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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

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

Early Summer in Spy Garden

Yay summer!

Yay summer!

Butterfly enjoying a marigold among the garlic scapes

Butterfly enjoying a marigold among the garlic scapes

And some flower portraits…

Bachelor's Button

Bachelor’s Button

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

Calendula (I think?)

Calendula (I think?)

Raindrops on roses

Raindrops on roses

"Bowles Black" Pansy

“Bowles Black” Pansy

A perfect portait!

A perfect portait!

Into the flower press they go!

Into the flower press they go!

Love-in-a-mist; these are very easy to grow; they reseed every year and the patch keeps getting bigger

Love-in-a-mist; these are very easy to grow; they reseed every year and the patch keeps getting bigger

We have been enjoying many bouquets of cut flowers from the garden, and:

A huge display of garlic scapes

A huge display of garlic scapes

We have SOOOoooo many garlic scapes. They are good for eating (use anywhere you would garlic; they just have a milder flavor) and I love the whirly twirly spirals; perfect for a very cool arrangement!

Ready for a game

Ready for a game

The Spy has been sketching a lot of sports logos lately; this is the Duke University logo; drawn freehand!

The Spy has been sketching a lot of sports logos lately; this is the Duke University logo; drawn freehand!

Ssssss

Ssssss

I compared these pictures to last year's snakes and this one is somewhat smaller

I compared these pictures to last year’s snakes and this one is quite a bit smaller

The kids have named him (or her) Tonguey III

The kids have named him (or her) Tonguey III

Onion seed pod

Onion seed pod

Enjoying a dip in the creek after a run

Enjoying a dip in the creek after a run

Making a wake haha

Making a wake

Hiking

Hiking

Very red mushrooms on the forest floor

Very red mushrooms on the forest floor

Not sure what type of mushrooms these are

Not sure what type of mushrooms these are

Part of a lunar moth wing (I think)

Part of a lunar moth wing (I think)

Hardy hibiscus

Hardy hibiscus

Some of the garlic (I didn't even plant any last fall and there is SOOOooo much of it!) Garlic is so easy to grow.

Some of the garlic (I didn’t even plant any last fall and there is SOOOooo much of it!) Garlic is so easy to grow.

Early June in the garden

Early June in the garden

Hope you all are having a nice start to your summer!