Tag Archives: fall

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

Late October in Spy Garden 2015

Blackberries

Blackberries

Leaf

Leaf

Tomato blooms (but too late for tomatoes!)

Tomato blooms (but too late for tomatoes!)

Dexie

Dexie

Leaf pile

Leaf pile

I see you!

I see you!

Mushroom (just looking, not eating!) not sure what kind.

Mushroom (just looking, not eating!) not sure what kind.

Fire pit

Fire pit

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

Another

Another

Harlequin Marigold (or Court Jester)

Harlequin Marigold (or Court Jester)

Thanks Spy Sister for these awesome rings!

Thanks Spy Sister for these awesome rings; great for juggling!

May I present...

May I present… (hahaha)

Drying celosia

Drying celosia

Sunset

Sunset

From top: celosia, blazing star, marigolds

From top: celosia, blazing star, marigolds

Swing

Swing

Weeeee

Weeeee

Eeeeeee!

Eeeeeee!

Bumblebee

Bumblebee

Lots of leaves

Lots of leaves

Leaves

Leaves

Firepit

Firepit

Smoochie (click for concrete ball DIY ahha)

Smoochie (click for concrete ball DIY ahha) celebrated a birthday this month! Happy Birthday ‘Moocha!

Field (near Spy Garden)

Field (near Spy Garden)

Getting spooky around here!

Getting spooky around here!

Kitchen window

Kitchen window

Thanks Spy Sister for these delicious treats!

Thanks Spy Sister for these delicious treats! I also celebrated a birthday this month; 33!!!

Swing

Swing

Spy Garden

Spy Garden

Dexie

Dexie

Dexie looking at the garden

Dexie in the garden

Timber!

Timber!

Clean-up

Clean-up

Stacking wood

Stacking wood

 A little loofah gourd

A little loofah gourd

Dexie, dill, mums

Dexie, dill, mums

In the Eno hammock (they are the best!!)

In the Eno hammock (they are the best!!)

Echinacea with funnel web spider

Echinacea with funnel web

Leaves caught (in another funnel web)

Leaves caught (in another funnel web)

Ghost Dog!

Ghost Dog!

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday! And hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!!

 

 

Mid-October in Spy Garden 2015

I heart fall

I heart fall

Lion's Tail

Lion’s Tail

Persimmon

Persimmon

Yum!

Yum!

A violet woolflower

A violet woolflower

Different types of celosia

Different types of celosia

Bumblebee on (what looks like) brain coral!

Bumblebee on (what looks like) brain coral!

Dexie (watching a turkey vulture)

Dexie (watching a turkey vulture)

Red leaves

Red leaves

Dexie

Dexie in the woods

Turkey Tails
Turkey Tails
Woods

Woods

Yellow

Yellow

Looks like legs walking

Looks like legs walking

Red leaf

Red leaf

Stone Bridge

Stone Bridge

Long fall shadows

Long fall shadows

Homes (for Woodpeckers?)

Homes (for woodpeckers?)

Little cedar tree

Little cedar tree

"Kitty Pizza" (the cat at Baby's school)

“Kitty Pizza” (the cat at Baby’s school)

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Tomato

Tomato

Copperhead Skin

Copperhead Skin

Fall Echinacea (facing north)

Fall Echinacea (facing north)

Facing south

Facing south

Fall in Spy Garden

Fall in Spy Garden

Tall dead tree

Tall dead tree

Celosia Bouquet

Celosia Bouquet

Dexie cleaning up the sunflower stalks

Dexie cleaning up the sunflower stalks

Dill, mums, celosia

Dill, mums, celosia: jewel tones!