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A few days ago, my Facebook page came to the attention of my best friend from High School, whom I have not seen in almost twenty-five years. We've been chatting on email and exchanging pictures, and we were going to get together today when she came up to Phoenix, but she got strep throat and had to call it off. Since I already had the afternoon off, I decided to drive out to Tempe Marketplace, where there is a massive wine & liquor store called BevMo, where I browsed for a while, finding many interesting wines, including a sparkling almond-flavored white that we both love but I haven't been able to find up here in the center of the city in a while. Yay! It also carries all manner of liquors, mixers, snacks, bar equipment, and unusual sodas (although not, sadly, Dublin Dr Pepper). I got a few bottles of Reisling, a Zeller Schwarze Katz, and the aforementioned almond sparkling.

It's the first time I've been at Tempe Marketplace. There's lots of cool stuff out there.

Then I stopped a Big Lots to get a few boxes for storage and figured the vast amount of candles and bath stuff filling the shelves there now must have come from the closing of Linens & Things.

I came home and started putting things into said storage boxes, mostly winter wear and pants I'm still too fat for but I'm not willing to part with until it becomes obvious I'll NEVER fit into them. I moved a few sweaters and things out of my closet into the new hall closet, then I stepped on the plug from the fan standing in the foyer and apparently have badly bruised something in my foot, because now it hurts like a $#^&@!&*^$%.

Thoughts on vitamins? The usual scare-mongering nutritionist came though during our "health week" and informed everyone that taking vitamins was not only a waste of money (as the "news" shows have been heralding), but detrimental to one's body, filling the body with poisons, etc., etc. I said that my doctor was glad I was taking a mult-vitamin and calcium; and I was really more interested in listening to the guy with the medical degree. However, it doesn't stop the people at work from doomsaying. Just as an experiment, I stopped taking my vitamins. I gained back five pounds. Now, I'm not saying there's a connection...

Then I made stovetop braised pork chops and baked potato for dinner.

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Mar. 26th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)

and i think the nutrionist needs to go back to school. Vitamins are recommended by practically everyone. calcium especially in ladies our age
Mar. 26th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Yes, I like hearing that from people who have actually been to medical school.
Mar. 26th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
now they CAN poison you if you over do it but our bodies have absolute requirements, many that have to be gotten nutritionally
Mar. 27th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Well, THAT I was aware of! Just about anything is poisonous if taken to excess. They were talking about that nu-age ho-haa about toxins building up in the body and "flushing them out" and all that BS.
Mar. 27th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
well a lot of that is TRUE too
Mar. 28th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Well, I mean through fasting or just drinking water for two days or any of those "magic" cures they peddle online -- I saw a doctor talking to Katie Couric or someone, saying that just a healthy diet and a reasonable amount of water will keep your colon cleaned out just fine.

Mar. 28th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
oh okay. Well yeah that's a load of crap. literally. LIke that colon cleanse shit where they show pictures of this foul looking ropey stuff. Having been thru a colonoscopy and having prepped MANY patients for the same I can honestly say I have NEVER seen anything that looked like that and the colons I peeked in on were clean as a whistle. I'd love to know what that shit is (and betting it's a reaction to whatever's i n those 'pills')
Mar. 28th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Yep, I thought as much. My mother the nurse told me as much, as well (as in, don't worry because I don't have a BM every day... TMI time!).

Mar. 28th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
yeah that's not that unusual nor that problematic
Mar. 26th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Yes, there has been a case study showing that vitamins don't seem to do much; however, case studies are often proven wrong by the next case study. I know I don't get enough vitamins in my daily food, and I'm particularly low on calcium (which may or may not help weight loss), so I'll continue taking them, thanks. I also take glucosamine, which does seem to help my joint aches, and Omega 3 because, hey, it supposedly helps the heart. I can use all the help I can get. Also, B vitamins supposedly help depression, among other ailments, and I have always noticed a downturn in my mood when I've forgotten to take my multivitamins for a while.

I have not heard that vitamins "are full of toxins." That sounds like some new holistic scare. Unless you're buying black market vitamins cooked up in someone's basement, I'm pretty sure what you take has been approved by the FDA.
Mar. 27th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
That's pretty much what I thought. There's always someone out there trying to stir people up with hokum; and some of the people I work with are both gullible and s-t-u-p-i-d...

In any case, I'm taking my vitamins again.
Mar. 26th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
Oooh, the beverage store sounds fabulous. :-)

Mar. 27th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
It's wonderful! I can't wait to go back when I have some "real money" -- then I can try some of the more pricey selections!

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