Lessons Learned

Sleep, why do I kid myself that I don’t need it? For the past month or two I have been off my game. I’ve been blaming eating out, stress at work, wine,  and not being organized. I’ve been looking for blame in all the wrong places. Though I did mention sleep in my last post I mentioned that it had been off, not that I was getting less.

 In the last week I’ve gone to two Western doctors and one Eastern practitioner looking for answers and I received three different explanations for why I feel awful and none of them had anything to do with sleep.

Three months ago I decided to change my sleep pattern for one week so I could continue to meditate and do yoga during a busy week at work, parent teacher conferences. During that week we have to work two twelve hours days. I knew that on those days there would be no way I would have the energy to do yoga after work.  I decided  for that week I would get up at 4:15 and do yoga before work. Getting up early went really well and I thought “Hey I’ll keep doing this because then I don’t have to worry about doing yoga after work.” So I kept getting up at 4:15 but had a hard time adjusting my bed time. Before this shift in wake up time I was comfortably getting seven and a half to eight hours of sleep now I was only getting six and a half to seven hours a night. I didn’t really notice a difference at first and two weeks into my new sleep schedule daylight savings ended so my body still thought 4:15 was 5:15, for a little while.  I didn’t notice the subtle changes taking place in my body like becoming a little less patient with my kids, my students, and my pets. I started craving sugar more and started drinking, no needing, more caffeine.Then all the other problems I talked about in my last post started cropping up, eczema breakouts and my gut issues.

 One morning this last week my alarm went off at 4:15 and as I went to shut it off  I though ”This is ridiculous, I am not a 4:15 person!” So I reset my alarm for 5:20 and fell back asleep. It wasn’t the best sleep but when I woke up I felt more refreshed than I had in weeks. I felt like the things I need to accomplish that day were doable. I had the “I get to…” attitude rather than the “I have to …” attitude. Was it a fluke? I don’t think so because the next day I got up at 5:20 and again felt refreshed and excited for the day. I was excited to work with my students,  I came up with a new lesson plan for my beautiful 5th graders and come home with a taste for “pizza”. Making an AIP pizza from scratch is no small feet!

AIP Pizza

Movie night dinner

After three hours of cooking, I was able to relax with a Netflix movie, pizza, and a glass of wine. Just two days of getting the sleep my body needs has resulted in a better mood and the gut symptoms and eczema flare ups are lessening. As a matter of fact the eczema on my neck is gone! I’m excited to get back into the habit of doing yoga after work and feeling better now that I’ve got my sleep groove back.

Sugar Detox Day 6

Yesterday was hard, I didn’t really eat meals, I ate food but I didn’t sit down and enjoy a meal. I did a lot of snacking yesterday and never felt satisfied. Today I sat down while I  ate my breakfast and dinner, I feel like I did less snacking.

I don’t feel quite so easily irritated like I did yesterday and less fog in the brain. I am having sugar cravings too. Not bad cravings but enough where I gave all the left over fudge from Christmas to my ex. The big thing that helped to-day was I did some yoga again. I really felt good after that. I’ve fallen away from doing yoga daily and I’m hoping this is what I need to get back into it .

I did have a big disappointment today, I was making bone broth and I must have bought some bad bones. When I baked the bones, first a clear liquid, maybe fat, not sure, leaked out of the bones and then when I put them in the crock pot the broth stayed clear. My other batches were a nice beefy brown color. I’m letting it cook until I go to bed, if it still looks suspect I’ll throw it out and start again. I don’t thing the dogs will get this bone either, just to be safe.

My copy of the new book by Chris Kresser, Your Personal Paleo Code, comes tomorrow. I can hardly wait. I’m hoping to get it read in a week or two, as soon as I do I’ll add my review. There are a lot of great reviews out there on the book if you can’t wait.

I did take a picture of my breakfast, sautéed garlic and red pepper with chicken and egg in bone broth. Looks gross but tasted great.

bone broth and egg breakfast

bone broth and egg breakfast

Dinner was Mustard Glazed Chicken (from 21DSD) and steam broccoli that I put butter and lemon juice on, it was wonderful.

Mustard Glazed Chicken and steamed lemon broccoli

Mustard Glazed Chicken and steamed lemon broccoli