Last Friday I wrote about my decision to do another Whole30 this summer was motivated by my most recent bout of insomnia. I’m glad to report that I’ve been sleeping more soundly since that post. Not as soundly as I’d like, but it’s better – no anxiety attacks, which is always a good thing. In fact, the anxiety attack was more worrisome to me than the insomnia; I used to suffer from anxiety quite a bit until we changed our diet. It was the first attack in a very long time, and it was NOT welcome.
This morning, I’m suffering from menopausal brain fog, something else of which I’d like to see the end. Why this has lingered when the irritability and mood swings have lessened in frequency and severity over the last year is beyond me, but I really, really hate it. Hopefully clean eating for 30 days will help a bit with that, too.
Also, I’d like to apologize for the lack of blogging about optimal diet for menopause. It hasn’t been because I don’t want to, but I simply have not had the time to do the kind of research and experimentation needed to do write with any sort of authority, and I’m not the type to go just throw junk out there because it sounds good. It is one thing to advise that women of a certain age exercise and avoid alcohol (and plastic) as much as possible, or why it’s not a lack of estrogen that’s the problem but a lack of progesterone, but it’s something else all together to explain the science behind those claims.
Time is my problem and will continue to be, as our busy canning season is rushing towards us with the speed of light, I work to get The Young One settled in college and my workload at the office does nothing but increase. I do plan, however, to give frequent reports about how I feel over the next 30 days, and what I believe are the causes, so there’s that. I may also add a page to this site where I document what I eat every day – it will be interesting to see how what I eat affects how I feel (and vice versa).
Anyhoo, in anticipation of a month of grain-dairy-soy-sugar-free meals, here are some of my best Whole30 recipes. I’ll be making them over the course of the month, and hope you do too.