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Saturday, February 4th, 2012 04:32 am
faevii: "I take my noodles very seriously" (srs bizness)
Oh my goodness. It has come to my attention that some of the tiredness I've been suffering from lately may have been due to the beginnings of a simple iron deficiency. Thank you, random Tumblr post that had nothing to do with me whatsoever and that I got very close to not even seeing. D: I don't think I would have figured this out by myself! If it's true, that is. But it makes sense - I had noticed that something about it felt slightly different than usual.

Here's how I believe it happened:

- I realised that I could eat dairy and grains again.
- I ate a lot of dairy and found that I didn't seem to need meat anymore.
- I stopped eating meat altogether.
- Because I didn't need beans and chickpeas for protein anymore (cheaper than meat; what little meat I used to eat was probably in response to beans and chickpeas lacking fat), I kind of forgot about those a bit. Same with tofu, although I never bought that regularly in the first place (not cheaper than meat).

I've been reading up on iron-rich foods, and what did I find out? Dairy not only doesn't contain much iron, it even makes it harder for the body to absorb the stuff. Meat is obviously the best source of iron, and iron from other sources is harder to absorb in general. Vitamin C helps with that, but I probably haven't been consuming enough vitamin C, either. Both beans and tofu contain decent amounts of iron. Need I say more?? The timing fits, too.

Now, I know you're supposed to get deficiencies confirmed by a doctor before you start taking supplements, but I'm not really up to that sort of thing at the moment. I'll just try to keep an eye on the iron in my diet and drink a lot of orange juice during meals. Maybe if I can find a comparatively weak iron supplement somewhere, I'll also take that. I don't think it's easy to get an overdose while being vegetarian.

'By the way, about that ...' - in which I go off on a tangent on what's up with the sudden vegetarianism )

Bananas, Part 2

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 05:29 am
faevii: (slice of brain)
I forgot the bananas, didn't I.

Well, I didn't actually forget to try freezing one; that part worked out fine. It's just that circumstances prevented me from turning it into fake ice-cream and thus I forgot to tell you about it.

To make a long story short, our kitchen equipment revolted wasn't up to the task. Our immersion blender had turned rusty and the brand new food processor we'd just bought made everything taste of plastic, no matter how often we cleaned it. Ugh, that was so disgusting. Fortunately we could return it to the store.

Since the banana was already frozen, though, I figured I might as well give it a try. And voilĂ  - no itching! The experiment was a success. I can finally eat raw bananas again, provided I remember to freeze them first. :)

Now I only need to find a cheap, but better food processor somewhere.

Confusion!

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 10:58 pm
faevii: (OMGWTFBBQ!!1)
Uh, oops? So there was a regeneration scene, I just missed all the episodes between seasons 4 and 5 ... that's what you get for downloading things without looking them up first. Still, I'm almost glad I missed them because it might mean that I'll get to see five more episodes of exciting Doctor Who once my downloads have finished.

I eventually continued with season 5 while I was very, very bored. Some bits weren't too bad, occasionally I even laughed. Still doesn't feel right, though. I'm annoyed that Russell T. Davies is apparently required to make Doctor Who the way it should be, although he fucked up Torchwood and has an awful opinion of fans.

One day I will start talking about something else again, I promise.

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