Remember that scene in Ocean’s 11 where Saul is eating an orange, and Rusty asks him why? Saul says, “the doctor says I need vitamins.” Rusty then asks, “then why don’t you take vitamins?” Saul replies, “are you here to give me a physical?”
Well, the doc has told me that I should be taking vitamins. I don’t disagree with this, and I don’t have any problem with vitamins. I used to take a women’s multi in college for a little extra iron and whatnot. Nope, I don’t have a problem with vitamins…but they seem to have a problem with me.
The reason I stopped taking vitamins in college is that they made me sick. Not from anything IN the vitamins, but apparently from something ON the vitamins. There’s something about that tablet (or the coating on it?) that my stomach vehemently dislikes. Normally, I’d take the vitamin with breakfast, and I’d end up feeling mildly queasy for 30 minutes or so. One fateful day, however, I took the vitamin BEFORE breakfast and actually got sick. The stomach said, “rejected!” Ugh. VITAMINS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR ME!
I’ve tried different brands, but they all seem to have the same effect. I’ve tried taking it in the evening, and the effect is perhaps less pronounced but I’m more prone to forget to take the thing so it does me even less good. I’ve considered going back to the Flinstone’s vitamins, which I remember fondly from childhood, but during the marathon training I experimented with Jelly Belly’s “sport beans” as mid-run fuel. What’s the connection? They taste like Flinstone vitamins…and if there’s anything I don’t want to taste at mile 9, it’s chalk. BLECH.
I’m going to stop whining about this for now, primarily because my stomach has just re-settled. Until tomorrow, that is. Maybe Saul had the right idea. Does an orange have any other vitamins besides C?