Research on supplements often finds that they do no good at all. But my eye doctor recommended fish oil and said that most brands do no good — but one in particular does help. Then the book I’m using for the Health and Beauty Project recommended fish oil of this particular kind repeatedly. I ordered it and started taking it today.

A teaspoon in my morning smoothie is not noticeable at all.

How will I know if it’s effective or not? I guess I will have less trouble with my eyes, for one thing. I’ve been suffering intermittent trouble — watery, sore eyes and blurry vision — for a while now. That’s why the doctor gave me the list of 9 things to do for my eyes, of which taking fish oil is one.

She also recommends Vitamin D. I had begun taking mulitvitamins around Christmas. The Vitamin D dosage in these vitamins is much lower than the doctor recommended. I guess I will use them up and then switch to just Vitamin D?

How’s the Health and Beauty Project going?

I’m getting my morning routine done and I feel better for that. I’m hitting 3,000 steps in 30 minutes for the first time in quite a while. I’m dressed and made up enough to be prepared for human contact and to feel good. My skin feels great. I’m starting work on time and being productive. I’m not experiencing significant pain.

On the other hand, I’m not sleeping well. I’m getting less than 7 hours and “fair” or “poor” sleep quality. I’m taking a nap in the afternoon to make up for it, but this is an area I need to improve.