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A lucky find at the health food shop

Written by Louise

The normal (non-courier) postal service between the UK and Spain is very frustrating. Sometimes you order something and it arrives in 2 days, and other times it can take 2 weeks or more. My parcel hadn’t arrived when I checked my mail box at the newsagent this morning, so I had to go in search of iron tablets before I run out completely. I had enough for today, but nothing for the weekend, and it’s a holiday weekend here in Spain, so there won’t be any more deliveries until Wednesday. There was no way I was going to go that long without iron tablets – not when I can already feel the difference they’re making.

To my surprise, I found some iron glycinate tablets by Nature’s Bounty in the health food shop. They were a bit more expensive than my usual Health Aid tablets – €17.95 instead of £12.99, but with the exchange rate as it is, it isn’t a massive difference. So, it’s the same kind of iron (glycinate and bisglycinate are the same thing), and they’re 28mg instead of 30mg, so there won’t be much difference in the amount of iron I’m getting by taking 4 a day. They also have some vitamin C, a bit of B12 and – most significantly – 400mcg of folic acid in them. Since I’m currently taking four 400mcg tablets of folic acid a day, I can just stop taking my separate folic acid.

It’s been a pleasantly warm and not at all windy day today. For the first time in at least a few days, I didn’t feel cold within 10 minutes of finishing my workout, and it wasn’t a mad dash to shower and dress before my fingers started to turn purple. I even had to remove a layer of clothing this evening while I was preparing supper for the dogs and cats!

Weather 4th December 2015

This dry weather is actually making me nervous. This year is an El Niño year (and apparently it’s the strongest one on record), and it was supposed to bring us a wet autumn and first part of winter … and that hasn’t happened. The last El Niño, which was a bit of a non-event compared to this year’s, was in 2009, when it was unusually dry right up to the middle of December. Then it rained … and rained … and rained … and didn’t stop raining until some time in April. It was so wet that the road to Malaga completely collapsed, and was closed for 2 months because the ground was too soaked for any attempts to rebuild it. I remember getting up one morning to see an olive tree standing upright in the middle of the road. The whole tree, and the ground it was planted in, had slid down from its field. It was the wettest few months I’ve ever known (and for someone who grew up on Exmoor, that’s really saying something).

I took my supplements, as usual, today:

  • One Jarrow’s 5,000mcg methylB12 before breakfast
  • 8 Swanson 500mcg B12 capsules, 2 (opened for quicker absorption) immediately after my workout, and the remainder spread across the day
  • 4 Valupak 400mcg folic acid tablet (2 with breakfast and 2 with lunch)
  • 2 Quest One-a-Day multivitamins with lunch
  • 2 Incite 5,000IU D3 with lunch
  • One Jarrow MK7 90mcg K2 with lunch
  • 120mg of iron bisglycinate (2 first thing in the morning and 2 last thing before bed) with some orange juice to help absorption

I skipped the magnesium again, but I think I’m going to have to take some tomorrow. I think I’ll try half a tablet again!

Did 7.5km in 31 minutes on the cross trainer in mid-afternoon. I was having trouble deciding whether to do it or not because I’d cycled to town this morning (which is only about 8km in total, but it does seem to sap my energy), but I decided I felt good so I’d do a shorter workout than usual. I don’t feel especially tired from it, so that’s good.

I want to go into town again tomorrow morning because the post hadn’t arrived today, so my supplements do have one more chance to have arrived before the long weekend (although I think it’s very unlikely that they’ll be there, which is why I bought iron today), and I’m tempted to do a little loop round the bottom of the woods to see how my legs are doing. I’ll have to see how I feel in the morning.

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