General Writing

Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right (ignore the 11 inches of snow)

You’re probably still digging out from the recent snowstorm, and you’re also freezing but hey–the sun is shining!

Time for a gentle PSA: Years ago my vitamin D levels dropped to single digits. I had no idea (and was used to feeling tired and out of it, so I hadn’t noticed any deficiency). But apparently doctors had gotten a recent memo to add this to blood testing, particularly for women. To get a good dose of real vitamin D, you need to be in steady sunlight for about 15-20 minutes daily. (When does that happen? And in the winter?) What stayed with me was that as an African-American woman (melanin in my skin blocks quick absorption) working full time in midtown (where huge buildings block the sun) in the Northeast (where our high sun hours are limited to begin with), it’s realllly important to work in that D however I can. Now I take daily supplements and look for vitamin D-rich foods, but you know, just something to keep in mind. Now, back to the polar vortex, and beyond!

Snow storm hits New York City