Summer is not official yet, but already it’s easier to get out and do things-walk around in shorts, forget concerns about taking a jacket, and what about those extended hours of sunlight where walks and rides are possible after dinner ?
The good news is that I feel I’m in better shape this year. I have more stamina for biking and hiking up hills even though I didn’t renew my YMCA membership in the fall. Instead, I have reclaimed those same hours driving there and back and am engaging in more authentic, functional movement-walking, backpacking, bike riding, lifting logs and rocks, hauling wood around in a wheelbarrow, doing pull ups on a tree branch, digging in a garden plot, and now pushing a lawn mower. I have also cut out french fries, and reduced my intake of bread.
I just had a mini-checkup at my doctor’s, where I heard good and bad news.
The good news is that I am a full 10 pounds lighter than usual as I am going into the summer-I like to visualize a pound of fat as 4 sticks of butter, which is not far from the truth. So It’s immensely rewarding to think of 40 sticks of butter shaved from my mass.
The bad news is that I continue to be deficient in Vitamin D. I have been checking my level of D since 2012 when my mom alerted me that she was deficient, and she is outside all the time. What’s particularly troubling is that I have been prescribed 50,000 units of D2 a week since December.
My readings, with treatment, have been decreasing the last 3 years: 4/12 = 34 ng/mL , 10/12 = 28, 10/13 23, 5/14 22.
My doctor has just ramped me up to 100,000 units weekly-two pills of 50,000 a week, via prescription. She’s not as concerned as I am. She feels that my other bio-markers are fine, and that all the backpacking and walking that I do are protective factors, particularly for osteoporosis.
Nevertheless, I have been doing my own research . I have learned that Vitamin D is fat soluble, and that its best to be taken with fat. I eat the same thing most every day for breakfast except Sunday. Low fat yogurt, blueberries, home-made granola-a bowl full that’s not heavy on fats and that’s the meal I’ve used for taking the D pill. I have also cut out pouring half and half into my morning coffees. I just switched to taking my vitamin D intake to correspond with my dinners, which include salads with olive oil-more fat.
I am also going expose my skin to sunlight, and plan to be outside in shorts and no shirt for a half-hour in the middle of the day, when I can. Research indicates that going outside for 10 minutes in the midday sun—“in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen”—exposes the body to radiation that produces approximately 10,000 international units of vitamin D.
Anyone else out there who has been successful at raising their D levels, or not?