I was a bit fuzzy-headed this past summer. Everything ran in together it seems, I never was able to catch up and I certainly didn’t get to play around with my camera. My one personal summer goal was a failure. I barely took pictures let alone learn how to use the thing more effectively!
I forgot my wallet when I went to the store…twice in four weeks. I think that was the kicker. How crazy is it to go shopping without your wallet? Something that happens once or twice in your lifetime, not twice in a month!
Fuzzy head had to go. I had a plan. I implemented that plan last week when the kids started school. I didn’t want to go withdrawal mommy crazy on them. I feel better. I’m not so fuzzy-headed. I actually only started part of my plan due to the fact I didn’t want to overwhelm myself and I was sick with a bad respiratory virus. Another clue that I am unwell. My Hubby and two kids caught a sore throat and when I catch it it ends up being a four-day illness where I am in bed or wish I was in bed.
My plan is not simple. It’s not even fun. But it is working:
No gluten. No sugar (real or fake). No caffeine. No Dairy.
I am surviving. I am making a lot more from scratch. I’ve probably saved $10 in fast food/Dr. Pepper. Watching my family eat lasagna was hard last night as lasagna is my favorite meal, but I did it. My plan is a six-week elimination diet and then re-introduce foods slowly into my life to see if I react to any of them badly. I don’t think I have any allergies, but I may be a bit sensitive to some foods I don’t realize and the elimination diet helps be figure it all out in a relative short period.
I think what I am doing is like the Paleo diet I’ve heard so much about. The Hubby and kids are getting the same meals they usually eat, some a bit tweaked for me and other times I just eat something different. If it turns out I do have some foods I have to stay away from for sure, I’ll most likely pass it on into the family meals so I’m not constantly making different foods. The by-product is that we are all eating healthier which is great. I’m not calling this a diet as I don’t really want to model that for the girls, but just a change in eating habits to be healthier. Hopefully I’ll be a better mom with less fuzzy-head so they won’t care we are eating more veggies!
This week I go into my phase two mode of exercising at least 30 minutes a day and increasing the vitamin supplements suggested in The UltraMind Solution by Mark Hyman, MD. I’m not following his plan to the letter as I cannot buy everything organic or spend $300 a month on vitamins, but I’m doing pretty well.
The moral of my story is that I feel better, I have more energy, my clothes aren’t as tight (I don’t weigh myself in general so I don’t know weight loss) and I’m eating as much as I want. I have not yet been hungry and the only real cravings I’ve had were for chocolate (of course!) and they weren’t that bad as I have some real unsweetened chocolate recipes I’ve made.
My fuzzy head is going away and I hope it stays away!
(Disclosure: No one asks me to blog about this book and I bought it myself. If someone wants to pay me for doing this I’m open to that idea :)