Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Transition

So, I haven't written a blog in forever. I think it's time to start again!

I've gone through a lot the past few years, mainly health challenges. In 2014, it's like a light switched off in my body, leaving me with debilitating insomnia with no rhyme or reason. I've been on every sleeping pill you can think of, not to mention the things I've been prescribed off-label for sleep.

It's a terrifying feeling, not being able to sleep. The meds have all but stopped working for me. Did I mention scary?

I've done a complete overhaul of my health in hopes that this will cause that light inside me to switch back on. I'm now eating a Paleo diet, which is a 180 from the way I used to eat. It's too early to feel the effects I think, but I have lost six pounds since I've been eating this way. For those not familiar with Paleo, it's basically the way cavemen used to eat, with some meat, lots of veggies and some fruit and nuts (depending on the person). I'm personally avoiding nuts and nightshades right now in the name of possible gut sensitivity issues. Not to mention, rosacea flare ups. Grains of any kind, gluten, and dairy are also not allowed. In spite of the lack of zzz's, I actually feel ok with my newfound way of eating. I drink high protein smoothies every morning, sip bone broth when I need a snack, and am eating more veggies than I ever have. I make my own salad dressing, which I have been putting on my daily lunch salads. I am totally immersed in the Paleo lifestyle, and loving it. Yes, I do miss pizza and pasta sometimes, but the benefits of eating this way far outweigh any high-glycemic, processed carb that I used to put in my mouth. Now, if I could just get my sleep back, I'd be golden!

I'm seeing an integrative doc in the Lakeway area of Austin, and she is doing everything in her power to get my sleep back. I'm doing an adrenal saliva test, which I have to say, is one of the most annoying experiences I've ever had. Spitting into four tubes at various points of the day is not my idea of fun! I'll also be doing some gut testing in the next couple of weeks to rule out yeast overgrowth and other stomach maladies. Wish me luck! I just had my thyroid rechecked too, and I'm hoping my numbers have improved since a couple of months ago. I've dropped a size in pants, and I can actually fit into size 3/4 jeans now! I wasn't even that small in high school. Amazing what eating right will do for you.

I am hoping to go to Paleo fx in Austin next month, but I will probably be going solo. It's a bit expensive, and I don't know any other Paleo folks in the area. I think it'll be an awesome experience though! Looks like it's time for me to make some friends here. I only have one, and he's very cool, but I don't know if he also thinks of me as a friend yet. We've only hung out through energy healing Meetups thus far. He's very easy to talk to though, and is a good sounding board for my sleep woes.

I'm also in the process of looking for a new, better job that I can be happy with. Happiness is key. I met a lady the other day at a gluten free expo who's a health coach in New York. I can only imagine how rewarding this would be! This is something I may look into, as I feel I could take all of my knowledge of nutrition and put it to good use. I love talking about healthy eating to anyone who'll listen :) I'm also getting back into Zumba and yoga, which I'm thrilled about!

Anyway, I will cut this post short. I just felt like writing again. I miss it. I crave it sometimes. Plus, it feels good to get your thoughts out there into the digital world for anyone who's willing to read it.

That's all for now. Love from Elgin, Texas!

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