Good Will To All Men
Dave is a Prick. (I’d use prickly, like a cactus. cause I’m not that mean…)
This saying could very well be the usual Christmas card greeting for most years. Trust me; Dave has been called worse. To be fair, Pinterest did have this exact profane card. See! As funny as it is, I never imagined using something like this in my writing.
This year though, Dave is all smiles and frivolity. He even says that when he looks in the mirror, he has no idea who is looking back at him.
Wanna know, the secret to Dave’s transformation?
Remember those books of LIFESAVERS you got as a kid for Christmas? After the holidays, you’d trade them in the hallway at school. I always managed to score big because I always liked the least popular kinds. I could just put a basket by my locker and have candies for a year.
Anyway, back to Dave. Aliens didn’t take him to their rocket ship and perform a personality swap. No, something much more straightforward and newsworthy took place.
As you know, I’ve had a mood issue most of my life. I started experiencing anxiety when I was 9 years old. I also have a severe thyroid disease that mimics mental health symptoms. I make it a top priority to thrive both in physical and mental health and am continually taking care of the business of me. Being a wife and mother also means that my family gets the same red carpet treatment.
Three years ago, I started landscaping. From April until the first frost, I am always outside. My health has continually improved. This job is an all-time dream job, and I still marvel that I get to do something I love so much. When my first season ended, I was despondent and thought it was just because I was laid-off for the winter. I was a bit lost for a bit, but busy so I just went on with things.
Last Fall, I was in such an emotional state that I was bawling all the time. For no reason, I could pinpoint. I felt fulfilled, happy and peaceful. I knew this wasn’t anxiety but couldn’t quite figure it out. I keep a journal because as most people know, many aspects of mental health are cyclical. Two words stood out when I went back to the previous year.
You never will guess what those two words were. Not in a million years.
Yes, folks. Vitamin D. aka The Sunshine Vitamin.
The adult version of Lifesavers.
I took my snot-faced, crying excuse for a self off to the health food store. I kept myself in check until the owner asked if she could help me. I started crying again and muttered, “I think I might be going crazy but since I finished my gardening job, I can’t keep it together. I’m fine really. I think it’s vitamin D can I get some of the D-drops?”
To my surprise, she nodded her head and said, “You aren’t crazy. Put some drops on the back of your hand right now, and you will be fine by supper time.”
When I was talking about trading lifesavers at school, I sounded like a drug dealer, I know. All those years later, I’m sitting in the parking lot, tears streaming down my face, sucking drops of liquid emulsion Vitamin D off the back of my hand (the domesticated version of shooting up).
Funny as it is to picture, I was fine by suppertime. I’ve never looked back. That tiny bottle of Vitamin D emulsion sits on my counter.
This year, I put a memo on my phone to start taking it before the garden season ended. Yup, the most crucial appointment on my calendar was to start my Fall Heath plan.
Every single day, I faithfully place 5 drops on the back of my hand and let the lemon flavour fill my taste buds. Each drop is the equivalent to 1000 IU’s of Vitamin D. This formula suspends the vitamin in olive oil; making it fast acting and more readily available for the body to use.
Dave even decided to follow my example (without a fight) and he is all Fa,La,La,La this year. After his recent check-up, his doctor proclaimed that Dave was the most exceptional specimen of health he’d ever seen. And probably muttered the ‘p’ word under his breath.
It may seem simple, but I’m going to share the best health advice ever shared with me.
“There are no magic bullets to be a vegetarian, vegan, healthy, or whatever. It’s by making simple changes every day. You can grow yourself a brand new body by making good choices.” Brendan Brazier
Studies show that if Vitamin D were a person, it would win every award known to humanity. Like Noble peace prize stuff.
These are some of the benefits of Vitamin D:
- Boosts Immunity (here I thought drinking wine fought off colds and such).
- Anti-aging Vitamin (again, an excellent job for wine – lol).
- Helps heal wounds (I’ve never seen a meme on the internet about wine doing this…Mmm).
- Helps regulate blood pressure (so does going someplace quiet with a glass of wine).
- Maintains calcium balance (pfft, good for it, wine makes you think you can dance).
- Helps with insulin control level (mmm…I refuse to comment on the grounds I could be incriminated).
- May help with weight loss (ok, wine is never good for that. Am I right?).
- Can reduce depression (wine solves many problems, just making a case).
- Increases virility (with so many babies conceived in the summer – this one is anyone’s guess. It’s a tie. But, wine makes mates both better looking and more tolerable he,he).
- Optimizes thyroid function (wine is a mood enhancer, and the thyroid controls the mood – point proven).
- Increases mood and boosts mental performance (Wine, wins this one LOL).
- Helps you sleep better (SCORE!! on both fronts).
Now, before we go any further, I am no doctor, expert, guru etc…just a blogger friend telling my story. Under no circumstances am I saying that if you are crying all the time (or want to look younger, sleep better, or get along with your husband, etc…) all you need is Vitamin D.
I will adamantly say that it is our fundamental human right to be the best version of ourselves and if there is anything, and I mean anything stopping you from experiencing that every day, then you deserve and owe it to yourself to get on the healthy train. Especially this time of year.
There are 7.6 billion beings on the planet with 7.6 billion different dietary/health needs, talk to an expert about the specific needs only you have.
Thanks for making it to the end with me and probably gritting your teeth because I used profanity, yet again. You perhaps need a glass of wine right now. That is… until the health food store opens.