I just looked in my drafts file, and though I cleaned out over forty drafts a few months ago that I felt wouldn’t be of interest to anyone now that I moved to Israel, I still have 164 posts pending. Sheesh. So many things to write about, so little time!
Anyway, I’m going to try to post some of those pending posts since some of them are waiting an embarrassingly long time for me to finish them up.
The first of these is about a great resource for supplements for those in the US as well as overseas that I first learned about from a blog reader. I didn’t want to share about it until I had tried it out successfully, but being that it’s been over a month since my first order arrived, and my second order is sitting and waiting at the post office for me to pick it up, it’s time to share the details!
I mentioned that we began buying cod liver oil recently, and I’ve been buying from this source, iherb.com. The prices are good, and what makes it a great option particularly for those overseas is the very low shipping – I paid a flat rate of $4 for each order.
Another nice plus is that you can see the weight of each item that you order, and since you need to keep your order under a certain weight to avoid taxes on the receiving end, this makes it very easy to be aware of the shipping weight total of your order. (The weight limit is either 3 or 4 pounds – I’ve seen people saying both, but limited my order to three pounds each to be on the safe side because dealing with the huge taxes that can be slapped onto orders received is no fun. If you have definitive information on this, please share!)
I got $5 off of my first order thanks to a coupon code I had – this was only good for first time buyers. You can use the code OBO992 for your first order to get this discount. On my second order, I bought my cod liver oil when there was a ten percent discount for two days on everything on the website, so that helped my cost stay a bit lower for that. But it still was very affordable, under $30 for three 12 oz. bottles of cod liver oil including shipping.
I am buying the Twinlab cod liver oil, not because I think it’s best, but because I think it’s decent and it’s affordable for us. I’d LOVE to be able to buy fermented cod liver oil, but even with reduced bulk pricing, I can’t spend a few hundred dollars on a few bottles of cod liver oil, even though it is much more valuable nutritionally. (I seriously looked into this because I’d love to give it to my littles to give them the significant nutritional boost it offers.)
You can strive for ideal, but when ideal isn’t an option (and it frustrates me sometimes that in the real food world so many people seem unable to validate that ideal isn’t possible sometimes, that there are real budgetary limitations), you can do nothing or you can do the next best thing. So we’re doing the next best thing.
I’d like to be able to find what we need locally, versus having visitors from the US regularly bringing me all those things I miss from there. So far we’ve done really well in making a shift to Israeli brands and products for just about everything, but sometimes you can’t find what you want here, and it’s nice to have an affordable way to get it!