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Lately I have been really tired. About two weeks ago I started taking Vitamin B-12.  Vitamin B-12 is not found in vegetables and I had been avoiding meat.

An explaination of vitamin B-12 from Wikipedia:


Ultimately, animals must obtain vitamin B12 directly or indirectly from bacteria, and these bacteria may inhabit a section of the gut which is posterior to the section where B12 is absorbed. Thus, herbivorous animals must either obtain B12 from bacteria in their rumens, or (if fermenting plant material in the hindgut) by reingestion of cecotrope fæces.

Vitamin B12 is found in foods that come from animals, including fish and shellfish, meat (especially liver), poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products.[30] One half chicken breast provides some 0.3 µg per serving or 6.0% of one’s daily value (DV); 3 ounces of beef, 2.4 µg, or 40% of one’s DV; one slice of liver 47.9 µg or 780% of DV; and 3 ounces of molluscs 84.1 µg, or 1,400 % of DV.

Eggs are often mentioned as a good B12 source, but they also contain a factor (avidin) that blocks absorption.[31] Certain insects such as termites contain B12 produced by their gut bacteria, in a way analogous to ruminant animals.[32] An NIH Fact Sheet lists a variety of food sources of vitamin B12.

While lacto-ovo vegetarians usually get enough B12 through consuming dairy products, vegans will lack B12 unless they consume multivitamin supplements or B12-fortified foods. Examples of fortified foods include fortified breakfast cereals, fortified soy products, fortified energy bars, and fortified nutritional yeast. According to the UK Vegan Society, the present consensus is that any B12 present in plant foods is likely to be unavailable to humans because B12 analogues can compete with B12 and inhibit metabolism.[33][34]

Claimed sources of B12 that have been shown to be inadequate or unreliable through direct studies[35] of vegans include laver (a seaweed), barley grass, and human gut bacteria.
[edit] Supplements

Vitamin B12 is provided as a supplement in many processed foods, and is also available in vitamin pill form, including multi-vitamins. Vitamin B12 can be supplemented in healthy subjects also by liquid, transdermal patch, nasal spray, or injection and is available singly or in combination with other supplements.


I went to Weight Watchers and I had lost 1.8 pounds since last week. I did try to0. When I went out of town, I brought a bag and little cooler of my own food. I counted my points for about one-half the week.

Hey, I am watching Good Morning America and they are saying get rid of all your conveniences. Get rid of the garage door opener, the remote control, the electric can opener etc.

Anyway, now I am two-tenths of a pound overweight. ( Actually 2.2 pounds overweight) I had been at goal for months and months. I go to Weight Watchers ever week even though I don’t have to. But going keeps me at goal…or catches me when I get overweight. The ladies there are really nice and hadn’t been charging me even though I was weighing in slightly over-weight for the past few weeks. Last week the charged me…$12.00. Maybe that’s what I needed.

Anyway, this week’s challenge is to eat a fruit I have never eaten previously. Well, that will be hard because I tried to eat local AND organic. I don’t there is a fruit I haven’t eaten that is local. Hmmm…maybe dandelion greens?

I will go to the chiropractor again in a few minutes for a laser treatment on my foot.

Dairy Queen cone

Yesterday I went to Weight Watchers.  I have gained 2.4 pounds. Ugh!

Well, I have been busy with lots of work projects and family from out of town had visited. I thought I had been careful about what I ate, but I did have several cans of Blue Sky Soda and some small Dairy Queens.

I used to be able to have a small cone and still lose or maintain weight, but I think they are making their small cones larger. On Monday I got myself a treat of a small cone telling myself I had maintained my weight before doing that. But when  the young woman put the small cone through the window to me, I wanted to say, “If that is a small cone I’ hated to see a large.” Hmm, I am going to have to rethink my strategy here. It seems everyone is super-sizing serving without you even asking. I think that they think that they are being nice, but in the long run they are not. Read the rest of this entry »

Hello, I am still here. Thought I should post something, but I have been pretty busy.  I have thoughts on quite a few things.  Like why am I so tired?  Maybe not eating right?  Maybe I have a lot of things going on, or it is stress? Maybe I am staying up later than I think and waking earlier than I think in order to accomplish my goals.

