I'm out. Finished. Done. The container is empty. Unfortunately I have not been able to track down this drink-mix in local shops(1)
, but then again I've only stopped by 3 of them and there are probably 10 in the area alone. I'll also ask around, a shop in another county(2)
may carry but I'm not interested in heading to that(3)
county just for a drink-mix.
This year it appears as though I won't be headed to Iran, but I may next year, fingers crossed. If that is the case, I do plan on getting enough for a year's supply. I'd honestly like to give this a more proper long-term test, perhaps even find some willing participants for a more scientific approach with test pools of both placebo and actual product, various levels of activity and so forth. We shall see, it's just a hope for now.
Final comments after two weeks (again, non-scientific, just observations) -
-Muscles continued to feel a little bit more relaxed at the end of the day.
-I got used to the taste. At first it didn't take it perfectly, but now my digestive system seems to be o.k. with whatever is in there.
-I'm not sure whether it's the storage method or the powder itself, but it needs to be a bit finer in order to mix well.
-Appetite has been somewhat lowered over the past two weeks. Stress levels remained the same (as variable as they ever will be for a freelance designer).
Not sure if my appetite will increase now?
-Weight loss remained at a "total" estimate of two pounds. This happened in the first week, second week stabilized. I believe a longer term test will show whether this effect was legitimate or not, or at what rate there is weight loss, or other possible scenarios. Not sure if I'm going to be gaining this back again? Or perhaps I'm going to regain the older level of appetite?
All said, it was fun. No bad effects. Honestly on future travels regardless of the country, if I happen on some other unique product that I have not found locally before that makes claims to some effect that may benefit me, I'm willing to give it a go. I'm not a pro, I'm not being paid to ride or run, or do anything that I enjoy... I just really enjoy all that life has to offer, and I move towards all of that with absolute passion.
Thanks for reading, folks!Footnotes:
There was a mention of "Westwood" in a previous post. For those of you unfamiliar with this part of the City of Los Angeles, it is one of several areas that has a high population of Iranians (or Persians) - hence, plenty of Persian shops, restaurants, and more. It's been jokingly called "Tehrangeles." It's one of many parts of Southern California which has large concentrations of Persians. Westwood has a particular 'type' of Persian both in region and religion, and other areas have other types. (2)
Different communities specialize in different representations of their origin. For example, LA's Chinatown is more Cantonese and Thai, where as the highly-Chinese-populated cities of Monrovia, Arcadia, and Alhambra are much more Mandarin/Taiwanese or Northern China. "Los Angeles" area has the distinct ability to have niche-communities within niche-populations, it's quite fascinating.(3)
Orange County. I can't begin to describe how much I loathe that area due to its many nuances and ways.