Lilacs and all,
Glad the gabapentin helped. It used to help me sleep but now even with a high dose I can't seem to get through the night. I keep working at relaxing and doing yoga and remind myself it will come back.
I am doing well today. I really have no detox symptoms. I am fatigued but that has lessened as the day progressed so I think it was left over side effects from the shit storm of medications I took last night to force sleep. I will try not to repeat that event tonight.
I did not exercise today. Kinda ugly out anyhow. Maybe I will get on my rebounder later if I feel up to it. I will do my yoga routine. I kept my diet clean. When I had AI the first time, I was eating for shit. I had gained 26 pounds and my thyroid quit too. I cleaned up and got back to my old ways. I know what to do and why but I was so busy arguing with my husband that I REALLY dropped the ball on self care. Anyhow, today I went to the local farmer's market and got an abundance of stuff! My most exciting find is they finally had pomegranates. I was soooo excited and yes I have already scoffed one down. Also got fresh mint tea leaves and am sitting here enjoying a steaming cup with raw honey.
So far today I had a green smoothie that contained vanilla almond milk, 8 oz of spinach (a whole small container), 2 frozen bananas, 1 TBS of chia seeds, 1 TBS flax seeds, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 heaping tsp of Stevia. For lunch I baked sweet potatoes and shallots tossed with smoked paprika, pepper, salt, and cumin with coconut oil for 30 minutes. Then I added a head of broccoli and some kale, stirred it up and baked for 30 minutes later. Topped it with a little parmesan cheese! It was really good. Dinner will be tacos. I bought clean chicken for the kids and my husband. I won't eat the chicken. After you stop eating animals, it tends to just taste a bit funky. My taco salad will be topped with beans.
So I have been thinking on how to share nutrition and think it might be fun to just teach you about certain foods. You can then decide which ones might work for you. Before I start dinner, let's talk about chia seeds.
Chia seeds have been in our culture for a long time though unfortunately in the form of Chia pets. This holiday season be sure to buy one of these silly creations but this time I want you to eat it. Once sprouted these super foods become SUPER foods! Chia seeds were used by the Aztecs who valued them as medicine. They are the richest plant form of omega 3's (which is REALLY important for addicts as our brains need them to heal) and contain much more omega 3's than even wild caught salmon. And for those of you with kids, I know my kids would never eat salmon as it tends to be a strong tasting fish. But you can sneak chia seeds into their diet in many ways. Chia seeds are very high in fiber and actually gel up and get huge in water. For this reason, they keep you full and hydrated for hours after you eat them. I put them in every green smoothie for this reason...I am rarely hungry until 5 hours after drinking my smoothie. Because of this they help with weight loss. They also contain calcium, potassium, folate, and magnesium and are a plant based complete protein. 1 TBS contains 2200 mg of ALA/omega 3. If you grind them and add to water, you can use as an egg replacer in baking. I add them to salads and toss them on my kids granola cereal.
OK, that is enough for now. Later I might share a bit on why you should consider buying raw honey.