From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

January 20th, 2013

on January 20, 2013

So for the time being, I think I am going to use this blog like a health journal.  Just a place to jot down what did and didn’t go right in all aspects of my health on a daily or at least semi-regular basis.  It’s helpful to be able to go back and have some clues for what is and isn’t  working in my life.  Today was a good day.  I woke up at 7:15 feeling good enough to get my whole crew (and myself) ready for 8:15 church service.  For the past week I have woken up early enough to read my Bible and do my lights before getting out of bed.  Without the use of an alarm clock I might add!  It feels so nice to have already done those two things before I even start my day.  I started a new Bible study group last Monday and we are reading through the chronological Bible in a year. We also have a particular passage each 2 weeks that we are focusing on.  Right now it is Genesis chapter 2-3, the story of Eve.  In addition, we are memorizing 12 fairly lengthy passages over the course of the year.  I mention this here, because I wholeheartedly believe that my spiritual health ties in to my physical health.  They can’t be separated and when this area of my life is full and working, my physical health also reaps benefit.  I have been using the Bible apps on my Kindle Fire and I have to say I LOVE them!  There are all sorts of plans and different versions that keep me on track.

I had a pea protein shake before church.  For lunch I made a spaghetti squash pasta with onions, garlic, sundried tomatoes, red bell pepper, heart of palm, pine nuts and fresh parsley.  I added some tuna for some protein and it was super delicious.  For dinner, I had last nights leftovers- cauliflower fried rice with char sui- a recipe from Well Fed.  Something in this did not agree with me.  I became very bloated after eating.  I am sort of inclined to say it was the egg.  However, I still can’t wrap my mind around why I can have eggs in the morning and it doesn’t happen?!  The bloating is almost exclusively reserved for the evening.  It happens other times when I know I haven’t had eggs, so it can’t be the eggs exclusively.  It seems as if I can’t tolerate much food after about 5:00.  Weird.

I didn’t do any real organized exercise today, but I did go for a 40 minute walk while I listened to the last Everyday Paleo Podcast.  I have become super fond of this podcast and the Balanced Bites podcast.  It was super sunny and about 60 degrees here in Memphis today to it was really enjoyable.  I decided to stay outside for another hour when I got home and read a few chapters of a novel for me and a chapter of a book I am reading to my boys.  Mine is just a cute romance, but I am reading All Quiet on the Western Front to my boys and it is MUCH heavier.  My daughter and I are reading Dr. Dotlittle.

We went to the first meeting of our new Life Group tonight.  (just a group of families from church that get together to fellowship).  I made some paleo chocolate chip cookies.  It’s always interesting bringing paleo things to new groups.  Generally people are super sweet when they know I have genuine allergies and this was the case tonight.   A few people even ate some.  My kids ate several.  These weren’t my best batch.  I modified a recipe from Paleo Indulgences and they weren’t bad, they just weren’t my favorite.  They were very cakey and I like my cookies very doughy.

One other thing I have been considering on the health front is “restricted eating windows.”  Some people call it intermittent fasting, but I prefer the window thing.  I have been trying to really tap into eating when I am hungry and really feeling connected to my body’s cues.  I have heard over and over and over that ” you should eat breakfast within an hour of waking up”, but I am usually not hungry that early.  Right now I generally eat between the hours of 8-7:30, but I would like to get that down to maybe a 8-9 hour window of eating.  I plan on starting slowly because I don’t want my body to perceive it as stress.  I am going to try shifting my eating window from 9-7 for the rest of this month and see how my body responds.  Will keep you posted.

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