*** 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. ***
(I should point out here, that I am not overly keen on over sharing, but there may well be toilet references in these posts!)
I am a great reflector.
I am not saying I am good at it, but I do a lot of it. Possibly too much time in my own head, but I spend a lot of time there anyway. So here’s what come up from the first week.
This first week has been fine. Nothing out of the ordinary, no great leaps or changes in how I feel but here’s some observations from the week. I’ll start with the less positive ones.
- Sleep got better in the first two days, has now got worse. It’s not uncommon for me to be awake before 5am and not get back to sleep again.
- Digestion has regressed. Constipation is causing difficulty going to the loo and feels like passing stones.
- Cold, so very cold! Been in bed with socks every night this week. I wasn’t eating a huge amount of carbs before but down to 10-20g a day now (an apple for eg) so feeling the effects.
- Missing my favourite spices like chilli, paprika, curry powder.
- Missing the red in my salads from pepper and tomatoes a bit, but not too much.
And the more positive ones…
- Until recently was feeling and looking less wodgy around the tum. Improving the digestion will sort that.
- Rarely hungry. I can easily go 5 hours between meals and not feel like I am in desperate need.
- No cravings for anything sweet, unless I watch my Instagram feed which is very foodie (note to self, must change that!)
- Despite the limitations I am really enjoying my meals. The combinations of fat and salt at most sittings is very pleasing to my palate.
- A hot cooked breakfast is suiting me very well too. It feels very satisfying to have something cooked and substantial first thing. A year ago I wasn’t eating breakfast but I was eating very late at night. Shifting that about has been really positive. Now I eat 3 meals a day but am done by 7pm at night latest.
- Felt like my mo-jo has been coming back a bit. Been more inclined to get stuff done each day.
- I walk each morning. It’s between 2-3 miles and I love it. Rain, dry, sunny, windy I am out walking and thinking and getting my day started in a way that I love. (I am the only non-dog walker at this time too!)
- Reading more around the subject and identified that my dopamine production is lacking.
According to Dr Datis “Dopamine is your main motivation, pleasure, and reward neurotransmitter. It controls your ability to want to do things, to be excited to do things, and to push yourself to do things. If you have trouble finishing tasks or even initiating tasks, that’s a pattern of low dopamine activity. Dopamine dysfunction is also the primary neurotransmitter involved in addictive ” – That’s me!
What am I making part of my healing programme?
- Daily walks
- Weekly strength training at Rev5 in Windsor. This is my perfect time each week.
- Following the AIP food plan
- Sleeping when I need to.
- Not feeling bad if I think I should be working and choose not to.
- Thyroxine medication
- Journaling each day – I don’t much like this. Most of my reflection is done internally, however I appreciate the effect of getting stuff out of your head onto paper.
Here are some useful articles I read this week: