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Getting my omega-3s

Lately, I keep hearing more and more about omega-3s and eating fish especially. I don’t eat fish, so I take fish oil pills instead. Or I consume chia seeds and ground flax.

If you haven’t tried chia seeds yet, check out this post on the Swanson Health Products Blog.

Last week, at the “Eat Well, Live Well” lunch I went to, the registered dietitian who spoke to us did mention fish quite a bit. She was focusing on eating for breast cancer health or cancer prevention in general. She said omega-3s reduce inflammation in the body, fight against cancer and one should eat fish 2-3 times per week to get these benefits.

A couple of nights ago on Doctor Oz, he was talking about Omega-3s and measured the levels in two women. One was ok because she ate salmon at least once a week, but you could tell the other lately hadn’t paid much attention to adding Omega-3s to her diet. Dr. Oz said there is a lot of hype about Omega-3s right now, so be careful when choosing products that say they have Omega-3s in them.

A couple of months ago, Swanson Health Products sent me some Carlson fish oil pills to try out and review. I have been using them for a couple of months now and they are great! I remember my first time trying fish oil pills–I bought the kind in which you burp up the fish taste and it was awful! These definitely do not do that and I love the product!

Carlson fish oil

Carlson fish oil info label

Here are the supplement facts from the Swanson Health Products website:

According to Google shopping, Swanson Health Products has the cheapest price for 120 soft gels.

Today (April 7th) is World Health Day 2011. In honor of it, Swanson Health Products is donating 5% of the day’s sales to an organization that is very dear to them, Vitamin Angels. They will also donate $0.25 for each new “Like” they get on their Facebook page. With just 1 click, you will help Vitamin Angels reach 1 child in need for an entire year with life-saving vitamins and supplements. You can get all the details here. So go order some fish oil or any of their other great healthy products!

How do you like to get your Omega-3s?


From tired to energetic

The end of the week laziness set in last night, so I didn’t blog or make it to the gym. I just laid on the couch. I swear that my body shuts down on Friday nights and it’s impossible for me to do anything. Guess the week wore me out more than I thought it did.

I made up for the Friday night case of the lazies by having tons of energy today. I got up around 8, ate this breakfast:

English muffin with strawberry jelly and a Whole Soy & Co. Cherry yogurt, plus coffee of course.

english muffin with strawberry jelly, yogurt, coffee

Whole Soy & Co. Cherry yogurt

I didn’t love this cherry flavor. I think I got strawberry last time and it was better. This tasted more soy like. I like my dairy yogurt I guess and if I was vegan or had lactose intolerance, I would choose soy yogurt over having no yogurt at all.

I went to the Y and hit the 8:45 yoga class. It was mostly flow, with some pretty difficult poses thrown in. It’s funny how much more difficult it is for me to do yoga in the morning vs. at night. My hips hurt and don’t feel warmed up at all in the morning. Some of the difficult poses really struck my hip area with pain.

After an hour of yoga, I still had tons of energy, so I hit the elliptical for 10 minutes, the rowing machine for a bit and then did a full circuit of weights.

I got home and still had more energy than I knew what to do with. Threw in some laundry, showered and ate lunch, which was a Morningstar black bean veggie burger, Irish cheese, tomato on an Arnold’s Thin. I also had a cup of cinnamon applesauce.

applesauce and Morningstar black bean burger on arnold's thin

Dessert was Newman’s Own Organics dark chocolate with some all natural peanut butter chips.

Newman's Own Organics dark chocolate and pb chips

Then, I went to about 6 stores in an hour and fifteen minutes. They were all quick trips. I picked up a silicone swim cap so I can hit the pool soon and protect my hair.

I went to Sears to check out the Golla camera bag I want to get before our trip to Florida. I had only seen it online, so I wanted to check it out in person.


I liked it a lot–it’s stylish, roomy, and looks like it will be comfortable to carry. I took pictures of how the bag secures with a strap on the side and a Sears worker came over kind of looking at me suspiciously.

Golla camera bag

I explained to the worker that I had been researching the bag online this morning and talking to my husband about the different features. I was explaining how the bag secures magnetically in front and with the side strap, but my husband didn’t think that sounded very secure. He was concerned someone could just come along and open it up when I wasn’t looking. The Sears worker didn’t seem to like the bag I chose and showed me a very standard DSLR case. I explained that I liked the one I chose because it didn’t look like a camera bag and he said “no, it looks more like a lunch pail.” I argued back that it looked more like a purse and didn’t scream “DSLR camera bag” or tourist. It cracked me up that he used the word “pail” and gave my husband a good laugh when I got home and told him about it! I guess my opinion is sure to be a little different than that of a 50 something year old man!

Anyone have a camera case that is stylish and cute to recommend? I am about 90% sure I will go with the Golla, but then I feel bad if it looks to feminine for my husband to carry. I take all of the pictures on our trips, but he often carries the camera because I deal with a purse. The nice thing about the Golla is that it has numerous pockets and areas for me to carry purse items in, so I may not even need a big purse.

And as I wrote this post, I was snacking on some Stonyfield blueberry yogurt with pom arils.

Stonyfield Blueberry yogurt and pom arils

Time to hit the grocery store with Craig for a big shopping trip. We need lots of food!

Quick meal recap from Friday, January 7, 2011.

Breakfast was stovetop oats with ground flax seeds, half of a banana and pomegranate arils. It was kind of blah, but filled me up.

coffee and oats with pom arils

I treated myself to my free lunch at work and got a grilled cheese with avocado, bacon and tomatoes. I had a cup of fruit on the side.

lunch on 1-7-11. Fruit and gourmet grilled cheese

Dinner (no picture)–I had a tortilla with pinto beans, some cheese, salsa and Frank’s Red Hot.

Hope your Saturday has been fabulous! After the grocery store, I want to make a nice dinner for Craig and I and bake some more chocolate chip cookies.