Monthly Archives: July 2012

Vitamin B12

Reinforce – Vitamin B12

Most people aren’t aware that a deficiency in Vitamin B12 may be a contributing factor to fatigue, anemia, weakness or depression.  According to the Office of Dietary Supplements “Neurological changes, such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, can also occur. Additional symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include difficulty maintaining balance, depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue. The neurological symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can occur without anemia, so early diagnosis and intervention is important to avoid irreversible damage.”

Most of your body’s required nutrients should primarily come from food sources, by having a balanced healthful diet.  Vitamin B12 is found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Fortified breakfast cereals are also a good source.   However, it is important to read the product label to determine which, and how much added nutrients the cereal contains.  You may also want to double-check the ingredients.

There are some circumstances where it’s good to have additional “Vitamin B12 Insurance” by utilizing a high quality dietary supplement.  The following groups are those most likely to be Vitamin B12 deficient (source: Office of Dietary Supplements):

  • Older Adults
  • Individuals with Pernicious Anemia
  • Individuals with Gastrointestinal Disorders (such as Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease)
  • Individuals who have had gastrointestinal surgery
  • Pregnant and lactating women who follow strict vegetarian diets and their infants

Pregnant and lactating women may also want to consider supplementation if they feel they are not eating a balanced healthful diet rich in Vitamin B12.

If you would like to learn more about Vitamin B12 we invite you to take a peak at the Office of Dietary Supplements website.

We offer Reinforce, a sublingual Vitamin B12 oral supplement.

Disclaimer:  This information should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health.  There is no endorsement by Office of Dietary Supplements.

Guest Blog “Good-bye” by Kelly Tibbets

Kelly Tibbets is fearless.  In fact…she is fearless in “Finding Fearless” and provides some incredible insight into her journey following my weight release program.  I am so grateful for her sharing, as I know many people will relate.  Here is her story…


By Kelly Tibbets

I have a dirty little confession to make…. I LOVED loading! Not because I ate all my favourite fatty foods that I NEVER let myself have…. but because, for the first time, possibly ever in my adult life – I ate without GUILT.

Guilt is my second least favourite emotion (next to jealousy) – it’s so useless and self-indulgent – it really serves absolutely no purpose – unless of course you’re an axe murderer – then Guilt might make you stop axe murdering – but in a regular everyday Mama like me all guilt does is give me more reasons to beat myself up.

Guilt and food have a delicious (pardon the pun) history in my life…  I have always used food as reward or pacifier.  I’m so sorry, you’re sad, have some chocolate cake!  Yay, you passed/won/succeeded, have some chocolate cake!

I have now been through the program twice and the first time I felt a lot of uncomfortable emotions that I wanted to ignore. The first being this guilt free loading and not hating it – does everyone say they hate it and they are lying?*  Is it just our womanly nature to pretend that we don’t LOVE bacon? Err… maybe it’s just me – maybe I have never understood the skinny little bitch who leaves the last bite of dessert because she’s “too full” – Are you kidding? You’re gonna waste that? I’ll eat it! (*I did hate how I felt after the 2 days – there is a reason that this kind of eating is considered unhealthy).

The second time around I realize what it is…. I’m scared that if I admit that I LOVE food then everyone will all nod their heads in unison “Ahhh, that’s why she’s fat”. Ick, ick, icky – on so many levels.  The biggest icky level being that I have thought this at EVERY SIZE I have been – even when I was “imaginary fat”.

So…. where does this leave me?  Part of this whole journey for me has had very little to do with weight loss – I have realized that it doesn’t matter what size I am – all of this guilt/self-deprecation still happens.  In fact, when my figure was at it’s very best in my adult life was when I was the most miserable.  I have turned to a lot of different soul-searching opportunities but Yoga has been the very best therapeutic tool for healing my poor little effed up psyche.

Beyond the physical benefits of Yoga – during practice certain poses can stir up certain emotions – and in our Western Culture we are encouraged to take those emotions and marinate in them and beat ourselves up about them and just feel shitty in general.  In Yoga, we acknowledge the emotion and then… are you ready for this?  You LET. IT. GO.  We don’t need to beat the shit out of the why, and the where and the when…. I feel guilty that I love food. So What? Who the Eff really cares?  Stop the presses and notify CNN. Poor Kelly feels guilty when she eats a hamburger!!  It looks so silly in black and white.

So… what’s my point?  I guess what I am discovering is that while it’s interesting to discover what your issues around food and weight and fitness might be…we all really need to stop beating ourselves/our relationships/our hearts up about it.  Feel the guilt, the pain, the disappointment – look it in the eye and send it some love and forgiveness and then tell it “Good-bye”.  Tell it that you acknowledge it and validate it – you understand that it’s there (here is where we are tempted to search and dissect and torture ourselves looking for the why) and it probably served a purpose at some point in your life – but now? Now these emotions that prevent you from achieving your optimal health and wellness are not serving you….


Remove the old garment which no longer suites you and step bravely into the new one –

 weaved from an awareness gained after years of struggle and pain.

 Do not lose sight of who you are in that quiet space – where only reality exists.

 You’ve paid a high price to get here – no sense in giving it all back.Your life is here and now

 Be present for it.

 Live it wisely.

Nirmala Devi – 11/07/05

If you would like to continue to read other great blog posts by Kelly, click here and follow her blog.

%d bloggers like this: