving from humid Florida back to the desert meant I needed more water and wasn’t getting enough.  My legs have been cramping, and I’m extremely tired from dehydration. I have to get back into the habit of drinking lots of water.

physical therapy

Image via Wikipedia

I’ve been going to physical therapy, but I haven’t been doing the stretches as often as I should.   I have not, however, required the muscle relaxers lately and haven’t suffered from severe pain that kept me from going about my day as before.

I’m not sure how to schedule my exercise routines, but as I understand it, the best practice is a light work-out in the morning and a heavier one in the evening.  Not sure how to get that in, but I will see what I can do.

I completely stopped taking the supplements, and I’m getting back into the habit of it.  I need my Omega 3s and Vitamin C!  I feel so much better with it.

Oh, and no…I didn’t floss…at all.  I know!  I know!  *sigh*  I’m working on it.

Question:  What do you do when you fall face first and almost completely fail to reach your health goals?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Getting Healthier in 2011 – June Health Goals

The Runner.

Image via Wikipedia

Getting healthier this year is my number 1 goal.  If I can get healthier, I figure everything else will fall into place.  I will become a better wife and mother, have more energy to do the things that I need and want to accomplish, and just improve my quality of life dramatically.

It is my deepest wish to feel healthy, instead of always sick and tired.

So far, I have accomplished quite a bit this year.  I have gotten my allergies under control – I don’t have the constant allergy attacks I had previously.  I no longer get a bunch of yeast infections month after month, which is a true blessing!  I’m slowly losing weight, my mood is gradually improving, and I haven’t had an episode of acid reflux in about 9 months if I remember correctly.

So, I’m making improvements in my health, which is amazing.  However, there’s still more work to be done, and so I’m here at the halfway mark of 2011 making my June Health Goals.

I plan to continue my May Health Goals while also expanding on them and adding in new goals for June.

RUN: Steph and Matt 18

Image by lululemon athletica via Flickr

Health Goals for June

  1. Floss daily – I never floss unless something is stuck in my teeth. That has to change.
  2. Take 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily.  I felt healthier a few years ago when I did this very strictly, as per my Naturopathic doctor’s suggestion, so I’m going back to it to strengthen my immune system, help alleviate allergy issues, and also boost mood and energy.
  3. Take 3,000 mg or more of Omega 3s daily in the form of Flax Oil and Flax Milk to improve mood.  Consider switching from Flax Oil to Krill Oil (the pills are smaller and easier to swallow and each one contains a lot more Omega 3).
  4. Find a good probiotic supplement. I took a powdered probiotic that I got from my Naturopathic doctor a few years ago when I lived in New England. I have never found this probiotic on store shelves.  I either need to buy some from her and have her ship it to me or find one that is just as good or better than the one I used to take.  The probiotic she gave me was exceptional!
  5. Reduce gluten intake. I used to be on a strict gluten free diet.  After moving a couple years ago, though, it was hard to stick with and I haven’t gone back to it.  I think it’s time to do so…in fact, it’s passed time to do it.  I need to dramatically reduce my gluten intake this month, and I’d like to eliminate it by the start of July if possible.
  6. Take at least 400 mg of Quercetin per day (1 pill) for allergies and energy.
  7. Take 440 mg of Chaste Tree Berries per day (1 pill) for PMS symptoms.
  8. Continue taking medications for allergies, back pain and depression (zyrtec, nasonex, muscle relaxer, and prozac).
  9. Drink plenty of water – at least 9-8oz. glass per day minimum.
  10. Go to physical therapy appointments for back pain. Follow the therapist’s instructions at home!
  11. Do light-moderate morning exercises for energy such as a 10-15 minute walk, a 30 minute bike ride, pilates, etc…
  12. Do the heavier work-outs in the evening – 40 minutes a day / 3 days per week on the elliptical machine, treadmill, work-out bike, or Zumba class for weight loss, muscle building, and toning.  Consider running (I hate running, but I want to love it!).
  13. Get plenty of sleep per night.  At least 7 hours of sleep nightly.
  14. Take a multi-vitamin daily and find a new multi-vitamin that is easier to swallow.

Oh, boy.  Am I overdoing it?  Well, I’m already doing half of these in some form and just upping my mg intake or time spent exercising.  14 goals seems like a lot here, but a lot of it is actually pretty easy – taking supplements at the same time, making sure the supplements are in my pill sorter so I don’t forget about them, etc…  The Vitamin C is very easy because I just mix it with some water which also helps me keep up my water intake levels.

Question: What are your health and fitness goals for June?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Scenes from a Sick Day in Our House

pill popper medication prescriptions vitamins flax oil tylenol

The Pill Popper

It started on Sunday evening.  I added generic Tylenol to my evening pills (with my prozac, zyrtec, mutli-vitamin and two doses of flax oil), because my head was POUNDING.  Unfortunately, the acetaminophen did me no good.  My head was still pounding after several visits upstairs to calm my crying son who apparently developed a sore throat.  I went to bed with a raging headache, and woke up about a million times to take care of my sick kid.

mocha frappuccino tylenol starbucks

Sleep Deprivation Remedy

Naturally, as a result of a night of almost complete sleep deprivation, I was exhausted Monday and required assistance.  I tried to stay away from the coffee in the AM and took a nap instead.  After lunch, however, my head was pounding again, and I needed to stay awake for my kids.  So, mocha frappuccino and Tylenol to the rescue!  Surprisingly, this combination was very helpful.

However…

Our son got sicker and sicker.  I honestly shouldn’t have taken him to school Monday morning, but I didn’t think he was THAT sick.  As it turned out, he is THAT sick.  Red nose, crusty upper lip, constant whining… The poor kid can barely stay conscious because he’s so miserable.

And then I started feeling it too…the runny nose, the itchy throat…

emergen-c vitamin c 1000 mg

Emergen-C - the name says it all

So I grabbed this sample packet of Emergen-C that my husband brought home from the Triathlon he participated in recently.  He brought a bunch of samples home that are supposed to be good for athletes, but I honestly believe it was of better use as a sick remedy.

After the Emergen-C, it was time for dinner.  What better food to cook from scratch and consume in large quantities when you’re sick than homemade Chicken Soup?

chicken soup for a cold

Chicken Soup for the Common Cold

Monday evening, I cooked up a batch of my homemade chicken soup – water, chicken thigh chunks, large onion chunks, rice and fiesta lime seasoning.  I also put some garlic and minced onion into the mix.  I usually add a vegetable, but the pot was full and the only veggies I had were cauliflower and sprouts.

chicken soup and orange juice

Chicken Soup and Orange Juice - Dinner for Sick People

I served up dinner, giving the kids each a glass of orange juice to give them some Vitamin C, which I’m regularly well stocked up on.

Me?  I drank some Vitamin Water Zero. Thankfully, I went out yesterday before I got sick and bought a whole bunch.

vitamin water zero and chicken soup

Chicken Soup and Vitamin Water - Dinner for Sickies

I don’t know that any of this helped, but it’s what I’m told to do when I’m sick, and so I do it.  That combined with some more medications for a good night’s sleep, and we’ll see how we fair today.

I’m mostly just annoyed, because, well, weren’t we just sick?  Honestly…

Question:  What do you do to take care of yourself and your family when you’re sick?

Enhanced by Zemanta