Alberta is Oil Country

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Well, it wasn't food poisoning.  Or it could have been and maybe I got up in the middle of the night to be sick without remembering but I don't think so.  Looks like I was wickedly exhausted and a bit dehydrated.  Feeling better this morning.  Its definately going to be a watery, healthful eating day today.  Here are a few pictures to prove it:

Remember this? 
Yeah, I tapped that again this morning.

While toasting my muffins (why does that sound like a Lady Gaga lyric?), I made lunch.  Here are the contents of my lunch bag:
LUNCH TIME!

STARTER SALAD - Romaine, asiago, bell peppers green onions, slivered almonds

ENTREE - Pierogies with fried onions, steamed broccoli

DESSERT!
Yeah baby.  I'm excited just thinking about getting to eat it later!  My indulgence for today is a small container of Salt and Vinegar Crispers.  They're like potato chips but thicker and baked.  The pieorgies?  Cheemo - local company.  And the apple?  You'll notice it comes from British Columbia, just one province over.  Much better than cucumbers from Mexico or fruit from Chile (not that I have anything against either country).

Kenlie, over at All The Weigh, recently published a post on Vitamins.  Go on, check it out, I'll wait...

Ok, welcome back!  Now, I'm of the opinion that, for the most part, you should be able to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need from the food you eat.  It makes me a bit of a hypocrite though since I tend to not eat all that well "some" days (*cough cough*) and I take a daily multivitamin just in case.  Anyways, Kenlie wrote about how, when she used to take flaxseed oil pills 3x a day, she never had dry skin.  When she stopped taking them, her dry skin returned.  Sure it could be coincedence, a result of the change in climate when she moved or some other factor but its piqued my interest. 

Alberta has notoriously dry weather, especially in winter - despite subarctic temperatures, the air is as dry as the Gobi Desert, leaving skin parched, scaly, flaky and amazingly itchy.  Lotions only offer limited relief and no matter how much water I drink, my skin still begs for help.  I'd like to know if any of you out there have tried flaxseed oil and if its had any effect on dry skin.  I'm going to experiment with it myself and see what happens.  It couldn't hurt - flaxseed oil has lots of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, good for your heart, blood pressure, cholesterol and all sorts of other good things.

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