This being Vegan Feast Thursday, I thought it was a good day to mention that when you are on a plant-based diet, more important than where do we get our protein, is where do we get our vitamin B-12? I get mine from nutritional yeast (available at health food stores, Whole Foods, etc.) and I happen to love to sprinkle it on most everything from vegetables, to soup, to popcorn! Still, learning that up to 40% of our society is B-12 deficient, I am going to make a point of getting in some more, probably by way of fortified soy milk. Of course their are the good old-fashioned sub-lingual drops and vitamins but I feel I eat enough food to get it in if I stay aware. While I have no symptoms of a B-12 deficiency (they include exhaustion, tingling in the arms and legs and memory issues) I am always concerned about anything that will hurt my memory! If you are on a plant-based diet, don’t forget YOUR vitamin Bs…especially 12.
This morning I woke up to a response from Joyce, about her story that I told last week. Instead of keeping it in the comment section of that day’s blog I am reprinting it. Thanks, Joyce, for checking out the site and sharing YOUR wisdom. I can say it over and over again, but I am always glad when someone like yourself, who has figured it out the hard way, but DEFINITELY figured it out, says it instead. I took the liberty of editing out her kudos to me (and yes, I love you, too, Joyce and am so glad you ventured into class!!!) because this one is all about HER! Here’s Joyce’s “weigh in” on her own story:
“You are a sweetheart to tell my story. Yes…I was 460 lbs that had no life, and couldn’t even take care of the things we all take for granted..like getting in and out of a bath tub, sitting in a booth at a restaurant, going through a supermarket turn style…keeping my body clean..and to be perfectly blunt..wiping my butt. I had very few clothes, mostly stained and torn, and still had to go to work, it was a chore just to sit behind a desk and walk to the counter and back. I was exhausted when I came home. Rashes..sleep apnea..headaches..poor hygiene..and a sadness and despair no one person could fathom. People that are morbidly obese know all to well the loneliness that encapsulates them. Social life?….lol….not a chance. More like a world of dreams, fantasy and pretend. Because ANYTHING else is more tolerable than our reality.
Let me say this to you….
I’m 55 years old…and here’s the big secret….
Ready?….listen closely now..you might miss it….
(SHOUTING)…..THERE IS NO SECRET SISTAS OF THE FLESH…….EAT SENSIBLY, WATCH YOUR CALORIC INTAKE AND MOVE YOUR ASS!!!!!!
If anyone would like to see my pictures or even need me to inspire you…I’m here for anyone who’s heart is hurting…because I NEED to give back what you need to move forward on…”
Thanks, Joyce. You are an amazing woman! You inspire me every day and I am so thankful you stepped out of your comfort zone and into class!!! The way you did it, EVERYONE can do it!
Joyce, you are an inspiration to all of us!!
Thank you for sharing, and showing others it is possible to
turn your life around <3
Bonni, thanks for facilitating….
And Joyce, THANKS for so candidly sharing…
Joyce – I keep writing stuff and going back to delete it because I can’t find the right words to tell you how amazed and inspired I am by your perserverance and courage and determination. WOW, just … WOW !
Joyce, thank you for sharing your heartfelt message. YOU are a true inspiration. You should wake up every morning and know how much you are impacting others. You are a hero!!!