As I celebrate a succesful midterm, I toast myself a shot—a short detour before I open a desolate word document and hammer out a 2,500 word essay.

Ah, yes, youth. Going back to school always sounds good, and safe, ’till you hit this part. And then it’s 25 degrees outside and writing an essay seems like modern-day water boarding. But I digress..

It’s grind time, and time for high-functioning. Giving up caffeine at this time of the year was probably foolish, but alas, I have a substitute—served like an espresso shot, no less.

As someone who doesn’t eat meat often, I’m somewhat concerned (okay, my mom is concerned) that I’m not getting enough B12. It’s only found in animal products, or fortified products, or supplements. Of course, it isn’t as bioavailable—or easily absorbed by the body—when it’s consumed out of it’s natural package, the foods in which it is found. And B12 plays a big part in the functioning of the brain and the nervous system, so it’s a pretty big deal.

Some vegans inject themselves with B12. Others take supplements, most of which their body won’t absorb. And I take this. BLAMM-O! (Yes, far above the RDI. Side note: I don’t really do RDIs. More on that later? Only if you insist). This stuff is a naturally-occurring, real food MEGAvitamin.

E3 Live is a natural blue-green algae taken from Klamath Falls, Oregon that packs more than 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and EFAs (essential fatty acids, meaning the ones your body can’t produce naturally). And the best part? It’s 97% bioavailable. That means your body is actually taking in virtually every last drop of the good stuff. Which is amazing, if you’ve got lazy nutrition habits, poor digestion, or malabsorption issues. Or if you want to be a superhuman.

Now, back to the books—the E3 live I’ve been taking has an addition called BrainOn, made up of phenylethylamine, or PEA, to promote clear thinking and focus. I guess when I get my midterm back next week we’ll find out if the addition works..

I dare you to try it yourself—I’ve seen it in Toronto at both Rawlicious and Belmonte Raw, and at Noorish in Edmonton. Invite your other healthy-nutty friends and do a round of shots? And have one for me. Hey, you might even get a little buzz.

Okay, now, back to the books.

why, YES, that stuff you eat everyday does matter!

After a semi-grueling and heavily Tim Horton’s fueled weekend of volleyball, I was happy to make it back into Toronto in time for the Sunday Yin class at Moksha (at this studio, Yin, like Moksha, is done in the heated room, but it’s a less active form of yoga—instead of activating cardiovascular activity with flows, balance, and strength in what is known as yang practice, yin slows the body down, allowing the muscles and joints to sink into long holds and get into the real gritty deep stuff in your body). It’d been a weekend of failing to warm up, forgetting to stretch, and subsiding on some heavily-preserved foodstuffs. So it seemed only appropriate to get in a good stretch, and I was doubly happy when I remembered this was the week they were screening a documentary I’d been wanting to see.

As part of the Living Your Moksha challenge’s Week 1: Living Healthy, Moksha did a screening of FoodMatters, an excellent doc which revolves around Socrates’ principle “let food be thy medicine, and they medicine be food,” and highlighted all the of the vicious vircles created by the medical community, the emphasis on drugs, the fact that most doctors have absolutely ZERO formal training in nutrition or the influences one’s diet has on their health (no one here’s heard of type 2 diabetes? Um, hello, cancer-causing toxins?). There was lots to be learned, including: no, you can’t really overdose on vitamins; vitamin and mineral deficiencies are the root cause of more things than you can imagine; cooking food actually makes your body perceive it as toxic; and you can’t fully remove toxins unless you first detoxify and then replace the bad stuff with some new, good foods and nutrients. 106,000 people die EVERY YEAR in America due to KNOWN adverse side effects of the drugs they took as prescribed by their doctors, an Lord knows if those drugs had any actual positive effects (in comparison, the last 20+ years have seen 10 deaths that are suspected to be due to vitamin overdoses). But your doctor isn’t sponsored by a vitamin company, and buying nutritious food and being healthy doesn’t make money for American doctors, at least. We in Canada, I think could entirely reverse our problems about the cost of medicating our aging population by 2050, maybe sooner if we shifted the focus and treatment to nutritive prevention rather than treatment. Food for thought. Tons of great information, tons of very interesting things to think about. David Wolfe, raw, superfood activist (I can’t even tell you how many times he said raw cacao was the best food in the world for you.. I’m just fine with that) and Charlotte Gerson, part of the Gerson Institute—which treats the ‘uncurable’ diseases like cancer with high vitamin dosages and healthy diets have both stirred up a little something in me to investigate this further… stay tuned.

Oh! And, if your mental health is ever suffering, ie. feeling a little down on yourself (ie. the sorry state I was in after this weekend’s sad 0-10 showing at the vball tourney), encourage yourself with the resonant words of Jessica: