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Another Whole30

I had a recipe for you today but, well…you’ll get it next week.

I’m a bit wonky today.  If you’ve been reading here for any amount of time you know I suffer from periodic bouts of insomnia.  Most of the time it’s a night or two (occasionally three) where I have a hard time either falling asleep or staying asleep.  The staying asleep nights are usually sinus-related, and I can find some relief simply by sleeping semi-upright – either propped up on what Beloved refers to as “Mount Pillowmanjaro” or, more successfully, in my recliner.  If that’s not enough, then I have other strategies I employ, and I’m usually back to something resembling normal sleeping patterns in a day or two.

Three years ago, though, I went through a severe period of insomnia that lasted over six weeks.  Yes – SIX WEEKS.  It started out sinus-related and was so bad I began to have nightmares that I was choking, which brought on horrible anxiety attacks about sleeping in general and just made the whole thing worse.  I was a miserable zombie before it was all over, and have dreaded a repeat.

The last two nights?  Have not been good, and this morning I had to talk myself down from what was a potentially major anxiety attack.  Two nights and one bad anxiety attack was enough for me to decide to nip this right in the bud, and since I know my sinus problems are at least partly diet-related (things have been getting a little lax here at the Sushi Bar in regards to grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, etc), I am going to join the big Whole30 push this August.

I know I was disappointed in the results from last year’s Whole30, mainly because it did little to alleviate the worst of my menopause symptoms.  Over the course of the last year, those have abated somewhat; not from anything particular that I’m doing, I’m sure – I’m still over-worked, over-scheduled and over-stressed.  Perhaps I’m just getting to the point in this menopausal journey where the symptoms are, if not disappearing, just becoming naturally less severe (I know regular exercise is helping quite a bit).  Right now I’m looking for a way to nip this particularly nasty and tenacious insomnia in the bud, and I could also use an excuse to clean up my eating act somewhat (like not being able to sleep isn’t excuse enough).

So just get ready for another month of Whole30 recipes, beginning the first of the month.  My enthusiasm for blogging has also been waning lately; maybe this will help with that, too.

Have a great, restful weekend, y’all.


4 comments

Vicki says:

I am so IN for an August Whole30! It’s been a crazy-busy summer and it looks like that will continue for a while. Looking forward to your shares, Jan, and hope to do a bit of the same (my blogging mojo has been suffering mightily, as well, so hoping for a little kick there, too).

Skitterling says:

I’m starting a Whole30 in August as well, thanks to my getting someone at work interested in eating this way. So, good to potentially have a convert, bad that she made my participation the price for doing it ( :

We’ll be starting on the 5th, rather than the 1st, for logistical reasons, but we’ll all in be in together, right?

Luck to all, and hope things perk up for you! I’d really miss it if you stopped blogging!

Suzanne says:

My enthusiasm for blogging has been waning too. Mainly because I can’t write about the things I want to ….
Sigh.

Lisa says:

You get some rest!

I’m getting ready to take all of August off blogging. Have to get married AND do my job, and I can already tell that I won’t have bandwidth for anything else. I hope to return recharged, however. You should know that I always like to hear from you, even without a recipe in sight.

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