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Hello Fall!

Hello all and hello fall! I am really getting outside of my comfort zone here and this is my first post done from my cell phone! I’m so modern! Haha but I figure if I may post more often if I can figure out how to post from my phone :)!

This is an important time of year to spread awareness of the severity of Vitamin D deficiency (and not just in Maine/New England; this is becoming a problem in more southern regions too (too much indoor time)!

Maine has some of the highest cancer rates and I am shocked that more providers have not considered the connection/that there are not more studies looking at the relationship between vitamin D and cancer rates (as Maine has some of the lowest vitamin D rates and the highest cancer rates). If there’s one thing I’m an expert on its disease PREVENTION! And vitamin D is a huge part of that.

In Maine (and New England) the sun’s rays (even in summer) are not at the proper angle to synthesize sufficient quantities of vitamin D. Supplementation is a must in Maine and other northern latitudes.

Even if kids/people are drinking vitamin D fortified milk, I typically still recommend supplementing. The classic 50,000IU once weekly prescription doesn’t make much sense to me; a robust DAILY supplement with occasional booster dosing is more effective in my clinical experience. Vitamin D is crucial in strengthening immune health.

Your immune system isn’t just there to keep you from getting sick. Neurologic and psychological health are DIRECTLY related to immune function. Vitamin D is also important in connective tissue function and required for calcium absorption. Vitamin D is CRUCIAL in decreasing inflammation (and inflammation plays a role in every disease!).

Want to hear something crazy?

When I did my doctoral education and training to become a nurse practitioner in St. Louis, Missouri, the local labs referenced a “NORMAL” Vitamin D level as 30-100. In Maine, several major labs list the “NORMAL” reference value as 25-50!!

THIS WAS SO SHOCKING TO ME!

Do you know why this is? Because Mainers are so Vitamin D deficient, it is just considered a normal finding to be depleted. Labs often create “Normal” ranges based on population data. So if an entire population has a problem (hello high blood sugar, and deficiencies in magnesium and vitamin D); it might get entirely overlooked!!!!

To make it worse, ADEQUATE supplementation is often overlooked! If you want to speed healing time, decrease joint/arthritis pain, avoid colds/boost immune function, prevent osteoporosis, prevent fatigue/depression for yourself/your children/family, optimizing your Vitamin D level is crucial!

Talk to your practitioner about Vitamin D today! Also, be empowered to question the “normal” lab values (and this goes beyond Vitamin D levels!). I was taught by physicians/practitioners that Vitamin D levels above 60 or even above 80 are required to combat many issues directly related to Vitamin D deficiency.

Ok so that’s the PSA of the day! Now to share some pictures of the beautiful transition from summer to fall!

Our sunflowers are falling for fall!! :)

Post swim! Swam twice (well at least dunked under!) this week without a wetsuit! But water is definitely starting to cool down!

Dorian waves (we only watched! Big waves!!)

This last pic is from late summer and I just love it; we went to the beach so much this summer and even though it was a busy/pretty intense summer there was also a lot of THIS💙!! Farewell to summer and hello to fall!! Thanks for visiting!!!

Wholeheartedly,

Evelyn

Summer Begins 2019

Do you ever make a list of the cool people that you know/meet? I make mental lists all the time of the interesting people I learn from. I think about how their strengths/unique perspective can improve my ability to serve others as a practitioner (and also my life in general!)! It can bring a lot of joy to slow down and think about the SPECIFIC DETAILS of why people you know are awesome. Since each person is unique, literally every person brings something different and new to your world; that is pretty cool! It really inspires me to see individuals embracing their unique gifts and working to be the best versions of themselves. Chelsea Jeter is a naturopathic doctoral student based in San Francisco who is also an accomplished small business owner/entrepreneur AND fashion model/social media genius! She has this fearless commitment to being the most authentic version of herself and it is contagious!

AND GET THIS…

AS IT TURNS OUT, this precocious beauty believes me to be “woke”!

“extremely woke” in fact (going to save that to prove to my teenage son from time to time lol)…

I was going to tell her I was too old to be woke but then I decided I’d go with it! (maybe I can write a Elizabethan sonnet about being woke lol). She is so cool I thought she might be AI. #conspiracytheories lol But seriously, her fearless commitment to being the very BEST VERSION of herself just shines! She has an EXCELLENT downloadable Top 10 ANTI-AGING pdf on her website. It really delves into what true skin health is all about and provides information about tools you’ve never even heard of! (Hint: it is not about moisturizers or serums!) Jeter inspired me to get working on my own “TOP 10” basic health tips (that you haven’t heard before!) and we even collaborated with the final editing!  I am so excited to share the health tips with you; head over to Atlantic Family Health to sign up and receive the pdf via email! For readers here on spy garden I’m thinking of also posting the info maybe 1 item from the top 10 at a time (it’s a lonnggg document! About 7 pages :) of MUST-READ material!! :)

So excited to share with you all! And thanks to Chelsea Jeter for the inspiration!

These next few shots were taken by Stewart Smith Photography:

Love how these photos turned out! Stewart Smith Photography is located right by the OOB Pier and offers a super casual session where you just walk around OOB and take in the sights of the pier/beach while he snaps some shots! What a genius idea to remember your vacation in Old Orchard! We took advantage of the shoot as a way to get some shots for Atlantic Family Health!

Stewart also shoots all the covers for Keep it Local magazine, where I have been advertising!

I hope to work with Stewart again and also have some projects with other area photographers in the works! Can’t wait to share!

Scarborough marsh:

Pictured below: Old Orchard Beach (north of the pier). My brother in law stayed at Friendship Ocean Front Suites ). Great spot (we went surfing there as the moon rose; it was awesome!!!) and heated pool!

South of the pier:

My sister and brother in law stayed at the Nautilus and it was awesome! Highly recommend!

We had the best visit!!!

A very calm, clear weekend with no waves or seaweed! We swam a little (without wetsuits!). Water is steadily warming up (but still in high 50s).

We visited an old quarry (where pink and green tourmaline has been found)…

Rocks rock!

We found many varieties of quartz, mica and other cool rocks!

This large quartz is my favorite!!

We used them in the garden!

And nearly as tough as a rock…

I can not believe how hardy this pumpkin is; sat outside all winter!

Summer is here! Thank you for visiting/reading!

Late May 2019

 I spy a garden! So thrilled to have a little Maine garden started <3

Horse friends are the best!

We got Freya (our bunny) from this awesome woman (who until recently moving back to Maine was leading trips on horseback in the backcountry of Yellowstone!!) She is awesome! If you are in Maine and in need a Holland Lop or lionhead rabbit (and really who DOESN’T need a bunny?:) she is your GO TO (or just check out her site to swoon over baby bunny photos)!

Holland Heart Rabbitry

Uncle Ken visiting for the holiday weekend!

Aerial yoga; our new favorite!
Hope you all are having a nice holiday weekend!

Spring is in full swing here in southern Maine!

:) Evelyn