We've been eating primal (no grains or legumes) for 30 days as of October 30. Part of us trying the primal eating for 30 days, was to experiment once the 30 days were over with a grain based meal to see how it made us feel.
We brought home a Cozzola's take and bake pizza, cooked it up after chores... consumed it..... felt fine. The world did not crash around us. We were not ill. We felt perfectly fine.....
UNTIL 2:00AM rolled around.
We were both wide awake, tossing and turning, and could NOT for the life of us get any sleep. We finally gave up the fight and got up at 5:00 to go walking with the dogs under the stars...
Doesn't really make me want to try grains again any time soon. Since eating primally, I have slept soundly, all night, every night vs. waking up at 2 or 3 AM probably 4 nights out of 7. And the nights I did sleep were Tylenol PM induced. I very rarely slept a night without something to keep me knocked out.
I'd gone to the Dr. for some pretty severe depression this summer along with the sleep deprivation to have my hormone levels checked out. My hormones were ok but my my adrenals were high (why I was waking up in the middle of the night unable to sleep) and my B vitamins super, super low (why I felt so terrible all summer).
I go to a more wholistic Dr., and they offer the option of working with herbal supplements if you want to go that route via diving right into Western meds. Tho they offer the Western meds if you want them.
I started taking an herbal supplement to calm my adrenals... and I got a B vitamin shot once a week for a month to get my B levels back up. After that, I took a sub-lingual B supplement.
I haven't taken either supplement for a couple weeks. I stopped the adrenal supplement right around the time we started eating primal.... and I sleep. Oh how I sleep! I sleep sound and it is THE most glorious feeling to get sleep all night, every night.
I'm really liking the variety of veggies, fruits and proteins from fish, meat, chicken, eggs. Yum! We've tried brussel sprouts, rutabagas, turnips, mashed cauliflower... all sorts of good things.
I'm never hungry, I don't count calories, I don't watch my portions... I eat full fat dairy, cook in butter, use olive oil and coconut oil vs. man made or grain/legume oils like corn, canola, peanut or vegetable oils. I have even energy all day long, no lulls or tired afternoons for me any more....
It's been a pretty interesting 30 days. I feel GOOD. I feel HAPPY. I feel AWAKE.
I'm going to start with some exercise body movements to give me functional strength... I don't have goals to be amazingly ripped like Linda Hamilton from the Terminator movie... however, I'd like to be able to do the stuff I want to do easily and handily without much of a struggle.
I started today with some squats, plank and girlie knee pushups. I'm so weak it's a little sad. But hey, we all gots to start somewhere.
We'll see how things progress...
Besides it's been so muddy, mucky, snowy, icy with the 2 storms we've gotten, I've got some extra time for evaluating how weak I am and trying to fix it. grin.
I go to the Dr. for another blood draw to evaluate B levels... I'm guessing they are gonna be pretty good based on how great I feel.