Taking Omega-3 Fish Oil Is Like Practicing Piano

By Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD
8 years ago

Recently, I decided to take piano lessons again. In my younger years – before medical school – I nearly made piano playing my career. But after two children, a medical practice, and starting a business, I had gotten out of touch with my favorite instrument.

“Taking piano lessons will be good for me,” I said to myself. “It will limber up my fingers, and memorizing music will limber up my mind.  It will also make me feel better to be producing beautiful music again. Just like taking my Omega Cure fish oil, I’ll be making all these good things happen for myself.”

Finding a brilliant teacher was the first step. Although she was demanding, we hit if off right away. I had initially just wanted to start practicing the basics, but my teacher has other plans. She gave me an eight page jazz piece with lots of rapid chord progressions and nasty arpeggios right off the bat.

You are probably wondering, “Come on Anne-Marie, how does this relate to how I take my Omega Cure?” Don’t worry. You’ll see.

The first week after I had my piano lesson, I was away on business and only had two days to practice before my next lesson. During those two days, I fanatically practiced every spare minute.  Needless to say, that was not enough to conquer the difficult piece, and I did a miserable job when I had my lesson.

The next week I was more diligent. I practiced every day, and it paid off.  I still haven’t mastered the piece, but I know if I work and rework the most difficult parts every day for at least a 20 to 30 minutes, I’ll eventually get there.

Here’s what I’ve learned from my piano lessons: If you want to make a significant difference for your health, it takes commitment. Too often, we start on a health regime, knowing it will be good for us, but falling off the bandwagon after a bout of forgetfulness or stress creeps up.

Ultimately, we have to stay the course if we’re going to get true satisfaction from our hobby or exercise routine. But how do we stay on the straight and narrow? These are a few tips accrued from my daily piano practicing:

Take your omega-3 fish oil at the same time

If you associate taking your omega-3 with a particular time of day or another regular activity, you’ll be less likely to forget. I practice piano in the morning before breakfast, and don’t let myself sit down to eat before I’ve run through a few scales. Likewise, in high school, my daughter used to take her Omega Cure every night before going to bed because she said putting on pimple medicine at night reminded her that she needed fish oil for her skin.

Take a consistent dose

You have to take a consistent, high dose of omega-3 every day if you’re going to experience the benefits. One slurp one day, and a half a cup the other won’t be nearly as effective as taking the same three teaspoons day in and day out. Just like with the piano, practicing two hours one day and 10 minutes the next isn’t as effective as practicing the same amount of time every day.

Make it fun

Sure, there’s the daily chore of having to perform a task, but it’s important to enjoy the activity if you’re going to make it stick. When I practice piano, I allot 10 minutes each day to playing one of my favorite songs and singing, rather than spending the entire practice session working on the assigned piece. In the same way, make taking your Omega Cure enjoyable. One of my girlfriends tops her rocky road ice cream off with three solid teaspoons of fish oil, and swears by it. But you can also add the Omega Cure to various juices and shakes. Since the oil is ultra fresh and tasteless, you have countless options for foods that pair well with Omega Cure.

To make sure you get the true benefits of Omega Cure, do yourself a favor and practice commitment. Over the course of six to eight weeks, getting an adequate dose will start to make a difference for relieving joint pains and lowering triglyceride levels — but it really does mean staying the course.

And please, don’t try and cram it all in a couple of days before you go to your doctor to take a blood sample.

Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD

Born and raised in the United States, Dr. Chalmers graduated from Brown University and completed her medical training at the University of Oslo in Norway. Dr. Chalmers practiced medicine for many years, serving both at high-tech hospitals and as a community health worker in rural Norway. Together with Dr. Martinsen, she later co-founded Wellpride LLLP dba Omega3 Innovations and is the joint holder of several patents that facilitate the ingestion of multiple medication combinations. Today, she serves as the president of Omega3 Innovations.

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  • I want to see a picture of you playing the piano! ;-) This advice is spot on, just what I needed to hear right now re taking my Omega 3. Thank you, Anne Marie.

    • Glad you liked it, Rosi, and found the blog helpful. :) I'll have to upload a picture of me playing the piano too. May-Elise must have taken the original picture down when we revised the blog.

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