Since i got back home from my trip to NOLA and Houston, i've been trying to realign my nutrient intake to what i found optimal before. It certainly has been interesting, but also complicated by my husband's pleasure in eating out, and the low energy which came with that damned head-cold.
One thing i can state with confidence is that EATING OUT = OMEGA-6 OVERDOSE. Unless one eats nothing but wild-caught seafood while dining away from home, the 6:3 balance is totally gone. And as my favorite bloggers taught me long ago, excess omega-6 + fructose OR alcohol = an unhappy liver. Kids, an unhappy liver is a REALLY BAD THING. ;-)
How to make one's liver happy again? Eat those yummy saturated fats, preferably wrapped up in grass-fed ruminant flesh, or as coconut oil. When we eat in, no matter which of us cooks, the balance is acceptable (with the addition of cod-liver oil). J made another meatloaf, a crust-less quiche, his wonderful cauliflower gratin, and some miscellany; i made lots of coffee, bread from the Paleo Comfort Foods book, a pot of oysters-rockefeller bisque ... and various restaurant suggestions. And a few cocktails.
I've been adding my supplements back in, too. I traveled with the bare minimum -- my thyroid glandular which also contains small amounts of iodine and selenium, betaine HCl (which i didn't end up needing), melatonin (ditto), and coconut oil caps which i hardly used at all. Tell ya the truth, it was pleasant not taking handfuls of pills, but i would have benefitted with more than i had.
Overtly, it was the iron i NOTICED missing. The hair-shedding that increased progressively during my trip has tapered back to normal again. I assume i used up a good deal of stored iodine, and i'm replenishing it now, but i don't PERCEIVE a lack -- unless the cold is a sign. I probably should have carried along the mag-zinc supplements as well.
The supplement i'll probably not replenish when the bottle is empty is vitamin-c. I eat such a low-sugar/starch diet most of the time, i believe the quantities i get from tomatoes, peppers and other vegetable substances should be enough. I'm of two minds when it comes to the coQ10; probabilities say i'm likely deficient in it as well as things like b12, but i can't say that i FEEL any difference between supplementing and not supplementing. Considering its price, it's likely to hit the skids too, at least for a bit.
I'm having a love-hate relationship with the carnitine and tyrosine. On the one hand, i do feel more energy, but a lot of that energy comes through as "mental restlessness." Not the most comfortable thing! Perhaps i should only be using them on an as-needed basis, and not as a regular thing.
Most of the rest of the things i take belong to the BALANCING category. Extra selenium to go with my high-dose iodine, copper to go with the iron, magnesium and zinc.... They definitely need to continue.
So the tweaking goes on!