My constant battle with Iron Deficiency

Ever since I was young, since I started my period, my iron levels have always swung up and down. This may have been attributed to the monthly blood loss and also due to the fact I refused to red meat from the age of 10. I started eating meat again at age 20, as by that time I had stopped menstruating for around 6 months…and on advice of our local doctor, i.e. my scary Aunty… I was semi coerced to start eating meat again.

I still remember my first meal that had meat. Wok in the box stir fry. Tastes like shitty rubber imo. It felt disgusting. Why do people like meat? But if I wanted to become ‘normal’ I had to do this….

Eventually it got better… chicken was easier to eat… and pork was not had as well.. it felt good to not be the odd one out at All you can Eat Korean BBQs, buffets, and random dinners at friend’s houses… I didn’t want to be rude and not eat the food given to me.. I just sort of brushed the food aside. Back then, not many people were into ‘Vegetarian’ or Vegan diets, aside those who were for religious reasons.

Anyways, I digressed too much. The moral of the story is that I kind of ate what my mum cooked at home… and yeah it meat most of the time. But since moving out, I realised now I am in charge of my own diet and I can eat what I want. I really tried to imitate what we ate at home.. beef mince, pork…but I soon realised.. I am no chef and secondly, I honestly don’t like the texture of meat. I don’t know how to cook it … so I might as well stick with what I can cook well and go back to my mainly plant-based and seafood diet. This is my forte.. my fridge is full of basically 70% veggies, 10% Protein (Fish and Tofu), 20% carbs.

And hence, I would not be surprised at all when I am due for my next blood test to check my iron levels… that it is most likely to be low. :(.

I do not want to take supplements as I had many side effects such as black Tarry stools from them… EWW. TMI? Not enough imo!! Hmmm if its really bad, maybe I can request an iron infusion?

I guess it depends on the blood test 😔😔

In others news, I have started a new segment on my podcast about the quick meals that you can cook with your microwave..see link below:

Being Foot Shy

Basically during this time while we are in semi-lock down, I have not much to write about in my life…so please excuse me while I write about something that is probably considered quite bland for your everyday read… xD… However, it is in these times that what used to be everyday occurrences can become the highlight of your day… or the topic of your blog…

I went to the shops today to buy some work shoes…The shopping centre looked a lot different than the last time I went..  Many clothes shops, toy shops, shoe shops, jewellery shops, basically nothing that was classified as ‘essential’ was closed. It was sort of a bleak sight I suppose…but I guess one that is needed to stop people flocking to the shops to go shopping for those ‘non-essential’ items.

Luckily for me, I had checked online whether the shop I needed to go to was open. As I am on my feet all day for work, having comfortable shoes is a necessity. I was just really glad that this shop was still open, the shop’s name is ‘Athlete’s Foot’ and they measure you up for sizing and help choose for you a shoe that will help stabilise your feet or support your feet is you need it. The person who helped me was super helpful and helped recommend a comfortable yet professional looking black leather shoe. While I don’t mind buying certain things online, such as electronics, stationery, or turtle accessories. I have personally not had much luck buying clothes and shoes. If something did fit by sheer luck, I would make sure to keep buying the exact same one!

That’s why when the physical shops close, it means I won’t get much shopping done…because I am one of those people that really need to try on some clothes or shoes before buying them…because the shoe or clothes might LOOK great, but probably won’t for me….Anyway, so this “Foot technician” I think called Ben, helped me do some measurements to my feet with this “Foot scanning and recording thing” (sorry the name of it is beyond me), which tells you all sorts of things about the way you walk and the where the pressure on your feet is located. To do this scan I had to take off my shoes and socks, I couldn’t help but worry about all the germs that were on the floor and just crossed my fingers I won’t get any foot infection from walking on the ground and thing.

On a side note, for some reason today I was wearing my white duck socks…so embarrassing…I should have remembered to wear a more professional looking sock…normally no one would ever know its a duck sock with my shoes on…but anyways… LOL.. the other thing was I realised I haven’t cut my toenails for a while and eww the small nail on my right foot looks soooo gross…I felt sorry for the poor technician looking at my disgusting feet T_T. If only, they recorded and saved these measurements so that I wouldn’t have to continually take off my socks and be embarrassed. Anyways, I digress. After the testing, he brought out 3 different brands of black shoes and said all the pros and cons of each shoe. I then tried on two of the three, one on each foot and walked around in it. Both felt good and it was kind of hard to choose, it only came down to how it looked…the one on the right foot looked slightly more professional and looks less like a sports shoe than the other one…and that’s the one I decided to get…!

Tomorrow will be my first day wearing my new shoes…albeit being a bit squeaky..here’s hoping that my feet will be happier and less sore after a day at work. And that folks, is the highlight of my week. Buying some work shoes…before they also probably will shut due to COVID 19. Who would have thought life would come down to this? ? ? ? Work is literally life now.. 😦

Keep safe and keep dabbing into your elbow when you sneeze.

 

Thx. JL