I’m sure you’ve all seen and or heard the warning. At the beginning of almost every exercise DVD I’ve ever watched, there’s a warning to consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
And I’ve always brushed that advice off. After all, how difficult is it to eat healthy and exercise? Not really rocket science right?
I’ve been fatigued for years. I always attributed it to my poor diet and lack of exercise. But even though I’ve been eating uber healthy and exercising up a storm these last 8 months, I was still waking up after a full night’s sleep exhausted. If anything, I was even more tired, which just didn’t make any sense to me.
So I went to my doctor. She ran a few blood tests and low and behold, I’m vitamin D deficient. I’m also sure you’ve probably seen the articles about hijabis having vitamin D deficiencies. My mom certainly has been harassing me about it for the longest time. And, I’ve always brushed it off as islamophobic propaganda. Ah no dear readers, it’s real. Granted, women of my ethnic heritage (northern European descent) who live in northern climates have a higher risk of a deficiency as it is. Wearing hijab (thus reducing exposure to the sun) only makes it worse. And, my striving to be vegan most of the time only compounded the issue. The milk we buy is fortified with vitamin D. I cut out the milk and didn’t replace it with any food rich in the nutrient.
So here I am now, taking mega doses of vitamin D, drinking a few glasses of milk a day, eating some fish and eggs and getting some sun from an open window. And I’m feeling a little better. I’m still tired all the time, but as my vitamin D level creeps up, I’m gradually feeling less tired. So the food rule to live by here is:
Reading books and articles often isn’t enough. Consult your doctor.