How I’ve Been Doing

Last Monday night I ate McDonalds two cheeseburger meal with fries and a Coke. This was the first time so far this year that I’ve had that, when I used to have it at least once, if not more, a week. In fact, this was only the second time this year that I’ve had McDonalds. I had Taco Bell once at the very beginning of January. I haven’t had Wendys or KFC. I had Chick-Fil-A once, the grilled chicken salad and fries. And I’ve had Burger King’s Tendergrill Salad with Ranch and a Frozen Coke several times (their grilled chicken is gluten-free…Chick-Fil-A’s is as well). We used to eat fast food several times a week.

Anyway, the burgers I had were delicious. But several hours afterwards the brain fog came back and my energy left. Once again, I felt too exhausted even to read or watch TV. It took several days for me to get over this feeling. It wasn’t fun at all.

As I mentioned in my reply to Crystal’s comment, I’m going to be doing the Whole30 Plan in March. It’s 30 days of a very strict diet. No cheating at all. I’ve still been “cheating” some. I had a Coke today. But this is absolutely No Sugar. Or Alternative Sweeteners (including stevia and honey, which I use in my tea every day). There is also no grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, white potatoes, or paleo-fying of dessert or junk food. Also no weighing or measuring yourself. The no sugar is going to be the hardest part for me (and I’m sure it will be very tempting to weight myself).

I’ve also been trying out some new things. I bought a dehydrator (Nesco American Harvest FD-28JX Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun) to make jerky with. So far we’ve made some with ground beef and with steak. The steak tasted better, but the ground beef was pretty good. If I want jerky that isn’t loaded with chemicals, I either have to make it myself or order it online. Even in the health food store it’s filled with all sorts of things I can’t pronounce.

I also ordered some cool new glasses (Uvex S0360X Ultra-spec 2000 Safety Eyewear, Orange Frame, SCT-Orange UV Extreme Anti-Fog Lens). I’ve been wearing them while I read in bed at night (about an hour). I also bought an eye mask to wear while sleeping. I’m still adjusting to wearing an eye mask. I don’t do well with changes to my sleep routine and I’m still trying to get over not using the muscle relaxers at bedtime. I think I get more tired while wearing the glasses than when I don’t. Blue light is supposed to suppress melatonin production, hence the orange glasses.

I’ve been using J R Liggett Old-Fashioned Shampoo Original Formula shampoo bar for a few weeks now (if you can find it in a store it’s probably cheaper than online. I got mine at a health food store). I got tired of regular shampoo drying out my hair. This is supposed to not strip out your hair natural’s oils. My hair is starting to get much nicer now. I don’t even really need to use any gel or hairspray anymore. I’m still using conditioner. I’ll probably try going without conditioner once I run out.

And finally, Thai Deodorant Stone – Deodorant Stick. For the past several years, I’ve had to use unscented deodorant for sensitive skin, since anything else would cause a rash. I found this also at the health food store and decided to give it a try. It’s been working for me. No smell at all. And one stone lasts a very long time.

I’ve been looking forward to just going out and sitting in a lawn chair in our yard, reading, once it gets warmer. I really need more sunlight and fresh air. Unfortunately, that’s still about a month and a half away.