*** This blog is not to be prescriptive nor give you advice, merely to show you my way of navigating true health in a jungle of advice and pharmaceutical pressure. Please do your own research, ask your own specialists or contact those I have used if you wish to find out more about your personal condition and symptoms. To your very best health. ***
This week began with the addictive smell of bacon.
My bacon find last week was actually a 2 for 1 offer and so I’ve had some fabulous breakfasts of bacon, avocado and mango salad this week. It’s been a great start to a day.
The only problem has been that when we went shopping I also bought a gammon to cook and some pork shoulder steaks. None of this got frozen and so, in an out of character moment I’ve had some kind of gammon or bacon or pork each day. I much prefer to spread my choices, but sometimes needs must, and I’m still here.
I dabbled with rice noodles this week too. Get me and my wacky experiments :-/ however it’s not something I’ll do often they just leave me feeling hungry.
I’m reading a new book this week, another one on sleep.
I read ‘Why we sleep’ a few weeks ago. It’s a fabulous book but left me feeling concerned about how little I was getting and what the impact would be. This book is a great companion. It’s called ‘Sleep. They myth of 8 hours, the Power of Naps’ it’s written by Nick Littlehales who used to work for Slumberland and made an interesting slide into working with professional sports teams like Manchester United and the Sky cycling team.
It’s easy to read, easy to understand and simple to implement.
One thing that has struck me from reading it and leaves me feeling less worried about how little I’ve been getting is that he talks about sleeping in 90 minute cycles. When I was my most insomniac back in May, I never really felt like I was struggling too much with the lack of sleep. When I look back on it, my sleeping was in 90 minute cycles, so I was getting a spread of deep and light sleep even if it was shorter than average. So I feel better about that, and now I am working on how I can implement this into my life long term.
Anyway, I recommend it if you like books like that.
I have finally got my new Thyroxine medication that’s lactose free. It’s been 11 days since I took any medication at all (and felt no different) so let’s see what happens now. I did notice whilst reading the leaflet, that they contain maize starch… I’ll have to let that go for now. Not really supposed to be eating corn either, but I do wonder whether there is a gluten, dairy and maize free version out there.
What a bloody palaver. All I want to do is do everything I can to make sure I don’t need to cost the NHS money on prescriptions and treatments further down the line . And yet these medications exacerbate symptoms that can be avoided with cleaner medicine, diet and lifestyle changes.
This week at the chiro I’ve been adjusted around the point where my spine has a scoliosis curve. It’s been fine but a little achy. In fact it’s this that has been waking me up when I move about in bed. I asked Kelly which nerves were impacted by this section on my spine. It will come as no surprise to those of you who have read for a while that it’s the bowel (and hip flexor). Here’s hoping this change and improvement will improve the digestion too.
I did get back to one Fit Camp session this week. It may be short lived as we have a lot of instructor holidays this month and I am covering a lot of sessions, this makes it more tricky for me to get along to one that I am free for. I may end up doing them in the garden instead now that I am able to get started again.
The memory hasn’t been great this week. Chances are because I am getting more stuff processed there is more to remember, who knows? I just know it’s not what it used to be (and I won’t accept, ‘it’s my age’ as an excuse, that’s bollocks).
My eyesight too has been frustratingly blurry! I am still making do without any reading specs, but I did laugh when I read a clue on the crossword as ‘ham’ and wondered by the 6 letter answer wasn’t gammon. Seemed it was ‘harm’ and the answer was injury. Must have bacon on the brain!
Hands and feet still cold even in this weather and I’m prone to wearing a fleece if it drops below 20C.
Despite all this I am so pleased with how my body responds to my weekly strength training. Each week the weights are increased and each week I improve. I like weights, my body likes them and I pleased that through all these funny dietary cleanses and food shenanigans over the past few months that this hasn’t suffered.
I also wanted to see how my body responded to the change from vegan to carnivore. I did my body composition reading this week about 7 days since I finished the parasite cleanse.My weight dropped about a kg in a week and body fat too. So I think I can safely say this way suits me, because I haven’t been worrying about portion sizes one bit. Most of the time I wonder if I’ve made too much salad or veg or whether I should really be eating two avocados a day. Not going to give it much thought now. I’ve never found it quite so easy to manage my size. Very handy.
Finally this week, I read a very interesting article by a lady I follow who talks about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis a lot. This article sums me up quite well and so I am going to see whether adding in this digestive supplement will help me too.