Sunday, October 31, 2010

aleve and no more meat-only days

well, i don't have time to post a lot. but no matter. the important things i will remember to post. i'm not having any significant problems sleeping and i'm not taking any supplements- no iron, no iodine, no omega 3 fish oil. my period started out lighter than last time, but the second day it came on strong, so i took one aleve cuz i didn't want any accidents. if my heavy day falls on a weekend, i'll go without the aleve to see what happens. the aleve lightened the flow considerably, even though it was still fairly heavy the second day, and it cut down on the length of my period. it would be better not to take it, but the risks of taking one aleve a month hopefully seem to outweigh not taking it: heavy blood loss, missing work, some kind of surgery to stop the heavy menstrual bleeding (like uterine ablation).

i'm eating more shrimp and flounder, so hopefully that will offset me not taking iodine or omega 3 fish oil. i'm also eating tons more dark, leafy greens in salads twice a day.

i tried an experiment with eating all meat one day and doing a lot of walking as well. the next morning i drank coffee with coconut milk on an empty stomach. big no-no. i felt a tingling throughout my head and what felt like a big bowel movement coming on. i felt dizzy so i layed down on the bathroom floor and then passed out for a second. then i had diarrhea. so no more all meat days for me. plus that bad experience put me off of coffee, which i was cutting down on anyway. i posted over at about the experience. i also searched paleohacks for anyone with similar experiences. it may be that my blood pressure was too low that morning. in any event, i'm going to add salt to at least one meal a day. and i want my mom to teach me how to take my own blood pressure (she's a retired icu room nurse with 40 plus years of experience).

i was trying this experiment because i thought eating all meat and doing a lot of walking would help me lose belly fat. professor devany said i could not depend on diet alone to lose it, i would have to do more brief, but relatively hard exercise. i don't want to over do that either, so i'll gradually push the envelope of how much i can do before i get negative effects (sick, etc).

to sum up- sleep is pretty good- solved heavy bleeding problem (no more fish oil for now and 1 aleve on first day period starts to get heavy), weight is around the same it has been for the past year- up slightly only- most importantly: mood has been better than usual and i'm starting to want to run spontaneously more. my normal time to get my first cold- around november 4- is coming up. i want to see if i can go the whole month of november cold free. after that i will probably start using the sperti lamp to get my vitamin d.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

sleep day 14 of cycle

well sunday night into monday, i had the usual temperature changes, but nothing that really made me feel overtired. the dog even woke me up in the middle of the night, but i still felt pretty good. but, monday night into tuesday, i had temperature changes that interfered with my sleep to the extent i feel a little dragged out this morning. the dog didn't even wake me up! i also had a little bit of a stuffed up nose and, really strange, some pain in my right chest area.

i have to do some speculation as to why things are different, so i can see what i want to do differently tonight. 1)last night i went to bed super tired because i had to wait up for my daughter. 2) i had a lot of fruit in the evening: a bowl of blueberries and coconut milk (early evening), a bowl of half a banana and coconut milk, and an apple. 3)i put chocolate-flavored whey protein in the coconut milk.

i had a good day yesterday- no real stress. i was feeling good helping students and meeting parents- so that didn't come into play.

the dreaded monthly cycle can always be a factor since my hormones are supposedly going yo-yo now. to see if this is a prime cause of my temperature fluctuations, i'll have to be diligent in posting what day of the cycle i am in and see if there are patterns over time.

so, for tonight and for the rest of this week ending sunday night- i will only eat fruit in the morning, no more whey protein powder period, i will have my last meal at 5 so i go to sleep on an empty stomach (9 to 9:30), i will not go to sleep overly tired, but stick to my schedule.