As some of you know I am living in a little studio apartment.  Everything I own is light weight so that I can move it myself if and when I decide to move.  Like I have an air mattress rather than a bed.

Anyway, when I moved out of the joint living space with my husband, I grabbed our  camping cook set for pots and pans and they are made of aluminum. I also have a little microwave. I am wondering if the aluminum cook set is bad for me. I have read and her that it possibility could cause Alzheimer’s disease. I had a friend over to my place last night and she brought her own tea. She doesn’t like microwaves and wanted me to boil water for the tea.  She wasn’t too thrilled with the aluminum pans either. She say glass or ceramic is best. She said the tea even tasted different.

I hope to research this topic more.

Coanine Energy Drink didnt last long on the grocery shelves

Coanine Energy Drink didn't last long on the grocery shelves

By Olivia Putnal Posted April 23, 2009 from

(Hey they used taurine a supplement I use too.)

First introduced in 2006, Cocaine energy drink contained three and a half times the amount of caffeine in Red Bull and 750 milligrams of taurine, a synthetic version of an acid found in the lower intestines of animals. The product was eventually pulled from grocery shelves after the FDA decided it was illegally being marketing as “an alternative to street drugs.” Photo: Redux Beverages.

Read more here

Or read it on the site.

mmmmmmmmn goooooood!!!

mmmmmmmmn goooooood!!!

Thursday morning: Hi blog friends. I have been very busy and found this post in my draft list.  I first wrote this back in August. Wow…Lot’s have changed since then.  I live up north and the Dairy Queen opened last week, after being closed all winter. I got a small vanilla cone.  But this is a post about my favorite ice cream treat. 

(I lost weight at our last Weight Watcher’s meeting.) (I am busy trying to be gainingfully employed, figuring out our 2008 taxes with Turbo Tax and trying to figure out the Ticket to Work and AATakecharge.) So enjoy this post.



August 2008

A couple days ago I told you what I had for dinner and said we had a treat of Julie’s Organic Ice Cream….I couldn’t find the website for it because I thought it said, “Jules,” but it was “Julie’s” ….I don’t know why it didn’t show up in the web search…anyway….that is really good stuff.

Here’s the website

Oh, my goodness! I just figured out the point in this. You use a slide-rule type card that you get from Weight Watchers and take the calories….270 and line it up with the dietary fiber…..NONE in this case. You you then pull up the card in the window and line it up….yikes it 7 points!!!! practically a meal.  If you have this slide-rule type thing it is easy to figure out the points…

I found this unique advertising campaign for Organic products.

There is lots of great information on this link Organic Its Worth It.

Remember, just because it is organic doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot of sugar or fat…so choose wisely.

Remember my Cliff Bar?


A good meal <good [Feb. 2008]   bad>    Look at the ingredients

What’s in the meat [Feb.12, 2008] and A good meal to soothe the soul

This week Gianna posted that it was her second blogiversary, at the time I remembered when I began reading her blog. I tried to leave her comments every day to encourage her. I was so excited to read about what she was doing and wanted to encourage her to keep going.

As I read about her second blogiversary, I began thinking that my blogiversary must be coming up too. I am totally of psych meds. [I reluctantly added a blood pressure med a couple months ago. Read about that here .] I made my first real post on February 7, 2008. I posted much of February, none in March, and in April I started going great guns for posting. In fact a really popular post was on April 28 as a cheat sheet for purchaing organic food.

I waver back and forth….am I a recovery story or not?  I have made a new life for myself. NO ONE would ever suspect the problems I had a few years ago. I am on disability and working to get off. [I remember when I wet the bed, drooled, sounded drunk and couldn’t remember something a person just told me two minutes previously.] Now, I sometimes worry that people will think I am taking advantage of the disability because I am so stable and seem so productive. But in the back of my mind, I wonder, “Can I really support myself? Would I ‘go nuts’ if I had a “competitive job.” ?  My marriage has never been that good. Can I support myself if I leave my husband? Right now I work out of my home. I set my own hours. I work when I want. I wonder, “If I had a boss, would I crack?” In that past, I have had huge difficulties working for other people. Often in organizations I would be scapegoated by my co-workers and belittled by my boss.

Interesting enough, my present husband, [whom I am separated from because of verbal abuse] always had faith in me as a sane person. He worries that I will get in trouble for receiving benefits. He never knew me as that drooling fool or the wigged out anxiety-ridden, crazy-woman. When he met me I was on Zyprexa, working part time as a hostess, and living in HUD housing. [I was so relieved to receive the benefits, they allowed me to spend time with my daughter and not struggle for money. My hostess job was only 10 to 15 hours a week.] I visited a county-supported doctor at the a mental health agency, and since I was so poor I didn’t have to pay. I told her I didn’t want to take Zyprexa or Risperdal every day. [And I didn’t have any prescription coverage to pay for it.] So she allowed me to see her every two weeks to monitor my mood and nip a mania or depression in the bud. [I would take Risperdal at those times and only for  a couple weeks.]

I truly feel like  a new person. I am trying to work with a program named AAATakecharge. It is an Internet based program for people who have the “Ticket to Work.”

I feel bad about not posting too much lately and not commenting on other’s blogs, but I have been working very hard to be gainfully employed. I find that reading blogs. commenting on other blogs and writing my own can be very time consuming, but so therapeutic.


The other day I purchased a Clif Builder’s bar. I thought I hadn’t been eating right because I have been under  quite a bit of stress and very busy. I am not sure how healthy this bars are. Since I haven’t eaten or fixed much meat lately I choose the 20g protien peanut butter.

Here are the ingredients:  Soy Protein Isolate, Chicory Syrup, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Rolled Oats, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa, Organic Soy Protein Concentrate, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, Rice Starch, Cocoa Butter, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Sunflower Oil, Soy Lecithin, Salt.

So what do you think….healthy or not?

They have a pretty cool website and even a dietitian named Tara who answers questions.


Last night hubby and I went to Weight Watchers. The leader talked about how important it is to keep track of what you eat so that you can use the feedback to see what worked and what didn’t work.

She then asked if there were other areas in our lives where we kept track of what we were doing so that we could use the feedback. (Scales are not our enemies, they are merely tools giving us feedback.) Checkbooks and financial books were one tracking system that many people use to stay on track. And when you don’t, you get into trouble. (Maybe why the United States is having the problems it has now…we weren’t really tracking what we were doing.)

Anyway, other examples given were: looking at the clock so you get get to places on time, watching your speedometer and looking at the calendar. I thought of a couple others. I like to look at my blog stats. It tells me what posts were popular and what people want to read. It helps me decide what to write about.

But the other thing which I think is really vital to keep track of is…the use of psych drugs. Especially when trying to wean off the drugs. I kept record of what I was doing when I weaned off the drugs. That way I had documented what was working for me…and what was causing a reaction or side effect.

When I helped my cousin who was going through an “elevated” (or manic)  mood  a couple years ago, I stayed with him and I wrote down every prescribed psychotropic and “prescribed” natural supplements that he took. I track his mood also. We saw the doctor together a couple times a week during this period. And I had a concrete tracking system to report back to the alternative M.D. as to what was working and what was not. (I also wrote down what he ate.) 

I am a member of a couple Internet support  groups. Many times someone will join a support e-group and say that they are weaning off psych drugs. But they get into problems when they don’t have a system for writing down the drugs, the doses,  and how they feel.  If people do write this stuff down, they can give you a concrete answer when you ask them more about what they have taken and for how many days.

Hubby and I both have stopped writing down what we ate….and we both gained. We can’t truly remember what it is that we ate that made us gain weight. It would be nice if we could because that would be feedback for us.

It is the same when you are weaning off of psych-drugs. Write it down. This causes a couple things to happen. You are more careful when you write down what you are doing and if you get into trouble with withdrawal symptoms, you can see what you have done to analyze how you might change.

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